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4th International Congress on Bio-based Plastics and Composites

The year 2010 has experienced acceleration regarding the raw material shift in the chemical and plastics industry.

Clear political requirements towards a bio-based economy have become a world-wide phenomenon, which includes bio-based plastics and composites along with bio-based additives and green chemistry. An increasing amount of discussions have been taking place in Brussels since this summer dealing with management objectives (and even quotas) for bio-based materials.

Investment in industrial biotechnology has increased significantly in Europe and new facilities can now provide the building blocks for bio-based plastics in ever-larger quantities. In addition, the industrial demand is also booming: many large consumer good companies have discovered bio-based materials and use them for their sustainable development strategies. An example here would be Coca-Cola, who have just switched from PET to 30% bio-based bottles.

In order to keep track of this dynamic development, we would like to bring your attention to our 4th biomaterial congress that shall take place on the 15th and 16th of March in Cologne at the Maternushaus (10 minute walk from the Central Station). In over 20 lectures and an exhibition, we will introduce the latest developments of main players from France, Benelux, Germany, North America and Asia. The theme covers the whole area of bio-materials, additives and industrial biotechnology. Additionally agents from assemblies along with Political representatives will present the new proposed political frameworks.

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Innovation Award "Bio-based Material of the Year 2011" - Apply now!
It is for the fourth time that the nova institut together with Coperion will award an innovation prize at the Congress on Bio-based Plastics and Composites. The competition seeks to encourage the development of new materials, along with suitable applications and markets for bio-based products. The competition is open to new materials within a specific product application that was introduced on the market in 2010/2011. To apply your innovation for the innovation award, please send us two DIN pages describing your product and its material along with a printable and digital graphic material. The description is intended to exhibit the innovative nature of the product, and should contain information about the biogenic fraction along with the proposed date of commercialization.
Deadline: 15.12.2010
Please contact: Lena Scholz (
Call for papers
If you would like to present new developments, processing methods or products at the Biowerkstoff-Kongress 2011 - International Congress on Bio-based Plastics and Composites, please send us an E-Mail with the title and abstract. Our committee of biomaterial experts, partners and sponsors, as well as staff from the nova Institut will select the presentations.
Deadline: 10.12.2010
Please contact: Lena Scholz (
Exhibition in parallel to the Congress
Use the extraordinary chance to present your company and your products at the congress with an exhibition stand! The exhibition is located in the lobby in front of the congress hall where the breaks will take place.
Don't hesitate to contact us for a quotation.
Please contact: Dominik Vogt (
Your Congress-Team
Michael Carus, Lena Scholz, Dominik Vogt
We would like to thank our Innovation Award sponsor: Coperion GmbH
and our congress-partner InfraServ GmbH & Co. Knapsack KG
our partners Stiftung Arbeit und Umwelt, European Industrial Hemp Association and kunststoffland NRW e.V. as well as our media partners plasticker, materialsgate and International Business Directory for Innovative Bio-based Plastics and Composites (iBIB 2011).

Lena Scholz | nova-Institut GmbH
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