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Biopolymer extends into rigid market

Italian biopolymer producer, API Spa, has developed a 100 per cent biodegradable mineral water bottle cap in partnership with machinery manufacturer, Sacmi.

Purac signs long-term contract in Asia

Purac, a subsidiary of CSM, has signed a long-term supply contract for the delivery of up to 10,000 tonnes annually of PURALACT lactides to a customer in Asia.

New board elected at European Bioplastics

François de Bie has been elected chairman of European Bioplastics for the coming two years, replacing outgoing chairman Andy Sweetman of Innovia Films.

Polythene UK plants Polyair on market

UK polyethylene broker, Polythene UK, has launched a 100 per cent recyclable, carbon positive material, called Polyair.

Boost for UK bioplastics production

UK-based Biome Technologies has been awarded a £150,000 (US$229,487) government grant to investigate a bio-based alternative for the oil derived organic chemicals used in the manufacturer of bioplastics.

Italian law could be illegal, claims OPA

The Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association (OPA) has warned compostable plastics companies to temper their excitement over Italy's recent proposal of a ban on plastics carrier bags, warning them that the legislation would be the wrong decision for Italy, and the EU.

Pakistan pushes through bag legislation

Use of polyethylene bags will be banned in Pakistan's federal capital from April 2013, unless they are oxo-biodegradable, after the country's Environmental Protection Agency announced new legislation prohibiting the import, manufacturing, stockpiling, trade, supply, distribution, sale and use of disposable plastics products made wholly or substantially of polyethylene, polypropylene or polystyrene.

Biopolymer sites lock and stock in Bangkok

Biopolymer producer NatureWorks has established its first Asia Pacific regional headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, and expanded its team of commercial and management personnel to develop its business in the region.

Funding serves UK company well

UK-based Wells Plastics will invest in new machinery to increase production of its oxo-biodegradable and degradable additive masterbatches and compounds after receiving a £1.5 million (US$2.4m) follow-on investment from private equity firm Key Capital Partners and current shareholders.

Slick packaging without the oil

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a technique that it claims improves the production efficiency of the PGA monomer glycolic acid from bio-based materials.