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

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  • (1888PressRelease) November 02, 2014 - 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
    1:00-2:30 Introduction to BioPlastics: Orientation 101
    Critical Knowledge for Mastering / Modifying Polymers
    Dr. Yash Khanna, InnoPlast Solutions, USA

    2:30-3:00 Coffee & Networking

    3:00-5:00 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 Mercedes, Ferrari 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
    7:00-8:00 Registration, Breakfast & Networking

    8:00-8:10 Welcome and Opening Remarks

    8:10-8:50 Keynote Presentation
    Latest Trends Re-Shaping the BioPlastics/Renewable Chemicals Industry: Challenges & Opportunities

    Session I: BioPlastics with Established & Growing Commercial Sales

    9:00-9:30 Corporate Vision of a Biobased Platform & Portfolio of Products Launched into the Market Place
    Michael Saltzberg, Business Director-Biomaterials, DuPont, USA

    9:30-10:00 Corporate Wide Initiatives & Successes in Penetrating Traditional Plastics Industry with BioPlastics
    Dr. Kees Tintel, Business Manager-EcoPaXX, DSM, Netherlands

    10:00-10:30 PLA: Techno-Commercial Developments Driving Continued Growth
    Hugo Vuurens, Director-Business Development , Corbion-Purac, Netherlands

    10:30-11:00 Coffee & Networking

    11:00-11:30 Biobased High-Performance Polyamides: Solutions for Consumer Markets
    Dr. Min Zheng, Consumer Market Bus. Develop Engineer,Arkema, USA

    11:30-12:00 Portfolio of Converters & Brand-Owners using Green PE
    TBA, Braskem, Brazil / USA

    12:00-1:30 Lunch & Networking

    Session II: BioPlastics in Global Sustainability Efforts

    1:30-2:00 National Programs on Innovative Use of Agricultural Commodities to Produce Biobased Polymers
    Dr. Victoria Finkenstadt, Lead Scientist, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, USA

    2:00-2:30 New Concept in Hospital Waste Management: Handling Cost Reduction & Energy Generation via Use of BioPlastics
    Peter Kelly, International Director-Healthcare, Pharmafilter, Netherlands

    2:30-3:00 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

    3:00-3:30 Coffee & Networking

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

    3:30-4:00 Presentation Title - TBA
    Eric Connell, Sen. Engineer-Materials Eng, Toyota Motor Eng & Manf, USA

    4:00-4:30 Biobased Hot Melt Adhesives
    Dr. Charles Paul, VP - Technology, Henkel Adhesives, USA

    4:30-5:00 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

    5:00-5:30 Z-Resin™, a 100% Plant & Non-Food based Plastic:
    Re-Defining the Sunglasses Industry
    John Sanchez, President, Zeal Optics, USA

    5:30-7:00 Cocktail Reception & Networking

    January 30 (Friday), 2015
    7:00-8:00 Breakfast & Networking

    Session IV: BioPlastics: COMPOUNDED for High-Performance

    8:00-8:30 PLA based deTerra®: High-Performance Engineered via Controlled Molecular Architecture
    Dr. Jeffrey Cernohous, President / CEO, Interfacial Solutions, USA

    8:30-9:00 New Developments in Formulating High-performance Cellulose Acetate Plastics for Electronics & Electrical Applications
    Dr. Bing Lu, Senior Scientist, Celanese, USA

    9:00-9:30 Bioplastics Engineered for Horticultural Applications
    Prof. David Grewell, Agricultural & Biosystems Eng,
    Iowa State Univ, USA

    9:30-10:00 Coffee & Networking

    10:00-10:30 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

    10:30-11:00 Lightweighting Through NanoCellulose Application in Plastic Composites
    Dr. Theodora Retsina, CEO, American Process, USA

    Session V: Renewable Chemicals for Traditional & Newer Polymers

    11:00-11:30 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

    11:30-12:00 World's Ist, Game-Changing, Full-Scale Commercial Production of BioMethanol / BioEthanol from Municipal Solid WASTE
    David Lynch, GM - R&D, Enerkem, Canada

    12:00-1:00 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.

    1:00-1:30 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.

    1:30-2:00 Commercial Update on Bio-Succinic Acid; a Building Block for PBS Polyester & more
    Rod Cummings, New Business Development-Americas,Reverdia, USA

    2:00-2:30 Commercialization of PEF; 100% Biobased Polyester with Enhanced Performance
    Nathan Kemeling, Director-Business Development, Avantium, Netherlands

    2:30-3:00 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

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