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Braskem, the leading thermoplastic resin producer in the Americas and the world’s largest biopolymer producer, announces the expansion of its portfolio of renewable products with the launch of its new line of green low-density polyethylene (LDPE), with this new product family complementing its already well known Green Plastics. Annual production of the new resin will amount to approximately 30,000 tonnes and the product will be made available in the market starting in January 2014.

The Technological Institute of Plastics (AIMPLAS) will present biodegradable packaging for cosmetics, drugstore and healthcare. The new products have good mechanical and chemical properties and also the environmental benefits of biodegradable materials.

To ensure the production feasibility of the new line, investments were made in interconnecting plants and certain pieces of equipment in order to make possible the production of green LDPE from renewable raw materials. Two technology options can be used to ensure the production of a portfolio of resins with varying characteristics that allows for meeting a wider range of applications. LDPE is used mainly in plastic packaging and films. The expansion of the line of green products reinforces the company’s commitment to creating value through the sustainable development of the industry’s production chain, its clients and society, which are increasingly seeking to adopt practices that help reduce the effects of greenhouse gases.

For food industry AIMPLAS will present a new successful product: a biodegradable packaging for fruit and vegetables that is also active, increasing over 15% the food lifespan. AIMPLAS is also developing a new packaging for semipreserved fish (anchovies) with a sandwich structure, using the co-injection technology. The outer layers are made from polypropylene, which has good mechanical properties and water barrier, while inside layers are made from wheat starch (renewable, low cost and excellent oxygen barrier). The packaging is recyclable because the separation of polypropylene and starch is simple, the starch is fully dissolved in water. But certainly one of the main trends that AIMPLAS will present in the K is packaging obtained from agri-food industry. In this area, the Technological Institute of Plastics is working to develop a new biodegradable packaging for the bakery industry made from bread wastes and a biodegradable juice bottle made from wastewater beverage industry. 08aC32-3 06D27, 06.1W-01

Tecnaro Tecnaro is presenting its bioplastic compounds Arboform, Arboblend and Arbofill and various applications for stationary and household goods, gardening, fashion, packaging, logistics, electronics, toys, civil construction and many more. New grades include bio-based thermoplastic elastomers Bio-TPE/TPV, as well as compounds made from Green PE, Bio-PET and Bio-PA. These are characterized by properties such as a high heat deflection temperature, good impact strength, flame resistance and UV stability. An innovative application for Arboblend will be highlighted: green roofing specialist ZinCo has selected Tecnaro’s Arboblend for the drainage element in its new “Natureline” green roof system. This improves the CO2 balance in two ways: first, by reducing the use of fossil resources in the materials and second, through the CO2 absorbing plants on the roof. 12E19


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