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Issue 06/2016

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Content Imprint Events 8 Rethinking Plastics European Bioplastics Conference 32 K’2016 - Show review Films, Flexibles, Bags 14 New barrier packaging for cheese and pasta products 16 Innovative biodegradable packaging for corrosion 20 New insights in PHBHHx 22 Laminated films Consumer Electronics 24 The fair computer mouse Materials 30 Green PU from olive oil residues 31 Improve Transparency and performance of PLA Report 38 SuperBio - New funding programme for biobased value chains From Science and Research 40 Bioplastic from flue gas and green electricity 41 Polycarbonate from Orange Peel and CO 2 Politics 44 The EU-Ecoabel and biobased products Basics 42 Certification – blessing and curse 50 Glossary Ten Years Ago 47 Shopping bags - a big opportunity for bioplastics 06|2016 Nov / Dec Cover Story 12 The future of NatureFlex Award 10 And the winner is... 11 th Global Bioplastics Award 3 Editorial 5 News 28 Material News 34 Application News 54 Suppliers Guide 57 Event Calendar 58 Companies in this issue Publisher / Editorial Dr. Michael Thielen (MT) Karen Laird (KL) Samuel Brangenberg (SB) Head Office Polymedia Publisher GmbH Dammer Str. 112 41066 Mönchengladbach, Germany phone: +49 (0)2161 6884469 fax: +49 (0)2161 6884468 Media Adviser Samsales (German language) phone: +49(0)2161-6884467 fax: +49(0)2161 6884468 Chris Shaw (English language) Chris Shaw Media Ltd Media Sales Representative phone: +44 (0) 1270 522130 mobile: +44 (0) 7983 967471 Layout/Production Kerstin Neumeister Print Poligrāfijas grupa Mūkusala Ltd. 1004 Riga, Latvia bioplastics MAGAZINE is printed on chlorine-free FSC certified paper. Print run: 3,500 copies bioplastics magazine ISSN 1862-5258 bM is published 6 times a year. This publication is sent to qualified subscribers (149 Euro for 6 issues). bioplastics MAGAZINE is read in 92 countries. Every effort is made to verify all Information published, but Polymedia Publisher cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions or for any losses that may arise as a result. No items may be reproduced, copied or stored in any form, including electronic format, without the prior consent of the publisher. Opinions expressed in articies do not necessarily reflect those of Polymedia Publisher. All articles appearing in bioplastics MAGAZINE, or on the website are strictly covered by copyright. bioplastics MAGAZINE welcomes contributions for publication. Submissions are accepted on the basis of full assignment of copyright to Polymedia Publisher GmbH unless otherwise agreed in advance and in writing. We reserve the right to edit items for reasons of space, clarity or legality. Please contact the editorial office via The fact that product names may not be identified in our editorial as trade marks is not an indication that such names are not registered trade marks. bioplastics MAGAZINE tries to use British spelling. However, in articles based on information from the USA, American spelling may also be used. Envelopes A part of this print run is mailed to the readers wrapped in Green PE bioplastic envelopes sponsored by FKuR Kunststoff GmbH Cover Cover-Ad: Futamura Follow us on twitter: Like us on Facebook:

daily upated news at News Braskem takes technology to space Braskem recently announced that, as a result of its partnership with U.S.-based Made In Space, the leading developer of zero gravity 3D printers and an official supplier to NASA, its biopolyethylene is now also being used in space for 3D printing spare parts and tools. The first part made from the raw material outside of Earth was a pipe connector for a vegetable irrigation system, which was fabricated by the Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF), the first commercial 3D printer permanently allocated in space. The equipment, which will fabricate various types of parts using sugar cane-based bio-PE, is located on the International Space Station (ISS) and was developed by Made In Space with the support of the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS). Over the past year, Braskem’s Innovation & Technology team has been working with Made In Space to develop a Green Plastic solution especially for 3D printing in zero gravity. The partnership will enable astronauts to receive by e-mail digital designs of the parts and then print them, which means dramatic savings in terms of time and costs. “Through this partnership, we combined one of the greatest innovations in polymers, Green Plastic, with advanced space technology to print 3D objects in zero gravity. Putting a renewable polymer in space for printing applications represents an important milestone in our history,” said Patrick Teyssonneyre, director of Innovation & Technology at Braskem. Polyethylene made from sugarcane was the material chosen for the project because of its combination of properties, such as flexibility, chemical resistance and recyclability, and also because it is made from a renewable resource. There are great expectations surrounding the project’s benefits, since 3D printing in space was defined by NASA as one of the advances essential for a future mission to Mars. “The ability to print parts and tools in 3D on demand increases the reliability and safety of space missions. This partnership with Braskem is fundamental for diversifying the raw materials used by the AMF and for making this technology more robust and versatile,” said Andrew Rush, CEO of Made In Space. Note that Braskem’s technology is also present in the structure of the actual printer. The equipment’s printing bed is made of Braskem’s ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW- PE), which is marketed under the brand UTEC. The resin provides increased tack for printing with Green Polyethylene and offers mechanical properties, such as superior abrasion and impact resistance.KL (Photo: NASA) New market study shows vigorous growth for bioplastics According to the authors of the fourth report on the global market for bioplastics from German market research company Ceresana, revenues of over EUR 2.45 billion are currently generated with these green plastics. With growth rates that are considerably higher than those of conventional plastics due to rising demand and an increasingly broader range of applications, the bioplastics trend looks to be here to stay. The Ceresana report distinguishes two main material groups of bioplastics, and discusses both. In this report, the first group consists of biodegradable plastics that are compostable, and refers to plastics that can – but do not have to be - derived from renewable resources. Although biodegradable plastics account for only 42 % of the global demand for bioplastics, the growth figures for this group - an 11 % rise in volume per year - are impressive. The second group of materials, according to this report, consists of materials that are biobased, but not biodegradable. Example are the so-called dropins, such as bio-PET and bio-polyethylene based on sugar cane, but also high-heat PLA comes under this heading. Using biobased materials creates a positive image for consumers, while at the same time reducing CO 2 emissions and environmental impact. Protection of the environment and of resources is increasingly often a decisive sales argument for producers. The present study analyses how bioplastics consumption will develop in the individual sales markets. Demand is broken down according to the following applications: packaging and films, bottles, loose fill materials, bags and sacks, automotive and electronics, and other applications. The most important sales sector for bioplastics is the packaging industry - from demand for bottles to the production of films up to bags and sacks. Yet next to to projecting a positive image, the use of bioplastics offers additional advantages, which explains the positive development of bioplastics compared to standard plastics. Packaging made of bioplastics provides special benefits for fresh products and perishable foodstuffs. Fruit and vegetables remain fresh for a longer time due to the higher degree of breathability of biodegradable plastics. This ability is also an advantage in the production of hygiene films, e.g. in diapers. In addition, more and more legal frameworks, especially in packaging, support an increase in the global consumption of bioplastics. Bag bans, prohibiting the use of non-biodegradable thin-walled shopping bags, for example, have been enacted in China, France and a host of other countries. KL/MT bioplastics MAGAZINE [06/16] Vol. 11 5

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