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Award And the winner is

Award And the winner is ... The 12 th Global Bioplastics Award 2017 goes to MAIP Srl for a newly developed PHBH- Compound for ABB Light switch covers I am NATURE is a special PHBH based compound, available in tailor made grades and suitable for high temperature applications. It offers a sustainable solution preserving the technical properties of a traditional thermoplastic material. Maip has developed different bioplastics that are sold under the name of I am NATURE for several years. These PHBH based grades are compounded with mineral fillers, with water-repellent properties, natural fillers, natural based colours and additives of vegetal origin as well as functional components for specific requirements. The PHBH can also be blended with other biobased products such as PLA or with other biodegradable materials such as PBS, PBSA, PBAT, and others. For a new series of switch cover frames that should have an advanced design and a remarkable environment sustainability connotation, ABB was looking for a bioplastic material that could replace technopolymers such as ABS or PC/ ABS. In a joint development ABB and Maip succeeded in creating a special I am NATURE grade that is suitable to satisfy all the multiple requirements of the component. The new compound exhibits particular properties such as high dimensional stability, thermal resistance (about 130 °C), superior UV and light resistance, easy colourability and easy mouldability in multi cavity moulds. Easy processability and specific electric features such as for example a glow wire of 650 °C at 2 mm. The most severe test of all, the scratch resistance, led to the development of special grades that show surprising mar / scratch resistance values also in case of matte textures. The main properties that were achieved, allow the definition of the new I am NATURE as an actual Bio-Technopolymer that also allows to eliminate the painting (because of its good mass colourability) dramatically reducing the carbon footprint of the component. The switch covers were officially introduced to the market in Europe in September 2017. The judges were convinced of the concept. The application of the ABB light switch covers shows that the right combination of Polyhydroxyalkanoate polymers with other naturally based ingredients can lead to sophisticated applications. The prize was awarded to the winning company on November 28 th , 2017 during the 12 th European Bioplastics Conference in Berlin, Germany. MT 10 bioplastics MAGAZINE [06/17] Vol. 12

call for papers now open! Save the Date 04-05 Sep 2018 Cologne, Germany PHA (Poly-Hydroxy-Alkanoates or polyhydroxy fatty acids) is a family of biobased polyesters. As in many mammals, including humans, that hold energy reserves in the form of body fat there are also bacteria that hold intracellular reserves of polyhydroxy alkanoates. Here the micro-organisms store a particularly high level of energy reserves (up to 80% of their own body weight) for when their sources of nutrition become scarce. Examples for such Polyhydroxyalkanoates are PHB, PHV, PHBV, PHBH and many more. That’s why we speak about the PHA platform. This PHA-platform is made up of a large variety of bioplastics raw materials made from many different renewable resources. Depending on the type of PHA, they can be used for applications in films and rigid packaging, biomedical applications, automotive, consumer electronics, appliances, toys, glues, adhesives, paints, coatings, fibers for woven and non-woven and inks. So PHAs cover a broad range of properties and applications. That’s why bioplastics MAGAZINE and Jan Ravenstijn are now organizing the 1 st PHA-platform World Congress on 4-5 September 2018 in Cologne / Germany. This congress will address the progress, challenges and market opportunities for the formation of this new polymer platform in the world. Every step in the value chain will be addressed. Raw materials, polymer manufacturing, compounding, polymer processing, applications, opportunities and end-of-life options will be discussed by parties active in each of these areas. Progress in underlying technology challenges will also be addressed. Platinum Sponsor: Gold Sponsor: organized by Co-organized by Jan Ravenstijn

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