K 2013: Wacker, Lanxess and Celanese preview bio innovations

It will have escaped no one’s notice that 2013 is a “K year”: the year in which the nineteenth edition of the triennial K Show spectacle takes place in Düsseldorf, Germany. As always, the show is preceded by a veritable tsunami of announcements and information from companies showcasing novel developments and innovations, with “bio” still very much featuring as the trend du jour.

Below, a look at the green news presented at the pre-K review in Düsseldorf earlier this month.

Wacker announced that it is launching an improved version of its Vinnex binder system. Vinnex is a vinyl-acetate-based polymer binder system that both acts as a compatibilizer and can be used to enhance the physical properties of bioplastics. Different Vinnex grades can be combined with one or more biopolyesters and fillers in a modular system, thus allowing manufacturers to develop high-performance bioplastic blends. These can be processed on conventional machines for standard conversion processes, with no modifications required, including hot-fill thermoforming applications. Selected grades of Vinnex are also certified for food applications, opening up possibilities for items like coffee cups and soup containers....

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