Bioplastics Bulletin

News in brief – April 2017

Audi, BASF and Covestro develop automotive clearcoat with bio-based hardener: A project team consisting of employees of the car maker Audi, BASF´s Coatings division and materials company Covestro has developed a clearcoat containing a bio-based hardener that was applied to test bodies of the Audi Q2 under near-series conditions at the Audi plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. BASF developed the clearcoat using the bio-based hardener Desmodur® eco N 7300 from Covestro. A total of 70 percent of the hardener’s carbon content is sourced from renewable raw materials. This innovation reduces the consumption of fossil resources. The clearcoat forms the top [...]

24 April 2017|

EUBP seminars: Want to learn more about bioplastics?

During this year's interpack (4-10 May 2017, Duesseldorf, Germany), European Bioplastics will present the latest innovations in bioplastics at the booth 9F07 (hall 9) and offer two on-site seminars to inform about bioplastics, to provide a comprehensive overview over the most important bio-based and biodegradable materials and corresponding applications, and to look more closely into specific fields of interest, in particular standardisation and communication on bioplastics. The seminars are designed for professionals from the plastics industry and related fields and will provide substantial, in-depth information to equip the participants with the essential theoretical knowledge and practical tools to work with [...]

24 April 2017|

Juncker set out his vision of Europe – bioplastics pioneering innovation

When EU leaders gathered in Brussels at the beginning of March to discuss how to generate growth, create jobs and improve competitiveness in Europe, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, set out his vision of Europe - a vision in which bioplastics are a concrete example of the pioneering innovations of the European industry. In an opinion piece for POLITICO, Juncker emphasizes the importance of Europe's industry and its biggest strength, which is "its ability to adapt and innovate". The European Commission’s industrial strategy and investment plan - known as the 'Juncker Plan' - is supporting the [...]

30 March 2017|

MEPs pave the way for bioplastics in Europe

Earlier this month, the European Parliament plenary voted on the waste legislation proposal as part of the EU Circular Economy Package. With their vote, the Members of Parliament send a clear signal that reuse and recycling remain of paramount priority in the pursuit of an EU circular economy while at the same time strengthening the bio-based economy in order to replace fossil resources and drive the transition to a low-carbon economy.  The plenary’s vote on amendments of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive encourages Member States to support the use of bio-based materials for the production of packaging and [...]

30 March 2017|

Bioplastics – Making the Difference!

Registration is now open for the leading bioplastics event in Europe – the 12th European Bioplastics Conference on 29-30 November 2017 in Berlin. If you would like to contribute to the programme, you can still submit your abstracts. Why should you attend? The 12th edition of the annual European Bioplastics Conference will showcase how bioplastics are 'Making the Difference' in driving innovations forward for more sustainability, resource efficiency, and functionality. With a high-level speaker line-up and an expected 300+ delegates from the industry, the conference is the ideal platform for you to get up to speed on the latest [...]

30 March 2017|

Total Corbion PLA formally starts up operations

Earlier this month, Total Corbion PLA officially launched its operations to produce and market Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) polymers. PLA is a biobased and biodegradable polymer made from annually renewable resources. As announced by parent companies Total and Corbion last November, the new company is a 50/50 joint venture based in the Netherlands. Luminy PLA polymers (c) Total Corbion Total Corbion PLA’s polymerization plant, with a capacity of 75,000 tons per year, is currently under construction at Corbion’s site in Thailand. The plant start-up is planned for the second half of 2018 and will produce a full [...]

30 March 2017|