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Issue 03/2015

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Events bioplastics MAGAZINE presents: bio!CAR, the new international conference on biobased materials in automotive engineering will debut at the Exhibition Centre Stuttgart on 24 and 25 September as part of COMPOSITES EUROPE 2015. The conference will be organised jointly by bioplastics MAGAZINE and the nova-Institut in cooperation with trade fair organiser Reed Exhibitions and is supported by the German Federation for Reinforced Plastics (AVK) as well as the German FNR (Agency for Renewable Resources). Conference on Biobased Materials for Automotive Applications 24-25 sep. 2015 The bio!CAR conference is aimed at reflecting the trend towards using biobased polymers and natural fibres in the automotive industry: more and more manufacturers and suppliers are betting on biobased alternatives derived from renewable raw materials such as wood, cotton, flax, jute or coir, all of which are being deployed as composites in the interior trims of high-quality doors and dashboards. According to the Hürth/Germany based nova-Institut, the European car industry most recently (2012) processed approximately 80,000 tonnes of wood and natural fibres into composites. The total volume of biobased composites in automotive engineering was 150,000 tonnes. Bioplastics are equally useful for premium applications in the automotive sector. Biobased polyamides from castor oil are used in high-performance components, PLA in door panels, soy-based foams in seat cushions and arm rests, and biobased epoxy resins in composites. In May, the nova-Institut published an updated market study on biobased polymers and their worldwide deployment ( At bio!CAR, experts from all segments touching on biobased materials will present lectures on their latest developments. Among other materials, the portfolio will include conventional plastics filled or reinforced with sophisticated natural-fibre products as well as biobased, so called drop-in bioplastics, such as castor oil-based polyamides or polyolefins from sugar cane-based bioethanol. Novel bioplastics such as PLA or PTT will also be featured, as will thermoset resins from renewable resources and biobased alternatives for rubber and elastomers . Programme - bio!CAR: Conference on Biobased Materials in Automotive Engineering Christian Bonten IKT, Uni Stuttgart Keynote: Actual plastic innovations to meet current requirements and demands for the modern automotive industry. Ralf Kindervater BioPro Baden Württemberg The impact of biobased materials in the bioeconomy of tomorrow: mouse or elephant ? Michael Carus nova-Institut Biocomposites in the automotive industry, markets and environment Elmar Witten AVK Trends and developments in the composites market Maira Magnani Ford Motor Company Filling the (technology) gaps to promote the use of bio-based materials: Ford Motor Company’s example Mona Duhme Fraunhofer UMSICHT Review of ECOplast project: Research in new biomass-based composites from renewable resources with improved properties for vehicle parts moulding Hans-Jörg Gusovius Leibniz-Institute f. Agric. Eng. Novel whole-crop raw materials for automotive applications Francesca Brunori Röchling PLA compounds for automotive applications Hans-Josef Endres Inst. f. Bioplastics & Biocomp. Biobased hybrid structures for automotive applications Sangeetha Ramaswamy Institut für Textiltechnik Aachen Systematic integration of bio-materials in automotive Interiors Gareth Davies Composites Evolution Hybrid carbon-biocomposite automotive structures with reduced weight, cost, NVH and environmental impact François Vanfleteren Lineo A sandwich panel reinforced with flax fibers for the automotive industry Marc Mézailles PolyOne Lightweighting, performance and sustainability: A new material breaks the paradigm Nicolas Dufaure Arkema A long-term innovation to offer the widest range of biobased polyamides Andreas Weinmann and Anna Hoiss DSM Capturing the performance of green Lars Ziegler Tecnaro Bio-based Thermoplastic Compounds and Composites Christian Fischer Bcomp Save weight and cost with powerRibs in interior and exterior Luisa Medina and Florian Gortner Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe Univ. Kaiserslautern Development of a new test tool to measure emissions and odors from optimized NF composites Hans Hoydonckx TransFurans Chemicals Use of Polyfurfuryl Alcohol as renewable matrix in fibre reinforced products Thibaud Caulier Solvay Epicerol Biobased epichlorohydrin - A biobased building block to reduce the environmental footprint of the automotive industry Stefano Facco Novamont Renewable oils, esters and fillers for rubber compounding A concrete time table will follow soon. Visit for updates 8 bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/15] Vol. 10

io CAR REGISTER NOW Early Bird Price EUR 799 (save € 100 until June 30, 2015) biobased materials for automotive applications conference 24.-25. September 2015 Stuttgart » The amount of plastics in modern cars is constantly increasing. » Plastics and composites help achieving light-weighting targets. » Plastics offer enormous design opportunities. » Plastics are important for the touch-and-feel and the safety of cars. BUT: consumers, suppliers in the automotive industry and OEMs are more and more looking for biobased alternatives to petroleum based materials. That‘s why bioplastics MAGAZINE is organizing this new conference on biobased materials for the automotive industry. co-orgnized by in cooperation with supported by VK Media Partner

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