WELCOME to the publisher's 29th conference, and the 11th on Re-Invention of Plastics
A spirit of innovation in the field of chemicals/polymers is brewing; a phenomenon we have not seen in the chemical industry since the 1960s. Such radical innovations are being necessitated by the lack of indefinite availability/sustainability of fossil fuels and the associated global warming endangering our planet earth. Driven by consumer awareness, BRAND-OWNERS are pushing the manufacturers to respond with technology that takes Sustainability & Environmental impact to new heights, for example:
- Transitioning from traditional fossil-based raw-materials to Renewable BioMass / Waste(s) / Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions, and Recycled Petro/Bio-based Plastics as raw-materials (M, mass)
- Cycling into Valued Products, that is, Durability as opposed to BioDegradation or Disposal, via Recycling / BioFuels / Composites / Incineration (C, cycling).
- As a SYMBOLIC expression for the Endurance of Polymer Industry (E), we propose: E = MC2, highlighting the greater role of Cycling
The Re-Shaping of Polymers/Plastics industry has already begun; join us to witness the future!
September 29 (Tuesday) 2020
Circular Plastics Revolution: Executive Overview of Global Efforts
- Rationale for Pushing Sustainability & Environmental Initiatives in Plastics & Chemical Industry
- Bio-Sourced + Recycled Plastics: Compounded Impact on Sustainability & Environment via Reduction of Climate-Land-Ocean Pollution & Pursuit of Independence from Fossil-Fuels
- Historic Emergence of Biobased Plastics through Turbulent Times
- Latest Views on BioDegradable & Compostable Plastics
- Fossil-Free PolyOlefins/PolyEsters/PolyAmides & other DURABLE Plastics
- Advancing Trends in Plastic Recycling; Physical & Chemical
- Dr. Yash Khanna, President, InnoPlast Solutions, USA
Brand-Owner Strategic Planning (Coordination with Supply Chain)
Renewable Building Blocks for Durable Plastics (PolyOlefins/PolyEsters/PolyAmides: Old & New)
Cocktail Reception & Networking
Networking Dinner by Charles River
September 30 (Wednesday) 2020
Biodegradable / Compostable Plastics (Challenges to Business Growth in Circular Economy)
Advances in RECYCLING; enabling Circular Plastics (Mechanical/Chemical/Fuel/Composite Products)
Overview of Recycling PET; the Most Common Beverage Packaging Material
- Demand > Supply
- Partial Replacement of Virgin-PET with Recycled PET
- Partial Replacement of PET-Plastic with Aluminum
- Emergence of Chemical Recycling
- Dr. Yash Khanna, President, InnoPlast Solutions, USA
Panel Discussion-Pre-Selected Questions from Participants - I am in a traditional plastics industry. Why should I switch to biobased plastics?
- What are Government mandates on using biobased products in Europe & Japan? What is the expectation from the U.S. Government?
- What are the prospects for expanding “On-Site Composting / Collection Stations in the U.S”; example being Atlanta Falcons stadium being built to address “Zero Waste”? If not nationwide, could this concept be extended “Selectively” to other institutions such as “Airports, Hospitals, Sports arena, Corporate Headquarters”? Any lessons learned from the infrastructure set up in Europe & Japan for handling Biobased / Recycled plastics?
- Why don’t the Brand-Owners push for Biobased / Recycled products and create demand?
- Notes to be Distributed to the Participants, Post-Conference
Excellent conference if you want to learn about the latest trends in plastics sustainability. The talks are technical, but easily understood by non-technical professionals. The format is dynamic and interactive (never boring). The guest speakers are of the upmost reputation and knowledge in their fields. Dr Khanna's introductory talks about bio-source and recycling trends are very elegant and informative summaries containing the last advances. I greatly benefited from this conference and I will recommend it to my colleagues…
Dr. Paula Bushendorf, Research Engineer III, Printpack, Participant 2019
There was so much useful information and I´m really excited to share it with my colleagues!
Agnes Narimatsu Honda, Principal Scientist, Johnson & Johnson, Participant 2018
Like every participant, my primary goal was to learn and connect---the organizers did an excellent job in creating a MAGICAL atmosphere enabling the participants to effectively network. The knowledge I captured is invaluable in two very important areas: BIOPLASTICS and RECYCLING as they both apply directly to Plastic Packaging---A very successful conference!!!
Mustapha Abbaoui, Senior Packaging Specialist, NESTLE, Participant-2018
Thank you very much for a fantastic opportunity to team up with top leaders in bioplastics during the conference. Special thank you for great organisation!
Pavel Komurka, Packaging Innovation-Sustainability Coordinator, ORKLA Group; a Norway based Brand-Owner, Participant 2018
Great conference with interesting presentations and good arrangements. Discussions Q/A session was the best part. Good to have all presentations on a flash-drive
Dr. Mikael Gallstedt, Materials Engineering, SIG Combibloc-Sweden, Participant-2017
The right people were in the room to have interesting discussions and potentially move towards projects. It was very easy to meet a lot of people as it was an intimate group. The panel discussions were interesting and it was good to be able to voice opinions in an open forum.
Dr. Anne Schauer-Gimenez, VP-Customer Engagement, Participant-2017
Excellent selection of topics & coverage of the whole BioPlastics area. Excellent Speakers. Lots of productive networking opportunities, plenty of time allowed for this and for informative and useful individual and group discussions outside of the formal program.
Dr. Terence Cooper, CEO, ARGO Group International, Participant-2016
It was very professional and interesting conference with very useful information.
Dr. Lenka Mynarova, Board Member-Nafigate & Hudal Biotech, Participant-2016
As always, perfect organization and excellent papers. Several good contacts / leads / ideas identified to pursue further.
Rainer Naef, Manager, Buss-SMS-Canzler GmbH, Participant-2016
My first visit…BETTER Content & Contacts than other Bioplastics conferences
Stan Dudek, Director, Polymer Processing Technologies, Participant-2015
I truly believe this was the best conference thus far with respect to Bio-Materials scope
Roger Avakian, VP-Scientific Development, PolyOne, Participant-2015
All the key players were here. Excellent engagement & Networking. Nice to have everyone in one session
Dr. Charles Paul, VP-Technology, Henkel Adhesives, Participant-2015
Excellent conference with State-of-the-Art insight look
Dr. Joachim Storsberg, Head-Polymers for Biomedical Engineering, Fraunhofer Institute, Participant-2015
Conference provided a great snapshot of Bioplastics INNOVATIONS and an excellent opportunity to network with the value-chain.
Victor Fernandez, Marketing Manager, Eastman Chemical, Participant-2015
Very good congress with excellent “NETWORKING” opportunities
Dr. Kees Tintel, Business Manager, DSM, Participant-2015
Bioplastics conference in Miami included many exciting & inspiring discussions on new technologies. I appreciated the opportunity to speak and hope we stay in touch
David Gogerty, Business Development Manager, Global Bioenergies, Participant-2015
Well organized conference. We have had several conversations underway with new partners or potential partners which resulted from our being part of your event
S. Blake Lindsey, President, Meredian BioPlastics, Participant-2014
Very nice conference with networking opportunities; made a good number of business contacts that will lead to future business for our prouduct!!!
James Gaspard, Exe VP-Business Development, Biochar Now, Participant-2014
Perfect Organization in terms of Content & Time Management...agenda, participants, room for notes, all in 1-booklet!!!
Rainer Naef, Manager-Sales, Buss-SMS-Canzler GmbH, Participant-2014
Very trenchant topics, well organized, and good networking; an excellent conference!!!
Dr. Bob Hamilton, Senior Scientist, Weyerhaeuser, Participant-2013
A sweeping & accessably comprehensive conference which provided an unusual blend of economic, technical and logistic analysis of the BioPlastics industry. I was impressed by the advancements presented here from breakthroughs just within the past couple of years
Noah Grade, Application Engineer, Krauss Maffei, Participant-2013
Good technical program, perfect for experts & non-experts alike. A great overview of where the BioPlastics industry is going. Very informational.
Joe O'Connell, Senior Manager-Packaging Development, The Hershey Company, Participant-2013
Thank you very much for allowing FKuR to participate in your conference. The conference was one of the best we have attended this year in regard to the content, structure and participation. You created a conference that should be considered a "Must Attend" for those within the BioPlastics Industry and we look forward to attending future conferences.
Kelly Lehrmann, General Manager, FKuR Plastics Corp, Participant-2012
I completely enjoyed coming to this conference. The selection of speakers & topics were excellent. If I come back to work with one or two new ideas, I consider the trip worthwhile. I was completely "Blown Away" with new ideas and networking opportunities.
Dr. John Trent, Research Associate-Materials Science, S.C. Johnson, Participant-2012
Very nice conference with High-Profile companies & speakers. Great update on BioPlastics! Good Job! Bravo!
Prajitna Sukandi, Managing Director, PT Sentosa, Indonesia, Participant-2012
Courtyard by Marriott Prague City
Lucemburská Street 46
This stylish, modern hotel made of angled glass and steel is a 4 minutes' by foot from a metro station, a 6-minute walk from Svatý Roch, a rounded baroque church, and 3.2 km from the stone Charles Bridge.
The straightforward rooms with dark wood furnishings feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and minifridges, plus iPod docks, and tea and coffeemakers. Family rooms offer sitting areas with sofabeds; while suites add city views.
Breakfast and parking are available (fee). There's a bistro and bar, plus a lobby bar. A 24-hour fitness room, a business center and meeting rooms are available. Pets are permitted for a surcharge.