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Events bioplastics MAGAZINE presents: bio!CAR, the international conference on biobased materials in automotive engineering will bill be held for the second time now at the Exhibition Centre Stuttgart on 21 and 22 September as part of COMPOSITES EUROPE 2018. The conference will be organised jointly by bioplastics MAGAZINE and the nova-Institut in cooperation with trade fair organiser Reed Exhibitions and is supported the German FNR (Agency for Renewable Resources). Just as two years ago at its debut, the bio!CAR conference is aimed at reflecting Conference on Biobased Materials for Automotive Applications 20-21 sep. 2017 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 in 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. nova-Institut published an updated market study on biobased polymers and their worldwide deployment (www.bio-based.eu/reports). 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 biobased Polycarbonate will also be featured, as will thermoset resins from renewable resources and biobased alternatives for rubber and elastomers. Speakers from companies such as Ford Motor Company, Renault, nova-Institute, FKuR, Bcomp, Bio-On and others have already confirmed their participation. www.bio-car.info Bioconcept Car at bio!CAR 2017 Photo: Four Motors / Foto Flach The first edition of bio!CAR in 2015 was proud to present the Bioconcept-Car Number 4: The VW Scirocco 2.0l TDI. This year we will most probably be able to show on site the new Bioconcept Car: A Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport. Already for the 24-hour race at the German Nürburgring on May 27/28 the new Bioconcept-Car was equipped with biodoors reinforced with different natural fibres, based on the technology of the previous Bioconcept-Car. The new bio-doors were developed by the IfBB, Fraunhofer WKI, Porsche and Four Motors. Significant advantage: These doors are about 2/3 lighter in weight compared to the serial door made of aluminum. And of course the use of renewable resources. More details about this car and other biobased materials will follow in the next issue of bioplastics MAGAZINE. 10 bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/17] Vol. 12

mark your calendar bio CAR organized by bioplastics MAGAZINE biobased materials for automotive applications september 2017 stuttgart bio!car: Conference by bioplastics MAGAZINE » The amount of plastics in modern cars is constantly increasing. » Plastics and composites help in 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 to the automotive industry and OEMs are more and more looking for biobased alternatives to petroleum based materials. That‘s why bioplastics MAGAZINE is organizing together with nova-Insitute bio!CAR: Focussed mainly on biobased materials in automotive engineering, the 2 nd edition of this international meeting is scheduled for 20-21 September parallel to COMPOSITES EUROPE 2017. The conference will be organised jointly by bioplastics MAGAZINE and the nova-Institute. The event is further supported by the Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (FNR). www.bio-car.info Media Partner 1 st media partner supported by VK co-orgnized by in cooperation with Call for papers still open

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