Big turnout for 10th Euro­pean Bio­plas­tics Con­fer­ence

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The 10th Euro­pean Bio­plas­tics Con­fer­ence 2015 in Berlin at­tracted more than 350 par­tic­i­pants from around 200 com­pa­nies and 29 coun­tries to con­nect and catch up on the lat­est devel­op­ments, is­sues, de­bates, and trends in the bio­plas­tics in­dus­try in Europe. A fur­ther 24 com­pa­nies show­cased a great di­ver­sity of the lat­est prod­ucts, ma­te­ri­als, and ap­pli­ca­tions at the ex­hi­bi­tion along­side the con­fer­ence.

Open­ing the 10th an­niver­sary edi­tion of the Euro­pean Bio­plas­tics Con­fer­ence, François de Bie, Chair­man of Euro­pean Bio­plas­tics (EUBP), high­lighted the achieve­ments and out­stand­ing devel­op­ments of the bio­plas­tics in­dus­try over the past decade as one of the most in­no­va­tive and ex­cit­ing sec­tors of the Euro­pean bioe­con­omy: “Ten years ago, bio­plas­tics was still a buzz­word. To­day, my son Olivier is learn­ing about the ben­e­fits of biobased prod­ucts in high­school. The un­der­stand­ing and aware­ness of our im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment is clearly grow­ing and bio­plas­tics are at the cen­tre of this change,” said de Bie.

Hasso von Po­grell, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of EUBP said that the pos­i­tive trend of the past ten years con­tin­ued. Ac­cord­ing to lat­est mar­ket data, he said, the global bio­plas­tics pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity is pre­dicted to grow by more than 350 per­cent in the mid-term, from around 1.7 mil­lion tonnes in 2014 to ap­prox­i­mately 7.8 mil­lion tonnes in 2019. This growth will be sub­jected to fur­ther com­mit­ments and ini­tia­tives to be­come more with com­pa­nies such as IKEA promis­ing that by 2020 100 per­cent of its plas­tics will be made from re­new­able and re­cy­cled sources. Mit­subishi Chem­i­cals Corp. and Sharp were awarded the 10th An­nual Bio­plas­tics Award for the de­vel­op­ment of the front panel of Sharp’s new smart­phone made from Mit­subishi’s biobased engi­neer­ing plas­tic DURABIO. It marks the first time a biobased plas­tic has ever been used on the front panel of any smart­phone in­stead of glass, ceas­ing the prob­lem of crack­ing while in­creas­ing dura­bil­ity and op­ti­cal prop­er­ties. Find more in­for­ma­tion about the Bio­plas­tics Award, the win­ner, and fi­nal­ists at www.bio­plas­tic­s­magazine.com.

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