Bioplastics Bulletin

New exciting additions to the speaker line-up of the 11th European Bioplastics Conference

With less than four weeks to go, we are excited to announce some last minute additions to the packed programme of this year’s European Bioplastics Conference on 29/30 November 2016 in Berlin. DuPont presents world premiere at the 11the European Bioplastics Conference Conference delegates can look forward to the launch of a world premier of the latest research and innovation technology by DuPont, one of the world’s leading producer of biobased, engineering grade polymers. Dr Christian Lenges, Business Development Manager at DuPont Industrial BioSciences will present the company’s new biotechnology enabled polysaccharides with innovative characteristics that make the material available [...]

31 October 2016|

Great interest in bioplastics at this year’s K 2016

This year’s K, the largest plastics trade show in the world so far, stretching over a whole week from 19 to 26 October 2016, drew 3,285 exhibitors and about 230,000 visitors from more than 160 countries to the mammoth Messe Düsseldorf, Germany. That’s a 5.5 percent increase in visitors compared to the K 2013 (the K show is held every three years). Besides the latest developments in world-class machinery technology for the production, processing, and recycling of plastics, the exhibitors at this year’s K show focussed on the three major themes of material innovation, resource efficiency, and sustainability. More than [...]

31 October 2016|

News from our Members:

Novamont opens first commercial-scale production plant for biobased BDO Novamont, the Italy-based producer of the Mater-Bi family of bioplastics, has opened the world’s first commercial-scale plant for the production of bio-based butanediol (1,4 BDO), in Bottrighe (Veneto Region), North East Italy. Novamont invested over €100 million in MATER-BIOTEC, which is now the world’s first dedicated industrial plant for the production of bio-based BDO. Genomatica, a leader in the field of bioengineering based out of California, has developed the microorganism that can produce BDO directly from glucose or sucrose. Having licensed Genomatica’s technology, the MATER-BIOTECH plant will produce 30,000 tons of [...]

31 October 2016|

Member portrait: Kaneka Belgium N.V.

In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue, Dr Erwin Lepoudre, Business Manager Biopolymers at the Green Polymer Division at Kaneka Belgium N.V., based in Westerlo-Oevel, Belgium, shares some information about the producer of high-performance polymers. 5 facts about Kaneka Erwin Dr Erwin Lepoudre, Business Manager Biopolymers, Green Polymer Division, Kaneka Belgium N.V. Kaneka Corporation, headquartered in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan, was established in 1949. Besides the plant in Belgium, Kaneka Corporation has sites in USA, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Vietnam, India, Taiwan, South Korea and Australia. [...]

31 October 2016|

EU parliamentary debate: “Time to rethink plastics? Going bio-based is the new black!”

On 18th October 2016, Member of Parliament (MEP) Fredrick Federley and European Bioplastics (EUBP) organised a lunch debate “Time to rethink plastics? Going bio-based is the new black” in the European Parliament. A group of 40 representatives from the European Commission, the Parliament, the Council, the industry, and NGOs met to discuss the role of bioplastics in the transition to a circular economy in Europe. MEP @federley_eng opens Time To Rethink Plastics? in the #EP - #bioplastics are an important piece of the puzzle of #circulareconomy #eubp pic.twitter.com/f0wlfIzWCa — Henri Colens (@HenriColens) October 18, 2016 In his opening speech, MEP [...]

31 October 2016|

Programme announced for the 11th European Bioplastics Conference

With just two months to go, the preparations for the 11th European Bioplastics Conference on 29/30 November 2016 in Berlin are in full swing and the speaker line-up for the two-day event features some exciting new faces and innovations. The 2016 edition of the leading business and networking event for the bioplastics industry in Europe will present you with a programme that will showcase the outstanding progress of our industry in ‘rethinking plastics’ in a sustainable and resource-efficient way. The agenda covers a wide range of important areas, including the EU policy landscape, the latest technological innovations in materials and conversion of [...]

28 September 2016|