Bioplastics Bulletin

Braskem invests US$2 million to optimise its Green Plastic production and reduces CO2 emissions by 30%

BRASKEM green ethylene plant in Triunfo (Photo: Mathias Cramer) With an investment of R$7.1 million, the equivalent to over US$2 million, from 2013 to 2015 in its green ethylene unit in Triunfo, Rio Grande do Sul, Braskem, the largest thermoplastic resin producer in the Americas, was able to significantly reduce the CO2 emissions generated by its production of Green Plastic. Braskem automated processes, installed devices to reduce losses, optimized the ethanol vaporization process and reduced the generator's fuel consumption. It also is developing a wastewater reuse system to optimize its consumption of water resources. Along with process improvements, [...]

24 November 2016|

News in brief – November 2016

Total and Corbion form a Joint Venture in bioplastics: Total and Corbion are joining forces to develop bioplastics by creating a 50/50 joint venture to produce and market polylactic (PLA) polymers. The two partners plan to build a world-class PLA polymerization plant with a capacity of 75,000 tons per year at Corbion's site in Thailand that already has a lactide (PLA monomer) production unit that will become part of the joint venture. Corbion will supply the lactic acid necessary for the production of the PLA and the lactide. The new company will be based in the Netherlands and will [...]

24 November 2016|

These are the nominees for the 11th Global Bioplastics Award

One of the highlights of every European Bioplastics Conference is the Annual Global Bioplastics Award ceremony, presented by the international trade publication, bioplastics MAGAZINE. This year’s winner will be announced during the 11th European Bioplastics Conference on 29 November 2016 in Berlin. The Global Bioplastics Award recognises innovation, success, and achievement by manufacturers, processors, brand owners, or users of bioplastic materials. The following five products have been shortlisted for the 11th Global Bioplastics Award: World’s first polyester shirt made from 100% Bio-PET | Far Eastern New Century, Taiwan Earlier this year, Far Eastern New Century Corp., based in Taiwan, presented [...]

24 November 2016|

New exciting additions to the speaker line-up of the 11th European Bioplastics Conference

With less than four weeks to go, we are excited to announce some last minute additions to the packed programme of this year’s European Bioplastics Conference on 29/30 November 2016 in Berlin. DuPont presents world premiere at the 11the European Bioplastics Conference Conference delegates can look forward to the launch of a world premier of the latest research and innovation technology by DuPont, one of the world’s leading producer of biobased, engineering grade polymers. Dr Christian Lenges, Business Development Manager at DuPont Industrial BioSciences will present the company’s new biotechnology enabled polysaccharides with innovative characteristics that make the material available [...]

31 October 2016|

Great interest in bioplastics at this year’s K 2016

This year’s K, the largest plastics trade show in the world so far, stretching over a whole week from 19 to 26 October 2016, drew 3,285 exhibitors and about 230,000 visitors from more than 160 countries to the mammoth Messe Düsseldorf, Germany. That’s a 5.5 percent increase in visitors compared to the K 2013 (the K show is held every three years). Besides the latest developments in world-class machinery technology for the production, processing, and recycling of plastics, the exhibitors at this year’s K show focussed on the three major themes of material innovation, resource efficiency, and sustainability. More than [...]

31 October 2016|

News from our Members:

Novamont opens first commercial-scale production plant for biobased BDO Novamont, the Italy-based producer of the Mater-Bi family of bioplastics, has opened the world’s first commercial-scale plant for the production of bio-based butanediol (1,4 BDO), in Bottrighe (Veneto Region), North East Italy. Novamont invested over €100 million in MATER-BIOTEC, which is now the world’s first dedicated industrial plant for the production of bio-based BDO. Genomatica, a leader in the field of bioengineering based out of California, has developed the microorganism that can produce BDO directly from glucose or sucrose. Having licensed Genomatica’s technology, the MATER-BIOTECH plant will produce 30,000 tons of [...]

31 October 2016|