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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.

Plantic’s barriers bolstered by Linpac products

A range of high barrier films from Linpac Packaging have been added to Plantic Technologies' product portfolio for sale in Australia and the Americas.

The Linpac range

Coca-Cola partnership to fertilise PlantBottle growth

Coca-Cola Company plans to expand the production of the material used in the PlantBottle after securing a partnership with JBF Industries.

Profit pitfall for Symphony Environmental

Controlled life plastics technology supplier Symphony Environmental Technologies has reported a 45 per cent drop in half-year turnover compared to 2011,

Frito-Lay and Innovia come to agreement in legal dispute

Frito-Lay North America, a subsidiary of PepsiCo and Innovia Films have resolved their legal issue over the patent rights for bio-based multilayer films.

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