The 5th annual conference hosted by the European Bioplastics trade group gave a warm welcome to about 365 attendees who traveled to chilly Düsseldorf, Germany to learn the latest on these materials. Most of the presentations today (Dec. 1) focused on material developments, with some of these quite upstream from plastics processors as they highlighted new feedstock material developments, while many were in processors’ sweet spot of masterbatches, compounds, and additives.
The event’s organizers did not have an accurate count yet as to the number of attendees but a PlasticsToday reporter attending the event noted few empty chairs and reckons about 400 were in attendance. Compared to last year’s event it appeared the number of visitors from Asia had fallen, but some of that may have been due to flight cancellations in Germany due to recent snowfall and ice. Still, the first questions at the event came from a Dutchman, an American, and a gentleman from India, proof of the continuing international interest in these materials. ...