The significance of bioplastics as a central component of the European bioeconomy strategy is undisputed. That was the core message of key speakers during the 7th European Bioplastics Conference held on 6 and 7 November in Berlin.
More than 400 participants caught up on the latest developments and progress in the bioplastics industry during the conference.
Numerous questions connected to the growth of the bioplastics industry were discussed during the conference – such as:
- How is the growing supply of bioplastics affecting public awareness?
- Which market segments will grow in particular and what impacts will this growth have?
- What are the potential side-effects of adding bioplastics to existing recycling streams?
In particular the latter was a hot topic at the conference.
“Give us a sufficient amount of any plastic – be it PLA or any other bioplastic – and we can sort it and recycle it”.
This was the main message of the recycling industry to the bioplastics industry during a podium discussion moderated by Thomas Probst of the Federal Association of Secondary Raw Materials and Disposal.
The 7th Annual Global Bioplastics Award ceremony by bioplastics magazine was another highlight of the conference. 2012 saw two winners take the award. Both companies come from the automotive industry and achieved the same score.
TAKATA AG received the Bioplastics Award 2012 for its demonstrator of a steering wheel/airbag system that shows both, the potential and the limits of bioplastic applications. The University of Hanover was awarded with its tailgate of the Bioconcept Car racing car.