bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue 01/2017

Issue 01/17 (March/April) highlights Foam and Automotive


  • Dear readers

    I hope you all had a good start to the new year. And, even as I write these lines, our readers in China are holding their own New Year’s celebrations as they enter the “Year of the Fire Rooster”. [more]


  • MHG’s updated corporate identity back into “Danimer“

    Meredian Holdings Group Inc., “MHG”, a leading biopolymer manufacturer, announced in late December that it will do business as Danimer Scientific, effective immediately. MHG’s updated corporate identity is a visual salute to their solid, steadfast origins as a biotechnology company committed to sustainability and the development of innovative bioplastic products that do not contribute to global pollution. [more]

  • JV to produce bio-succinic acid in China

    With an eye to gaining a strong foothold in the world’s largest succinic acid market, Canada’s BioAmber Inc. and South Korean-based CJ CheilJedang Corporation (CJCJ) have announced that they have signed a non-binding letter of intent, under which the two companies will establish a Chinese joint venture.  [more]

  • Avantium announced acquisition of Liquid Light

    In early January, Avantium (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), a leading chemical technology company and a forerunner in renewable chemistry, announced it had acquired Liquid Light Inc. (Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, USA), a company spun out from Princeton University in 2008 that has developed and patented low-energy electrochemistry technologies to convert CO2 into major chemicals. Their patent portfolio includes filings on producing multiple chemical building blocks used in large existing markets, including oxalic acid, glycolic acid, ethylene glycol, propylene, isopropanol, methyl-methacrylate and acetic acid for the production of polymers, coatings and cosmetics.  [more]

  • Solegear acquires Lindar Bioplastic Division

    The Canada-based producer of plant-based plastics announced end of last year that it was acquiring 100 % of LINDAR Corporation’s bioplastic division for CAD$ 845,000, comprising 4,225,000 common shares of the Company at a deemed price of $0.20 per share. [more]

  • Global biodegradable market to show strong growth through 2021

    The bioplastics market continues to show healthy growth. Analysts from technology research company Technavio have now separately examined the biodegradable plastics market. According to their latest report, the global biodegradable polymers market can look forward to growth at a CAGR of 21.1 % over the next five years. [more]

Application News

  • The world’s first biocomposite car

    Students from Netherlands-based Eindhoven University of technology have built a 4-seat electric car weighing a slender 300 kg – made from a flax sandwich material with a PLA core. It is the first time a car body structure has been made from a biocomposite. [more]

  • Toothbrush handle from PLA compound

    The latest toothbrush handles made by Morbach, Germany-based SWAK Experience UG are produced from a biobased plastic developed by the Junior Research Group at the Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover, Germany. Here, a team of scientists have successfully modified a PLA-based plastic, such that it is now suitable for daily use in dental care. [more]

  • Shellfish chemistry to create new biodegradable adhesive

    A new type of adhesive that combines the bonding chemistry of shellfish with a bio-based polymer has been shown to perform as well as commercially available products and can be easily degraded, representing a potential non-toxic alternative. [more]

  • Compostable black lids for hot drinks

    Vegware, headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, is a manufacturer and visionary brand, and the only completely compostable packaging company operating globally. End of last year Vegware launched compostable black lids for hot cups.  [more]


  • Biobased engineering plastic for Mazda’s Roadstar RF

    DURABIO™, developed by Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC), is a biobased engineering plastic made from plant-derived isosorbide. It features excellent performance, offering higher resistance to impact, heat, and weather than conventional engineering plastics. Additional benefits include ease of coloring – Durabio can be simply mixed with pigment to create glossy, highly reflective, and rich hue surfaces – as well its hardness, enhancing durability and scratch resistance. These advantages eliminate the need for a coating process, thereby reducing emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from paints. [more]

  • Panels for trucks and buses

    New biodegradable and flame-retardant panels for trucks and buses from wastes from the paper industry [more]

  • Responsible sourcing of biomaterials for epichlorohydrin

    Biobased materials derived from plant residues are opening up exciting opportunities for environmentally-responsible products. As trendsetters like biobased epichlorohydrin (ECH), bio-succinic acid and lignin continue to offer more sustainable alternatives for traditional chemicals, it is increasingly important that the materials are sourced responsibly. [more]

  • Biobased materials – The future for the automotive industry?

    In December 2009, aiming to develop its expertise into a sustainable competitive advantage and thus to contribute to the profitability of the company and enhance customer satisfaction, Renault established a cross-functional field dedicated to expertise. One of the strategic areas of expertise identified was “Polymers, Characterization & Processes of Transformation”, led by Dr. Liraut. [more]

  • New ABS reinforced with natural fibres

    ELIX ABS-NF, an innovative material development from ELIX Polymers, is a wood-fibre reinforced ABS that was created as part of the company’s strategy to move towards a more sustainable product portfolio. Elix Polymers is a leading manufacturer of ABS (Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene) resins and derivatives in Europe, headquartered in Tarragona, Spain. [more]

  • New automotive applications for bio-PA

    Air brake pipes and tank breather hose made of biobased PA 6.10 [more]

Brand Owners

  • Brand-Owner’s perspective on bioplastics and how to unleash its full potential

    “As the world’s leading supplier of carton packaging, we believe using renewable resources, when managed responsibly, is a more sustainable source of raw materials. A renewable resource is a resource that can replenish itself naturally over time and, therefore, be used again. Our ambition is to achieve fully renewable packaging using 100% renewable materials – helping us to ensure a supply of packaging material that both protects the food they contain, as well as the resources they were sourced from. [more]


  • Starch based particle foam for biodegradable packaging

    Thanks to a new processing technique, foamable particles that are based on renewable resources can be processed into individual molded parts, e. g. for utilization as packaging material. Subsequent to use, the foam parts are compostable. [more]

  • The biodegradable foam market in China

    Although biodegradable plastics first appeared on the market over 15 years ago, these plastics still only have a share of less than 1 % of the total plastics market. The reality is that the cost of some biodegradable plastics is more than double that of conventional plastics, while their general performance is 20 % lower than comparable plastics. Despite strong governmental support in some countries, the major market for biodegradable plastics is limited to bio-waste collection bags for food waste and garden waste. At the end of life, these bags can be industrially composted or processed via anaerobic digestion, to produce biogas and organic fertilizer. Biodegradable plastics are also used for nursery pots used to transplant seedlings, as clearing non-degradable plastic containers from the soil after harvest is very expensive and the complete removal of these containers is impossible. From the above, it can be concluded that, if biodegradable plastics are to break through, applications should be found which are cost competitive with existing products and can provide better performance. [more]

  • PLA based particle foam

    The first CO2 neutral foam in the world with Cradle to Cradle certification. [more]

  • New compostable particle foam

    BASF presents ecovio® EA with high bio-based content for packaging solutions [more]

From Science & Research

  • How prawn shopping bags could save the planet

    Bioengineers at The University of Nottingham (UK) are trialling how to use shrimp shells to make biodegradable shopping bags, as a green alternative to oil-based plastic, and as a new food packaging material to extend product shelf life.The new material for these affordable eco-friendly bags is being optimised for Egyptian conditions, as effective waste management is one of the country’s biggest challenges. [more]

  • Chitosan-based polymer developed to patch wounds

    Remember Shrilk, anyone? The chitosan bioplastic made from natural insect cuticle, such as that found in the rigid exoskeleton of a housefly or grasshopper, first developed in 2011 by a team of researchers from the Wyss Institute at Harvard? Well, they’ve done it again, but this time it’s an innovative, chitosan-based wound closure technique.  [more]

Material - News

  • New biodegradable plastic for horticultural applications

    Green Dot Bioplastics (Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, USA) has developed a new biodegradable biocomposite for horticultural applications made from reclaimed biobased feedstocks. [more]

  • AVALON Industries takes over all biobased chemistry activities from AVA-CO2

    AVALON Industries AG, the new entity of Swiss-based company AVA-CO2 Schweiz AG, announced in mid-December it is taking over all biobased chemistry activities from AVA-CO2 with immediate effect. [more]

  • CO2 Cyanobacteria technology now suitable for PLA

    Photanol (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) is a platform renewable chemicals company that utilises proprietary engineered cyanobacteria to process carbon dioxide and sunlight into valuable chemical products. Photanol’s technology and patents are based on the genetic modification of cyanobacteria to produce a broad range of biochemicals. These bacteria are natural photosynthesizers, drawing energy from abundant and free sunlight on one hand, and carbon from abundant and problematic CO2 on the other. [more]


  • 25 years of bioplastics degradation testing

    A journey [more]

  • Bioplastics Survey

    As you may have noticed, we have started a new series “Special focus on certain geographical areas”. ‘As part of this new series we will also focus on the attitudes towards and general perception of bioplastics across the world. With the help of a simple survey, we want to try to explore how well the concept of bioplastics is known and understood throughout the various countries. [more]

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