Joint efforts in developing Ford’s natural fibre-based glovebox were the main focus at FNR’s bio-based automotive materials conference. In this feature David Vink reports on findings from partners involved in the project.
10 March 2014
Worldwide demand for bio-based and biodegradable plastics is set to rise 19% per year to hit 960,000 tonnes in 2017 according to the study World Bioplastics from US-based research company Freedonia.
5 March 2014
Bioplastics firm Novamont SpA has acquired a majority stake in Mater-Biopolymer, a unit of PET resin maker Grupo Mossi & Ghisolfi that operates a resin plant in Lazio, Italy.
4 March 2014
Seymour, Indiana, US-based bioplastics maker Cereplast on 10 February filed for protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code. The company said it made the move "to strengthen its balance sheet, clean up its capitalisation structure and gain financial flexibility as it continues to realign its operations."
18 February 2014
Canadian automotive supplier Magna International is exploring potential automotive applications for a bioplastic made from by-products of sugar production.
14 February 2014
A Chinese firm is obtaining technology from Czech Republic to produce PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoates) biopolymer from China’s abundant waste cooking oil and make biodegradable food packaging out of the material.
14 February 2014
German compounder Polymer-Chemie has linked up with Resysta International to develop new ‘green’ processing products with a rice-based material for the main markets of Eastern Europe.
5 February 2014
A system whereby plastic irrigation pipes and green waste can be composted together at the end of a crop-growing period is the subject of a European cross-border research project.
10 January 2014
The organisation which represents Europe’s bioplastics industry expects the global market for the material to see “above average” growth in the coming years.
3 January 2014
The IKT Institute of Plastics Technology at Stuttgart University exhibited at a K show for the first time at the 2013 event in Düsseldorf, Germany in October, in the “Science Campus” area of the fair focusing on lightweight construction and bioplastics themes. Its developments range across extrusion, RIM, bioplastics and compounding.
20 December 2013
The Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association (OPA) has published a rebuttal of an EuPC study conducted into the recyclability of biodegradable plastics by the Austrian Transfercenter für Kunststofftecknik
18 December 2013
The EU-funded ReBioFoam project concluded earlier this year, after a four-year programme to develop packaging foams made of polymers from renewable sources. Italian bioplastics producer Novamont led the 10-strong consortium made up of partners from eight EU countries.
12 December 2013
Synprodo, based in the Netherlands, launched its BioFoam material produced from polylactic acid (PLA) at the FachPack 2013 exhibition in Germany in September.
11 December 2013
Biodegradable plastic bags need to be collected separately to avoid contaminating the waste stream, according to the European Plastics Converters Association, EuPC.
4 December 2013
Biodegradable and oxo-degradable plastics are unwelcome addition to the waste stream and damage the recycling process, according to key players in the European plastics recycling industry.
28 November 2013