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Content Imprint Nov / Dec 06|2017 Bioplastic Award 10 And the winner is ... Films/Flexibles/Bags 12 Compostable film resins from Malaysia 13 Mulch films and more Polyurethanes/Elastomers 14 Biobased EP(D)M 16 Renewable Polyols 17 Congratulations - 10 years soy foam in Ford cars 18 Biobased thermoplastic elastomer compounds 20 Bio-succinic acid 23 New biobased lactide polyol polyesters 24 Injection molders who have made bioplastics work 26 Sugar for extra grip Processing 27 Optimize Processability Materials 30 Biobased adhesives From Science & Research 34 PEF: an alternative with a future 36 Aconitic acid as a building block for bioplastics 36 Flexible barrier film 37 From municipal waste to bioplastics Applications 44 Hot compost bin 45 Race Tesla with bio-composites Report 46 Product communication 50 Situation in France 3 Editorial 5 News 28 Material News 37 Application News 48 Basics 52 Opinion 55 Brand Owner 56 10 years ago 57 Survey 58 Suppliers Guide 61 Event Calendar 52 Companies in this issue Publisher / Editorial Dr. Michael Thielen (MT) 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 and Michael Thielen (see head office) 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). From Jan 2018 on: EUR 169 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. All articles appearing in bioplastics MAGAZINE, or on the website are strictly covered by copyright. No part of this publication may be reproduced, copied, scanned, photographed and/or stored in any form, including electronic format, without the prior consent of the publisher. Opinions expressed in articles do not necessarily reflect those of Polymedia Publisher. 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 mt@ 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 bioplastic envelopes sponsored by Taghleef Industries, S.p.A., Maropack GmbH & Co. KG, and SFV- Verpackungen Cover shutterstock / Michaelpuche Follow us on twitter: Like us on Facebook:

daily upated news at News Ellen MacArthur Foundation issues call to ban oxo-degradable plastic packaging A new statement from the Ellen MacArthur foundation that proposes banning oxo-degradable plastic packaging worldwide was endorsed by over 150 organisations around the globe. Signatories include leading businesses, industry associations, NGOs, scientists, and elected officials. Oxo-degradable plastic packaging, including carrier bags, is often marketed as a solution to plastic pollution, with claims that such plastics degrade into harmless residues within a period ranging from a few months to several years. However, as outlined in a new statement by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative, significant evidence indicates that oxo-degradable plastics do not degrade into harmless residues, but instead fragment into tiny pieces of plastic and contribute to microplastic pollution, posing a risk to the ocean and other ecosystems, potentially for decades to come. “The available evidence overwhelmingly suggests oxodegradable plastics do not achieve what their producers claim and instead contribute to microplastic pollution. In addition, these materials are not suited for effective longterm reuse, recycling at scale or composting, meaning they cannot be part of a circular economy,” said Rob Opsomer, Lead for Systemic Initiatives at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. In other words: “Oxo-degradable plastic packaging is not a solution to plastic pollution, and does not fit in a circular economy.” Signatories of the Foundation’s statement include M&S, PepsiCo, Unilever, Veolia, British Plastics Federation, Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association, Packaging South Africa, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and ten Members of the European Parliament. In total, over 150 organisations, including leading businesses representing every step of the plastics supply chain, industry associations, NGOs, scientists, and elected officials have endorsed the statement calling for global action to avoid widescale environmental risk. “Using oxo-degradable additives is not a solution for litter. Their use in waste management systems will likely cause negative outcomes for the environment and communities,” said Erin Simon, Director of Sustainability Research and Development, World Wildlife Fund. “When public policy supports the cascading use of materials – systems where materials get reused over and over, this strengthens economies and drives the development of smarter materials management systems. This leads to wins for both the environment and society.” However, oxo-degradable plastics are still produced in many European countries, including the UK, and marketed across the world as safely biodegradable. Several countries in the Middle-East and Africa, including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, areas of Pakistan, Yemen, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Ghana and Togo, are still promoting the use of oxo-degradable plastics or have even made their use mandatory. To create a plastics system that works, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative, together with the signing organisations, supports innovation that designs out waste and pollution, and keeps products and materials in high-value use in line with the principles of a circular economy MT The complete statement can be downloaded from Bio-on completes construction of the world's largest PHA fermenters Bio-on (Bologna, Italy), one of the main players in the new eco-sustainable chemical industry, recently announced the completion of the fermenters that are at the heart of the production technology for 100% biodegradable and natural bioplastic at the Bio-on plant set to open next year. This big technological challenge has enabled the world's largest fermenters to be built with a capacity of over 100 thousand litres and a height of over 13 metres. These large silos will house the fermentation process in which bacteria produce PHA bioplastics. The new fermenters have been designed by Bio-on's technical staff (ENG Business Unit) in collaboration with RAF, the inhouse team of scientists that developed the various stages of aerobic fermentation over the last 4 years. The two fermenters, which have just been delivered, will be transported and installed at the Bio-on Plants site in Castel San Pietro Terme, Bologna and will contribute towards the upcoming production of biopolymers for cosmetic use. MT bioplastics MAGAZINE [06/17] Vol. 12 5

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