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Biomaterials China News 1403(EJN)~

Biomaterials China News 1403(EJN)~

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Bio-based fiber industry witnesses progress in Q1 2014 in China
 Key words:bio-based fiber 
edible packaging film
degradable
starch-based
 
On 20 Feb, 2014, a key technology project about PU insulation material was awarded a provincial second price in Jiangsu Province.Hismer attracted attention for its chitosan fiber in the 2014 Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics.In early Feb. 2014, the price of castor oil kept stable, but it declined in mid and late Feb. Early in Mar., the price still stayed at a low position and is predicted to maintain till Apr. It is reported on 4 Mar, 2014 that an edible protein film made from fish skin was developed and expected to replace plastic packaging films.The bio-based fiber industry in China saw some progress in the first quarter of 2014, especially regarding viscose staple fiber,bamboo fiber and alginate fiber.Edible packaging films have excellent properties, and its use is growing. As a result, research and development of edible packaging films is increasing.Biomaterials plays a more and more important role in packaging industry.  Also in Mar, the chairman of Kingfa, Yuan Zhimin, disclosed that the company has been capturing national attention for its completely biodegradable film ever since it signed an agreement with XPCC. Lastly, CCM chooses five leading enterprises of starch-based materials in China to make a comparison on their products,so that readers can learn their product advantages respectively. However, it is still limited by its high price.Five leading biomaterial enterprises in China are chosen to make a product comparison on starch-based materials.Since Kingfa signed an agreement with Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC), its completely biodegradable film has been capturing national attention. Moreover, biodegradable film has become a hot topic in China. In Market Data Analysis, the price of castor oil in Feb. 2014 is analyzed, which kept stable in early Feb. but declined in mid and late. Feb. Also, the import & export of PVA in Jan. 2014 and the price of PVA in the first quarter of 2014 are analyzed. There are three main reasons for the price increase in viscose staple fiber in Q1 2014.
Firstly, the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China released the preliminary
arbitration of the anti-dumping investigation on imported pulps from the US, Canada and Brazil. It also issued temporary policies that require importers to make guarantees, which increases their purchasing costs. Secondly, since Jan. 2014, enterprises are no longer consuming their inventories to withdraw funds. Finally, downstream textile factories have been busy reserving raw materials for their operations following the Spring Festival.  An insider has revealed that no new viscose production capacity will be added in 2014, resulting in a slower increasing speed of output compared with the growth of the demand. Therefore, it is estimated that the price of viscose staple fiber will continue to rise from Mar. 2014.
 
 However, the viscose fiber is still confronted with overcapacity in 2014. Besides, the Chinese government will not issue temporary reserving polices for cotton in 2014-2015. Meanwhile, direct subsidy policy for cotton farmers will be carried out in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in 2015. Therefore, the cotton price will decrease. As an alternative to cotton, viscose fiber may witness a decrease in price. In addition, if the final arbitration of the anti-dumping investigation on imported pulps from the US, Canada and Brazil has the same result as the preliminary arbitration, it will threaten the viscose fiber industry, but will contribute to industrial integration. Regarding bamboo fiber, both Jilin Chemical Fiber Group Co., Ltd. (Jilin Chemical Fiber) and Xinshengda Group Co., Ltd. (Xinshengda Group) have made progress. It is revealed that a subsidiary of Jilin Chemical Fiber, Sichuan Tianzhu Bamboo Resources Development Co., Ltd. (Sichuan Tianzhu) has been constructing a technical transformation project for bamboo pulp, with a production capacity of 95,000 t/a (90% finished). In 2014, the company will focus on trial operation, to ensure that it is ready for production. On 18 Feb., 2014, Jilin Chemical Fiber,  jointly with Sichuan Tianzhu, held a promotion activity in Shishi City, Fujian Province, to introduce the application of bamboo fiber fabrics in children clothing. Meanwhile, Xinshengda Group also launched its degradable bamboo fiber woven cloth in Jan. 2014. Regarding alginate fiber, in 2011, Zhejiang Yuelong Holding Group Co., Ltd. (Zhejiang Yuelong) introduced a marine bio-fiber project from Wuhan Textile University, and established Shaoxing Lanhai Fiber Science and Technology Co., Ltd. (Shaoxing Lanhai) in Kebei Industrial Park to push forward the industrialization of alginate fiber. Currently, Shaoxing Lanhai owns a 500 t/a production line, which has been put into operation in 2014 with a full order scheduling. A complete industrial chain from alginate (raw material) to needle punched non-woven fabrics has been put into mass production. Wang Ronggen, chief engineer at Shaoxing Lanhai, revealed that the company intended to launch a production line of spunlaced non-woven fabrics in 2014 to expand the application of non-woven fabrics. In this issue, CCM mainly introduces China's progress in some biomaterials, including bio-based PU, chitosan, bio-based fiber,edible packaging film, degradable film as well as starch-based material. In addition, a scholar is invited to write an in-depth analysis article to introduce the current progress in the research of edible packaging film and an insider to introduce the applications of biomaterials in packaging industry. The scholar pointed out that edible packaging film in China has had several examples of application but the industry develops slowly with technologies undergoing research and development.
PHB to be applied in plastic packaging through PHBOTTLE project in EU PCM 2014 to be held in Ningbo in May 2014 Experimental study of degradable PLA punctal plugs Progress made in 3D printer with PLA material

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