Reverdia and Wageningen UR Launch Development of Durable Bio-PBS Compounds: Reverdia and Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research launched a joint development programme on bio-based PBS (polybutylene succinate) compounds for injection moulding. The new bio-PBS compounds will be durable and based on Biosuccinium™. The final compounds are expected to have an improved carbon footprint in comparison to polypropylene which is typically used for these applications.
Novamont to launch new compostable Mater-Bi fruit and veg bags: Novamont is launching enhanced versions of its Mater-Bi material, primarily for fruit and vegetable bags in European markets where demand for compostable solutions is growing, also as a result of new national legislations restricting the use of traditional plastics. Novamont already offers home compostable applications with a renewable content above 30%. Fourth-generation Mater-Bi with a renewable content well over 50% will be available from September 2016, when the new Mater-Biotech plant in Bottrighe (Rovigo, Veneto) will open for production.
Braskem is sponsor of Brazil’s Paralethics team: Braskem, the largest petrochemical producer in the Americas and a leading biopolymer producer, is the new sponsor of the Brazilian Parathletics team and double amputee runner Alan Fonteles. The team will participate in the Rio 2016 Paralympics. The sponsorship is the result of Braskem’s belief that chemicals and plastics make people’s lives better. Prostheses, which are made from a material that incorporates plastic, are an example of this, since they provide a leap in the quality of life and performance of parathletes.
Corbion launches PLA portfolio for the North American market: Corbion’s new 75 kTpa PLA production plant is anticipated to start-up within the second half of 2018. In advance of this, these PLA resins will now be extended to include the North American market, following their positive launch in the European and Pacific markets. Corbion’s portfolio for the Americas markets includes a range of high heat, high performance PLLA and PDLA homopolymer resins, specifically targeted at those applications where durability and/or high heat resistance are key requirements.