Karen was named editor of Plastics News Europe in May 2017. Based in the Netherlands, she has worked as a translator, journalist and editor in the plastics industry for the past thirty years, writing for both Dutch and English language online and print publications. Between 2001 and 2007, she served as chief editor of Kunststof en Rubber, the Dutch-language trade magazine for the plastics industry, after which, preferring to write in English, she moved to PlasticsToday, where she was the European and sustainability editor until 2016.
Following earlier announcements from USA-based PHA producer Danimer Scientific and UrthPact, a contract manufacturer of single-use compostable products, who collaborated on the production of biodegradable straws made from Danimer’s proprietary Nodax PHA, a European research team now say that they, too, can produced a straw made of 100% biodegradable PHA.
A marking technology that allows complete traceability from production to distribution, that provides protection against counterfeiting or makes sorting for recycling easy and convenient has been developed and launched by German masterbatch producer Gabriel-Chemie. The new product line is called the Taggent Technology Series (TagTec).
Building on a partnership dating from 2018, when Netherlands-based Avantium joined forces with R&F Chemical to boost its catalysis business in South Korea, the two companies today announced that they were expanding this relationship to include the PEF business.
The new seven-layer blown film line displayed at K 2019 by extrusion machinery manufacturer Bandera has been designed to offer customers the highest possible degree of flexibility, said Andrea Rigliano, general sales and marketing director at the company.
Hoogstraten, Belgium-based airline cutlery producer deSter Corp. is experimenting with PHA for disposable foodservice and tableware products. Yet officials still have no idea whether PHAs will ultimately be considered to be a polymer or a plastic.