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Issue 05/2016

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News daily upated news at Arkema expands biosourced offerings To support its customers’ growth around the world, in particular in the sports, consumer electronics and automotive markets, Arkema continues to expand its specialty polyamides production capacities in China and the United States. In China, at its Zhangjiagang site (Jiangsu Province) specialized in biosourced specialty polyamides, Arkema is increasing its compounding capacities and in 2017 will bring on stream two production lines to manufacture polyamide 11 in addition to polyamide 10 already produced on the site. Rilsan polyamide 11’s outstanding properties in terms of resistance to impact and to chemicals, light weight and easy processing make it a choice material to fulfil our customers’ specific needs in the automotive, consumer electronics and sports sectors. With these developments and other investments made in recent years on the site amounting to €10 million overall, Arkema is significantly consolidating its offering together with the flexibility of its manufacturing plants in Asia for biosourced polyamides marketed under the trade name Rilsan. In the United States, a new investment in the Birdsboro site (Pennsylvania) will enable the manufacture of new Pebax biosourced grades for the sports and electronics market. Hence Arkema is complementing its Pebax thermoplastic elastomer range particularly sought after for their light weight, impact resistance, sturdiness and flexibility at temperatures as low as -40 °C. These investments are part of the development of the Group’s research and growth platforms related to weight reduction of materials, design of materials, solutions for electronics, and the development of biosourced products. Thanks to production and R&D facilities in Europe, Asia and the United States, the Group’s commercial partners can be assured of top quality technical and logistics services at local level. A world leader in Specialty Polyamides, Arkema offers its customers a comprehensive range of innovative materials with its Rilsan and Pebax globally recognized brands. KL France bans plastic disposable serviceware as of 2020 As part of its new Energy Transition for Green Growth Act, France has passed a law banning plastic serviceware, that will go into effect in 2020. The aim: to promote a circular economy of waste disposal, “from product design to recycling.” Exceptions will be made for items produced from bio-sourced materials that can be composted in a domestic composting unit. According to a news item from the Associated Press (12.09.2016), France is pushing ahead as the first country to introduce a blanket ban on plastic dishware. It comes after Paris hosted a landmark conference last year on fighting global warming, and as the Socialist government tries to push France toward the forefront of environmental progress. Pack2Go Europe, the trade association representing European food and beverage service, and convenience packaging manufacturers, immediately responded, saying that the decree infringes EU law – which guarantees packaging access to market through the EU’s general rules on free movement of goods and, more specifically, through the EU’s packaging & packaging waste directive. Eamonn Bates, the secretary general of Pack2Go Europe, told the Associated Press that his organization will challenge France’s ban. “We are urging the European Commission to do the right thing and to take legal action against France for infringing European law,” he said. “If they don’t, we will.” He also said the ban “will be understood by consumers to mean that it is OK to leave this packaging behind in the countryside after use because it’s easily bio-degradable in nature. That’s nonsense! It may even make the litter problem worse.” Supporters of the ban wanted it to be introduced earlier, possibly as soon as 2017. However, calling it an anti-social” measure Ségolène Royal, the French environment minister, initially opposed the ban, arguing that families struggling financially make regular use of disposable serviceware. This caused the ban to be postponed until 2020. KL 6 bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/16] Vol. 11

News Neste and Ikea announce partnership in biobased plastics Neste, a Finnish company specialized in oil refining and renewable solutions, and IKEA of Sweden have joined forces to take leadership in renewable, biobased materials. The partnership includes the production of plastics and other materials utilizing Neste’s renewable solutions in polymer production. The partnership combines IKEA’s commitment to reduce their depence on virgin fossil based materials and Neste’s expertise in renewable solutions. The companies aim to produce plastics and other materials that are used today, but instead replacing virgin fossil feedstock with renewable or recycled waste and residue raw materials. “We are very pleased to form a partnership with IKEA,” says Tuomas Hyyryläinen, SVP, Strategy and New Ventures at Neste. “IKEA’s commitment to initiate a change in the industry is an extremely important step in redefining how materials will be made and how raw materials are used in the near future. IKEA and Neste, together with partners, can enable the production of biobased plastics that are produced from waste and residues of the customers’ preference and choice, can be produced with the existing production assets, are fully compatible with customers’ needs, and are recyclable in the current plastics pool. We are proud to work with IKEA on the initiative”, he says “IKEA wants to contribute to a transformational change in the industry and to the development of plastics made from recycled or renewable sources. In line with our goals, we are moving away from virgin fossil-based plastic materials in favor of plastic produced from more sustainable recycled or renewable sources such as waste and residues, not using palm oil and it’s derivatives as feedstock”, says Lena Pripp- Kovac, Sustainability Manager, at IKEA of Sweden. “We believe that working with Neste will open up an important pathway towards industrializing the production of plastics from more sustainable feedstock”, says Camilla Rööst, Material and Innovation Development Manager, at IKEA. The companies invite others to join the initiative. Neste and IKEA’s target is to produce the first proof-of-concept during 2017. Furthermore, the companies expect to widen their cooperation towards new, novel technologies and other opportunities. IKEA wants to have a positive impact on people and planet, which includes taking a lead in turning waste into resources, developing reverse material flows for waste materials and ensuring key parts of IKEA’s range are easily recycled. IKEA’s long-term ambition is for the plastic material used in their home furnishing products to be renewable or recycled material. The company is starting with their home furnishing plastic products, representing about 40% of the total plastic volume used in the IKEA range KL | RETHINKING PLASTICS 29/30 November 2016 Steigenberger Hotel Berlin REGISTER NOW! For more information email: @EUBioplastics #eubpconf2016 bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/16] Vol. 11 7

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