The Information Problem with Biopolymers
M-Base is involved in a series of projects to support the use of biomaterials in the European plastics industry. It has turned out that missing information is one of the crucial problems for the extended use of biopolymers and natural fiber reinforced plastics in high volume applications, like in the automotive industry. The presentation explains the expectation of the plastics industry and examples how to match these, beginning with the availability of useful material datasheets, introduction of biopolymers into industrial material databases, the development of high end support tools like design guidelines, the availability of simulation tools, and the need for support in the rating of the ecological relevance of biopolymers compared to conventional plastics, e.g. in the form of life cycle analysis.