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Materials Thermoplastic

Materials Thermoplastic starch from the heart of Europe By: Gottfried Krapfenbauer (Sales Director Technical Specialities) and Barbara Fahrngruber (Teamlead R&D) AGRANA STÄRKE Vienna, Austria The need for green ingredients in bioplastics is becoming an important topic. Efficient resource management that addresses renewable materials and waste recovery is a crucial future step towards a circular economy. Thermoplastic starch (TPS) produced by AGRANA can help to fulfill these requirements. AMITROPLAST ® Starch, itself consisting of the two polymers amylose and amylopectin, is an amazing and very versatile material, making it an important base for modern bioplastics. In the production of bioplastics, Agrana uses its many years of expertise in the production and processing of starch and supplements this with the knowledge of the needs of the plastics industry. With the Amitroplast product family, Agrana provides user-friendly TPS (Thermoplastic Starch) for extrusion, film blowing, injection moulding and 3D printing. Amitroplast is bio-based, biodegradable and can be disposed of in a home or industrial composting environment. All Amitroplast products allow users to incorporate significant amounts of TPS and thus, to create tailor-made Starch TPS Blend Final Product • Nongenetically modified • Renewable raw material • Biodegradable • Compostable • Biobased • Made in Austria Material adaptation specifically to requirements by combination with other bio-polymers and additives Products with the previously customdetermined properties polymer compounds that are processable by using standard polymer equipment and capable of adding extra value to innovative products. The material properties of a 25 µm film, based on a compound that consists of 50 % Amitroplast and 50 % PBAT (polybutylene adipate-co-terephthalate), results typically in an extensibility of approximately 350 % and a tensile strength of 20-25 MPa. Furthermore, the new technology of Amitroplast significantly reduces the development of fumes during film blowing. Amitroplast is produced from renewable and regional raw material. All ingredients are derived from non-geneticallymodified sources. R&D at Agrana The journey of implementing sustainable solutions to ensure the fulfillment of today´s and future demands is not yet over. Agrana employs a significant number of scientists and technicians who conduct applied research and customer-oriented product development. Strengthening sustainable partnerships is their motivation, whereby confidentiality and technical support are guaranteed. Agrana worldwide Agrana is an international company headquartered in Vienna, Austria. Founded in 1988, Agrana today achieves a turnover of 2.6 billion EUR with 8900 employees. The main areas are starch, fruit and sugar with more than 1000 products across the divisions. Agrana is the leading sugar company in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the global leader in fruit preparations and a major producer of fruit juice concentrates in Europe. Agrana Starch specialises in processing and adding value to high quality agricultural commodities such as corn, potato and wheat to make a wide range of starch product. Tailored to different industrial uses from top quality foodstuffs to numerous industrial upstream products as well as bioethanol, AGRANA STARCH has a long and exceptionally successful track record in the development and marketing of starch products. More details at www.agrana.com/en/products/starch-portfolio/productsfor-technical-applications/ www.agrana.com 40 bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/18] Vol. 13

Automotive PRESENTS The Bioplastics Award will be presented during the 13 th European Bioplastics Conference December 04-05, 2018, Berlin, Germany THE THIRTEENTH ANNUAL GLOBAL AWARD FOR DEVELOPERS, MANUFACTURERS AND USERS OF BIOBASED AND/OR BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS. Call for proposals Enter your own product, service or development, or nominate your favourite example from another organisation Please let us know until August 31 st 1. What the product, service or development is and does 2. Why you think this product, service or development should win an award 3. What your (or the proposed) company or organisation does 2018 Your entry should not exceed 500 words (approx. 1 page) and may also be supported with photographs, samples, marketing brochures and/or technical documentation (cannot be sent back). The 5 nominees must be prepared to provide a 30 second videoclip and come to Berlin on December 4 th , 2018. More details and an entry form can be downloaded from www.bioplasticsmagazine.de/award supported by bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/18] Vol. 13 41

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