Bioplastics Pavillion at AUSPACK PLUS 2013

Today we announce plans to continue with the successful Bioplastics Pavilion that was introduced in 2009 to allow key industry experts to come together under one roof to help the visitors understand bioplastics.

The Bioplastics Pavilion will consist of members of the Australasian Bioplastics Association (ABA); which is the peak Industry body for manufacturers, converters and distributors of bioplastic products and materials throughout Australia and New Zealand.

The Association represents Members in the promotion of and advocacy for Member’s products and materials.

Previous Bioplastics Pavilion displays at AUSPACK PLUS generated significant interest in this merging market place and the members have come back again to continue to promote their unique and sustainable offerings from the bioplastics family of materials.

Companies that have already signed on to be a part of the pavilion include BASF Australia, Chem-Supply, Nature Works, Sun Australia Environmental Materials,  Innovia Films, Novamont and Cardia Bioplastics. Other ABA members such as Because We Care will have a separate exhibition stand in the same area as the pavilion.

Rowan Williams, Business Director, Australia and New Zealand, Plastics, BASF Australia added that they are proud to once again showcase their comprehensive range of sustainable packaging solutions at AUSPACK PLUS 2013.

“BASF provides a number of products that can help its customers to improve the sustainability of packaging. Examples include the partially bio-based, compostable polymers ecovio® and ecoflex®.” Williams said.

Stephen Morris, Business Development Manager, Chem-Supply added that their decision to exhibit within the bioplastics pavilion is designed to promote of Chem-Supply’s new agency for compostable plastics – FKuR GmbH (Germany).

“Compostable plastics is growing faster than the industry average and will, with time, constitute a significant part of the local market. FKuR’s expertise is compatibilisation of biodegradable polymers to optimise mechanical and composting properties.  As one would expect, they have a high level of expertise, prompt technical support and a product range suitable for the Australian market place. Products include film and injection moulding grades,”

“BioFlex film grades have excellent strength and sealing properties. Injection moulding grades are based on cellulose and derivatives and can offer clear or wood effect finishes. Our objective is to broaden the available range of biodegradable materials, which will assist in the growth of Bioplastics.”  Morris said.

Warwick Hall, Novamont SpA, added that they will also be joining the pavilion.

“As a founding member of the ABA and a manufacturer of the Mater-Bi® range of starch based bioplastics resins, Novamont SpA is looking forward to exhibiting at AUSPACK PLUS 2013,” Mr Hall said.

“The applications for Mater-Bi® bioplastic are many including shopping and boutique bags, organic waste collections bags, biodegradable agricultural film and packaging. Within the ABA pavilion at AUSPACK PLUS 2013, visitors will be able to see packaging and other products made in Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the world using Mater-Bi® bioplastic resin. AUSPACK PLUS 2013 will present an ideal opportunity for participants in, and customers of, the packaging industry to see some of the continuing and newer application for Mater-Bi® bioplastic along with those from other ABA member companies.” he said.

AUSPACK PLUS 2013 is a ‘must-attend’ exhibition on the Australian Packaging and Processing calendar and will be held at the Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney Olympic Park from Tuesday the 7th to Friday the 10th of May 2013.

AUSPACK PLUS is owned and presented by the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), Australia’s only national packaging and processing machinery organisation.

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