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  • Materials from Total Corbion PLA used to build world’s first biobased car


    The world’s first biobased car, designed and built in the Netherlands by the Technical University of Eindhoven, was presented earlier this month by the team of students responsible for its design and realization.

    mThis is the first time that a car chassis and all bodywork has been made from natural and biobased materials - no metal or traditional plastics were used for the structural parts of the car. The parts are made up of light and strong sandwich panels, based on natural fiber flax and Luminy® PLA supplied by Total Corbion PLA.

    The car, named Noah by the TU/ecomotive student team, was designed as a city car and features two seats and a spacious trunk. Noah is currently undertaking a European tour of car manufacturers, suppliers and universities to inspire others.

    In addition to its biobased composition, it is also ultra-light and electrically-powered. Noah reaches a top speed of 110 km p/h and the battery range lasts up to 240 km. At 360kg, the weight of the car excluding batteries is less than half the weight of comparable production cars. In addition to being biobased, the parts are also recyclable, resulting in a 100% circular car, sustainable in all life phases.

    The PLA supplied by Total Corbion PLA for use in the car is biobased and recyclable and made from renewable resources, offering a reduced carbon footprint versus many traditional plastics. High heat Luminy PLA grades were used to construct the car, in order to ensure durability and sufficient heat

    François de Bie, Senior Marketing Director at Total Corbion PLA, is pleased with the achievement: ‘The result of this fantastic project shows just how far biobased materials have come, to produce such a complex product as a car. Noah is the proof that PLA is suitable for so much more than packaging. This is the first ever car to feature a fully biobased chassis and body panels. At Total Corbion PLA, we look forward to working together with the entire value chain to bring more high performance, durable and circular applications to market’.

  • Lactips raises EUR 3.7 million in a new funding round


    France-based industrial start-up Lactips specialised in the development and production of a water soluble and biodegradable plastic raw material based on milk protein, has raised EUR 3.7 million in new capital, the company announced.

    mParticipants in the new funding round included existing backer Demeter, who had taken part since 2015 through the D3 A and Emertec 5 funds; new investors BASF Venture Capital, BNP Paribas Development and Crédit Agricole Loire Haute-Loire Capital Innovation. The transaction is the company’s ‘reward’ for four years of intense development and will enable Lactips to invest in the industrialisation and the commercialisation of its material.

    “This capital increase shows the confidence of our investors in our products and business model. BASF Venture Capital and Demeter as our international partners, BNP Paribas Development as national investor and Crédit Agricole Loire Haute Loire Capital Innovation as regional investor contribute with complementary skills and knowledge that will greatly help us to up our industrial activities.” says Marie-Hélène Gramatikoff, CEO.

    “We are pleased to contribute to Lactips’ financing round, our first venture capital investment in France”, says Markus Solibieda, Managing Director, BASF Venture Capital. “Sustainability is one major pillar of BASF’s strategy that we are working to integrate increasingly in all our business processes. With our investment in Lactips we intend to support the market-entry of their innovative products and we are looking forward to join the management team of Lactips in creating a success on the market.”

    Riadh Shaïek, partner at Demeter: “Lactips has reached outstanding product development milestones in a very short period of time. We were impressed by the job achieved by the company and we decided to renew our confidence to allow the team to continue to develop the business on several key markets.”

    “We are happy to walk with Lactips in this new stage of its development. We have followed up the project since several months through different BNP Paribas initiatives in innovation support. This new round allows Lactips to deploy its offer at a large-scale to deliver a new biosourced and economically credible plastic generation.” BNP Paribas Développement

    Cédric Rolland, partner at Crédit Agricole Loire Haute-Loire Capital Innovation: “Crédit Agricole Loire Haute-Loire Capital Innovation contributed to Lactips’ fundraising. This ambitious start-up made the choice to establish itself in the Saint-Etienne area to develop and commercialize an innovative and sustainable production process based on research from the local university. Crédit Agricole Loire Haute-Loire Capital Innovation is proud and honored to support Lactips.”

  • Pressure and heat no problem for new ECOZEN grade


    VELOX GmbH, a distributor of raw material specialities for the plastics, composites, additives and paint & coatings industries, and its long-term partner SK Chemicals Co. Ltd. (South Korea) present the next innovation for plastic packaging.

    mECOZEN HF is a newly developed bio-copolyester replacement for aluminum, glass or PET wherever heat and pressure resistance combined with transparency is required. The first customers have already started sampling the grades.
    ECOZEN HF has processing requirements similar to PET and can be used in the same injection-stretch blow moulding (ISBM) process.
    “However, the new grades by SK Chemicals perform perfectly in areas where PET can sometimes fail, such as in high temperature and high pressure applications,” said François Minec, General Manager at VELOX.
    “For example, PET is sometimes used to produce aerosol bottles. These bottles can often fail due to high residual stress and the low temperature resistance of PET, especially in the summer months when possible leakage is the result. ECOZEN HF offers an ideal alternative here.”
    In addition to its outstanding resistance to pressure, stress-cracking and high temperatures, ECOZEN HF is characterised by excellent transparency and easy processing. As a replacement for glass, e.g. in food packaging, it not only helps to reduce weight and transportation costs but can also be used to produce hot-fill containers without any need for an expensive PET heat-setting process or for crystallising the bottle or jar neck. Similarly, as an aluminum substitute in the cosmetics packaging industry, ECOZEN HF combines high pressure-resistance with design flexibility and transparency.
    Ecozen HF is totally miscible with PET in the recycling stream. It is available from VELOX in nearly all European countries.

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