'New tailor-made biopolymers produced from lignocellulosic sugars waste for highly demanding fire-resistant applications'

Bioplásticos para aplicaciones flexibles

A German company is specialised in development and production of bio-based, biodegradable and compostable plastics using the highest amount of renewable resources.

Bioplastics generally replace conventional materials such as low density polyethylene (LDPE), high density polythene (HDPE) as well as polystyrene (PS) and polypropylene (PP). For packaging applications these need to be converted into film which is as thin as possible while maintaining high tensile strength.

The German company offers completely biodegradable bioplastics for flexible applications. These are based entirely or partially on natural raw materials. The bioplastics can be converted using a wide variety of processing methods, such as blown-film extrusion, co-extrusion and lamination. The main field of application is in flexible films, such as agricultural, household or hygiene films. Such products include magazine wrappings, food packaging, bags, waste bags and transparent multilayer films. It is however also possible to produce thermoformed articles and injection moulded articles, such as bottles, straws or short-living cutlery.

In agricultural applications there is a special benefit: Mulch films made from the German company’s bioplastics do not need to be collected after harvest. They can be ploughed in with the remaining plant material. Also compostable waste bags can be disposed of together with waste food. The resulting compost can be used for fertilizer.

The German company is seeking industrial partners for commercial agreements with technical assistance. The partners should be interested in manufacturing products from bioplastics. The German company will take into consideration the application requirements of manufacturing companies as well as their production processes and offer the most suitable material. They will assist in the adaptation of the processes to the new material. The company’s focus in material development has always been to reach a good processability without losing the bio-character of the materials.

» Reference: TODE20150730004/GERMANY

» Sector: Manufactura Industrial Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Industria

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration