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Issue 05/2019

  • Text
  • Textiles
  • Fibers
  • Polymers
  • Compostable
  • Barrier
  • Biodegradable
  • Products
  • Plastics
  • Biobased
  • Packaging
  • Materials
  • Bioplastics
Highlights: Fibres/Textiles/Nonwovens Barrier Materials Cover Story: Lightweighting PBAT

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News daily upated news at www.bioplasticsmagazine.com Dow and UPM partner to produce plastics made with renewable feedstock Michigan-based Dow, in partnership with Finland’s UPM Biofuels, a producer of advanced biofuels, announces the commercialization of a plastics offering for the packaging industry made from a biobased renewable feedstock. Dow is integrating wood-based UPM BioVerno renewable naphtha – a key raw material used to develop plastics – into its slate of raw materials, creating an alternative source for plastics production. Dow is using this feedstock to produce biobased polyethylene (PE) at its production facility in Terneuzen, The Netherlands, for use in packaging applications such as food packaging to reduce food waste. Following a successful yearlong trial program, Dow is now planning to scale production and address the increasing global demand for renewable plastics. UPM BioVerno naphtha is produced at UPM’s biorefinery in Lappeenranta, Finland, from crude tall oil, which is a residue of paper pulp production. Unlike many other alternative renewable feedstocks, no extra land is required for the feedstock production. The feedstock originates from sustainably managed forests. European Bioplastics & bioplastics MAGAZINE join forced at K'2019 The industry association European Bioplastics and bioplastics MAGAZINE, will again share a booth at K'2019, the world's biggest trade show on plastics & Rubber - 16-23 October in Düsseldorf, Germany. Even if the industry association and your favourite magazine are absolute independent organizations, we again decided to join forced to offer a hub for all visitors interested in bioplastics. Make sure to visit our booth #B10 in Hall 7a. This year we are grateful to Dr. BOY, manufacturer of injection moulding machines to place an XS-model injection moulder on our booth. And we thank Mitsubishi Chemical (MCPP) for sponsoring a couple of bags of their isosorbide based DURABIO TM resin to be run on that machine on our booth. Come by and grab a nice paper clip made of this unique biobased polycarbonate resin on our booth. MT www.dr-boy.de | www.mcpp.com This process also significantly reduces CO 2 emissions, especially by carbon sequestration, compared to standard fossil derived PE resins, and the plastics produced can help brand owners meet their sustainability packaging goals. The entire supply chain is International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) certified, based on mass balance approach, meaning all steps meet traceability criteria and reduce negative environmental impacts. Packaging made from this renewable feedstock can be fully recyclable as demonstrated through a collaboration with brand owner Elopak, an international supplier of paperboardbased packaging for food and beverage. Dow’s biobased low-density polyethylene (LDPE) resins are used to coat Elopak’s liquid carton containers and in the production of carton caps, resulting in a 100 % renewable beverage carton. This was achieved without compromising the benefits of the original form of plastic-coated packaging in addition to reducing the CO 2 footprint of the packaging during production and use. This agreement with UPM is the latest example of Dow’s strategy to enable a shift to a circular economy for plastics by focusing on resource efficiency and integrating recycled content and renewable feedstocks into its production processes. Dow also recently partnered with the Fuenix Ecogy Group, based in Weert, The Netherlands, for the supply of pyrolysis oil feedstock, which is made from recycled plastic waste. Through these efforts, post-consumer plastics will continue to have value through an extended lifespan. These agreements also contribute to Dow’s commitment to incorporate at least 100,000 tonnes of recycled plastics in its product offerings sold in the European Union by 2025. MT www.upmbiofuels.com | www.dow.com PHBH got JBA Award JBA’s Bioindustry Award 2019 has been presented to Kaneka and RIKEN researchers for the development of a PHBH polymer biodegradable on soil and in seawater. The poly-hexanoate-butyrate (PHBH) copolymer is produced by Kaneka from plant oil using a recombinant strain of Cupriavidus necator at a capacity of currently 1,000 tonnes, with plans to increase production to 5,000 and later to 100,000 tonnes a year. PHBH materials decompose not only on soil, but also in seawater (90 % within 6 months at 30 °C) and have obtained the OK Biodegradable Marine certificate from TÜV AUSTRIA Belgium. The biopolymer-producing strain is based on joint research by Yoshiharu Doi, former Professor of the Tokyo Institute of Technology and Director at RIKEN, and five Kaneka researchers who will share the award of 3 million ¥. MT www.kaneka.com 8 bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/19] Vol. 14

DuraSense ® by Stora Enso The affordable way to go green Demand the game-changing biocomposite. Demand more. Demand renewable. Imagine a green, cost-efficient and versatile material for a wide range of injection moulded products. A blend of wood fibres and plastic material, offering a light and flexible solution with the mouldability of plastics, yet the sustainable benefits of wood. Resulting in up to 80% reduced CO 2 footprint. DuraSense ® creates endless design possibilities that are limited only by your imagination. With little or no change to existing production techniques, our material is developed to match conventional plastics and therefore fit existing moulds. Visit us for a cup of coffee. We’ll show you around the biocomposite plant, and tell you more about this gamechanging material. Demand more. Demand renewable. www.storaenso.com/biocomposites Visit us at K-Fair 16 - 23 October 2019 You will find us in stand 72G18 , hall 07 2 bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/19] Vol. 14 9

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