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Events Bernhard Bauske of WWF New Record at 6 th European Bioplastics Conference More than 400 visitors came to Europe‘s leading bioplastics event The interest in bioplastics strongly increased over the year, noted the association European Bioplastics. This trend was once more confirmed by the attendance record at the 6th European Bioplastics Conference: more than 400 visitors came to Berlin on 22 and 23 November to hear the 29 exciting speeches from renowned industry experts. Furthermore, the adjoining exhibition and networkingformats met with high response. With about 420 visitors from more than 250 companies and institutions from all over the world the European Bioplastics Conference once more established a record. Thereby, it remains the leading bioplastics industry event and the industry‘s information and networking plattform number one. This year, more than 80% of the participants came from Europe, 10% from Asia, and the better part of the remaining 10% from North and South America. In his key-note speech Maurits van Tol, DSM Bio-based Products & Services, commented on the worldwide potential of bioplastics: “Mass production of bioplastics is around the corner, and such large scale plants with their better cost structure will increase the inroads of bioplastics in the relevant markets. The long awaited breakthrough of bioplastics in the worldwide market is near.“ Another positive comment came from Werner Ressing, Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology: “Bioplastics offer numerous opportunities to increase the economic value added of the German and European economy.“ The presentations showcased the potential of bioplastics from several different perspectives. A number of innovations were introduced - new materials, additives and end-of-life approaches. The session on ‘bioplastics and sustainability‘ gave insights into environmental communications as well as into certification concepts. A highlight of the 6 th European Bioplastics Conference was the ceremony of bioplastics MAGAZINE‘s Bioplastics Award“. In 2011 the lucky winner was Danone. See page 10 for details. In view of the increased interest in bioplastics during the past year and the most successfull event Andy Sweetman, Chairman of European Bioplastics, offered a positive prediction for 2012: “The development of the bioplastics industry is picking up speed. We need clear framework conditions in Europe and a strong united voice to request them. 2012 the role and work of our industry association European Bioplastics will become more and more important in order to further our young industry. Established and leading formats such as the annual conference are of major importance to guarantee a rich and multi-facetted knowledge exchange about bioplastics.“ 12 bioplastics MAGAZINE [06/11] Vol. 6

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