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Netherlands-based biofeedstocks supplier Corbion has announced that it has signed letters of intent for one-third of the volume of a 75 kTpa PLA polymerisation plant. PLA is a bioplastic that is both biobased and biodegradable. 11 May 2015
High prices, product availability and basic ignorance are hampering sales of biodegradable and bio-based plastics in the agricultural, forestry and landscaping sectors, according to a new survey. 8 May 2015
Biotechnology students at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) have created the world’s first surfboard made from polyols derived from algae. 8 May 2015
Australian bio-based barrier film developer Plantic Technologies has been sold to a Japanese barrier film manufacturer. 16 April 2015
The merger of two Australian-based bioplastics companies will go ahead after shareholders of the listed entity voted overwhelmingly in favour of the proposal. 10 April 2015
The circular bioeconomy sector will have a new voice, the Biobased and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA) set to launch in May. 9 April 2015
Showcasing polyhydroxyalkanoate biopolymers at NPE 2015, bioplastics maker Metabolix president and CEO Joseph Shaulson, made it clear that the company was following a more classic business strategy. 7 April 2015
Australia-based bioplastics and film company Cardia Bioplastics will close its Brazil manufacturing plant and invest instead in its Asia-Pacific operations. 9 March 2015
The German chemical giant is offering customers a greener route to market using its Mass Balance approach to certification, explains James Snodgrass in this feature. German chemical giant BASF has introduced a new initiative, Mass Balance (MB), which offers the plastics industry a scheme analogous to the purchase of green electricity. 4 March 2015
The Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association (OPA) has slammed an Italian court ruling on the marketing of oxo-biodegradable plastic. 16 February 2015
Italy-based materials company Novamont has announced that its 50/50 joint venture with Versalis, Novamont and Matrìca, has signed a deal with Coldiretti and Consorzi Agrari d’Italia, for the creation of innovative agro-industrial chains to create short-chain biolubricants and bioplastics. 26 January 2015
A new ban on non-biodegradable plastic bags and food service items is creating an unprecedented surge for bioplastics manufacturing in China. 14 January 2015
Obtaining patents on its technology is helping an Australian manufacturer of compostable and biodegradable plastic resins becoming a leading player in the global environmentally sustainable packaging industry. 23 December 2014
Bio-based composite material made from wood fibres, fillers such as marble-based calcium carbonate, and an animal bone meal-based binder, have been developed in a Swiss project. The IWK institute of materials technology and plastics processing at the HSR University in Rapperswil worked with FluidSolids in Zurich in the project, which has led to applications including stools and coat hangers. 9 December 2014
European Bioplastics’ annual market data update has predicted sharp production capacity rises in the next four years for bioplastics with the figure set to rise to approximately 6.7 million tonnes by 2018. 5 December 2014

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