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K‘2013 Preview

Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation Durabio is an Isosorbide-chemistry based engineering plastic resin that was developed by Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation. Inherently plant-based, this material shows an outstanding balance of optical and mechanical properties.

Toray At K’2013, Toray is presenting its environmentally friendly solutions, targeted at the automotive industry, E&E and life science field, in which advanced material technologies play a key role. The company is showcasing its TEEWAVE concept vehicle, which incorporates a range of eco solutions driven by Toray’s advanced materials and process technologies, such as the use of carbon fiber to create a lightweight body with high stiffness and superior crash safety and PLA floor mats.

Durabio has been designed to performance such as visible light transmission levels matching that of PMMA, high UVresistance and low birefringence combined with excellent ductility typical for Polycarbonate. Mitsubishi Chemical launched Durabio successfully from pilot scale only a few years ago. The company soon decided to quickly upscale the production capacity to 5000 tonnes at its Kurosaki production plant, Kyushu, Japan. Typical high performance applications – on view at K’2013 – are high gloss automotive trim, interior design applications like TV-sets, mobile phone handsets, exterior design films or sound-barrier panels, sports glass and sun glass lenses, optical devices, sheet and foams. 8A F49

Toray will display a variety of biopolymer solutions, including its bio PBT, produced using Bio-BDO, foam material on the basis of Bio-PE, PLA applications, biorenewable solutions and many more. 8BF61

Wacker The Munich-based chemicals group Wacker is launching an improved version of its Vinnex binder system for biopolymers. Vinnex is a vinyl-acetate-based polymer binder system that enhances the physical properties of and promotes the compatibility between different bioplastics. Different Vinnex grades can be combined with one or more biopolyesters and fillers in a modular system, making it possible for manufacturers to develop high-performance bioplastic blends that can be processed with conventional equipment. Depending on composition and Vinnex content, these polymer blends have higher impact strengths, are more flexible or have a higher melting strength than conventional biopolymers. Selected Vinnex grades are food certified, opening up a host of new bioplastics applications, including thermoformed coffee cups and soup containers, as well as food packaging materials, brochures, parts for electronic appliances or selfdegradable gardening and agricultural containers. Tested Vinnex polymer blends – typically with a binder content of 10 to 30 % – biodegrade in less than 180 days in industrial composting conditions. 6A10.

API In line with its strategy of growth in advanced polymers with a low environmental impact, API SpA will be exhibiting at K 2013 under the theme BIO & BEYOND. API Spa remains committed to developing and offering products that assist in the reduction of harmful CO2 emissions. As a supplier of highperformance, easy-to-use materials that allow the creation of highly innovative products, the company is presenting a range of applications from three different business units (Footwear & Sporting Goods, Automotive & Technical Products, Packaging & Medical). API launched its first line of biodegradable thermoplastic elastomers in the mid-2000s, under the name of Apinat. Recently, PUMA selected APINAT, the first biodegradable, soft biopolymer for the sole of the first, fully biodegradable shoe to be presented by this sports brand. Next to its Apinat family of products, API will also be showcasing the evolution of its range of TPE and TPU compounds, now, too, from renewable resources. 6A42

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