Bioplastic packaging comes into its own


"At Interpack this year, one of the statements heard again and again was 'we are already working with bioplastics,'"said Hasso von Pogrell, managing director of European Bioplastics. "It shows that bioplastics play an important role for present and future packaging solutions."

Packaging is the leading application segment for all types of bioplastics. This was further underscored by the bioplastics "island" created by some 21 bioplastics companies and European Bioplastics, in Hall 9. This year, at the European Bioplastics booth, the association reprised its "Bioplastics in Packaging" stage program, introduced during the previous Interpack show in 2011, with daily presentations from bioplastics packaging experts on the latest news and trends in the industry. On the busiest days, "the interested crowd jammed the corridor next to the booth of European Bioplastics," the association reported.

Among the companies exhibiting in the bioplastics pavilion were the German bioplastics compounder FKuR and lactic acid producer Corbion Purac, who announced at Interpack that they were formalizing their ongoing collaboration by entering into a strategic partnership to develop high heat resistant PLA compound. The companies are targeting new bioplastic compounds for applications, which include both food and non-food packaging, as well as several durable products e.g. toys and office supplies. In particular, Corbion Purac and FKuR will be working to develop those applications where high temperature resistance is required, which, until now, could not work with many standard bioplastics. One of the first commercial applications resulting from this development work is a heat resistant thermoformed food tray, produced from Bio-Flex F 6611 by Plastisud (Italy), which was on display at the booths of both Corbion Purac and FKuR.
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