BioPlastek 2011: A New Interactive Forum on Bioplastics Today and Tomorrow

Bioplastics suppliers have shown considerable innovation and creativity, but limited engagement with stakeholders throughout the value chain has hampered information flow and growth. There was clearly “a need for an interactive forum to facilitate an understanding of user needs and value chain realities that will help define the bioplastics of tomorrow”. The upcoming BioPlastek 2011 Forum on June 27-29, 2011 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York was conceived to be such a forum. Making this a defining event is the unparalleled large number of top end-user presentations among the over 40 from the bioplastics value chain who are scheduled to speak. They will provide insightful analyses of where their industry is going today, where it will be tomorrow and why.

Does the world need bioplastics? Can it afford them? And, will they be profitable? The “jury is still out” on these questions and will remain so until the cost-performance of bioplastics is at least on a par with petro-based plastics. At the same time, environmental questions and misconceptions remain and must be clarified.

While bioplastics suppliers have shown considerable innovation and creativity, limited engagement with stakeholders throughout the value chain has hampered information flow and growth. Conspicuously absent has been an interactive forum to facilitate understanding of user needs and value chain realities that could help to define the bioplastics of tomorrow.

BioPlastek 2011 was conceived to be such a forum. This inaugural event will take place on June 27-29, 2011 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.

End-user Focus:

What makes BioPlastek 2011 a defining event is its unparalleled lineup of top end-user presentations. A lead-off keynote presentation from H.J. Heinz will be followed by Rubbermaid, Campbell Soup, Mountain Valley Spring Water, Pepperidge Farm, US Army Natick Labs, Kodak, Xerox Canada, Canadian General Tower, The Woodbridge Group, International Nonwovens and Disposables Association (INDA), and Auto21.

The Forum will feature applications-specific break-out sessions on Automotive, Packaging, Emerging Durables, Nonwovens/Textiles and Additives with cutting-edge presentations from speakers throughout the value chain. In addition there will be joint sessions on Market & Business Strategies, Environmental Issues, Emerging Technologies, and a capstone session on “How To Make it Happen.”

Innovative Bio-monomers:

Biopolymers resembling conventional petro-based plastics such as nylon 6, nylon 66 and PET are now within reach. Monomers such as bio-adipic acid (Rennovia), bio-terephthalic acid and bio-caprolactam (Draths), and bio-xylene (Anellotech) have made this possible. Avantium will present new results on specialty biobased monomers which, when used instead of TPA to produce polyesters, outperform PET in bottle applications.

Innovative Bio-sources

Other pathways to biobased intermediates include yeast (SyntheZyme), proprietary strains of microorganisms (TetraVitae Bioscience) , and catalytical pyrolysis of biomass (Anellotech).

There will be over 40 presentations from the bioplastics value chain providing insightful analyses of where their industry is going today, where it will be tomorrow and why.

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