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At Biopolymers Symposium, Teknor Apex Will Disclose Enhanced PLA Technology

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The Bioplastics Division of Teknor Apex Company will make three presentations at this month’s Biopolymers Symposium 2011, including a technical paper on the company’s innovative technology for resolving a long-standing property tradeoff that has limited the use of polylactic acid (PLA) bioplastic.



Sponsored by IntertechPira, the Symposium will take place September 26-28 in Denver, CO. All three Teknor Apex presentations will be delivered by Edwin Tam, manager of new strategic initiatives. 



“The Teknor Apex technology for enhanced PLA eliminates a tradeoff between heat resistance and impact strength that has prevented use of the biopolymer in potentially important applications,” said Tam. “Recently we introduced two series of Terraloy® compounds based on different chemistries, one for injection molded items such as cutlery, and the other for thermoformed sheet products such as frozen food trays, restaurant takeout packaging, coffee lids, and microwavable containers.”



Tam will also serve as the instructor in a lead-off workshop called “Bioplastics 101” and present an overview of the U.S. bioplastics industry as part of a session on the business of biopolymers in the U.S. The session is being organized by the Bioplastics Council of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association. Teknor Apex is a member of the Council.

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