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News bioplastics MAGAZINE presents: The 2nd PLA World Congress in Munich/Germany is the must-attend conference for everyone interested in PLA, its benefits, and challenges. The conference offers high class presentations from top individuals in the industry and also offers excellent networkung opportunities. Please find below the preliminary programme. Find more details and register at the conference website 2 nd PLA World C o n g r e s s 15 + 16 MAY 2012 * Munich * Germany 2nd PLA World Congress, Preliminary Program Tuesday, May 15, 2012 08:00 - 09:00 Registration, Welcome-Coffee 09:00 - 09:15 Michael Thielen, Polymedia Publisher Welcome 09:15 - 09:45 Harald Kaeb, narocon Keynote Speech: Bioplastics - Future or Hype ? 09:50 - 10:15 Udo Mühlbauer, Uhde Inventa-Fischer Latest developments in production of PLA 10:15 - 10:40 Chae Hwan Hong, Hyundai-Kia Motors Development of Four Unit Process Technologies for PLA Manufacturing 10:40 - 10:55 Q&A 10:55 - 11:20 Coffeebreak 11:20 - 11:45 Mark Vergauwen, NatureWorks The Latest in Ingeo Performance Developments 11:45 - 12:10 Francois de Bie, Purac High Heat PLA for use in high performance fibers and other durable appl. 12:10 - 12:35 Kevin Yang, Shenzhen Brightchina ESUN PLA 12:35 - 12:50 Q&A 12:50 - 14:00 Lunch 14:00 - 14:35 Patrick Zimmermann, FkUR Modifying PLA to the next level 14:35 - 14:50 Karin Molenveld, Wageningen (WUR) Strain induced crystallisation as a method to optimize PLA properties 14:50 - 15:15 Daniel Ganz, Sukano PLA Masterbatch Technology – State of the art and latest trends 15.15 - 15:40 Marcel Dartee, Polyone Additives / Masterbatches for PLA 15:40 - 15:55 Q&A 15:55 - 16:30 Coffeebreak 16:35 - 17:00 Jan Noordegraaf, Synbra PLA particle foam 17:00 - 17:25 N.N., Toray International Toray‘s modified PLA materials 17:25 - 17:50 Mr. Shim, SK Chemicals title t.b.c. Wednesday, May 16, 2012 09:00 - 09:25 Karl Zimmermann, Brückner Latest Technology in Film Stretching 09:25 - 09:50 Frank Ernst, Taghleef NATIVIATM – The BoPLA film for packaging and labelling applications 09:50 - 10:15 Larissa Zirkel, Huhtamaki Innovative Concepts of Functional PLA Films 10:15 - 10:40 Shankara Prasad, SPC Biotech Bio conversion of agriwaste to polylactic acid 10:40 - 10:55 Q&A 10.55 - 11:20 Coffeebreak 11:20 - 11:45 Johann Zimmermann, NaKu Processing PLA (title t.b.c.) 11:45 - 12:10 N.N., Ireland, t.b.c. Processing PLA (title t.b.c.) 12:10 - 12:35 Mathias Hahn, Fraunhofer IAP Modification of PLA with view to enhanced barrier and thermal properties 12:35 - 12:50 Q&A 12:50 - 14:00 Lunch 14:00 - 14:35 Steve Dejonghe, Galactic Building the recycling scheme for PLA 14:35 - 14:50 Gerold Breuer, Erema Closing the loop on bioplastics by mechanical recycling 14:50 - 15:15 Sebastian Schippers, (IKV) Recycling of polylactic acid and utilization of recycled polylactic acid 15.15 - 15:40 Ramani Narayan, Michigan State University Positioning and branding PLA products from carbon footprint and end-of-life 15:40 - 15:55 Q&A 16:00 - 16:30 Panel discussion: End of life options (subject to changes, visit www.pla-world-congress for updates) 6 bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/12] Vol. 7

News New plants to produce succinic acid and BDO BioAmber Inc. from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, a next generation chemicals company, and Mitsui & Co., Chiyodaku, Tokyo, Japan, a leading global trading company, have partnered to build and operate the previously announced manufacturing facility in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. The initial phase of the facility is expected to have production capacity of 17,000 tonnes of biosuccinic acid and commence commercial production in 2013. The partners intend to subsequently expand capacity and produce 35,000 tonnes of succinic acid and 23,000 tonnes of 1,4 butanediol (BDO) on the site. Bioamber and Mitsui also intend to jointly build and operate two additional facilities that, together with Sarnia, will have a total cumulative capacity of 165,000 tonnes of succinic acid and 123,000 tonnes of BDO. BioAmber will be the majority shareholder in the plants. Succinic acid and 1,4-BDO are used to make polybutylene succinate biopolymer (PBS), a biodegradable polymer that until now is made from petroleum. “The use of BioAmber Biosuccinic Acid enables the PBS biopolymer to be not only biodegradable, but also partially renewable and — more cost effective”, as Babette Pettersen, Senior VP Marketing & Sales of BioAmber explained to bioplastics MAGAZINE, “in addition, BioAmber also has a low-cost route to Bio-1,4-BDO, based on technology licensed from DuPont, that enables us to tranform biosuccinic acid into Bio 1,4-BDO. This will enable a 100% renewable biopolymer (Bio-Succinic Acid + Bio-BDO).” One of the key issues with biopolymers to date has been lack of performance. PBS takes this to another level, and BioAmber‘s mPBS (modified PBS) enhances these properties further. Designed and formulated using BioAmber’s proprietary technology, their mPBS meets end-user requirements for higher performing, biodegradable plastics. The uniformity, performance and processability of mPBS in existing equipment has been confirmed by a number of end users, with applications ranging from foodservice cutlery and coffee cup lids to plates, bowls, straws and stirrers, through to durable applications in Automotive, Building & Construction... BioAmber and Mitsui plan to build and operate a second plant in Thailand, which is projected to come on line in 2014. The partners are currently undertaking a feasibility study for the Thailand plant with PTT MCC Biochem Company Limited, a joint venture established between Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation and PTT Public Company Limited. BioAmber and Mitsui & Co. also plan to build and operate a third plant, located in either North America or Brazil, which will be similar in size to the Thailand project. “Our goal is to play a leading role in the growth of renewable chemicals, as evidenced by our recent joint ventures with BioAmber in North America for biosuccinic acid and The Dow Chemical Company in Brazil for biochemicals,” said Masanori Ikebe, General Manager of Mitsui’s Specialty Chemicals Division. “We believe that biosuccinic acid and bio‐BDO will experience rapid growth over the next decade, and BioAmber’s technology leadership is an excellent fit with Mitsui’s strength across the supply chain,” he added. “BioAmber’s partnership with Mitsui & Co. is a strong endorsement of our technology platform,” said Jean‐ Francois Huc, CEO of BioAmber. “Mitsui is an ideal partner thanks to its long term commitment to renewable chemistry, its extensive reach into chemical markets and its strategic access to sustainable feedstocks. Mitsui also has the financial strength to support our expansion and help us compete internationally,” he added. MT CHINAPLAS 2012 Grand Returns to Shanghai CHINAPLAS 2012 (The 26th International Exhibition on Plastics and Rubber Industries), which is dedicated to showcasing the world-class cutting-edge plastics and rubber technologies, will grandly return to Shanghai and held at Shanghai New International Expo Centre on April 18-21, 2012. One of 11 theme zones the organizer has set up in order to highlight the development of each specialized area comprehensively by displaying their cutting-edge technologies, techniques and applications for various industries is dedicated to bioplastics. The Bioplastics Zone will be the second year established in CHINAPLAS 2012, expecting more than 40% increase in the area. With the growing global concern on green manufacturing, bioplastics is inevitably the focus in the plastics industry, with enormous potential in the market. As the international platform for advanced technology in the plastics and rubber industries, CHINAPLAS 2012 will introduce the world’s leading bioplastics suppliers and their products like PLA, PHA, PBS, PPC, PCL, PVA, TPS, PA and PTT. The renowned exhibitors include Cardia, Danisco, Ecomann, Esun, Hisun, Kingfa, Mirel Plastics, NatureWorks, Nuvia, etc. Highlighting advanced technology and latest development on bioplastics, the 4th International Conference on Bioplastics and the Applications will be held concurrently with CHINAPLAS 2012. Like the last edition held in 2011, speakers from the leading bioplastics suppliers will be invited. Overseas and Chinese plastics associations will continue to support the conference. bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/12] Vol. 7 7

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