bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue 01/2010

bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue January/February 2010


  • Braskem and Novozymes to Make Green Plastic

    Braskem, the largest petrochemical company in Latin America, and Novozymes, the world’s leading producer of industrial enzymes, today announced a research partnership to develop large-scale production of polypropylene (PP) from sugarcane. [more]

  • SPI Bioplastics Council Position Paper on Oxo- and Other Degradable Additives

    The Bioplastics Council, a special interest group of SPI: the Plastics Industry Trade Association, recently announced the release of a position paper that questions the scientific validity of biodegradability claims made by producers of ‘oxo-degradable’ and ‘oxo-biodegradable’ products. [more]

  • FKuR expands into North America

    FKuR Kunststoff GmbH, leading developer and supplier of sustainable plastic compounds headquartered in Willich, Germany, is now expanding its activities into USA and Canada. Since the beginning of this year, FKuR Plastics Corp. with a four member team around President Patrick Zimmermann is marketing the Bio-Flex®, Biograde® and Fibrolon® products lines from Cedar Park, Texas, USA. [more]

  • Note to the Editor

    European Bioplastics would make the following comments regarding the statements made in the article on oxo-fragmentable, so called ‘oxo-biodegradable‘, plastics by Professor Scott published in the Nov./Dec. edition of bioplastics magazine 06/2009: [more]

  • Public Relations Exercise for Bio-based Materials

    As part of this year‘s ‘Green Week’ in Berlin, Germany the subject of biopolymers was brought closer to the attention of the end consumer.  [more]

  • Futerro Starts up PLA Demo Unit

    End of last year, Futerro, a 50/50 joint venture established in September 2007 by Galactic and Total Petrochemicals, announced the start up of its demo unit in Escanaffles, Belgium. The purpose of the unit is to test a state-of-the-art technology for the production of PolyLactic Acid (PLA) bioplastics of renewable vegetable origin, developed by the two partners.  [more]

Application News

  • Bags for Electronic Road Toll Tags

    Inapol Ltda, Chile is a bag manufacturer who has already developed some products from bioplastics, for example Mater-Bi from Novamont. Now they announced to be the first producer in Chile to launch a bag made 100% from bioplastic raw material for a big client.  [more]

  • Innovative Hospital Waste Management System

    Pharmafilter BV, a bioenergy technology company based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, has selected Mirel bioplastics by Telles (Lowell, Massachussetts, USA) for a suite of disposable products for hospital use. [more]

  • Forest Plant Container Made in Chile

    In Chile the development of biodegradable materials dates back about a decade. One of the highlights in this area is the work of the University of Concepción through the Technological Development Unit (UDT). In 2005 for example, UDT was involved in the set-up of a pilot scale production of biodegradable polymers, such as polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) and polylactic acid (PLA). The raw material used for the bacterial fermentation of lactic acid was organic waste generated by the famous Chilean wine industry, where the residue of the grapes was used as an organic substrate. [more]

  • Biodegradable And Compostable Sugar Sachet

    A new product has joined the range of catering solutions available in Mater-Bi® by Novamont from Italy. The biodegradable and compostable sugar sachet, born of a partnership between Novamont and Novarese Zuccheri joins the cutlery, plates and cups already available.  [more]

  • Roll-Bag Solution for Bio-Bags

    Roll-o-Matic, Denmark, stands for solutions that are flexible, faster and easier to operate, and in addition financially attractive. One example is Roll-o-Matic‘s star-sealed T-shirt kit for Delta converting lines. This kit is a newly developed and patented solution, which allows the production of star-sealed T-shirt bags, normal T-shirt, sinus/wave top, bottom- sealed and other bags on a standard Delta T-shirt line without any additional modules. [more]

  • OLYMP Tests PLA Shirt and Blouse Fabrics

    OLYMP Bezner GmbH & Co. KG of Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany is permanently on the look-out for innovative production processes to manufacture their up-market business shirts. The limited possibilities open to them when using thread and cloth made from cotton required the development of new alternative raw materials.  [more]

  • Fancy Potato Poncho

    Last September, the Spanish sustainable products brand ‘EQUILICUA‘ presented an original garment made from bioplastic – 100% biodegradable and compostable (even home compostable in a backyard compost bin). It is a raincoat that comes with seeds incorporated into it that promote the disintegration of this new generation of materials made completely from bioplastic that is based on potato and corn starch (BIOTEC). [more]

  • PTT Mascara Packaging

    At Luxepack in Monaco last fall, Oekametall fom Bamberg, Germany presented a new standard mascara packaging line. It is made with renewably-sourced material DuPont™ Biomax® PTT1100, a high-performance packaging polymer with excellent surface gloss, chemical and scratch resistance.  [more]


  • PSA Peugeot Citroën Applies Green Materials

    Last October French automotive group PSA Peugeot Citroën presented the latest developments in its green materials plan, set up to limit the eco-footprint of Group vehicles during their service life.  [more]

  • Concept Tyres Made with BioIsoprene™

    The world’s first concept demonstration tyres made with BioIsoprene™ technology, a breakthrough alternative to replace a petrochemically produced ingredient in the manufacture of synthetic rubber with renewable biomass, made their debut at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, last December.  [more]

  • Ontario BioAuto Council

    The Ontario BioAuto Council, headquartered in Guelph Ontario, is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization established in 2007 to link chemicals, plastics, manufacturing, auto-parts and automotive assemblers with agriculture and forestry.  [more]

  • Wheat Straw for New Ford Flex

    Ford Motor Company, working with academic researchers and one of its suppliers, is the first automaker to develop and use environmentally friendly wheat straw-reinforced plastic in a vehicle. [more]

  • BioConcept-Car – with Biomaterials on the Passing Lane

    In the first ‘automotive issue‘ of bioplastics MAGAZINE in early 2007 we reported on the BioConcept-Car. The Ford Mustang GT RTD features the world‘s most powerful biodiesel engine and bodywork made of flax-fibre reinforced linseed-acrylate, i.e. a high performance composite made of natural fibres embedded in a resin from the same plant (flax and linseed). [more]

  • Hyundai Blue-Will Concept to feature PLA and PA 11

    At the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit (January 2010) Korean automaker Hyundai for the first time presented its Blue-Will Plug-in Hybrid concept car. [more]

  • Tires Made from Trees

    Automobile owners around the world may someday soon be driving on tires that are partly made out of trees – which could cost less, perform better and save on fuel and energy. [more]

  • Bio-Polyamides for Automotive Applications

    A joint development project, which is partly funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and partly supported by the so-called BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg ‘cluster‘, focuses its activities on bio-based polyamides for automotive applications and received two awards in 2009. [more]


  • A True Compostable Foam

    Cereplast Compostable 5001® is perfectly suited to meet the needs of all converters, manufacturers and brand owners interested in substituting Polystyrene foam with an environmentally sustainable plastic.  [more]

  • Heat-Resistant PLA Bead Foam

    According to Sekisui Plastics Co., Ltd., a large expanded polystyrene (EPS) company headquartered in Osaka, Japan, the company has developed the world‘s first heat-resistant and biomass-based bead foam. This bead foam is made of polylactic acid (PLA) by Sekisui‘s unique manufacturing process which enhances the high-temperature dimensional stability of PLA bead foam and retains specific properties of PLA, such as mechanical strength, solvent resistance and weather resistance.  [more]

  • PLA Foam Trays

    Two organizations, Sealed Air Corporation in Duncan, South Carolina, USA, and Dyne-a-Pak in Laval, Quebec, Canada, are North American pioneers in the development of fresh food foam trays manufactured from NatureWorks Ingeo™ PLA. As a result of their efforts, brand owners and retailers have a performance alternative to polystyrene foam trays — an alternative that lowers greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption as well as delivering the potential for food waste diversion from landfill. [more]

  • Bio-Based Biodegradable PHA Foam

    KANEKA Corporation is a Japanese chemical company which develops, manufactures and sells various chemical products. Kaneka’s business interests are concentrated on seven fields, which are chemicals, functional plastics, foodstuffs products, life science products, electronic products, synthetic fibers and expandable plastics and products.  [more]

  • Cellulose Acetate Foams

    Foam sheet extrusion of thermoplastics (e.g. extruded polystyrene foam (XPS)) is a well-established foam technology. Two basic categories of blowing agents are used for foam production (table 1). The blowing agent is the primary factor controlling the foam density as well as its cellular microstructure and morphology, so determining the end-use properties of foams [1]. [more]

  • ‘Cradle to Cradle‘ Certified PLA Foam

    Synbra Technology bv in Etten-Leur, The Netherlands, is the Synbra Group‘s in-house polymerisation and ‘Technology & Innovation’ R&D facility, as well as the group‘s centre of excellence for materials and product development. Synbra is a leading European producer of Expandable Polystyrene (EPS) and the first plant (5000 t/a) to use a new polymerisation technology for PLA, that was recently developed by Sulzer Chemtech and Purac Biochem, will be built by Synbra Technology in the Netherlands for the production of BioFoam®; a foamed product made from this PLA (see bM 05/2008 and 01/2009).  [more]

  • Foaming Agents and Chain Extenders for PLA Foam

    As biopolymers have found applications in food packaging, medical and many other applications, there is increasing interest in foaming these materials. [more]

From Science & Research

  • Disposal of Bio-Polymers via Energy Recovery

    To achieve a maximum degree of sustainability for bio-polymers, even in the method of their disposal, there is increasing discussion on the subject of cascade benefits and CO2 reduction costs in connection with so-called ‘end of life options’ by adopting appropriate disposal options.  [more]


  • Misleading Claims and Misuse of Standards Continues to Proliferate in the Nascent BioPlastics Industry Space

    Biodegradation takes place when microorganisms utilize carbon substrates to extract chemical energy that drives their life processes. The carbon substrates become ‘food’ which microorganisms use to sustain themselves.  [more]

  • A Novel, Lightweight, Heat-resistant PLA

    Among the most significant challenges for the wider application of PLA is its low heat resistance: native PLA usually turns soft at around 60 ºC, which not only makes it incapable of holding heated food or a hot drink, but also causes deformation during container transport. [more]

  • High Heat Injection Molding PLA

    On January 14, NatureWorks LLC introduced its second generation Ingeo™ bioresin (PLA) solution targeted primarily at injection molding of semi-durable consumer products. This new patent-pending solution is the latest in a series of breakthroughs for Ingeo™ applications, which already include high heat thermoforms, films, and gift and transactional cards.  [more]


  • Bioplastics Situation in Brazil

    The Brazilian bioplastics industry demonstrates its potential: new production facilities are ready to go, new applications are in the final stage of development and the market is gaining the attention of the government. But there is still a lack of specific legislation, and a lack of consumer and media understanding. [more]

Show Review

  • 3rd WPC Congress

    Even in the current economic crisis international sales figures of Wood Plastic Composites (WPC) are increasing. [more]

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