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Issue 05/2019

  • Text
  • Textiles
  • Fibers
  • Polymers
  • Compostable
  • Barrier
  • Biodegradable
  • Products
  • Plastics
  • Biobased
  • Packaging
  • Materials
  • Bioplastics
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ioplastics MAGAZINE and European Bioplastics The joint booth of bioplastics MAGAZINE and the industry association European Bioplastics, will again be a hub for all visitors interested in these trendsetting materials. More than 175 companies will present their bioplastics products and services in Düsseldorf. So the joint booth will assist everyone to find the right company for their needs. In addition, bioplastics MAGAZINE will present the trade journal, the smartphone and tablet app, their books and consulting services and finally their conference programme. The latter includes the Bioplastics Business Breakfast, now organized already for the fourth time (see pp 10 for details). www.bioplasticsmagazine.com www.european-bioplastics.org 7a / B10 Show Preview K 2019, known as “The World’s No. 1 Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber” and scheduled to take place in Düsseldorf from 16 to 23 October 2019, is fully booked. Over 3,000 exhibitors from more than 60 countries have registered to participate, and more than 200,000 trade visitors from all over the world are expected to come to the event. And this year again, bioplastics will play a major role at the K-show. K is the performance barometer for the entire industry and its global marketplace for innovations. For eight days, the “Who’s Who” of the entire plastics and rubber world will meet here to demonstrate the industry’s capabilities, discuss the latest trends and set the course for the future. K 2019 also addresses the current challenges of our era and especially of its sector, first and foremost in regard to “plastics for sustainable development” and the “circular economy”. The idea of the circular economy concept is quite simple: once used, valuable raw material can be processed at the end of its service life and be reused to create a new product – in an infinite loop. A vast array of polymer materials are perfectly suitable for this approach. A circular economy dramatically reduces waste and also protects the resource of crude oil. However, the implementation of a circular economy is still very much in its infancy. Many prerequisites still have to be met. Product design is important: recyclability should become an important aspect that comes in the early product development stages. A waste collecting system has to be implemented as well as recycling. We need technologies that allow cleaning, segregation, shredding and pelletizing of used plastics to ensure that it is ready to reuse in the production of plastic parts. Networking waste management and recycling with production is a core aspect of the circular economy concept. And so are bioplastics. These issues will play a major role not only at the exhibitors’ stands but also in the supporting programme of K 2019, e.g. the 4 th Bioplastics Business Breakfast conferences hosted by bioplastics MAGAZINE (see pp 10 for details) as well as the special exhibition “Plastics Shape the Future” and “VDMA Circular Economy Forum” the joint appearance of the VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau – The Mechanical Engineering Industry Association) and its member companies. (Foto: Messe Düsseldorf / ctillmann) On the following pages a number of companies present their exhibits at K 2019. This will be rounded off by a comprehensive K-show-review in issue 06/2019. Kompuestos Kompuestos (Palau Solità i Plegamans, Spain) will be presenting its latest innovations. Between other cutting-edge products designed to reduce environmental impact, Kompuestos has developed Biokomp, a range of fully compostable resins, duly certified according to EN 13432. Biokomp grades are based on proprietary thermoplastic starch and other renewable sources. Biokomp offers the ideal solution for products with a short life cycle such as single-use products. Kompuestos has been providing tailor made solutions for the plastic industry for over 30 years. Driven by innovation, Kompuestos has been able to develop and implement new products while maintaining a sustainable and continuous growth of over 15 % per years. www.kompuestos.com 7.1 / A10 28 bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/19] Vol. 14

K‘2019 Preview FKuR FKuR (Willich, Germany) will be showcasing its expanded portfolio of biobased thermoplastics for a growing range of applications including packaging, consumer products, sporting goods and technical parts. Current additions to the portfolio include two glassreinforced grades within the Bio-Flex ® and Terralene ® product family, both with high rigidity, and three Terraprene ® TPE grades, one of which is characterized by its high bio-content, while the other two are oil-free. Bio-Flex GF30 is a PLA based compound with a glass fiber content of 30 wt % and a biobased carbon content (BBC) of over 70% (calculated). This combines a relatively high stiffness of around 8,400 MPa with an equally high tensile strength of 70 MPa (ISO 527) and a good notched impact strength of 6.4 kJ/m². Applications examples include housings, castors, gears, sports equipment, orthotic devices, pipes and pipe systems. Terralene GF30 is a Green PE compound with a glass fiber content of 30 wt % and a calculated BCC of more than 94 %. The stiffness of 4.800 MPa is significantly higher than that of the mineral-filled grades with a wear resistance which is superior to the unfilled grades. It offers a wide range of applications, ranging from engineering parts to tubes and tube systems, dowels and brackets for the construction industry, orthotic devices and design products. New within the biobased Terraprene TPE compounds family are the grades SI 701 and SI 801 (calculated BBC 55% - 75%). They are available in Shore A40 to A80 grades and their properties are largely similar to those of conventional TPE-S grades. Typical applications include two-component injection molding, especially with polyolefins, which provide good adhesion. Terraprene CI 250 84A and Terrapene CI 450 93A are two oilfree TPEs with Shore A hardness of 84 or 93. With their softtouch surface, high resistance to kinking and deformation, they can substitute TPE-O and PVC in many injection molding applications. www.fkur.com 6 / E48 Ventilation covers (as shown in this example) are a possible application for the new glass fiber reinforced Bio-Flex and Terralene compounds from FKuR. (www.istockphoto.comSadeugra) ADBioplastics ADBioplastics (Valencia, Spain) is a startup dedicated to the development and commercial exploitation of custom-made bioplastics. Their material is biobased and biodegradable/ compostable. From the origin because they are produced by corn, sugar cane, and sugar beet to renewable and biodegradable. The material goes down by 90 % within six months in an industrial composting process. A process that will help our target, packaging manufacturers in the food sector to fulfill the EU´s Strategy of plastic reduction by 2030 as well as contribute to make the world a better place to live, our leitmotiv. With their background (ITENE spin-off) they are able to modify PLA into a PLA-Premium and improve its properties such as higher barrier OTR/WVTR than conventional PLA, thermal stability and improved mechanical properties, tunable transparency an good processability. All these meet the requirements demanded in the food sector. www.adbioplastics.com Albis / Dr. BOY 5 / E01 Dr. BOY, manufacturer of injection moulding machines from Neustadt-Fernthal, Germany, is planning an extensive live show at K 2019. The company will spray produce 2-component (2K) ice scrapers, design trays and magnifiers continuously and at high frequency on various machines. The biobased plastic solutions for this demonstration will be supplied by Albis Plastic (Hamburg, Germany). "We want to offer our visitors something, so they can see for themselves the high quality of our injection moulding machines live," says Michael Kleinebrahm, Head of BOY Application Technology. "At the same time, we want to take responsibility and rely on biobased plastics. ALBIS products combine the highest quality with sustainability, that convinced us". CELLIDOR ® CP 410-10 BK 32/082 is used for the design trays. Cellidor is a plastic based on cellulose from sustainable, natural sources of raw materials, which ALBIS is compounding. It is characterised by an excellent gloss, a very good depth effect and self-polishing property. The magnifying glass contains Cellidor CP 400-10 CC, which is characterized by high transparency (comparable to PMMA) and a self-polishing surface. ALBIS supplies an ALFATERXL ® ECO with Shore A75 hardness as a soft component for the 2K ice scraper (2K with PP/LyondellBasell´s Adstif HA 840 R). It is recommended for this application due to good 2K adhesion on polyolefins in combination with 100% PP recyclate and biobased EPDM. And finally, on the booth of bioplastics MAGAZINE and European Bioplastics (7a/B10) paperclips made with Mitsubishi Chemical's Durabio TM are produced on a BOY XXS machine. www.albis.com | www.dr-boy.de 8b/A61( Albis) 13/A43 (Dr. Boy) B03-03 Please visit www.bioplasticsmagazine.com for updated information about K‘2019. bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/19] Vol. 14 29

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