30 Juli 2018

BIO-FED compound certified as biodegradable in soil

M·VERA® products are already well-established in a number of applications and can be used with various processing methods

Following testing by TÜV AUSTRIA Belgium, BIO-FED’s injection moulding grade M-VERA GP1012 awarded the “OK biodegradable SOIL” certificate as per EN 13432. BIO-FED, based in Germany, is a branch of AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH.

wImage.phpThis biocompound is injection mouldable and easily processed on 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 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 biopolymer-based 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.

Source: Bioplastics MAGAZINE, 2018-07-23.

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