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K‘2013 Preview Kaneka Kaneka Biopolymer AONILEX (PHB) is biodegradable, yet strongly resistant to heat and hydrolysis and can act as a barrier to water vapor. It is the world’s first 100% plant-based biopolymer to offer both flexibility and heat resistance. It exhibits a range of properties from hardness through to softness as well as a number of key characteristics of polyethylene and polypropylene materials. This biodegradable polymer, which uses vegetable fats and oils and other biomass as its primary raw materials, eventually degrades into carbon dioxide and water. With excellent biodegradability and heat resistance characteristics, it is suitable for a host of applications, including for materials used in agriculture, civil engineering, packaging and automobile interiors. It has a smaller carbon footprint than comparable petroleum-based polymers, thus contributing to the preservation of the environment. www.kaneka.com 6A 40

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DSM With the launch of EcoPaXX in 2009, its castor oil-derived PA410 product range, DSM convincingly demonstrated its ongoing commitment to sustainability. With a biobased content of 70%, EcoPaXX is 100% certified carbon neutral from cradle to gate, exhibits an excellent set of properties, and is currently found in a wide array of applications. At Daimler, EcoPaXX was selected for use in engine covers for turbo engines, mainly because of its unique combination of high temperature resistance, dimensional stability and high quality surface. Another automotive application where dimensional stability, heat- and chemical resistance were key requirements regards the latest generation of diesel engines developed by the Volkswagen Group, which feature a lightweight multi-functional crankshaft cover in EcoPaXX. In building and construction, EcoPaXX is being used in insulating profiles for aluminum window profiles. And MF Folien GmbH became the first company to produce film based on the polyamide 410 for applications like flexible food packaging. www.dsm.com 6.1N-04

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The Grafe Group is presenting its new product series Biocolen, a masterbatch that is not only suitable for coloring bioplastics (PLA), but also enhances performance for packaging manufacturers. The masterbatch improves the durability, achieving a higher flexibility and reducing the brittleness in the end product without impairing transparency. Due to the material composition, the packaging product is very easy to process and cut. The company is also introducing its innovative Bio-Compalen-Paperlike, which makes it possible for the first time to produce foils that can be torn in any direction. This offers an enormous advantage, particularly in the area of security labels. Up until now, security labels could only be torn in the direction of extrusion. With its new compound, the Grafe Group has made it possible to produce foils with the same tearing properties lengthwise and crosswise. In addition, the foil displays paperlike haptics and very good writability. It comes in white, like paper, but is available in other colors as well. The bio-plastics compound can be made into flat or bubble wrap and requires a relatively low processing temperature, which improves the overall ecological balance. www.grafe.com 6E75

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