bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue 01/2012

bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue November/December 2011


  • Telles JV is ending – Mirel shall go on …

    Metabolix announced on Jan. 12, 2012 that ADM has given notice of termination of the Telles, LLC joint venture for PHA bioplastics. Metabolix however, will remain committed to successfully commercializing PHA bioplastics, as Richard Eno, Chief Executive Officer of Metabolix points out. [more]

  • Rodenburg acquired Optimum

    Rodenburg Biopolymers BV, Oosterhout, the Netherlands, manufacturer of potato starch based Solanyl bioplastic compounds, has purchased Optimum BV, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, producer of FlourPlast biodegradable biopolymers. Details about the financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. [more]

  • bioplastics MAGAZINE presents:

    The 2nd PLA World Congress in Munich/Germany is the must-attend conference for everyone interested in PLA, its benefits, and challenges. [more]

  • New plants to produce succinic acid and BDO

    BioAmber Inc. from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, a next generation chemicals company, and Mitsui & Co., Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan, a leading global trading company, have partnered to build and operate the previously announced manufacturing facility in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. The initial phase of the facility is expected to have production capacity of 17,000 tonnes of biosuccinic acid and commence commercial production in 2013. [more]

  • CHINAPLAS 2012 Grand Returns to Shanghai

    CHINAPLAS 2012 (The 26th International Exhibition on Plastics and Rubber Industries), which is dedicated to showcasing the world-class cutting-edge plastics and rubber technologies, will grandly return to Shanghai and held at Shanghai New International Expo Centre on April 18-21, 2012. [more]

  • Congress unveiled two-figure growth in WPC production

    With nearly 300 participants from 21 countries and 30 exhibitors, the 4th German WPC Congress, Cologne (13th-14th December 2011) organised by nova-Institute once more lived up to its reputation as the industry’s leading European event.  [more]

  • Coca-Cola signed agreements to develop 100% plant based bottles

    In Mid December 2011 the Dutch company Avantium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands announced an agreement with The Coca-Cola Company to further co-develop their YXY technology for producing PEF bottles. [more]

  • New crystal clear bioplastic for injection moulding

    End of last year FKuR from Willich, Germany presented its further developments of the cellulose acetate based Biograde® products. [more]

Application News

  • Biocomposite canoe

    An all natural composite canoe designed and manufactured in the UK using flax fibre and a linseed oil based resin was be showcased at the recent Composites Europe trade show. [more]

  • Designer headphones with PLA

    Advertised as the World’s first recyclable designer over-ear headphones the Noisezero 0+ Eco edition headphones were recently introduced.  [more]

  • New Cellulose Acetate for frames

    Mazzucchelli 1849, Castiglione Olona, Italy is a worldwide leader in the production and distribution of the plastic material traditionally used for the production of optical frames:  [more]

  • Biobiojoux

    Designer Lili Giacobino has launched her own business making jewellery out of kitchen cupboard staples such as flour, tapioca and chocolate. The 31year old entrepreneur turns the everyday items in our homes into individual, biodegradable and eco-friendly beauty accessories. [more]


  • The biological bearing material

    Polymer researcher and bearings specialist igus GmbH, Cologne, has developed a plain bearing material that is based on 54% renewable raw materials. [more]



  • BioConcept-Car – New approaches into biomaterials

    The BioConcept-Car has become a true and faithful companion of bioplastics MAGAZINE. In our first ‚automotive issue‘ in early 2007 we introduced the Ford Mustang racing car with bodywork made of flax fibre reinforced linseed acrylate. [more]

Did you Know?


  • PHBV foams and its engineered composites

    In the past few years, extensive research on biobased and biodegradable polymers has led to a better understanding of their properties and morphologies, as well as their structure–property relationship. [more]

From Science & Research


  • Pilar Echezarreta

    Pilar Echezarreta is a recognized Spanish architect. Recently she made some ‘inflatable architecture’ from film material made of Biolice, a bioplastic manufactured by Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients from maize flour using a unique process in the bioplastics sector. [more]



  • biocore – a biorefinery concept

    Today, concerns linked to climate change and modern society’s excessive dependency on fossil resources are providing the necessary impetus for the transition towards a new economy that will use biomass as its primary source of carbon and energy. [more]

  • Successful start in Thailand

    New 75,000 tonnes lactic acid plant started operation [more]

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  • NPE’2012

    NPE’2012 will take place April 1-5, 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, USA, after 40 years in Chicago. [more]

  • Resirene

    The BIORENE® family of Resirene are hybrid resins of PS or PP and thermoplastic starch, and they represent a biobased alternative to traditional plastics.  [more]

  • RTP Company

    Global custom engineered thermoplastics compounder RTP Company has received ‘USDA Certified Biobased Product’ labels for two of its PLA-based bioplastic specialty compounds through the USDA‘s BioPreferred™ Voluntary Labeling Initiative. [more]

  • Teknor Apex

    The Bioplastics Division of Teknor Apex will be highlighting the following new products: High-impact, high-heat PLA: Enhanced PLA compounds overcome the inverse relationship between heat distortion temperature (HDT) and Izod impact strength that is typical in standard PLA. [more]

  • IDES

    The IDES Prospector Plastics Search Engine includes 84463 plastic material datasheets from 864 global resin manufacturers. At NPE 2012 IDES will be highlighting the bioplastics search functionality in their Prospector Plastics Database. [more]

  • Merquinsa

    Merquinsa presents several commercial applications from large global brands applying Bio TPU from renewable sources (bio content from 20% up to 90% according to ASTM D6866). [more]

  • Leistritz

    Wide ranging twin screw extrusion technologies will be displayed at the Leistritz NPE 2012 exhibit. A partial list of what will be exhibited includes: [more]

  • PSM Bioplastic (Teinnovations)

    PSM Bioplastic, gives manufactures the flexibility to achieve a wide variety of environmental goals. [more]

  • Purac

    New applications, new markets and improved product performance have always been the focus of Purac’s continuous innovation efforts and partnerships. [more]

  • SPI Bioplastics Council

    The SPI Bioplastics Council is the leading North American bioplastics group focused on the development of bioplastics as an integral part of the plastics industry.  [more]

  • Biopolymers and Biocomposites Research Team

    The Biopolymers and Biocomposites Research Team (BBRT) at Iowa State University will introduce new biorenewable plant containers developed for the specialty crop industry.  [more]

  • Gneuss

    Gneuss is a specialist for filtration, processing and measurement technology. [more]

  • LTL Color Compounders

    LTL Color Compounders is a custom color compounder of engineered thermoplastic resins including biopolymers. [more]

  • NatureWorks

    NatureWorks, the world’s leading supplier and innovator of biopolymers, plastics made from plants, not oil, is displaying a host of extruded, thermoformed, injection molded, and spun bond and melt blow films, fibers, durable, and semi-durable products. [more]

  • FKuR

    Bioplastics specialist FKuR Plastics Corp. will be presenting a broad variety of biodegradable, biobased and natural fiber reinforced compounds.  [more]

  • Minima Technology

    Minima Technology has expertise in biodegradable and 100% compostable polymer applications with innovative compounding techniques and International certifications. [more]

  • United Soybean Board

    Kansas State University Installs Soy-Based Turf on Athletic Facilities. The University installed about five acres of AstroTurf® GameDay Grass™, which features BioCel® technology, a soy-based polyurethane backing. [more]

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