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12th European Bioplastics




Also in 2017, you can expect a well researched, elaborate two-day conference agenda covering industry trends, material developments, and new applications by major brands.

Speakers at the 12th European Bioplastics Conference 2017

Amberg-Schwab, Sabine | Head of Functional Coatings Department | Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Resarch ISC

Dr. Sabine Amberg-Schwab heads the Functional Coatings Department of the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Resarch ISC in Würzburg, Germany. She was awarded a number of prestigious prices, including the 2011 Joseph-von-Fraunhofer Price for her development of low-cost barrier films for the encapsulation of solar cells. R&D applications which have received much attention in recent years are hybrid polymers (ORMOCER®) with barrier properties against gases, water vapor, and flavors. Through the incorporation of different organic functional groups, the ORMOCER®s can be adjusted to complex and special requirements, for example abrasion resistance, antimicrobial, hydrophobic, oleophobic (antiadhesive) or hydrophilic surfaces and antistatic properties. These materials are developed for coatings, impregnations or finishings for different substrates, especially for polymers e.g. polyester, polyamide, polyethylene, polypropylene and polycarbonate. Her latest development work resulted in a novel material’s class, the biodegradable ORMOCER®s (bioORMOCER®). The new coatings are biodegradable and at the same time preserve their barrier and functional properties. These new materials can play a role in the future design and development of new innovative and more environment-friendly packaging materials.

Bauer, Jasmin | Knoten Weimar

Dipl.-Ing. Jasmin Bauer has studied environmental engineering at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. She was part of a team, which contributed to the development and realisation of an environmental management plan for a Thai city. The focus was on the different material flows in the field of supply and disposal. Amongst others, Jasmin Bauer was responsible for the survey of the waste collection, the analysing of the composting process and the conception of a new composting plant.

Since 2013 her work focussed on the recycling of bio-based materials. Currently she is responsible for the coordination of a research alliance “Sustainable recycling strategies for products and wastes from biobased plastics” and for the research of bio-based plastics in the post-consumer recycling stream. The work includes i.a. the planning, realisation and evaluation/assessment of laboratory and large-scale recycling tests.

Corbus, Stefan | Account Manager | Kuraray

Stefan holds a degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Jena, Germany. After several years in the composite field working with epoxy resins reinforced with glass and carbon fibres in the aviation and automotive industry, he joined PLANTIC Technologies (Germany) GmbH in 2009 as technical manager for tooling and prototyping in the thermoforming department. Later on, Stefan was appointed production manager and site manager of the PLANTIC’s ADC in Germany. Kuraray acquired PLANTIC Technologies in 2015. Since then Stefan is part of the account manager team at Kuraray EVAL Europe N.V. in Antwerp/ Belgium, responsible for market development, PLANTIC sales and technical support for PLANTIC in EMEA markets.

de Bie, François | Chairman of the Board | European Bioplastics

François de Bie is Senior Marketing Director at Total Corbion PLA. In his function he is responsible for all business development activities with brand owners and key converters. Prior to Corbion, François de Bie worked for more then 15 years for the companies GE Plastics and EconCore and coordinated their business development, marketing and sales and product management. He holds a master degree in Mechanical Engineering, specialized in polymers technology from the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Deconinck, Sam | Marketing & Sales Manager | OWS

Sam Deconinck obtained a Masters degree in Bioscience Engineering with a specialization in Environmental Technology in 2005 at the State University of Ghent in Belgium.

Soon after he was hired as Lab Project Manager at OWS, where he was responsible for the planning, follow-up and reporting of biodegradability and compostability testing. In 2009, Sam became head of the Marketing and Sales team of OWS’ contract research laboratory and is since responsible for providing customers with tailored advise on biodegradability and compostability testing and certification. He has been representing OWS in the Advisory Committee of the Seedling mark at European Bioplastics, BPI’s newly established Standards and Procedures Committee, ISO TC61 (Plastics) SC5 WG22 on Biodegradability, ISO TC38 (Textiles) WG30 on Tests on Biodegradability and the Board of Directors of Belgian BioPackaging. Since 2017, Sam holds the position of Deputy Lab Manager.

Moreover, Sam is also in charge of several other projects in the field of recycling, integrated waste management and waste composition.

Degli-Innocenti, Francesco | Ecology of Products and Environmental Communication (ECOPEC) Director | Novamont

Francesco Degli-Innocenti, biologist, is Ecology of Products and Environmental Communication (ECOPEC) Director with Novamont since 1991 (Novara, Italy). This group deals with sustainability of bioplastics; biodegradability, ecotoxicity, Life Cycle Assessment, regulatory and certification, food contact, safety issues. FDI is personally involved in standardisation at ISO, CEN, ASTM, UNI level where he contributed to the development of relevant standards in the sector of bioplastics. FDI is convenor of two working groups at CEN TC 249: WG9 (Plastics – Characterisation of degradability) and WG17 (Biopolymers). In 2008 FDI was appointed by the EC as Chairman of the “Standardisation working group” within the ad-hoc group for the implementation of the “Lead Market Initiative for bio-based products”. Member of the board of the European Bioplastics Association from 2008 till 2012 and Vice-Chairman of the “Biodegradable plastics” Product Group from 2012 till 2014.

Dilkes-Hoffmann, Leela | PhD Candidate | School of Chemical Engineering | University of Queensland

Leela is a current PhD student at The University of Queensland (Australia) working on the project ‘Development and Sustainability Analysis of High-Performance, Multi-Layer, Biodegradable Food Packaging’. Her work is funded by a Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship and the Australian Research Training Program. Leela holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Western Australia and graduated as the valedictorian. She also has experience as a science communicator. Leela’s core interest lies in how we can develop an environmentally sustainable society that is compatible with our modern lifestyle. She is inspired by the concepts underpinning green chemistry, biomimicry and the circular economy.

Dupont-Inglis, Joanna | Director, Industrial Biotechnology | EuropaBio

Joanna Dupont-Inglis first joined EuropaBio, the European Association of Bioindustries, in February 2009 and in April 2011 was appointed Director of Industrial Biotechnology. Her work within EuropaBio involves developing a more supportive, predictable and coherent EU policy environment for the deployment of industrial biotech products and processes within the broader bioeconomy. EuropaBio seeks an Innovation-driven EU research agenda for Biobased Industries, enabled by Industrial Biotechnology. Coalition building with other sectors of the circular bioeconomy has been a key area of activity, both in the development of the €3.7 billion Biobased Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) and through the European Bioeconomy Alliance. Joanna also works towards improving understanding of the benefits and solutions provided by industrial biotech as a key enabler of a more competitive, sustainable bioeconomy in tackling grand challenges such as resource efficiency, the need for food, feed, materials and fuels, climate change mitigation, jobs and growth. In 2016 Joanna was appointed as chair of the EU Bioeconomy Panel.

García Quiles, Lidia | Head of Biopolymers | AITIIP Technological Centre

Ms. García holds the title of industrial engineering with mention in material science, title awarded by the EINA (school of engineering and arquitectura of the University of Zaragoza), and also the master in biomedical engineering speciality in biomechanics, biomaterials and tissue engineering (BBIT). Currently, she pursues her Ph.D. in relation to the application of biopolymers in the industry. She has worked as a professional in the Aragonese company INALSA (Industrias Aragonesas del Aluminio) in the quality department; and entered as trainee at the technological centre AITIIP foundation being related to Dibbiopack project (development of biopolymers reinforced with nano-clay for the agrifood and pharma). Currently, she has taken over as biopolymers head of AITIIP and she is responsible for the BBI JTI projects in the entity. Additionally, since 2013, she is responsible of the R&D department and business development at Tecnopackaging (SME involved in the development of innovative plastic products, mainly biobased and biodegradable formulations and nanocomposites, targeting companies in the agri‐food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and industrial sectors).

Gil, Carlos | Commercial Director | Nurel

NUREL is a Spanish company located in Zaragoza with 50 years of experience in the production of Polyamide 6, focused on textile polymers in its origin but nowadays with most of the capacity dedicated to the production of polymer grades for injection and film applications.

Apart from the commercial direction of the PA6 line, Carlos Gil centralises efforts on the development of bioplastics marketed under the INZEA brand. INZEA has more than 40 references certified in the market and covers all the manufacturing technologies. Probably, INZEA represents the most completed offer of biobased and biodegradable solutions on the market. Carlos’ previous experience focuses the automotive sector. Having worked in companies such as Mercedes Benz, Visteon, Nissens, CIE automotive or Wegmann Automoción both in Spain and Germany. Carlos Gil holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Zaragoz.

Korving, Leon | Project Manager | PHARIO Water Authorities Cooperation Netherlands

Leon Korving is project manager for the PHARIO initiative for the Dutch water authority Brabantse Delta. The PHARIO initiative is a cooperation of five Dutch water authorities together with companies SNB, HVC and Paques. The initiative aims to commercialize the production of PHA bioplastic using activated sludge from sewage treatment plants as a functional biomass. Leon Korving has a chemical engineering background and more than 15 years of experience with innovative sludge treatment technologies and resource recovery from sewage. Leon Korving also has a position at Wetsus as research manager for phosphorus recovery technologies and is owner of Aiforo, a sewage sludge consultancy company.

Lange, Kristy-Barbara | Deputy Managing Director | European Bioplastics

Kristy-Barbara Lange is Deputy Managing Director at European Bioplastics and responsible for regulatory affairs. She manages the EUBP Working Group Regulatory Affairs and together with Hasso von Pogrell represents EUBP’s members’ interests vis-à-vis the European institutions. She joined EUBP in 2010 after working several years for international PR-agencies with a focus on the industry sectors infrastructure and (renewable) energy. Her clients comprised Swiss natural gas pipeline builder Nord Stream and Norwegian solar panel manufacturer REC. She holds a Master degree in Political Science from Heidelberg University, Germany.

Lepoudre, Erwin | Business Manager Biopolymers | Kaneka

Dr Erwin Lepoudre is Business Manager Biopolymers at Kaneka and responsible for expanding the use of the bio-based and biodegradable PHBH material towards a variety of new applications. After obtaining a PhD degree in Physical Chemistry, he joined Kaneka in 2002, signing responsible for the technical service and project management of the Kane Ace® product groups. He later took over the role as New Business Development Specialist overseeing the expansion of new technologies of Kaneka Corporation within the European market, such as Sibstar®, an isobutylene based thermoplastic elastomer and Graphinity®, a synthetic graphite sheet.

Linnekoski, Juha | Principal Investigator, Principal Scientiest | VTT Chemical Process Technologies

Dr. Juha Linnekoski, Principal scientist, principal investigator, acquired Doctoral degree in Industrial Chemistry 1999 from Helsinki University of Technology and since then has worked in development of various catalytic processes for the production of sustainable fuel components and chemicals from biomass. Currently his main duties is to commercialise VTT technology to produce bio-based monomers for polyesters and polyamides such as furan di-carboxylic acid (FDCA) and muconic acid. He has 28 published peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals.

Narayan, Ramani | Distinguished Professor Fellow | Engineering & Materials Science Michigan State University

Ramani Narayan is University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University — the highest honor that can be bestowed on a faculty member. He is a Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Inventors; Fellow, ASTM & ASTM award of merit — the highest award given by the society to an individual member. He has been awarded the Governor’s (State of Michigan) University Award for commercialization excellence; Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Award; Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship Chair in Science & Technology Management & Commercialization (University of Lisbon; Portugal); DuPont’s Packaging Award for excellence in Innovation & Sustainability, as part of the Coca Cola Plant bottle team, and many others. Professor Narayan is Scientific Chair of the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) USA; and convener/technical expert on ISO committees; He has 200+ refereed publications, 30 issued patents, and graduated 20 Ph. D and 25 Master’s students.

Roest, Stephan | Market Development Manager | Corbion Group Netherlands

Stephan Roest is the market development manager for Corbion’s Biobased Innovations group. In this role he is responsible for developing the business for Corbion’s innovation portfolio, of which FDCA for PEF bioplastic is one of them. Stephan started his career working for 8 years in consultancy, of which 7 years as sustainability consultant at PwC. With a passion to accelerate the circular- and biobased economy, he stepped over to the fully biobased chemical company Corbion in 2015. Corbion is involved in the manufacturing of biobased food ingredients, biobased chemicals and biobased plastics. Stephan Roest has a Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering at Utrecht University, a Master’s degree in Policy Analysis, Systems Engineering and Management at Delft University of Technology and an Executive MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management.

Schiffers, Patrick | CEO | Synvina

Patrick is currently CEO of Synvina. Before he was Director Strategic Marketing at BASF’s Intermediates Division in Ludwigshafen (Germany) and for eight years Regional Marketing Manager and later Director at BASF’s Intermediates Division in Hong Kong (Asia). He has an extensive track record in international business, mostly with BASF. Prior to his BASF career, Patrick joined Cognis Thai and Henkel Thai (both in Bangkok, Thailand) as well as Teldix (Bosch AG) in Heidelberg, Germany. Patrick Schiffers has graduated from the University of Mannheim and Technical University of Karlsruhe in Germany. His educational background is business management, marketing and psychology.

Vyse, Kevin | Senior Packaging Technologist & Packaging Innovation Lead | Marks and Spencer

Kevin’s career has spanned three decades in packaging design and development. He has worked for many of the best known brands in the UK and Europe as well as for manufacturers and retailers. There are few people in the packaging business who share his depth of knowledge and experience and he now makes good use of that working at Marks and Spencer where he is Senior Packaging Technologist and Circular Economy Lead. He is on the board for On Pack Recycling Labelling. Packaging is without doubt a major passion but, as a qualified yachtsman and kayaker, so is messing about in boats when ever he can.

Speakers at the 11th European Bioplastics Conference 2016:

Ylwa Alwarsdotter (SEKAB Sweden), Jasmin Bauer (Knoten Weimar), Julia-Maria Blesin (Hochschule Hannover), Martin Bussmann (BASF), Srirojpinyo Chinnawat (PTT MCC Biochem Joint Venture of PTT and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation), Steve Davies (NatureWorks), François de Bie (European Bioplastics), Steve Dejonghe (Looplife Polymers), Ortwin Ertl (Annikki GmbH), Christian Garaffa (Novamont), Mike Gross (Kimberly-Clark), Yuki Hamilton (Braskem), Constance Ißbrücker (European Bioplastics), Eva Knüpffer (Fraunhofer-Institut für Bauphysik (IBP)), Martina Koralek (NABU – Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V.), Waldemar Kütt (European Commission), Kristy-Barbara Lange (European Bioplastics), Christian Lenges (DuPont Industrial BioSciences), Delphine Lévi-Alvarès (Zero Waste Europe), Enrique Moliner (AIMPLAS), Jean-Marc Nony (Sphere/Club Bio-plastiques), Peter O’Sullivan (Henkel Ireland Operations & Research / RD&E European Technology Centre), Rob Opsomer (Ellen MacArthur Foundation), Alexia Roma (Technocentre Renault), Sugimoto Ryuichiro (PTT MCC Biochem Joint Venture of PTT and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation), Hugo-Maria Schally (European Commission), Stefanie Siebert (European Compost Network), Mariagiovanna Vetere (European Bioplastics), Erwin Vink (Holland Bioplastics), Peter A. von den Kerkhoff (DuPont Tate & Lyle), Hugo Vuurens (Corbion), Marie Wheat (United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)), Harmen Willemse (NEN – Netherlands Standardization Institute), Sabine Wirén-Lehr (Tetra Pak International), Justin Zeulner (Green Sports Alliance), Patrick Zimmermann (FKuR).