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Richard Altice named new

Richard Altice named new president and CEO of NatureWorks NatureWorks’ board of directors has named Richard Altice as the company’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, replacing Marc Verbruggen, who led the company from 2008 to his retirement in 2017. Altice comes to NatureWorks from PolyOne Corporation where he was Senior Vice President and President – Designed Structures and Solutions. At PolyOne, he had global responsibility for the sheet, roll stock, and formed packaging business. Prior to PolyOne, Altice also served as Vice President of Hexion’s global specialty epoxy business focused on coatings and composites. Altice holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology. “We are pleased to welcome Rich as NatureWorks’ CEO. Rich is an exemplary leader. He brings broad experience and demonstrated success in international business, strategic marketing, and building highly effective teams to serve customers in the polymer and chemical industry,” said Peter Hawthorne, Chairman of the Board. “We believe Rich’s leadership will advance market development and the adoption of NatureWorks’ performance materials in new applications.” “Through my prior work experience, I became familiar with NatureWorks and thought very highly of the company and its products,” said Altice. In a personal meeting with bioplastics MAGAZINE Rich added: ”I’m excited about the time in which I have joined NatureWorks, seeing an enormous amount of efforts by very dedicated, long-term employees in this company. I think they have really created NatureWorks culture, the company’s leadership, and the market interest in renewably sourced advanced polymers and chemicals. This all presents an exciting opportunity”. NatureWorks was the first company to offer commercially available low-carbon-footprint bioplastics derived from 100 % annually renewable resources. Recently, NatureWorks reached the milestone of 900,000 tonnes (2 bn pounds) of Ingeo biopolymer sold globally via its comprehensive portfolio of 33 grades, which are converted into thousands of consumer and industrial products. In 2017, the company launched a performance chemicals business with the new Vercet platform for adhesives and coatings. Along with its customers and supply chain partners, NatureWorks continues to introduce new, innovative Ingeobased applications across a spectrum of industries, including expanded offerings for 3D printing filaments, a first-of-itskind liner to increase the energy efficiency of refrigerators (cf. p. 45), and hydrophilic nonwovens for absorbent hygiene products. With leading coffee companies, NatureWorks is developing a new generation of high performance compostable capsules for single-serve coffee makers. These applications and more will be discussed at Innovation Takes Root, the international forum on advanced biomaterials, this September in San Diego, California. bioplastics MAGAZINE will then do a more comprehensive interview with Richard Altice, who is married, father of two daughters and who, when not working for NatureWorks, loves outdoor activities like hiking, running and golf. MT www.natureworksllc.com Bioplastics will outpace the economy as a whole In a Plastics Market Watch report released 10 May, entitled Watching: Bioplastics – the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) reports bioplastics are in a growth cycle stage and will outpace the economy as a whole. New investments and entrants in the sector and new products and manufacturing technologies are projected to make bioplastics more competitive and dynamic. The report finds growing interest in bioplastics, but also a continued need for education. According to a survey PLASTICS conducted of U.S. consumers in January 2018, more consumers are “familiar” or “somewhat familiar” with bioplastics compared to a survey conducted just two years ago; 32 % of consumers are familiar with bioplastics in 2018 compared to only 27 % in 2016. The PLASTICS survey also indicated 64 % of consumers would prefer to buy a product made with bioplastics – and expect to see bioplastics in disposable plastic tableware, plastic bags, food and cosmetic packaging, and toys. As bioplastics product applications continue to expand, the growth dynamics of the industry will continue to shift. Looking at industry studies on market segmentation, packaging is the largest segment of the market at 37 % followed by bottles at 32 %. Growth opportunities in bioplastics manufacturing are expected to continue from the demand and supply side. While in the past growth in bioplastics was primarily driven by higher petrol-based polymers, changes in consumer behavior will be a significant factor for higher demand of bioplastics. The report is available for download to members and non-members. www.plasticsindustry.org 8 bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/18] Vol. 13

Cover-Story The Netherlands looking to ban oxo-degradable plastics After France and Spain implemented actions in 2017 to limit the production, distribution, sale, provision and utilization of packaging or bags made from oxo-degradable plastics – conventional plastics that falsely claim to biodegrade – the Netherlands now, too, has announced plans for a complete ban of oxo-degradable plastics. “A ban on oxo-plastics that fall apart into microplastics is an important step in the fight against pollution,” said Suzanne Kröger, Member of the Dutch Parliament and GroenLinks, the party that submitted the proposal in the Lower House. "Microplastics are an increasing problem. They end up in nature, in the food chain and in our bodies. It is important for a total ban to be imposed on these plastics that fall apart as soon as possible. If it can no longer be produced, then this rubbish will no longer end up in our nature" [1] The announcement followed a report by the European Commission earlier in January this year announcing plans to restrict the use of these materials in Europe. The New Plastics Economy initiative of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation called for a ban on oxo-degradable plastics as early as November last year. "Although there is a perception that these materials are safely biodegradable, there is scientific evidence that they can be harmful to the food chain," said The New Plastics Economy [2]. The use of oxo-degradable plastics for bags, bottles and labels is on the rise in different areas of the world. Made from conventional, fossil-based polymers to which chemical additives are added to promote degradation, these plastics disintegrate at an accelerated rate following exposure to UV-light, oxygen or heat. The key word in this context is ‘disintegrate’: rather than undergoing biodegradation, the plastic breaks down into tiny particles, which contributes to the formation of microplastics. The microparticles can be found in plankton and algae, among other things, and therefore spread easily into other organisms, according to GroenLinks [2]. The Netherlands supports a full ban, rather than the restricted use proposed by the Commission. “If it is no longer allowed to be produced, it will no longer be able to find its way into our environment,” said Kröger. MT [1] www.pakkracht.biz [2] www.duurzaambedrijfsleven.nl THE BENCHMARK FOR COST EFFECTIVENESS. EREMA Discovery Days 27 - 29 June 2018 Ansfelden / Austria www.erema.com/en/ discovery-days-2018/ 59 euros/tonne for high-quality recycled pellets 110 µm filtered* INTAREMA ® TVEplus ® From post-consumer plastic to high-quality, top recycled pellets for only 59 euros/tonne*. The INTAREMA ® TVEplus ® sets the standard in terms of production efficiency and cost effectiveness: extremely low energy consumption, high throughput thanks to Counter Current technology, laboursaving through automation and remarkably low service costs. *) Production costs for recycled pellets on an INTAREMA ® 2018 TVEplus ® with EREMA Laserfi lter, input material: washed supermarket fi lm LD/LLDPE 98/2, 8 % moisture, calculation incl. investment costs (amortisation 5 years) and variable costs (labour, electricity, water, service and maintenance). That’s Careformance! CAREFORMANCE We care about your performance. 1804012ERE_Bioplastics Magazine.indd 1 bioplastics MAGAZINE 25.04.18 [03/18] Vol. 15:4413 9

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