bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue 01/2015

Issue 01/15 (Jan/Feb) is is about Automotive Applications and Foam. We have a comprehensive NPE-preview and In the basics section we present an updated Glossary.


  • Lactic acid from biodiesel by-product

    At ETH Zurich, Switzerland, a leading international university for technology, research groups at the Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering have developed a new method to produce lactic acid, the monomer of PLA. [more]

  • New York City administration bans styrofoam

    The Administration of New York City announced in early January that as of July 1, 2015, single service Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam articles or polystyrene loose fill packaging are prohibited. [more]

  • Carbon fibres made from lignin

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research (IAP) (Postdam, Germany) and the Faserinstitut Bremen (FIBRE, from Bremen,Germany) are aiming at further developing the process for the production of carbon fibres from lignin for use in mass markets. The Airbus Germany GmbH supports the project as an industrial partner.  [more]

  • Market study and trend reports

    In March 2013, Germany’s nova-Institute published the most comprehensive market study of bio-based polymers ever made. [more]

  • Recycling program for post consumer carpet

    DuPont Industrial Biosciences (Wilmington, Delaware, USA) and EcoStrateSFS, Inc. (Arlington Texas, USA) signed a cooperative agreement establishing the first post-consumer recycling program for commercial and residential carpet made with DuPont™ Sorona® renewably sourced fiber.  [more]

  • 9th European Bioplastics Conference 2014

    The 9th European Bioplastics Conference took place on 2/3 December 2014 in Brussels, connecting more than 320 participants from administration, [more]

Application News

  • New compostable capsule for hot beverages

    ICA Spa – leader since 1963 in the design, development and production of packaging machines from flexible materials and of complete lines for hot beverage single serve capsules, with API Spa, a long-standing company with a wealth of experience in the soft thermoplastic compounds field and leader of the biopolymer industry, and SACMI – an international group that leads the world in machines for packaging including beverage closures and containers, together have designed and developed compostable single serve capsules for hot beverages. [more]

  • Bioasphalt with lignin

    Bioasphalt for roads in the Dutch province of Zeeland is being developed by Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research, the Asfalt Kennis Centrum (Asphalt Knowledge Centre, AKC) and the company H4A from Sluiskil, The Netherlands.  [more]







  • New NSF Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites launched

    Access to world-class facilities and researchers and accelerated development of new environmentally sustainable products and processes are two of the many reasons bioplastics industry leaders, like 3M Co. and Archer Daniels Midland Co. are investing in the development and evolution of the new (US) National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry and University Cooperative Research Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2). [more]

Show Preview

  • NPE 2015 - Preview

    After the successful move from Chicago to Orlando, NPE2015 will again be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, USA from March 23-27, 2015.  [more]

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