Bioplastics Bulletin

Member portrait: Neste

Photo Lars Borger, Head of Product Marketing – Emerging Businesses at Neste (Suisse) SA In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. This month, Lars Borger, Head of Product Marketing – Emerging Businesses at Neste shares some information on one of the worlds leading supplier of renewable diesel and products. 5 facts about Neste MY Renewable Polymer, Finland Neste creates sustainable choices for the needs of transport, businesses and consumers. Our global range of products and services allows customers to reduce their carbon footprint by combining high-quality renewable [...]

22 November 2017|

Braskem signs partnership with Haldor Topsoe to develop bio-based MEG

Sugarcane © Wikimedia Commons Braskem, the Americas’ leading producer of thermoplastic resins, and Danish-based Haldor Topsoe, a world leader in catalysts and surface science, have signed a technological cooperation agreement to develop a pioneering route to produce monoethylene glycol (MEG) from sugar. The companies invest in the construction of a demonstration plant in Denmark, with operation slated to begin in 2019. MEG is a key component of PET resin, the main man-made raw material used by the textile and packaging industries that is also widely used to make bottles. The project is based on a two-step process [...]

22 November 2017|

News in brief – November 2017

Perstorp launches world’s first portfolio of renewable polyols: In response to the fast-growing global need for more sustainable coatings, resins and synthetic lubricants, Perstorp has developed a portfolio of renewable alternatives to the essential polyols Pentaerythritol (Penta), Trimethylolpropane (TMP), and Neopentyl glycol (Neo). Two new polyols – Evyron and Neeture - complete the company’s portfolio of the three essential polyols in renewable options. The new portfolio is based on a mass balance concept. Moreover, the new polyols are all ISCC certified, ensuring, among other things, full traceability of the bio-based raw material back to its country of origin. Currently [...]

22 November 2017|

Concrete policy asks for the revision of the EU Bioeconomy Strategy

Launched and adopted in 2012, Europe's Bioeconomy Strategy addresses the production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into vital products and bio-energy. The strategy is needed to ensure that fossil resources are replaced with sustainable natural alternatives as part of the transition to a low-carbon circular economy. Its main purpose is to streamline existing policy approaches in this area. Initiated by the Circular Economy Action Plan in 2015, the Bioeconomy Strategy is currently under review, which will provide a good opportunity for new political momentum and orientation. In September this year, the European Commission confirmed its commitment to [...]

25 October 2017|

Final speaker line-up of the European Bioplastics Conference 2017

Every year, the European Bioplastics Conference features a well-rounded conference programme attracting senior executives from across the bioplastics value chain, policy bodies, NGOs, and brand owners. We are happy to announce the final speaker line-up of this year’s conference, taking place on 28-29 November 2017 in Berlin, Germany. François de Bie, Chairman of European Bioplastics, welcoming around 300 participants to the 11th European Bioplastics Conference 2016 (c) European Bioplastics The agenda of the 12th European Bioplastics Conference will cover a wide range of important areas, including the EU policy landscape, the latest technological innovations in new building-blocks, [...]

25 October 2017|

Five-year EU flagship project to establish an innovative supply chain for FDCA and PEF

Test bottles made from PET © Synvina PEFerence, a €25 million EU project, was officially launched at the end of September 2017. The partners will be cooperating for the next five years to establish an innovative value chain for FDCA (2,5-Furandicarboxylic acid) and PEF (Polyethylene furanoate), including the intended construction of a 50,000 tons reference plant in Antwerp.FDCA is the essential chemical building block for the production of PEF. Compared to conventional plastics, PEF is characterized by improved barrier properties for gases like carbon dioxide and oxygen. This can lead to longer shelf life of packaged products. Due to [...]

25 October 2017|