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Ecomondo 2018

BIO-FED amplia ancora la propria offerta sul mercato italiano

L'azienda BIO-FED con sede a Colonia sarà presente alla fiera Ecomondo 2018 di Rimini per la quarta volta. La divisione di AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH sta rivolgendo la propria offerta specificatamente al quadro legislativo dei mercati europei.

L'Italia è il paese leader in Europa nel settore della green economy. È un esempio riguardo al riciclaggio dei rifiuti, all'efficienza energetica e alla produttività delle risorse. Dopo che l'Italia ha vietato l'uso di sacchetti di plastica non biodegradabile nel 2011, i produttori sono stati molto attivi nel settore R&D.

In generale, BIO-FED offre un'ampia gamma di materiali biodegradabili per applicazioni per film, essendo così in grado di fornire soluzioni al mercato. Dal 2014, BIO-FED produce e commercializza compound biodegradabili e/o da materia prima rinnovabile con il marchio M∙VERA®.

La gamma di prodotti BIO-FED include molti compound bioplastici con diverse proprietà, quali biodegradabilità e/o elevato contenuto di materie prime rinnovabili. I prodotti M·VERA® sono già ben consolidati in molte applicazioni e possono essere utilizzati con molti metodi di lavorazione diversi. Inoltre, tutti i compound M·VERA® possono essere colorati singolarmente – ad esempio con i masterbatch biopolimerici AF-Eco® certificati da TÜV AUSTRIA Belgium in ottemperanza alla norma EN 13432. La gamma AF-Eco® consiste in masterbatch colorati e nero carbone come pure di masterbatch additivi.

In occasione di Ecomondo 2018, BIO-FED presenterà il proprio ampliato assortimento di prodotti che include materiali per l'estrusione in bolla con un contenuto biobased variabile. Gran parte di questi compound contiene materie prime da fonti rinnovabili (contenuto di carbonio da materie prime rinnovabili superiore al 40%) e soddisfa i requisiti richiesti del ciclo di "fine vita" quali "OK compost INDUSTRIAL" e "OK compost HOME". Tutti i materiali per film sono idonei al contatto con gli alimenti in ottemperanza al Regolamento (UE) n. 10/2011.La gamma M∙VERA® offre biocompound per applicazioni tradizionali (borse per la spesa, sacchetti per la spazzatura, ecc.) come pure prodotti speciali, ad es. film di pacciamatura.

Inoltre, BIO-FED fornisce una gamma di materiali per stampaggio a iniezione M∙VERA® per diverse applicazioni tra cui le capsule da caffè. M·VERA® GP1012 ha ottenuto il certificato "OK biodegradable SOIL" secondo ISO 17556 e EN 13432 da TÜV AUSTRIA Belgium. Le applicazioni ingegneristiche possono essere servite da M∙VERA® ECS. I prodotti per applicazioni di termoformatura sono attualmente in fase di sviluppo.

Grazie al suo assortimento ampliato, BIO-FED è in grado di offrire soluzioni per un packaging sostenibile che soddisfi i requisiti delle norme italiane. BIO-FED presenterà anche nuovi prodotti che stanno per essere commercializzati, in ottemperanza alla regolamentazione francese (decreto n. 2016-379 del 30 marzo 2016).

La fiera Ecomondo si svolgerà a Rimini dal 6 al 9 novembre 2018. Lo stand BIO-FED n. 72 sarà presente nel padiglione D3.

M·VERA® GP1012

BIO-FED Compound Certified as Biodegradable in Soil

The injection moulding material M·VERA® GP1012 by BIO-FED, a branch of AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH, has been tested by TÜV AUSTRIA Belgium and has been awarded the "OK biodegradable SOIL" certificate as per ISO 17556 and EN 13432.

 

This biocompound is suitable for processing in injection moulding and can be easily processed by all commercial machines. It consists of 100 % renewable materials, is heat resistant to over 100 °C and has an excellent balance of stiffness and toughness. This compound is suitable for use in agriculture and horticulture and can also be used for coffee capsules. Due to its light color, M·VERA® GP1012 can be colored with the AF-Eco® biomasterbatch from BIO-FED's sister branch AF-COLOR.

 

To qualify for the "OK biodegradable SOIL" TÜV certificate, at least 90 % of the material must degrade into carbon dioxide and water. The degradation is tested by accredited laboratories under controlled and standardised conditions over a period of no longer than two years.

All elements of the compounds meet the FDA requirements for use in products that come into contact with foodstuffs. The requirements for other certificates such as "OK compost HOME", as well as approval for products intended to come into contact with food as per EU 10/2011, are expected to be met in the first half of 2019.

 

Since 2014 BIO-FED produces and markets biodegradable and/or biobased compounds under the M∙VERA® brand. As a branch of AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH, a specialist for innovative customer-oriented plastic compounds, BIO-FED is part of the international Feddersen Group which has its head office in Hamburg.

The BIO-FED product portfolio consists a broad range of bioplastics compounds with different properties, such as biodegradability and/or high biobased content. The M·VERA® products are already well-established in a number of applications and can be used with various processing methods. In addition, all M·VERA® compounds can be colored individually – for example with the AF-Eco® biopolymerbased masterbatches which are certified in accordance with EN 13432. The AF-Eco® range consists of color and carbon black masterbatches as well as additive masterbatches.

In addition to materials for processing in the field of injection moulding, BIO-FED also manufactures biocompounds for use in extrusion, e.g. blown film that meets the strict legal requirements in France and Italy. A large proportion of these compounds are renewable materials (biobased carbon content over 40 %) and meet the requirements for the relevant 'end-of-life' scenarios such as "OK compost INDUSTRIAL" and "OK compost HOME".
 

BIO-FED will be at Fakuma 2018, at a shared stand with AKRO-PLASTIC and K.D. Feddersen in Hall B2, booth 2209, to present its biocompounds.

BIO-FED will also be at Ecomondo in Rimini from 6-9 November, 2018. At Plastex/MSV 2018 in Brno (Czech Rep.), BIO-FED will have representatives at the K.D. Feddersen CEE GmbH booth.

Venite a incontrarci a Rimini

BIO-FED a Ecomondo 2017

Quest´anno BIO-FED sarà presente per il terzo anno consecutivo in qualità di espositore. Qui sará presentato l´ampliato portfolio di materiali M·VERA® tra cui prodotti a base di materie prime rinnovabili, sviluppati per rispondere alle nuove esigenze normative in Italia. Sono stati inoltre aggiunti al portfolio prodotti materiali con un alto indice di trasparenza.

La fiera Ecomondo avrà luogo a Rimini dal 7 all´10 novembre. BIO-FED e il nostro partner di distribuzione Febo S.p.A. saranno lieti di incontrarvi a Rimini allo stand 72 nel padiglione D3.

Come to Friedrichshafen and visit us from 17. – 21. October

BIO-FED at the 2017 Fakuma

BIO-FED, a branch of AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH, produces and markets biodegradable and/or biobased plastics under the brand name M∙VERA®. The company will be showcasing its broad portfolio of film extrusion and injection moulding grades at the 2017 Fakuma. Depending on the requirements profile, these compounds are either biodegradable in various environments or suitable for long-term use and are either completely or partially made from renewable raw materials. AF-Eco has been added to the product portfolio to include biopolymer-based color and additive masterbatches.

AKRO-PLASTIC and its branches AF-COLOR and BIO-FED can be visited at the 2017 Fakuma trade fair on their stand together with K.D. Feddersen GmbH & Co. KG in Hall B2, 2209. We are looking forward to your visit.

BIO-FED adds engineering plastics to portfolio

Biobased PA 6.10 compounds

BIO-FED specialises in marketing biodegradable and biobased plastics. Until now the Cologne-based company’s activities were centred primarily on products for film applications and individual products in the injection moulding sector, with a strong focus on the biodegradablity of the products. With the M∙VERA® ECS product line, this branch of AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH is now adding renewable resource‑based polyamide compounds to its portfolio.

Sustainability, biobased polymers and renewable resources – these are all important issues in the plastics industry today. In part driven by ongoing fluctuations in the price of oil, but also in an effort to reduce energy consumption and improve their carbon footprint, many polymer manufacturers are looking for solutions, along with the entire plastics-processing industry.

“PA 6.10 fulfils the standard definition of a bioplastic since it is made up of approximately 60 percent renewable resources”, says Roland Andernach, Product Manager at BIO-FED. Castor oil from the seeds of the castor oil plant (Ricinuns communis) forms the basis of sebacic acid, which in turn serves as the basis for the product’s renewable raw material content.

Unlike the previous products in the M∙VERA® line, the ECS products are partially biobased, but not biodegradable. Because a long service life of the end product is desirable in technical applications, and high material resistance is required, these products are ideal to round out the BIO-FED range.

Not to mention that the material’s carbon footprint is more favourable overall than that of polymers entirely of fossil origin. This is due to the fact that the plant-based raw materials have already removed CO from the environment during their growth phase. And since neither the seeds of the castor oil plant nor the castor oil extracted from them are used as food, there is no conflict with the food industry.

“M∙VERA® ECS claims its place in the market as a technical polymer, since it is characterised by greater resistance to highly aggressive media and hot water compared with PA 6/PA 6.6. PA 6.10, for example, absorbs approximately 50% less moisture than PA 6, exhibits greater dimensional stability, and has better cold impact resistance and an excellent surface finish”, explains Andernach.

From a technical standpoint, this material closes the gap between PA 6/PA 6.6 and PA 12. Yet the product’s working properties still correspond to those of a PA 6.

Biomasterbatch Portfolio Complemented

When it comes to biodegradable plastics, aesthetics matter as much as function. To meet market demand, AF-COLOR, a branch of AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH, has added new biodegradable masterbatch carriers to its AF-Eco product portfolio.

In bioplastics, pigmentation is an increasingly important aspect. Bioplastics today are pigmented almost exclusively using color masterbatches formulated with polymer carrier materials and the appropriate pigments. AF-Eco color masterbatches are based on biodegradable carrier polymers. The product line has been expanded to include abroad range of biodegradable masterbatch carriers. Now there‘s a carrier material that‘s just right for every application.

“We aim to rise to the challenge of growing complexity in biobased plastics applications, and this is how we plan to succeed. It will allow us to minimise interactions with other polymer components in a compound”, says Dirk Schöning, Sales Director at AF-COLOR.

“Now there are virtually no limits to our customers’ color requirements for biomasterbatches”, notes Dr Inno Gaul, R & D Director at AF‑COLOR. According to the manufacturer, just about every color objective can be realised ‒ event pearlescent effect colors.

The biomasterbatches are marketed exclusively by BIO-FED under the brand name AF-Eco. Like AF-COLOR, BIO-FED is a branch of AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH. BIO-FED specialises in marketing biobased and biodegradable plastics under the brand name M∙VERA®.

Interpack 2017 / BIO-FED Targeting the French Market

 BIO-FED is exhibiting at Interpack in Düsseldorf for the first time in 2017. The Cologne-based branch of AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH is specifically targeting its offer to the new statutory legislative framework on the French market.

One consequence of the new energy turnaround law in France on 1.1.2017 was a ban on conventional plastic bags for fruit and vegetables as well as foil packaging for postal items. In future these have to be biobased and biodegradable in domestic compost. “We have expanded our portfolio for the French market to include several new and highly innovative products in line with current statutory provisions and specifically designed for the French film industry, and we will be presenting them at Interpack,” says Dr. Stanislaw Haftka, BIO-FED Sales Director. These new products include the extrusion M·VERA® B5024 and B5025 which have a high proportion of biobased raw material. Both products can be composted at home and are highly transparent, making them ideal for fruit and vegetable bags. The Cologne-based company will also be presenting its new biodegradable injection moulding products at Interpack. The BIO-FED stand can be found in Hall 9/G05.

BIO-FED and Plastic Agents, S.L. Sign Distribution Contract for the Iberian Peninsula

BIO-FED based at BioCampus Cologne is a branch of AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH and a member of the Hamburg-based Feddersen Group. A producer and seller of compostable and biodegradable plastic compounds, BIO-FED runs a state-of-the-art R&D department geared towards innovation. 

This market has seen significant growth in the southern European countries in particular due to changes in legislation, so after successfully concluding a contract in Italy the Cologne-based company decide to look for a distribution partner in Spain and Portugal, too. “We’ve now intensified our existing collaboration with Mr. Barraca by signing the distribution contract,” says Stanislaw Haftka, Head of Sales with BIO-FED. This collaboration secures local warehousing in Spain so as to allow short-term customer supply within the Iberian Peninsula. BIO-FED hopes to be able to serve particularly the growing market of mulch films for agriculture with environmentally friendly products.

 

Key Account Manager for Bioplastics BIO-FED Begins Active Market Development in France

One consequence of the new energy turnaround law in France on 1.1.2017 was a ban on conventional plastic bags for fruit and vegetables as well as film packaging for mailing items. In future these have to be biobased and biodegradable in domestic compost. In order to be able to handle the growing demand for bioplastics in the French market and provide expert, on-site customer support, BIO-FED has decided to recruit a key account manager for this market.

The biodegradable and/or biobased plastic compounds specialist based at BioCampus Cologne/Germany has been able to gain the services of an experienced plastics expert to take over this role as of 1 February 2017. The new staff member has years of experience in the plastics industry, having worked for well-known polymer and compound manufacturers. He is also resident at the centre of the French film industry and has excellent contacts among processing companies. Working from his location he will establish and support the French market for the Cologne-based company. “We have expanded our portfolio for the French market to include several new and highly innovative products in line with current statutory provisions and specifically designed for the French film industry,” says Dr. Stanislaw Haftka, BIO-FED Sales Director. “We regard France as a very interesting and up-and-coming market for bioplastics, and we’re confident our products offer the right answer to the new bioplastics legislation in France.”

 

BIO-FED a Ecomondo

BIO-FED è stata presente per la seconda volta alla fiera Ecomondo in Italia. La fiera, che ha luogo nel Novembre di ogni anno a Rimini, è la più importante in Italia per il settore bio e all´interno dei suoi padiglioni sono presenti aziende provenienti dai più vari segmenti industriali. Il team BIO-FED ha avuto l´occasione di incontrare molti dei suoi clienti attuali, nonché nuovi potenziali clienti, e sono stati definiti molteplici accordi commerciali per l´ anno successivo. È già prevista la partecipazione a Ecomondo 2017.

 

BIO-FED and Febo Sign an Exclusivity Distribution Contract for Italy

BIO-FED is a branch of AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH and part of the Feddersen Group located in Hamburg, Germany. BIO-FED produces and sells compostable and biodegradable compounds and has a state of the art R&D center oriented to innovation.

Since this market has grown significantly especially in the southern European countries because of legislative changes, the Cologne-based company decided to sign an exclusivity contract with the company Febo S.p.A. “With Febo we acquired a strategic partner with a long history and knowledge of the plastics market in Italy” says Stanislaw Haftka, Sales Director at BIO-FED. “Thanks to BIO-FED, Febo can better support the needs of a growing market every day more focused on finding sustainable products”, says the CEO of Febo S.p.A., Carlo Monti. BIO-FED and Febo are positive that with this agreement new synergies will be created and more opportunities will be taken from a market that keeps evolving and growing.

 

BIO-FED espande le attività di sviluppo del mercato in Italia

A partire dalla fine del 2015, Alessandro Armiraglio collabora con BIO-FED in qualità di consulente tecnico in Italia e sud Europa. In tali aree, dal 1 febbraio 2016, ha rivestito anche il ruolo di consulente per lo sviluppo del mercato, consigliando i clienti sia nella scelta dei prodotti che negli ottimali processi di lavorazione. Alessandro Armiraglio ha alle spalle numerosi anni di esperienza nel settore. Il nostro collega italiano Andrea Colombo, inoltre, gestisce il mercato italiano in qualità di Key Account Manager per la BIO-FED assistito da Grazia Aruta dal quartier generale a Colonia.

 

BIO-FED Consultant for Spain and Portugal

Mr. Marcos Barraca Gutiérrez of PLASTIC AGENTS, S.L. Valencia, Spain, has been working as a BIO-FED consultant in Spain and Portugal since the end of 2015. He distributes the M·VERA®product range and the biodegradable masterbatch range AF-Eco and the masterbatch portfolio of AF-COLOR in this area.