An innovative approach that replaces up to 100% of the fossil resources used at the beginning of the integrated production process with certified biomass has been unveiled by BASF- Ultramid® (polyamide), derived from renewable raw materials. The resulting Ultramid, which is produced according to the so called mass balance approach, is identical in terms of formulation and quality but associated with lower green house gas emissions and saving of fossil resources. Also, existing plants and technologies along the value chain can continue to be used without changes. This development meets rising consumer demand for products made of renewable raw materials, offering opens excellent possibilities for packaging film manufacturers to market their products accordingly. BASF’s Ultramid® polyamides (Nylon) are molding compounds based on PA 6, PA 66 and copolyamides such as PA 66/6. Due to their outstanding properties these materials have become indispensable in almost all fields of engineering for the most varied components and machine parts, as high-quality electrical insulating materials and for many special applications. They are exceptional for their high mechanical strength, rigidity and thermal stability. They afford good impact resistance even at low temperatures, advantageous sliding friction properties and problem-free processing.
Biodegradable bioplastic for food applications has been unveiled by Biotec- Bioplast 900. Products made of Bioplast 900 can, unlike other bioplastics, withstand boiling temperatures without losing their shape, functionality and efficiency. Even at high filling temperature, the taste of liquids/food is not affected. This makes it perfectly suitable for numerous food applications: coffee capsules, cups for cold as well as for hot drinks. Heat resistance combined with biodegradability the material shows undisputable environmental advantages, e.g. organic recyclability. For instance, used coffee capsules or other products are perfectly suitable for industrial composting. Its processability allows molding of extremely precise and complicated shapes. This innovative bioplastic resin exhibits molding properties similar to conventional plastics, such as PP and PS. The bioplastic is designed for the following applications:
Teknor Apex’s Terraloy® PLA compounds exhibits high impact and heat resistant properties. The free-flowing resins, used in both injection molding and extrusion/thermoforming processes, streamline the PLA crystallization process, eliminating the post-annealing or post-crystallization process. It offers enhanced polylactic acid in areas such as heat resistance, impact resistance and processability while retaining key bioplastic values such as FDA compliance, high bio-based content, and compostability. Life cycle analysis shows Terraloy PLA compounds with high heat distortion temperatures produced 125% less greenhouse gas than high-impact polystyrene and 40% less than low-density polyethylene.