Save the Date: 6. th International Congress on Bio-based Plastics and Composites 10.-11.4.2013


2012: Innovation Award -  The winner!

1st place: Naporo (Germany): NAPORO„NATglue“-Technologie: NAPOROprepreg


2nd place: Martin Fuchs Spielwaren - Livemold - Linotech (Germany): Naturegran PV 6930: spielstabil bioline


3rd place: Resopal (Germany): Re-Y-Stone: bio-based composite plate

Highlights of the programme:

  • API | Carlo Brunetti: Bio-Plastic „made-to-measure“ solutions for individual applications
  • Bayer Material Science | Dr. Gesa Behnken: Renewable Resources at Bayer MaterialScience
  • Borregaard | Majvi Brandbu: Borregard's Biorefinery Concept
  • Evonik | Dr. Benjamin Brehmer: Developments in natural fibre reinforcement and additives for (bio)-plastics
  • Henkel | Olaf Mündelein: Macromelt - New Bio-Additives for plastics processing
  • Innventia | Per Tomani: Carbon fibres and aromatic from lignin short and long term commercialization opportunities
  • InfraLeuna | Dr. Ekkehard Küstermann: Perspectives: Biotechnology and renewable resources at the Leuna Chemical Site
  • Novamont | Stefano Facco: Novamont's latest developments on bio-based plastics
  • Södra | Sverker Albertsson: Pulp fibre reinforcement of PLA - MouldPulp

Background of the Congress

The year 2011 has experienced acceleration regarding the raw material shift in the chemical and plastics industry. Clear political requirements towards a bio-based economy have become a world-wide phenomenon which includes bio-based plastics and composites along with bio-based additives and green chemistry. In over 20 lectures and an exhibition we will introduce the latest developments of main players from Italy and Scandinavia - both are our focus countries/regions this year - as well as Germany, North America and Asia. The theme covers the whole area of bio-materials, additives and industrial biotechnology. Additionally agents from assemblies along with political representatives will present the new proposed political frameworks.
The 5th International Congress on Bio-based Plastics and Composites builds on successful previous congresses: in 2011 were 150 participants and nearly 20 exhibitors represented.

What are innovative biomaterials?

Biomaterials are based on the direct use, or the biotechnological modification, of starch, sugar, plant oil, cellulose/natural fibres as well as special biomolecules such as rubber or lignin. All of them diversify the raw material base, create more independence from the price rises of crude oil and usually have a significantly better CO2-balance than conventional materials. Basically almost all fossil-based materials can be substituted by biomaterials. This group of biomaterials includes bio-based plastics, biodegradable ones as well as durables, Wood-Polymer-Composites (WPC), natural fibre reinforced plastics and natural rubber.