Düsseldorf conference focused on innovation, plastics recovery
BERLIN: The fifth annual European Bioplastics Conference drew more than 400 industry players, according to organizers of the December 1-2 conference in Düsseldorf, Germany.
About 70 percent of participants came from Europe, around 20 percent from Asia, with most of the remaining 10 percent from North and South America, organizers said.
This year, talks centered around plastics recycling and new bioplastics processes and applications.
According to media reports from the conference, companies highlighted recent advances that could promote bioplastics use to save money, not just the environment. Purac and Arkema developed a grade of PLA offering properties comparable to ABS for injection molding applications.
The Bioplastics Award 2010 went to EconCore, a company offering core technologies to honeycomb panels and components. The Belgium-based company developed technologies to reduce weight and materials in construction.