The Novamont Group is a leader in the development and production of bio-based materials. Making their debut at the recent K 2016 trade fair for plastics and rubber was a range of products and solutions made with the fourth generation of MATER-BI bioplastics. They are for a wide range of applications, including flexible and rigid films, coatings, printing, extrusion and thermoforming.
The bioplastics combine the two established technologies of complexed starches and polyesters from oils as well as azelaic and pelargonic acids, and sugars transformed through fermentation into bio-butanediol. The first plant dedicated to the industrial-scale production of bio-butanediol was inaugurated by Novamont just over two weeks ago.
The products contain a high proportion of renewable raw materials (up to 70%) and cause a low level of greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on fossil feedstock.
The MATER-BI range is designed to optimise the use of resources and minimise environmental risks associated with end-of-life thanks to a C14 renewability percentage of nore than 50, cradle-to-grave greenhouse emissions per kilo of product at least 54% lower than those for traditional plastics, recyclability according to the standards of national recycling consortiums, biodegradability in composting in accordance with EN 13432 and sustainable biomass used in production.