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News thyssenkrupp commissions first commercial PLA plant for COFCO in China To reduce reliance on petroleum-based plastics, thyssenkrupp has developed a manufacturing process for the bioplastic PLA. The world’s first commercial plant based on the patented PLAneo ® technology recently started production in Changchun, China. It is operated by the Jilin COFCO Biomaterial Corporation, a subsidiary of COFCO, China’s largest food and beverage group. The new plant with an initial capacity of 10,000 tonnes, produces all standard PLA types, among other things for the production of eco-friendly packaging, fibers, textiles and engineering plastics. the technology, thyssenkrupp’s subsidiary Uhde Inventa- Fischer profited from decades of expertise gained from the construction of more than 400 polymerization plants and extensive experience in the scale-up of new technologies. For the new plant in Changchun thyssenkrupp provided the engineering, key plant components and supervision of construction and commissioning. MT Sami Pelkonen, CEO of the Electrolysis & Polymers Technologies business unit of thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions: “The bioplastics market will continue to grow in the coming years, not least due to the increasing environmental awareness of industry, governments and consumers. With our PLAneo technology we want to do our bit to make the plastics sector more sustainable and resource-friendly. With it we enable our customers to produce high-quality bioplastics with a wide range of properties – at a price that is competitive with conventional plastics.” PLAneo technology converts lactic acid into PLA in a particularly efficient and resource friendly way. Another advantage is its transferability to large-scale plants with capacities of up to 100,000 tons per year. In developing Neste and Clariant will collaborate Neste, the world’s leading provider of sustainable renewable diesel and an expert in delivering drop-in renewable chemical solutions, and Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, have signed an agreement to collaborate on the development of new sustainable material solutions targeted at a range of industries. In the first phase of the partnership, the companies will start replacing fossil-based ethylene and propylene used in Clariant’s top-quality hot-melt adhesives, with monomers derived from renewable feedstock. This is enabled by turning Neste’s renewable hydrocarbons – produced 100 % from renewable raw materials, such as waste and residue fats and oils as well as vegetable oils – into ethylene and propylene for Clariant’s products. In a later phase, the companies will also develop other sustainable additive solutions derived from renewable raw materials for plastics and coatings applications. This will enable the two companies to help various sustainabilityfocused brand owners – such as those producing furniture, sporting goods, hygiene products, electronics, and cars – to increase their bio-based offering while also reducing crude oil dependency and climate emissions. “We are proud to join forces with Clariant, one of the most innovative players in the specialty chemicals industry. Collaboration marks an essential step forward in Neste’s quest to become a preferred partner as a provider of sustainable chemicals solutions for forerunner brands”, says Peter Vanacker, President & CEO from Neste. “Combining Clariant’s in-depth knowhow in the varying applications of adhesives, plastics, and coatings, with Neste’s extensive knowledge and experience in working with biobased materials to produce a variety of drop-in renewable solutions, enables both companies to develop their sustainable material offering to provide maximum added value not only to sustainable brands in varying industries but also to their customers,” Vanacker adds. “For society, our environment, and future generations, it is our responsibility to improve sustainability performance and reduce our carbon footprint and dependency on crude oil. As a result of Clariant’s partnership with Neste, we can progress our goal to become a true sustainable solution provider in the additive market, offering our customers products and solutions that can make a positive contribution towards their targets and enhance end applications,” continues Gloria Glang, Vice President, Head of Global Advanced Surface Solutions Business at Clariant. MT | 8 bioplastics MAGAZINE [06/18] Vol. 13

Picks & clicks Most frequently clicked news Here’s a look at our most popular online content of the past two months. The story that got the most clicks from the visitors to was: re:thinking plastic UK judge finds the case for oxo-degradable plastic ‘compelling’ (05 November 2018) In a further twist of the oxy-degradable plastics saga, Symphony Environmental Technologies PLC today (5th November 2018) heard the news that lawyer and former deputy Judge of the High Court in England, Peter Susman QC, has declared the scientific case for oxo-biodegradable technologies to be “clear and compelling”. A commentary by bioplastics MAGAZINE. Produced exclusively from pure plant-based, renewable resources! Biome Bioplastics' educational channel Biome Bioplastics, Southampton, UK, has launched a digital educational channel, #ThinkBioplastic. The platform aims to help government, media and the public better understand the complexities of plastics and plastic pollution and learn more about available alternatives. #ThinkBioplastic will share content about the whole plastic life cycle (production, use and disposal) and investigate the science behind recent plastic’s headlines. It will highlight the role of bioplastic in reducing the negative impact of polymer manufacture and disposal. All content will be in an easily digestible form. Biome Bioplastics CEO Paul Mines explains the motivation behind the channel: “The recent extensive coverage on plastic, while increasing awareness of the problem, has also increased people’s confusion about the existing solutions. We decided to take the matter into our own hands and form a necessary back-to-basic approach that puts the emphasis on science and fact. We hope to cut through some of the noise in this debate and empower people to make their own choices.” The channel has already received support from experts in the biobased industry. Professor Adrian Higson, Director at NNFCC, said the #ThinkBioplastic platform will help inform individuals about the ‘already available solutions’ to the plastic problem. He added: “In turn, this can shine a new light on the opportunity that biobased and biodegradable plastics represent, to shift towards a sustainable bioeconomy - a move that could eliminate dependency on fossil fuels.” #ThinkBioplastic will also be working with ambassadors, such as award-winning wildlife photographer Sue Flood, who has spent almost 30 years as a wildlife filmmaker and photographer, among others as a member of the team that produced the acclaimed Blue Planet and Planet Earth documentaries. MT Our premium range from renewable raw materials With Joma Nature® we offer a select range of our Spice Grinders and our Securibox® as an environmentally conscious alternative to conventional products – sustainable and CO 2-neutral. For our environment, we aim to protect our natural surroundings and secure a livable world for our children. bioplastics MAGAZINE [06/18] Vol. 13 9

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