In brief (October 2016)

  • Reverdia & Xinhuarun partner to produce bio-based PU foam: Reverdia and Dezhou Xinhuarun Technology (Xinhuarun) have signed an agreement to jointly develop and promote Biosuccinium™-based microcellular polyurethane (PU) foams. The new microcellular foams will be used in soles for footwear and further applications.

  • BioBTX technology successfully yields 100% bio-based PET: Earlier this month, a Dutch consortium presented the world’s first cosmetic container lids made from 100% bio-PET. The new BioPET100 is produced using a technology developed by BioBTX BV, a company based in Groningen, the Netherlands, in close collaboration with the University of Groningen. The process uses glycerine, a by-product of the production of biodiesel as its primary feedstock. The glycerine is sourced from Sunoil Biodiesel in Emmen (the Netherlands), a producer of second-generation biodiesel based on cooking oil and animal fats.

  • NatureWorks and Nature-Tec launch technology platform for compostable serviceware: The new technology platform offers products that are more cost effective than polystyrene (PS) and polypropylene (PP) serviceware and that feature increased performance. The new technology platform based on NatureWorks’ low carbon footprint Ingeo™ biopolymer produces heat resistant serviceware with rigidity approaching that of injection molded PS and higher toughness than either PP or PS cutlery.

  • BIO-FED and Febo sign exclusivity distribution contract for Italy: BIO-FED, the Cologne-based producer of compostable and biodegradable compounds decided to sign an exclusivity contract with the company Febo S.p.A., a strategic partner with a long history and knowledge of the plastics market in Italy. The market for compostable plastics has grown significantly in recent years, especially in the southern European countries because of legislative changes.

  • White paper on feedstock sourcing for bioplastics: Corbion released a whitepaper on feedstock sourcing for bioplastics. The paper outlines Corbion’s position on feedstock selection, as well as covering issues such as land use, feedstock efficiency, and food security. In conclusion, Corbion states that the concerns of using biobased feedstocks for plastics can be successfully identified and managed, and that the many benefits of these biobased, renewable feedstocks far outweigh their challenges. The paper has been made available for free download at www.corbion.com/feedstocks.