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This year's conference will be taking place at the Movenpick Hotel Amsterdam.


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Renewable Plastics 2013 will cover;

  • Brand owners perspectives: Nestle and Coca Cola
  • Technical Sessions: routes to production, new sustainable technologies, cellulose acetate, pelletising process, bio-based polyamides, biobased PHB
  • Market data: current state of the bioplastics market, bioplastics in asia, recycling bioplastics  
  • Regulatory Update



09:00 Registration and refreshments

09:30 Chairman’s opening remarks

Dr John Williams, Head of Materials for Energy and Industry, NNFCC

10:00 Bioplastics in an economically challenging climate
•Current state of the bioplastics market
•The activity in bio-based platforms and the effect on bioplastics
•Continuing market interest
•Where to next

Dr John Williams, Head of Materials for Energy and Industry, NNFCC

10:30 The place of bio-based materials in the Nestlé packaging environmental sustainability strategy
•Packaging contributes to sustainability
é environmental policy- an LCA approach
•The other tools to reduce packaging environment impact
•Material from renewable resources/bio-based
•Communication- what is a 'Sustainable Packaging'?

Philippe Roulet, Head of Global Packaging Material and Training, Nestle

11:00 Morning refreshments

11:30 Bioplastics – a significant contributor to global sustainability
•Insight into the key drivers that drive bio-plastics and provide the link to sustainability
•Latest updates on market growth rates
•The specific sustainability benefits of PLA will be highlighted and various end-of-life options will be compared
•How do large brandowners define sustainability and how can bioplastics help those brandowners to achieve their sustainability goals?
•Insight into the bio-efficiency of different types of biomass and bioplastics

François de Bie, Global Marketing Director PLA & bioplastic building blocks, Purac

12.00 Plastics' use of chemical and physical blowing agents for the production of cellulose acetate foams
•Cellulose acetate - a promising biopolymer for foam extrusion
•Challenges in foam extrusion of cellulose acetate
•Foam extrusion of cellulose acetate using chemical blowing agents and physical blowing agents

Dr. Stephan Kabasci, Business Unit Manager- Renewable Resources, Fraunhofer UMSICHT

12:30  Flax and Hemp fibres: a natural solution for the composites industry

Prof Ignaas Verpoest, Professor Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, President of the CELC European Scientific Committee

13:00 Lunch

14:20 Bioplastics in Asia: new heights and the road ahead
•The macro environment for bioplastics in Asia
•Country case studies: industry and market dynamics
•Feedback from brand owners and converters

Bruno Rudnik, Managing Owner, SusTech Consult

14:50 Bioplastics and the Bioeconomy- regulatory update – 2013
In this session David Webber will highlight some of the major developments that have taken place and those in the pipeline and how bioplastic manufacturers can and should position themselves towards policymakers. Already it can be highlighted that the environmental community are not as receptive to the increased use of bioplastics as the industry expected and indeed some recent political developments  have led leading brand owners to question their viability. However industries should not be disheartened as it still early days and globally plastics consumption and applications continue to increase – with the proposal in Europe for a public-private partnership on the bioeconomy there is a unique opportunity to solicit Government support for the increased acceptance of bioplastics.

David Webber, Senior Partner & Senior Advisor, PA Europe - Strategic Advice & Consulting

15:20 Afternoon refreshments

15:50 Case Study: Application of biobased materials for packing short, medium and long shelf life food products


Henk Gurdebeke, Project Manager R&D, Ter Beke
Nanou Peelman,
PhD researcher, Ghent University

16:20 Panel Session

Discussion covering the day’s topics and presentations.

17:00 Networking drinks reception for all attendees


09:00 Refreshments

09:30 Chairman’s opening remarks
Dr John Williams, Head of Materials for Energy and Industry, NNFCC

10:00 Coca-Cola PlantBottle™ - renewable sources for plastic bottles

Building a supply chain for bioplastics
Sustainable sourcing

Dr Klaus P. Stadler, Director Environment & Water Resources Europe, The Coca-Cola Company

10:30 Commercialisation of PEF- a novel biobased material
•Partnership with global brand owners to bring PEF bottles to the market:

  -Progress in FDCA production scale up, PEF properties, PEF regulatory testing, PEF recycling
•Development of novel PEF applications in film and fiber areas
•Expansion of the YXY platform with new renewable building blocks: levulinates

Nathan Kemeling, Director Business Development YXY, Avantium Chemicals BV

11:00 Morning refreshments

11.30 Plastic – a valuable material and an important part of a more sustainable
•Few inventions have revolutionised our lives as comprehensively as plastic. Its universal properties have made life easier, cheaper, safer, and healthier.
•Plastic is a true resource champion. Substituting it would yield 46% more energy consumption, 46% more CO2 emission and 100 million tonnes more waste every year in the EU only. So no wonder its global annual production has reached 280 million tons. But where does it go at the end of its life? The majority ends up either in landfills, “up in smoke” via incineration or in our oceans.  So is it time to do something about it?

Mike Biddle, President and Founder, MBA Polymers

12:00 What is in store for bio-based polyamides?
•Bio-based polyamides, the Vestamid(R) Terra series from Evonik Industries
•Outstanding mechanical performance
•Lower carbon footprint
•Compounds are individually tailored

Dr Benjamin Brehmer, Business Manager Biopolymers - Resource Efficiency High Performance Polymers, Evonik


12:30 Lunch


14.00 Properties sell plastics- what sells phb?

•PHB chains are absolutely linear, absolutely regular, and absolutely isotactic. Plastics processors can use these unique properties to:
- mould parts with very fine structures or to produce parts with surface shapes down to below 0,2 µ at temperatures as low as at 180°C.
- produce long natural fibre composites with unique impact strength.
- mould parts that could be produced so far by metalworking only.
- degrade parts at the end of their service life by simply exposing them to microbial environments like composts (earth to earth).

Urs J. Hänggi, Manager, Biomer


14:30 Melt handling, cutting, cooling, drying – an analysis of the pelletising process for renewable plastics
•Processing steps from melt at the extruder tip to finished pellets
•Machinery and processing adapted to specific material properties
•In-depth analysis and physical background of phenomena in the process
•Ways to enhance product quality at competitive production cost

Dipl.-Ing. Julia Ramge, Process Engineer, Automatik Plastics Machinery

15:00 Panel discussion – End user perspectives: why bio-based plastics?

Moderator: Sharad Shah, Global Senior Manager-Materials Engineering, Graham Packaging Company

Panelists confirmed so far:

Dr. Klaus P. Stadler, Director Environment & Water Resources Europe, The Coca-Cola Company

John Williams, Head of Materials for Energy and Industry, NNFCC

Nathan Kemeling, Director Business Development YXY, Avantium Chemicals BV

François de Bie, Global Marketing Director PLA & bioplastic building blocks, Purac

Mike Biddle, President and Founder, MBA Polymers

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16:00 Chair’s concluding remarks and close of conference


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