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  • At K 2019: Coperion and Sirmax celebrate their business relationship


    Padua, Italy-based compounder Sirmax is expanding its commitment to sustainable plastics. The company recently acquired a 70% stake in Microtec Srl - also based in Padua - a company that manufactures and sells biopolymer compounds under the brand name BioComp.

    aWith two new ZSK extruders from Coperion, Sirmax Microtec expects to double its output of biocompounds beginning in early 2020. Coperion designed both ZSK 70 Mc18 twin screw extruders especially for the production of bioplastics. These 70 mm screw diameter extruders are equipped with ZS-B side feeders and ZS-EG side devolatilization units.

    Officials from both Sirmax and Coperion met at Sirmax’s booth F63 in Hall 8B at the K show.
    “With Microtec’s capabilities and Coperion's technology expertise, it’s possible to develop biobased materials for traditional areas of application such as automobiles and household devices. Even the application spectrum for non-durable products, such as single-use flatware, trash bags, and food packaging can be expanded in this way. Long term, we’re planning to expand our bioplastics production to 16,000 tons per year. In Coperion, we see the right partner to travel this road with us”, said Massimo Pavin, CEO of Sirmax. “Investments will support the production of a wide range of sustainable compound which will increase the actual Sirmax product portfolio, in line with the multi-product strategy of the company. The additional capacity will be used to produce compounds based on starch biopolymers, co-polyesters (PBAT), polylactic acid (PLA) and polybutylene succinate (PBS)”

    Peter von Hoffmann, General Manager Business Unit Engineering Plastics & Special Applications at Coperion, added: “We’re very proud to be able to support Sirmax in markedly expanding production of sustainable plastics. In materials made partially or completely from sustainable materials, we see an important ray of hope on the long road to bringing about a circular economy in the plastics industry. That’s why it’s especially important to us to support innovative companies like Sirmax on their way to the future with our comprehensive, process expertise and our technologies.”

    Image: Representatives of Sirmax and Coperion met at Sirmax’s booth F63 in Hall 8B at the K show.

  • DSM to introduce bio- and/or recycled-based alternatives for its entire engineering plastics portfolio


    Royal DSM today announced at the K-Show that its engineering plastics business will offer a full alternative range of its existing portfolio based on bio- and/or recycled-based materials by 2030. In this way, DSM Engineering Plastics is taking the next step in its sustainability journey in alignment with DSM’s purpose-led performance-driven strategy, enabling a circular and bio-based economy.

    aTo address the growing consumer and legislative demand for sustainable living practices and more circular products, manufacturers are increasingly integrating bio- and recycled-based materials into their designs. By offering a full portfolio of alternatives that contain at least 25% recycled and/or bio-based content by weight in the final product by 2030, DSM Engineering Plastics is enabling its customers to meet these demands and make more sustainable choices.
    In particular, the portfolio of sustainable alternatives will leverage a toolbox of different technologies and approaches such as fermentation, mechanical recycling and mass balance accounting of bio-based and/or chemically recycled feedstock.
    As an immediate step, today, DSM Engineering Plastics is launching bio-based grades of its Arnitel and Stanyl product portfolio manufactured via a mass-balancing approach of bio-based feedstock. The Stanyl bio-based grades are already available with the globally recognized sustainability certification ISCC Plus. Joost d’Hooghe, Vice President Polyamides at DSM Engineering Plastics said: “Our Arnitel and Stanyl bio-based alternatives will deliver the same functional performance as our conventional portfolio. This will enable our customers to easily shift to a more sustainable solution without having to requalify materials.”
    Shruti Singhal, President DSM Engineering Plastics added: “We have a long history of delivering tangible proof points of our commitment to sustainability. I’m very proud that DSM is leading our industry by taking the ambitious next step of introducing more and more bio- and recycled-based alternatives to our existing portfolio. Together with our customers, suppliers and partners, we’re ready to drive our industry forward, seize the sustainable opportunities ahead, and deliver on our purpose of creating brighter lives for all!”

  • Inovyn launches first commercially available grade of bio-attributed PVC


    Inovyn has launched its latest generation of PVC under the brand name Biovyn becoming the world’s first commercial producer of bio-attributed PVC using a supply chain fully certified by The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB).

    sManufactured at Rheinberg, Germany, Biovyn is made using bio-attributed ethylene, a renewable feedstock derived from biomass that does not compete with the food chain.

    Biovyn is certified by RSB as delivering a 100% substitution of fossil feedstock in its production system, enabling a greenhouse gas saving of over 90% compared to conventionally produced PVC.

    Inovyn’s choice of an RSB-certified feedstock also demonstrates its commitment to working within the emerging bio economy, adding to the extremely strong sustainability credentials of Biovyn.

    Comments Filipe Constant, Business Director Inovyn: “Through our sustainability programme

    Filipe Constant 

     we are developing a new generation of PVC grades that meet both the rigorous product quality and performance needs of our customers, whilst moving us closer towards a circular, carbon-neutral economy for PVC.

    “Driven by the increasing global focus on the circular economy, there is growing demand for a specialist, renewable PVC that decouples its production from the conventional use of virgin fossil feedstocks. Biovyn meets that demand.

    “Biovyn demonstrates that we can substitute the use of virgin fossil feedstocks without compromising the unique product qualities such as durability, flexibility and recyclability that make PVC one of the most widely used, sustainable plastics in the world.”

    Biovyn is expected to have numerous value-added applications across a range of industry sectors, including highly specialised end-uses such as automotive and medical.

    Inovyn has been working closely with Tarkett since the early stages of product development. The first application of Biovyn will be by Tarkett, who will source it for a new flooring collection.

    Comments Myriam Tryjefaczka, Director Sustainability & Public Affairs for Tarkett EMEA: “Our partnership with Inovyn illustrates Tarkett’s commitment to push the boundaries of sustainable innovation. Sourcing Biovyn for our upcoming new flooring collection is a key step in our journey to shift toward a circular economy model and respond to climate challenges.”

    Rolf Hogan, Executive Director of RSB, comments: “We are extremely pleased to see Biovyn enter the market carrying an RSB certification, demonstrating its excellent sustainability credentials. Offering a positive climate impact - in the form of a 90% greenhouse gas reduction - as well as proven social and environmental risk mitigation, this new product is a true leader in the emerging circular bio economy.”

    Concludes Filipe: “Biovyn is an excellent example of Inovyn’s ongoing commitment to accelerate progress towards a circular economy for PVC. It is also a major step forward in Inovyn’s journey to sustainability and demonstrates our commitment to developing innovative solutions that address society’s needs.

    “In addition to developing new bio-attributed PVC grades, we continue to play a pivotal role in the wider VinylPlus programme, through which the industry is collectively improving the sustainability performance of PVC.”

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