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In Finland researchers have made a bioplastic from rice starch. 31 July 2014
Spain’s institute of plastic technology, Aimplas, is coordinating the two-year ‘Biobottle’ project in partnership with eight European partners. The aim is to develop a new biodegradable material that is resistant to thermal treatment for the manufacture of dairy packaging. 9 July 2014
While biobased plastics account for less than 1% of the plastics resin sector, the 20% annual growth rate has some industry folk are abuzz. 4 July 2014
Italy-based Matrìca, has officially opened the first of its green chemistry plants which will convert vegetable oils into monomers and intermediates, the base products for the production of more complex bio-products. 17 June 2014
Hong Kong-based product development firm Bioserie last month launched what it says is the world’s first line of infant toys made entirely from plant-based polylactic acid and additives. 16 June 2014
The Bioplastics Feedstock Alliance (BFA) consists of a powerful group of brand owners who are assessing criteria for sustainable biomass production. As global demand for bio-based and biodegradable plastics is set to rise yearly by 19%, according to US research group Freedonia, more and more companies will be looking for sustainable, environmentally-low-impact bioplastic feedstock solutions. 11 June 2014
Brazil's Braskem SA, the leading thermoplastic resins producer in the Americas and the world's largest biopolymers producer, inaugurated a new research and development centre on 6 June that will focus on renewable chemical products, with as much as BRL 30m (€10m) in funding available for its projects this year. 10 June 2014
US-based Calysta Energy and NatureWorks have announced an R&D collaboration looking at the transformation of methane into the lactic acid building blocks needed to produce bioplastics. 27 March 2014
EuPC has slammed a European Parliament-backed report on how to cut the use of lightweight plastic carrier bags. 21 March 2014
Magna International, the Canada-based automotive parts supplier and contract manufacturer, has signed a cooperation agreement with Italian intellectual property company Bio-On. The two firms are to start exclusive R&D activities on the use of bioplastics in the automotive industry. 14 March 2014
Spanish research institute Aimplas, and 14 European partners, have launched a project that aims to cultivate microalgae in photobioreactors, which need only sunlight and industrial CO2 emissions, to produce different products for the chemical industry. 14 March 2014
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


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