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Bioplastics applications thrive like (pick your plant) at NPE

You will be hard pressed to walk the halls of NPE, starting today in Chicago’s McCormick Center, and not find a machine processing some sort of plastics based on renewable materials. Just as one example, and there are many here, consider NatureWorks, supplier of Ingeo-brand materials based on cornstarch. If you’re a processor interested in compounds based on the Ingeo materials, you have the choice of visiting Cereplast (Booth W11a), ICO Polymers (W123034) or PolyOne (W11302).

, supplier of Ingeo-brand materials based on cornstarch. If you’re a processor interested in compounds based on the Ingeo materials, you have the choice of visiting Cereplast (Booth W11a), ICO Polymers (W123034) or PolyOne (W11302). Plus, you’ll find NatureWorks personnel at the stand of Jamplast (W137047), a leading distributor of standard thermoplastics and bioplastics.

Injection molding machine manufacturers Milacron (S24012) and Husky (S36009) will have personnel primed to talk about how the material, or other bioplastics, runs on their machines. Concerns about drying of Ingeo can be answered at auxiliary equipment manufacturer at Universal Dynamics (S50060) while your recycling concerns can be cleared up at Erema (S12162), where scrap film extruded from the material will be turned into near-virgin quality pellets. Several such demonstrations of reclaiming biopolymer materials with Erema’s standard Model 906 T plastics recycling system will take place at the company’s stand during the show.

Finally, if you want to learn how to start “Making Biopolymers Work For You,” then join our own Matt Defosse, editor of MPW, as he moderates a panel discussion on exactly that topic from 9:30-10:30 on Thursday morning in Room W194-196. Panelists include John Moisson, president of Jamplast Inc.; Jeff Lloyd, sales manager at Mako Plastics, an injection molder of, among other things, desktop accessories of bioplastics; Ron Buckhalt, manager for the USDA’s Bio preferred program; and Salvador Ortega, NatureWorks’ business development manager. Tough questions are especially welcome. [email protected]

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