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Issue 06/2016

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Events Rethinking

Events Rethinking Plastics 11 th European Bioplastics Conference in Berlin attracted 300 experts from around the world The 11 th European Bioplastics Conference (Berlin 29/30 November 2016) attracted about 300 participants from industry, academia, research, policy, and media. In his keynote speech, Mr Hugo-Maria Schally, Head of Unit Sustainable Production, Products & Consumption, DG Environment at the European Commission, stressed the necessity for a coherent policy approach and framework to support bio-based products in the European Union in order to unlock Europe’s potential for a resource-efficient circular economy. “Europe is a world leader in developing and commercializing renewable, biobased products. This year’s conference is yet again witness to the many technological innovations and the outstanding progress of the bioplastics industry in ‘rethinking plastics’ in a sustainable, circular, and resource efficient way,” said François de Bie, Chairman of the Board of European Bioplastics. “We welcome the commitment of EU legislators to move away from the linear economic model towards a circular economy that uses resources more efficiently and links to a stronger bioeconomy. Their support is a crucial signal to our industry and investors in the bioeconomy at a time of continued low oil prices and subsidies of the fossil fuel industry. Bioplastics will play a key role in the transition to a circular bioeconomy and in decoupling economic growth from fossil resources.” A highly anticipated session was the presentation of the 2016 annual market data update delivered by Kristy-Barbara Lange, Deputy Managing Director of EUBP on the second day of the conference: “The positive trend of the past ten years continues. According to our latest market data, the global bioplastics production capacity is predicted to grow by 50 % in the next five years,” said Lange. This development was confirmed in several presentations during the conference by big brands, such as BASF, DuPont, or TetraPak outlining their commitments and initiatives to become more sustainable and the role of bioplastics in achieving these ambitious goals. “For us as a large enterprise, it’s more important than ever to focus on sustainability,” explained Martin Bussmann (BASF) “and keeping renewable resources in our focus is definitely an important part of Rodenburg, Mars and Taghleef Industries were awarded the 11 th Annual Global Bioplastics Award, hosted by bioplastics MAGAZINE during the conference, for the development of a candy-wrapper made from waste potato starch and recycled PLA. Find more information about the Bioplastics Award, the winner and the winning project on page 10. The 11 th European Bioplastics Conference 2016 attracted around 300 participants from 150 companies and 29 countries to connect and catch up on the latest developments, issues, debates, and trends in the bioplastics indstry in Europe. 22 companies showcased a great diversity of the latest products, materials, and applications at the exhibition alongside the conference. European Bioplastics extends a special thank you to the sponsors of this year’s anniversary conference: BASF, Braskem, Corbion, DuPont, NatureWorks, Perstorp, Tereos, and Biotec for their support to make the 11th edition of the European Bioplastics Conference another successful meeting of our industry. Impressions of the 11 th European Bioplastics Conference 2016 are available at: Photo: 2015 8 bioplastics MAGAZINE [06/16] Vol. 11

News bio PAC biobased packaging conference 4 - 5 - 6 May 2017 Düsseldorf bio CAR Biobased materials for automotive applications conference Sept. 2017 Stuttgart » Packaging is necessary. » Packaging protects the precious goods during transport and storage. » Packaging conveys important messages to the consumer. » Good packaging helps to increase the shelf life. BUT: Packaging does not necessarily need to be made from petroleum based plastics. biobased packaging » is packaging made from mother nature‘s gifts. » is packaging made from renewable resources. » is packaging made from biobased plastics, from plant residues such as palm leaves or bagasse. » offers incredible opportunities. » 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 supported by CALL FOR PAPERS NOW OPEN in cooperation with www. bioplastics MAGAZINE [06/16] Vol. 11 9

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