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News daily upated news at Bio-additives for biodegradable plastic bottles Earlier this summer, the Citruspack project, a combination of circular economy and packaging, was launched at the Aitiip Technology Centre in Zaragoza, Spain. The project aims to process plant by-products, using these to derive natural additives to reinforce 100% biodegradable plastic bottles and containers. These will then be valorised in a number of new value chains. This project is coordinated by Aitiip and accounts with the partnership of AMC Innova Juice And Drinks S.L. (Spain), EROSKI (Spain), OWS Nv (Belgium), Plastipolis (France) and TECOS (Slovenia). At the end of the project, the researchers and participating companies aim to offer three solutions for the packaging and cosmetic sectors. The juice bottles will be the first demonstrator product. The bottles will be blow-moulded and must meet “very serious technical requirements”, as well as being biobased and eco-friendly, said Carolina Peñalva, project coordinator and the responsible person for packaging at Aitiip. "We want to test and quantify the acceptance of consumers during the project to reach the market.” Citruspack is part of the LIFE Program, which is the only financial instrument of the European Union dedicated exclusively to the environment. Its overall objective for the period 2004-2020 is to contribute to the sustainable development and achievement of the objectives and targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy and the relevant Union strategies and plans on environment and climate. This year it is celebrating its 25th anniversary. MT WUR and Vredestein develop tyre made of rubber from dandelions Vredestein showed a prototype of its Fortezza Flower Power at the Eurobike exhibition in Friedrichshafen in August. This innovative road tyre is made of rubber extracted from the roots of dandelions. The prototype is the result of a EU joint initiative in which Vredestein and Wageningen University & Research (WUR) take part, called DRIVE4EU. Dandelion tyres The prototype is the first bicycle tyre in the world produced with natural rubber extracted from the roots of the Russian dandelion (Taraxacum koksaghyz). This particular series of prototype tyres were made with rubber extracted from plants grown and harvested in the Netherlands. Vredestein has worked closely together with WUR to develop this special natural rubber, make production viable and test various compounds. Each improvement in the process of rubber extraction has also led to a direct enhancement of the quality of the rubber. As a result, the special compound now used as a test on the Fortezza Flower Power prototype, provides better grip than traditional compounds. This is directly related to the higher concentration of natural resin in this particular variant of natural rubber. Studies are currently exploring whether this tyre can be mass produced in the future. DRIVE4EU Apollo Vredestein (the parent company of the Vredestein brand) is one of the industrial partners taking part in DRIVE4EU, a European research project which focuses on developing the production of natural rubber and inulin from Russian dandelion. The project is coordinated by Wageningen University & Research. The aim is to explore ways to make the European countries less dependent on imports of natural rubber in the near future, partly as a response to the looming worldwide shortage of rubber. 6 bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/17] Vol. 12

News 2017 Biocomposites Innovation Awards finalists revealed The finalists for the 2017 Biocomposites Innovation Awards have been announced by Germany-based nova-Institute. Six entries were selected out of a field of thirteen candidates by the advisory board earlier this month. Three will emerge victorious at the Biocomposites Conference (Dec. 6 and 7 in Cologne, Germany). Each of the finalists will be given a ten-minute slot to pitch their innovation at the close of the first day of the conference. Then the audience will choose the three winners, who will be presented with their awards at the Innovation Award Ceremony later that evening. The finalists are, in no particular order of ranking: A fully bio-based pedestrian bridge developed at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands and installed by biocomposite pioneer NPSP (Netherlands). Flax and hemp fibres, which ensure the strength of the structure, are combined with a bio-based epoxy resin. Polylactic acid (PLA) bio-foam provides the core. A vacuum infusion production process is used: Layers of natural fibres are glued around a laser-cut shape of bio-foam. BASF & Sonae Arauco Deutschland (Germany) entered with an innovative 3D mouldable MDF styled as the new woodbased material for the furniture industry. It is a thermoplastic, processable and storage-stable composite which can be produced on existing MDF production lines. Due to the increased mouldability of the composite, new design options are possible. The resin system is offered formaldehyde free. Mass produced boats are typically made of fossil-based resins, glass fibres and plastic foam. By contrast, 80% of the GreenBente24 from GreenBoats (Germany) is made from renewable materials such as flax, cork and bio-based epoxy resin. The boat has the same weight and stiffness as a standard boat, yet achieves an 80% reduction in its carbon footprint and is thermally recyclable. The Stratos passive – sandwich window scantling system by G.S. Stemeseder (Austria) is a combination of a foamed PP and wood composite material with solid wooden elements. The system was developed for the production of passive house windows. The required specific heat conductivity and Uf-value of ≤ 0.8 W/m 2 K were achieved by a reduction in density of approximately 50%. The components are produced with standard machinery and wood industry tools of the wood industry. From OWI (Germany) comes an injection-moulded classroom seat shell. The polypropylene (PP) and wood-based granulates were developed by Linotech GmbH (Germany). The chair is soft and warm to the touch while maintaining standard PP chair requirements regarding flexibility and notch impact strength. It withstands upholstery staples and stress load cycles. As one of the oldest known fasteners in the world, the wooden nail would seem to have reach its evolutionary peak some millennia ago. Raimund Beck Nageltechnik (Austria) however, has now developed collated wooden nails for use with pneumatic nailers. The LignoLoc fasteners do not require pre-drilling and achieve their holding power because of a natural welding effect with the base wood. Braskem and A. Schulman partner on a sustainable solution for rotomolding processes Braskem, the largest petrochemical company in the Americas, has entered into a partnership with A. Schulman, Inc., a leading global producer of high-performance plastic compounds and resins, to produce and market a new sustainable solution for the rotomoulding process. Braskem identified a market demand for more sustainable solutions in rotomolded products, and developed a solution to enable the rotational molding of general-purpose parts, with applications ranging from toys and furniture to agricultural tools that can contain more than 50% of Green Plastic in their composition. The new Green Polyethylene rotomoulding grade will be brought to the market by Schulman and feature the I’m green seal, marking it as a sustainable product that can contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. A. Schulman, which contributes to the partnership through its industrial and commercial expertise in serving clients directly with products that meet market needs, will introduce the product at Rotoplas 2017, the largest trade fair of the rotomolding industry, which takes place from September 26-28 in the United States. “The partnership with A. Schulman will benefit a market that requires innovative products. The new compound is another step of the petrochemical industry towards reinforcing the commitment of companies to new solutions that help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Gustavo Sergi, Director of Renewable Chemicals at Braskem. “A. Schulman is honored to have a long-standing collaborative relationship with Braskem and we are equally pleased to play a part in helping drive green innovation the specialty chemical industry and specifically for the rotomolding market,” said Gustavo Perez, Senior Vice President and General Manager – Latin America, A. Schulman. | bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/17] Vol. 12 7

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