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Advanced Engineering 2018

New Flexible Bioplastics for Food and Textile Sector

25 November 2014

The project, which consisted two research centres and six companies has resulted in a new generation of biodegradable plastics of natural sources used for the manufacturing of clothes hangers, disposable household and food packages. 

According to AIMPLAS, this new generation of bioplastics is a modification of polylactic acid (PLA), so it has a lower environmental impact than current used materials. High compatibility with polymer additives has been employed in its formulation. Processing in extrusion and injection moulding with conventional equipment has been improved in order to achieve properties and characteristics required for every product.

AIMPLAS explains that different plastic products have been developed from this new material: from UV-resistant clothes hangers with low migration so that they will not stain clothes, to packages for the food industry resistant to impacts, low temperatures and oils and with barrier properties to oxygen and water vapour. The project has also manufactured glasses resistant to low temperatures and alcoholic beverages.

In addition to the products produced through extrusion and injection moulding processes, AIMPLAS says it is also possible to obtain multilayer structures made with the new bioplastics. This adjusts not only functional properties but also aesthetic factors at a competitive cost.

The consortium was formed by the following companies: Plásticos Erum, Condensia Química, Nanobiomatters, Envaplaster, Papel Plast y Criimpla. AIMPLAS. Other research centres such as the Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition and Bromatology Department at the University of Alicante and the Institute of Polymer Science and Technology of the Spanish National Research Council (ICTP-CSIC),have contributed to this project.

In addition to the meetings on site, JEC explains that more than 250 pre-arranged business meetings were organised by its teams between exhibitors and end-user buyers such as Airbus Defence, Boeing, BASF, Delta Aircraft, Louis Vuitton, Mitsubishi Chemicals, to name a few.

This year, Singapore Composites Industry was chosen as country of honour. Out of the 11 Innovation Awards trophies, no less than 4 Innovation Awards were handed out to Singaporean laureates in the Compression Moulding, Life Achievement, Academic and Student categories.