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Highlights: Injection Moulding Basics: Mass Balance


Events CHINAPLAS 2021 More than a Plastics & Rubber Trade Fair — Concurrent Events Unveiled 2020 was an unprecedented year for the world. The plastics and rubber industries have undergone rapid changes, and the downstream users are more urgently in need of innovative and practical solutions than ever before. How to grasp the infinite market opportunities in 2021? CHINAPLAS, Asia’s No. 1 plastics and rubber trade fair, to be held during April 13—16 in Shenzhen, PR China, will again feature a bioplastics zone in hall 16, as well as a series of exciting concurrent events, to explore hot topics like 5G, digital manufacturing, circular economy, antibacterial & sterilization etc. with the shareholders in the industries. Plastics Recycling & Circular Economy Conference and Showcase – Towards a Sustainable Future Circular economy impacts significantly on the global plastics and rubber industries. It is not only a hot topic around the world, but also implies huge business opportunities for a brand new market. A successful and sustainable circular economy requires the support and collaboration across the entire value chain from material manufacturers to brands and end consumers. The 2 nd edition of CHINAPLAS X CPRJ Plastics Recycling & Circular Economy Conference and Showcase will be held on April 12, one day before the commencement of CHINAPLAS 2021. The event aims at gathering visitors with common beliefs and goals to explore the implications of the circular economy from different perspectives, such as the global trends and policies of plastics recycling, the experience of waste separation for recycling in leading regions, innovative ideas and achievements of plastics recycling, etc. The guest speakers are the key players in the value chain, such as Alliance to End Plastic Waste, Blonde, SABIC, and IKEA, as well as the representatives from renowned enterprises, such as Covestro, VEOLIA, Meituan, P&G, Borouge, Southern Packaging, Pepsi, and Tetra Pak. Following the success of its debut in Guangzhou, the event is expected to present more than 40 speeches/interviews and receive over 400 industry elites to exchange ideas. Tech Talk – Beyond Technology Technology will change everything! “Tech Talk”, the “flagship” concurrent event of CHINAPLAS, has been held for four years, and has become an influential platform for releasing innovative technology. More than 40 experts will present the latest, hottest, and most advanced products and technologies under 6 different themes. Among other topics such as Plastics & Rubber + 5G, Environmental-friendly Automotive Technology, Intelligent Packaging Solutions, Innovative Materials, and Automated Precision Manufacturing, the session Molding Technology of Bioplastics and Composite Materials will highlight the details of forming processes of bioplastics, degradable plastics, and resin-based fibre reinforced composites. In the evolution of industrial upgrading and transformation, manufacturers need to embrace more automated and precise manufacturing technologies to meet product requirements. This year, “Tech Talk” continues to highlight the practicability and innovation, providing an effective platform for professional buyers to grasp the industry trends. “Tech Talk” received nearly 500 professional participants in the previous edition. See us in Shenzhen CHINAPLAS 2021 will be held from 13 to 16 April 2021, occupying 16 halls of the Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center, which covers 350,000 m² of exhibition area. Together with more than 3,600 renowned exhibitors from all over the world, the exhibition will showcase countless innovative materials and mechanical technologies. It is expected to attract professional visitors from different plastics and rubber application industries in China and overseas countries. MT To pre-register visit 12 bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/21] Vol. 16

The PHA-platform advancing The 2 nd PHA-platform World Congress has turned into a multi-activity event, due to the pandemic. It began with a one-day webinar on September 2 nd 2020, followed by a 3-hour evening program at the Nanjing Biodegradable Polymers conference on November 5th 2020, and is planned to end with the 2-day congress on July 6 th & 7 th 2021 in Cologne, Germany. At this point in time, it is envisioned as a physical event, where people can meet and talk with each other, however, it is very likely that there will be a digital webinar option available for people who cannot attend in person or wish to attend from a distance due to Covid-19 regulations. As there is still a lot in flux, and predictions are difficult to make, more details will become available as we move closer to the date of the event. It might even turn out that we have to postpone again to September 22 nd + 23 rd . Europe is currently seeing a third wave with more contagious coronavirus mutations and problems, or at least uncertainties with one of the vaccines. Summary of recent and not so recent developments: Quite a few good things happened for the PHA-platform since the 1 st Congress in September 2018: • GO!PHA, the global organization for proliferation of the PHA-platform has been established in June 2019 and membership numbers have been growing ever since. • Since late 2019 several companies have startedup new manufacturing facilities, have made further investment announcements of more than half a billion dollars, and new companies have been scaling-up, while demand continues to exceed the available supply. • A number of the technological challenges related to PHA-material manufacturing and processing have been largely taken care of, although not everything is common knowledge yet. • The mcl-PHAs (like PHBH) are moving from embryonic to early growth on the S-curve in 2021, with some of the scl-PHAs (like PHBV and P3HB4HB) right behind them. • Many new and potential applications for the PHA-platform materials have emerged, both in singleuse applications as well as in durable products. • Although the relevant PHA-materials are natural products made by biological processes (i.e., not made by polymerization) we still face different and opposite views from legislators and NGOs around the world, so there is still work to be done. • Many OEMs and smaller customers are complaining about the limited availability of PHAmaterials, so apparently Market Pull has been established. All in all, a promising and challenging environment with opportunities to significantly advance the industrialisation of the PHA-platform. About the 2 nd Congress By Jan Ravenstijn There will be four main themes at the upcoming congress where we try to avoid show & tell-presentations and focus on quality content: 1. PHA-platform industrialization: There will be an update on the state-of-the-art of the global PHA-platform, capacities in place, expansion plans, and product offerings of producers (including newer initiatives), and the position and plans of GO!PHA. Speakers will be from the main PHA-material producing companies and GO!PHA. 2. Technological developments: New technologies in the areas of fermentation process hardware and metabolic engineering, downstream processing, the use of renewable feedstock (from biosphere, atmosphere, and technosphere), and an initiative for 10–12 industrial PhD projects to address several material science aspects of the PHA-platform products will be presented. But also different manufacturing technology is reviewed. Speakers will be from industrial technology development companies and academic institutes with a focus on the advancement of material science knowledge (processing, nucleation, structure/ property-relations) for PHA materials and on the possibilities for product innovation through fermentation or chemo-catalytic processes. 3. Application developments: Too many people seem to think that packaging applications and biodegradability in every environment are what PHA-materials are all about. Well – there is a lot more about PHA than just that. Food packaging is just one of the 26 PMCs (Product Market Combinations) that have been demonstrated, most of which are commercial by now. Speakers will be from compounders and OEMs on a large variety of different and new applications for PHA materials and on the technologies behind it. 4. Environmental, legislative, and regulatory matters: Natural materials like polysaccharides, starch, cellulose, and several PHA-materials are excellent fits for a circular economy approach, either alone or in combination with each other. After all, that’s the function they have in nature. Legislators around the world (Canada, China, Europe, USA) are very active in an effort to curb the plastics waste issue but take different approaches regarding the abovementioned natural materials. Here we will discuss items like legislation status & activities, circularity & End-of-Life options, and details of biodegradation. Speakers will be from NGOs, the nova-Institute, GO!PHA, and perhaps legislators. All in all, we’ll have a full and diverse plate for the congress. Due to new developments of the last 1–1.5 years, there will be several adjustments to the final program compared to what we published in bioplastics MAGAZINE more than a year ago. There will be a more detailed outline of the congress program in about 1–2 months from now. | Events bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/21] Vol. 16 13

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