INNOVATIONS BLOG

Bioplastics Market to Grow by More than 350%

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Nov 30, 2015 1:31:27 PM

The results of European Bioplastics’ annual market data update, presented at the 10th European Bioplastics Conference in Berlin, confirm the positive growth trend of the global bioplastics industry. “The market is predicted to grow by more than 350 percent in the mid-term,” says François de Bie, Chairman of European Bioplastics. The data compiled in cooperation with the research institutes IfBB – Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover, Germany) and nova-Institute (Hürth, Germany) shows that the global bioplastics production capacity is set to increase from around 1.7 million tonnes in 2014 to approximately 7.8 million tonnes in 2019. Biobased, non-biodegradable plastics, such as biobased PE and biobased PET, are the main drivers of this growth. More than 60 percent of the bioplastics production capacity worldwide in 2014 was biobased, durable plastics. This share will increase to over 80 percent in 2019. Production capacities of biodegradable plastics, such as PLA, PHA, and starch blends, are also growing steadily, nearly doubling from 0.7 million tonnes in 2014 to well over 1.2 million tonnes in 2019.

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Folded End Tape System for Easy Opening...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Nov 16, 2015 10:25:39 AM

With the new Folded-Edge Technology, this tape sealer automatically creates an easy-open feature so cases can be opened without a knife or other potentially dangerous cutting tool. As seen in the video above, which was shot at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2015, both horizontal edges of the tape are folded over to create mini flaps on both sides of the tape along the length of the case. Users can pull up on either of the flaps to rip off the tape and gain access to the inside without any damage to the contents. No special tape is needed and the seal remains secure throughout distribution. Additionally, with the two-part PrimeLoc tape applicator—which can be retrofit onto existing case sealers—users can quickly and easily swap out tape heads on ShurSeal case sealers when the roll runs down and needs to be replaced. Changeover can be done in 10 seconds or less by simply replacing the tape head on the machine with a second one that has been pre-threaded with a new roll.

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New Nylon, TPE Grades Used in Automobile Air Ducts...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Nov 9, 2015 9:08:00 AM

DuPont Co. unveiled new grades of nylon 6/12 and thermoplastic elastomer at Fakuma 2015 in Friedrichshafen. Both new grades of Zytel-brand nylon and Hytrel-brand TPE are intended for use in automotive air ducts. The materials meet temperature and acid resistance requirements and extend air duct durability, officials with Wilmington, Del.-based DuPont said. The need for the new materials “is driven by parts consolidation in engines,” performance polymers Europe, Middle East and Africa director Thomas Oury said Oct. 14. “It’s been very intense in the last 10 to 15 years.” DuPont also continues to have “a strong commitment to being the supplier with the broadest and fastest-expanding portion of bio-based materials.” The firm’s lineup includes renewably sourced grades of Zytel, Hytrel and Sorona-brand bio-PET.

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Have You Heard of Deep Green...?

Posted by Scott Baxter on Nov 6, 2015 8:51:24 AM

A new biomaterial from automotive supplier GDC Inc. aims to be an alternative to glass-fiber composites. Headquartered in Goshen, Ind., GDC Inc. has five locations in the Midwestern U.S. and a handful of sales and engineering stations throughout the U.S. and in Germany. The material, branded as Deep Green, is made from recycled thermoplastics and a proprietary blend of largely grass-type natural fibers currently sourced from overseas. The biocomposite is intended as a replacement for 15 percent glass-filled polypropylene, the company says. Ford Motor Co. currently uses the material in a component inside the wheel wells of its F-150 pickup. GDC molds the part in addition to providing the material.

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New Specialty Packaging Resins with Unmatched Stiffness-toughness Balance...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Nov 4, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Dow Chemical Co. has launched Innate — a line of packaging resins that company officials said is unmatched in stiffness-toughness balance. Innate is Dow’s first major product launch since it unveiled Intune — a polypropylene-based olefin block copolymer — at the K 2013 trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany. Midland, Mich.-based Dow first commercialized the new Innate linear low density polyethylene resins at some accounts in September, and now is producing them at sites in North America and Europe. “This has brought great excitement for us and the total value chain,” said Diego Donoso, Dow’s packaging and specialty plastics business president, in an Oct. 26 phone interview. “We were asking what the next thing was for us to deliver to our customers. We said it had to open up new opportunities and allow them more creative freedom.”

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6 New Innovative Packaging Designs

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Nov 3, 2015 9:11:38 AM

From ancient clay pots and wooden vessels to modern “engineered” films and multilayered bottles, packaging materials have come a long way in the last 3,000 years. Here are some of the latest innovations designed to elevate the consumer’s experience. “Packaging design is everything we love and everything we loathe,” writes fuseproject founder Yves Behar in the introduction to "Material Innovation: Packaging" (Thames & Hudson). Defying expectations and finding opportunities to reconcile the delight of a new purchase with the regret of disposal, these six innovative packaging designs—from the conceptual and culinary to the hi-tech and hand-assembled—point to new directions for the practice, revealing design’s capacity to raise awareness and lead with creativity, often from the least likely of sources.

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