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C M Y CM MY CY CMY K Materials New glass fibre reinforced biopolymer compounds Something not deemed possible has become a reality: fully biobased and biodegradable glass-fibre-reinforced compounds. Arctic Biomaterials (ABM) from Tampere, Finland, are delighted to announce the recently established collaboration with Helian Polymers (Belfeld, the Netherlands). By combining ABM’s unique ArcBiox degradable and reinforcing glass fibres with Helian Polymers’ signature PHAradox PHA compounds, new functional material possibilities emerge due to improved mechanical and thermal properties. No less than six grades have been developed so far. The established synergy between both companies enables the industry and interested parties to test and validate new sustainable materials for a range of applications where glass fibre reinforcements are a requirement. These new PHA compounds with ArcBiox glass fibres, which are in a developmental stage, will degrade in the environment without the formation of persistent microplastics or remaining glass fibres. With these exciting and still experimental materials, both companies are open to discussing application development with their customers and exploring further opportunities. From government regulation to social pressure, the call for sustainable materials is getting louder every day. By combining their strengths, both Arctic Biomaterials and Helian Polymers help potential customers to lower the threshold to develop new applications with their latest sustainable materials – which are fully biobased and 100 % biodegradable – with the sole intention to minimise the end product’s negative impact on the environment. AT | | TPE ISSN 1868 - 8055 PVST ZK17761 Volume 14 / 2022 Magazine RFP ISSN 1863 - 7116 PVST 73484 Rubber | Fibres | Plastics Volume 17 / 2022 PU ISSN 1864 - 5534 PVST 66226 Volume 19 / 2022 Magazine International RADO-Titelseite-GAK-07-8-2022.PRINT 05.08.22 ISSN 0176-1625 PVSt 4637 75. Jahrgang August 2022 Gummi | Fasern | Kunststoffe Contact us! • Interview with A. Arrighini, Marfran • Trend report North America • Editorial • Interview Eruption of techniques Compensate and strategies to for interference break up and recycle rubber with nature • TPV for fuel cells • Wood as flame-retardant 03 • Trend report Localisation and regionalisation: Changing landscape of global supply chain 2022 • Trend report North America RP_P03_ADV Antifiamma_210x297mm.indd 1 • Emerging trends in plastics recycling • Follow-up report 189 exhibitors spread over three halls at Hannover fair ground 02 2022 • DKT/IRC 2021 Wichtiger Branchentreffpunkt in turbulenten Zeiten • Material flows of U.S. polyurethane • Amino functional 04 sulfonates • Mechanische Prüfung Mehraxiale Eigenschaften von Elastomeren • Integrative Simulation Modellierung des Relaxationsverhaltens 2022 • Rheologie Korrektur von Wandgleiteffekten 07 08 2022 Practical content from the areas of Development, processing and application* *Trend-setting and expertly packaged. 42 bioplastics MAGAZINE [06/22] Vol. 17 Dr. Gupta Verlag

Amorphous PHA meets PLA CJ Biomaterials and NatureWorks will develop innovative sustainable materials solutions Materials CJ Biomaterials (Woburn, MA, USA), a division of South Korea-based CJ CheilJedang and NatureWorks (Plymouth, MN, USA) have signed a Master Collaboration Agreement (MCA) that calls for the two organizations to collaborate on the development of sustainable materials solutions based on CJ Biomaterials’ PHACT Biodegradable Polymers and NatureWorks’ Ingeo biopolymers. The two companies will develop high-performance biopolymer solutions that will replace petrochemical-based plastics in applications ranging from compostable food packaging and food serviceware to personal care, films, and other end products. The initial focus of this joint agreement will be to develop biobased solutions that create new performance attributes for compostable rigid and flexible food packaging and food serviceware. The new solutions developed will also aim to speed up biodegradation to introduce more after-use options consistent with a circular economy model. The focus on compostable food packaging and serviceware will create more solutions for keeping methanegenerating food scraps out of landfills, which are the third largest source of methane emissions globally, according to the World Bank. Using compostable food packaging and serviceware, more food scraps can be diverted to composting where they become part of a nutrientrich, soil amendment that improves soil health through increased biodiversity and sequestered carbon content. CJ Biomaterials and NatureWorks plan to expand their relationship beyond cooperative product development for packaging to create new applications in the films and nonwoven markets. For these additional applications, the two companies will enter into strategic supply agreements to support development efforts. Rich Altice and Seung-Jin Lee “We are excited to build on our strong relationship with NatureWorks to tackle the challenge of plastic waste”, says Seung-Jin Lee, Head of Biomaterials business from CJ CheilJedang. “Plastic pollution is a major global concern, and to successfully address this problem, it is critical to introduce new solutions that will have a real impact by improving the biodegradability and compostability of plastic. Using its Ingeo PLA technology, NatureWorks has served as a leader in developing sustainable solutions for more than 30 years. By combining our PHACT amorphous PHA [aPHA] biopolymers with their Ingeo PLA biopolymers, we can deliver advanced solutions that improve the biodegradability and compostability of plastic in almost limitless applications”. “We feel strongly that the next generation of sustainable materials needs to begin with renewable, biobased feedstocks, have a wide range of tailorable performance attributes, and be designed for after-use scenarios from compostability to chemical recycling. These principles are inherent in both CJ’s PHACT PHA and our Ingeo PLA, and we have witnessed very positive early results when incorporating these two industry-leading biomaterials. This collaboration between our two organizations is going to lead to the development of exciting, industry-advancing technologies”, said NatureWorks CEO, Rich Altice. NatureWorks is a pioneer in the development of biobased materials that have a small carbon footprint and enable new after-use options with its Ingeo technology. As a company, it has developed many of the leading high-volume applications for PLA. In recent years, Ingeo has experienced significant growth as a biobased material in a broad range of finished products. Due to its unique functionality, it has been used to replace petrochemical-based plastics with 100 % renewable, biobased content and to enable more after-use options which include compostability, chemical recycling, and mechanical recycling. CJ Biomaterials is a business unit of CJ BIO part of CJ CheilJedang. Earlier this year, the company announced commercial-scale production of PHA following the inauguration of its production facility in Pasuruan, Indonesia. Today, CJ Biomaterials is the only company in the world producing aPHA, including the first product under its new PHACT brand, named PHACT A1000P. Amorphous PHA is a softer, more rubbery version of PHA that offers fundamentally different performance characteristics than crystalline or semi-crystalline forms of PHA. It is certified biodegradable under industrial compost, soil (ambient), and marine environments. Modifying PLA with amorphous PHA leads to improvements in mechanical properties, such as toughness, and ductility, while maintaining clarity. It also allows adjustment in the biodegradability of PLA and could potentially lead to a home compostable product. MT bioplastics MAGAZINE [06/22] Vol. 17 43

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