European plastics manufacturers’ views on biodegradable plastics: In the light of the European Commission’s aim to turn Europe into a circular economy, PlasticsEurope, the Association of Plastics Manufacturers, has published a fact sheet and two view papers outlining how biodegradable plastics play an important role in this transition and how both mechanical & organic recycling help to increase waste management efficiency.
BIO-FED expands laboratory capacities: Producer of biodegradable plastics and compounds, BIO-FED, a branch of Cologne-based AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH, reacts to the increasing demand for bioplastics by expanding its laboratory capacities at the production site in Niederzissen, Rhineland-Palatinate. “With the addition of an additional laboratory area and the acquisition of a second pilot plant for film blown machines, we will be able to offer our customers significantly more service and respond more quickly to inquiries,” says Dr. Inno Gaul, Head of R & D at BIO-FED. In addition to the investment in technology, the company also created more jobs for additional specialist staff.
Take advantage of SuperBIO’s funded innovation services: SuperBIO is an innovation project (Horizon2020) supporting SMEs in the bio-based economy. It aims to bring new cross-border and cross-sectorial industrial value chains closer to the market. SMEs can receive professional innovation services, of which 75% are funded by SuperBIO. It has a fast and efficient submission and evaluation procedure. Since its start in June 2016, the project has already developed more than 20 new and innovative value chains with EU companies. And SuperBIO is now looking to fill the remaining 10 projects until the end of the year. More information here.
Short film competition “Nawaro ZOOM“: The German competence network for renewable resources C.A.R.M.E.N. e. V., based in Straubingen, Bavaria, calls for entries for the short film competition Nawaro Zoom on behalf of the Bavarian Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry. No matter whether a dedicated hobby filmmaker or professional, all film around the creation, production, use, recycling or even disposal of bio-based products are welcome to enter the competition. There is prize money of up to 5,000 euros. Films can still be submitted until 24 September 2017 online at http://www.nawaro-zoom.de/teilnahme/.