Obama Admin Picks BIO-BASED Materials as 1-of-3 Emerging Technologies; State-of-the Industry @ Miami Conference, JAN 28-30

BioPlastics: Re-Invention of Plastics via Renewable Chemicals InterContinental on Biscayne Bay Miami, FL 33131, USA Discount Ends: DEC 15

On OCT 27, President Obama announced BIO-BASED Materials as 1-of-3 emerging technologies for US competitiveness; White House will fund $300M to be equally matched by the private sector.

Bio-based Plastics & Chemicals industry has decidedly moved beyond the biodegradable / compostable applications. Just as an example, rapid advances are being made in developing nylons ($27B market by 2018) via renewable intermediates. BIO-NYLONS are being used in high-end consumer products such as auto-parts in MERCEDES,FERARI, and MASERATI.

At our JAN 28-30 event, BIO-NYLONS will be a focus of presentations by DuPont, DSM, Arkema and manufacturers of intermediates; see below the agenda



January 28 (Wednesday), 2015

Optional Pre-Conference Course


Introduction to BioPlastics: Orientation 101

Critical Knowledge for Mastering / Modifying Polymers

Dr. Yash Khanna, InnoPlast Solutions, USA 


Coffee & Networking


BioPlastics: a Crash-Course on State-of-the-Industry

BioPlastics industry has clearly moved on well beyond the biodegradable & compostable materials concept. A number of renewable chemicals have emerged in the last 5-10 years with the potential to enable traditional polymers while opening the path for newer materials using renewable food, especially non-food biomass as opposed to PetroChemicals. However, some of those technologies, although still promising, as it appears now will take longer than anticipated commercialization timelines. Nevertheless, there has been a new wave of bioplastics entering the high-end consumer products such as Carpet Yarns, and auto-parts in MercedesFerrari and Maserati; the field is continuously and rapidly evolving. This pre-conference course will bring you up to speed on state-of-the-industry. It's Time to Refresh our Understanding of BioPlastics !!!

Ronald Cascone, Principal - Energy & Chemicals Advisory, Nexant, USA

Steve Slome, Senior Consultant- Energy & Chemicals Advisory, Nexant, USA

January 29(Thursday), 2015


Registration, Breakfast & Networking


Welcome and Opening Remarks


Keynote Presentation

Latest Trends Re-Shaping the BioPlastics/Renewable Chemicals Industry:  Challenges & Opportunities


Session I:   BioPlastics with Established & Growing Commercial Sales


Corporate Vision of a Biobased Platform & Portfolio of  Products Launched into the Market Place

Michael Saltzberg, Business Director-Biomaterials, DuPont, USA


Corporate Wide Initiatives & Successes in Penetrating Traditional Plastics Industry with BioPlastics

Dr. Kees Tintel, Business Manager-EcoPaXX, DSM, Netherlands


PLA: Techno-Commercial Developments Driving Continued Growth

Hugo Vuurens, Director-Business Development , Corbion-Purac, Netherlands


Coffee & Networking


Biobased High-Performance Polyamides: Solutions for Consumer Markets

Dr. Min Zheng, Consumer Market Bus. Develop Engineer,Arkema, USA


Portfolio of Converters & Brand-Owners using Green PE

TBA, Braskem, Brazil / USA


Lunch & Networking

Session II:   BioPlastics in Global Sustainability Efforts


National Programs on Innovative Use of Agricultural Commodities to Produce Biobased Polymers

Dr. Victoria Finkenstadt, Lead Scientist, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, USA


New Concept in Hospital Waste Management: Handling Cost Reduction & Energy Generation via Use of BioPlastics

Peter Kelly, International Director-Healthcare, Pharmafilter, Netherlands


Vision for a Complete Sustainability: Technology Options to Capture Value at the End-of-Life of Renewable BioPlastics

Norma McDonald, Sales Manager-NA, Organic Waste Systems, USA


Coffee & Networking

Session III: Brand-Owners: Creating Market-Pull for BioPlastics



Presentation Title  - TBA

Eric Connell, Sen. Engineer-Materials Eng, Toyota Motor Eng & Manf, USA


Biobased Hot Melt Adhesives

Dr. Charles Paul, VP - Technology, Henkel Adhesives, USA


PLA based Absorb™ ; World's Ist Drug Eluting Bioresorbable Vascular SCAFFOLD for Treatment of Coronary Artery Disease

Dr. Richard Rapoza, Division VP - R&D Bioresorbable Technology, Abbott Vascular, USA


Z-Resin™, a 100% Plant & Non-Food based Plastic:

Re-Defining the Sunglasses Industry

John Sanchez, President, Zeal Optics, USA


Cocktail Reception & Networking

January 30 (Friday), 2015


Breakfast & Networking

Session IV: BioPlastics: COMPOUNDED for High-Performance


PLA based deTerra®: High-Performance Engineered via Controlled Molecular Architecture

Dr. Jeffrey Cernohous, President / CEO, Interfacial Solutions, USA


New Developments in Formulating High-performance Cellulose Acetate Plastics for Electronics & Electrical Applications

Dr. Bing Lu, Senior Scientist,  Celanese, USA



Bioplastics Engineered for Horticultural Applications

Prof. David Grewell, Agricultural & Biosystems Eng,

Iowa State Univ, USA



Coffee & Networking


Biohybrid Polymers: Combining "Non-Food Waste Biomass" and "Petrobased Polymers" to Develop High-Performance Products

Dr. Joachim Storsberg, Head-Polymers for Biomedical Engineering, Fraunhofer Institute, Germany


Lightweighting Through NanoCellulose Application in Plastic Composites

Dr. Theodora Retsina, CEO, American Process, USA

Session V: Renewable Chemicals for Traditional & Newer Polymers


Polyolefins: Bio-Propylene and Bio-Ethylene

Developments in Production of Bio-Propylene & other PetroChemical Building Blocks via Direct Fermentation

Dr. David Gogerty, Project Manager, Global Bioenergies, USA


World's Ist, Game-Changing, Full-Scale Commercial Production of BioMethanol / BioEthanol from Municipal Solid WASTE

David Lynch, GM - R&D, Enerkem, Canada


Lunch & Networking



Worldwide market for Nylons is forecasted to be $27B / yearby 2018. There are many nylons commercially available; most popular being Nylon 66 and Nylon 6 followed by specialty nylons. Rennovia's announcement of biobased C-6 diamine, along with Verdezyne's C-6 diacid promises to deliver a 100% biobased Nylon 66. Other specialty nylons of the future from biobased building blocks include N46, N410, N56, N510, N610, N612, N1010 and many more. This presentation will exemplify the commercial developments in the field of bio-derived di-acids.



Commercialization Update on Dodecanoic Acid (C-12), Sebacic Acid (C-10) and Adipic Acid (C-6)

Dr. E. William Radany, President & CEO, Verdezyne, USA


There are several thermoplastic polyesters commercially available; most popular being PET [ethylene glycol (EG) + terephthalic acid (TPA)] and PBT [butanediol (BDO)+ terephthalic acid (TPA)] with a worldwide market for forecasted to be $47B / year by 2019. While biobased EG is well known, scaling up of  biobased BDO ( for example by BASF and Novamont using Genomatica's technology),and of biobased TPA in future, promises to deliver  100% biobased PET and PBT. A new polyester PEF [ethylene glycol (EG) + furan dicarboxylic acid (FDCA)] with enhanced performance is on the horizon from Avantium. These presentations will provide updates on the commercialization of the building blocks for these polyesters including PBS [butanediol (BDO)+ succinnic acid (SA)], a biodegradable plastic in use already.


Commercial Update on Bio-Succinic Acid;  a Building Block for PBS Polyester & more

Rod Cummings, New Business Development-Americas,Reverdia, USA


Commercialization of PEF;  100% Biobased Polyester with Enhanced Performance

Nathan Kemeling, Director-Business Development, Avantium, Netherlands


Plaxica Versalac: A Low Cost Chemical Process to Produce Lactic Acid from 2nd Generation Sugars

Philip Goodier, CEO, Plaxica, UK


PLATINUM SPONSORSHIP (1 @ $10,000): Meredian Bioplastics

Enables complementary attendance up to 5 delegates, an exhibit booth equivalent to two(2) tabletops, company's logo (largest size) on posters and conference material, and acknowledgement at cocktail reception


GOLD SPONSORSHIP (3 @ $7,500 each): US Bioplastics; 2-Open

Enables complementary attendance up to 3 delegates, a tabletop exhibit, company's logo (larger size) on posters and conference material, acknowledgement at lunch


SILVER SPONSORSHIP (5 @ $5,000 each):Perstorp, Nexant, Applied Minerals; 2-Open

Enables complementary attendance up to 2 delegates, a tabletop exhibit, company's logo on posters and conference material, acknowledgement at coffee breaks


(20 @ $2,500 each): Meredian Bioplastics, US Bioplastics, Perstorp, Nexant, Applied Minerals, DSM, Arizona Instrument, Organic Waste Systems, Iowa State Univ.

 Enables one(1) delegate and a TableTop display.


For conference details & registration, please call (973) 446-9531 or visit: http://www.BioplastConference.com

Categories: Research, Information Technology

Tags: BioBased, BioDerived, BioMass, BioMaterials, BioPlastics, BioPolymers, Building Blocks, Compostable, Durable, Green Polymers, Renewable, Sustainable

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