‘Rethinking Plastics’ – Insights into the bioplastic materials of the future 11th European Bioplastics Conference in Berlin attracts 300 experts from around the world.
Berlin, 1 December 2016 – The 11th European Bioplastics Conference took place on 29/30 November 2016 in Berlin, attracting around 300 participants from industry, policy, research, and media. In his keynote speech, Hugo-Maria Schally, Head of Unit Sustainable Production, Products & Consumption, DG Environment at the European Commission, stressed the necessityfor a coherent policy approach to support bio-based products in Europe: “The European Commission is committed to making the circular economy reality as it brings together environmental protection and social and economic gains. The EU Circular Economy Package aims to provide a supportive policy and legislative framework and incentives for innovative industries, such as bioplastics. The upcoming Plastics Strategy will also aim at addressing the challenge of high dependency on fossil feedstock.”
Opening the 11th edition of the annual European Bioplastics Conference, François de Bie, Chairman of
European Bioplastics (EUBP), said: “Europe is a world leader in developing and commercialising
renewable, bio-based products. This year’s conference is yet again witness to the many technological
innovations and the outstanding progress of the bioplastics industry in ‘rethinking plastics’ in a
sustainable, circular, and resource efficient way. We welcome the commitment of EU legislators to
move away from the linear economic model towards a circular economy that uses resources more
efficiently and that links to a stronger bioeconomy. Their support is a crucial signal to our industry and
investors in the bioeconomy at a time of continued low oil prices and subsidies of the fossil fuel
A highly anticipated session was the presentation of the 2016 annual market data update delivered by
Kristy-Barbara Lange, Deputy Managing Director of EUBP, on the second day of the conference: “The
positive trend of the past ten years continues. According to our latest market data, the global
bioplastics production capacity is predicted to grow by 50 percent in the next five years,” said Lange.
This development was confirmed in several presentations by large brands, such as Renault, Henkel,
Tetra Pak, and Kimberly-Clark, outlining their commitments and initiatives to reduce their
environmental footprint and the role of bioplastics in achieving these ambitious goals. The Netherlands
Standardization Institute NEN launched their new certification scheme for bio-based products based
on the European standard EN 16785-1, and the first two certificates were issued to Corbion, a leading
producer of high performance PLA, and Kraton, a leading biorefiner of pine chemicals, during the
Rodenburg, Taghleef, and Mars were awarded the 11th Annual Bioplastics Award, hosted by
bioplastics MAGAZINE during a special ceremony, for the development of bio-based wrappers for the
Snickers chocolate bars. The innovative material for the wrapper is made from starch derived from
potato cutting waste and PLA. The project is the result of the collaboration between three companies,
including Dutch bioplastics producer Rodenburg, who developed the material, Taghleef, who
manufactured the film, and Mondi, who printed the packaging.
The 11th European Bioplastics Conference 2016 attracted around 300 participants from 150 companies
and 29 countries to connect and catch up on the latest developments, issues, debates, and trends in
the bioplastics industry in Europe. 22 companies showcased a great diversity of the latest products,materials, and applications at the exhibition alongside the conference.
European Bioplastics extends a special thank you to the sponsors of this year’s anniversary
conference: BASF, Braskem, Corbion, DuPont, NatureWorks, Perstorp, Tereos, BIOTEC, and Sulzer,
for their support to make the 11th edition of the European Bioplastics Conference another successful
meeting of our industry.
Impressions of the 11th European Bioplastics Conference 2016 are available at: http://www.europeanbioplastics.
org/news/multimedia-pictures-videos/ (© European Bioplastics)
More information on the market data update is also available on the website: http://www.europeanbioplastics.
For more information about the Bioplastics Award, the winner, and finalists, please go to:
Speakers at the 11th European Bioplastics Conference 2016:
Ylwa Alwarsdotter (SEKAB Sweden), Jasmin Bauer (Knoten Weimar), Julia-Maria Blesin (Hochschule Hannover), Martin
Bussmann (BASF), Srirojpinyo Chinnawat (PTT MCC Biochem Joint Venture of PTT and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation), Steve
Davies (NatureWorks), François de Bie (European Bioplastics), Steve Dejonghe (Looplife Polymers), Ortwin Ertl (Annikki GmbH),
Christian Garaffa (Novamont), Mike Gross (Kimberly-Clark), Yuki Hamilton (Braskem), Constance Ißbrücker (European Bioplastics),
Eva Knüpffer (Fraunhofer-Institut für Bauphysik (IBP)), Martina Koralek (NABU – Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V.), Waldemar
Kütt (European Commission), Kristy-Barbara Lange (European Bioplastics), Christian Lenges (DuPont Industrial BioSciences),
Delphine Lévi-Alvarès (Zero Waste Europe), Enrique Moliner (AIMPLAS), Jean-Marc Nony (Sphere/Club Bio-plastiques), Peter
O’Sullivan (Henkel Ireland Operations & Research / RD&E European Technology Centre), Rob Opsomer (Ellen MacArthur
Foundation), Alexia Roma (Technocentre Renault), Sugimoto Ryuichiro (PTT MCC Biochem Joint Venture of PTT and Mitsubishi
Chemical Corporation), Hugo-Maria Schally (European Commission), Stefanie Siebert (European Compost Network),
Mariagiovanna Vetere (European Bioplastics), Erwin Vink (Holland Bioplastics), Peter A. von den Kerkhoff (DuPont Tate & Lyle),
Hugo Vuurens (Corbion), Marie Wheat (United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)), Harmen Willemse (NEN – Netherlands
Standardization Institute), Sabine Wirén-Lehr (Tetra Pak International), Justin Zeulner (Green Sports Alliance), Patrick
Exhibitors at the 11th European Bioplastics Conference 2016:
API, BASF, bioplastics MAGAZINE, BIOTEC GmbH & Co. KG, Carbiolice, Corbion, DIN CERTCO, ECHO, EuropaBio, FKuR,
Futamura, IfBB, ifeu, Institut für Kunststofftechnik (Universität Stuttgart), NatureWorks, Novamont, OWS, Perstorp, Photanol BV,
PTT MCC Biochem, Vinçotte.
About European Bioplastics:
European Bioplastics is the European association representing the interests of the bioplastics industry along the entire value chain. Its members produce, refine and distribute bioplastics i.e. plastics that are bio-based, biodegradable, or both. More information is available at www.european-bioplastics.org.
Press contact: Katrin Schwede, Head of Communications, European Bioplastics, Marienstr. 19/20, 10117 Berlin,
Tel: +49 (0) 30 28482 353, Fax: +49 (0) 30 284 82 359, [email protected]