Symposium 2019

The 8th Circular and Biobased Performance Symposium was held in Wageningen, the Netherlands, on Wednesday 19 June 2019. Key industry players from the entire value chain, ranging from waste, agrifood to polymer processing companies, end application producers and users, reflected on their R&D strategies. In this edition, special attention was given to the use of performance materials from biobased residual side streams and post-consumer waste.

In the opening session, the symposium chairmen Jan Noordegraaf and CBPM director Christiaan Bolck shared their view on the market developments and the research agenda for Circular and/or Biobased performance materials. From industry, companies like Cosun, Sabic, Covestro and Total Corbion PLA reflected on the development and creation of new circular and biobased polymers. From a user perspective, toy manufacturer BiOBUDDi informed the audience about the (technical) challenges they encounter in product development. From the waste to material perspective, waste processor Renewi, the Dutch organisation responsible for recycling of post-consumer packaging (Nedvang), and Wageningen FBR showed challenges and accomplishments they have made in converting post-consumer waste into new materials and products.

See the programme below, or download the slides of the presentations and information on speakers.

09.00 Reception and Registration
09.30 Welcome & Opening of the symposium
Jan Noordegraaf, Innograaf B.V., Chairman of the symposium
09.45 Circularity of renewable materials
Christiaan Bolck, director CBPM
Session: Using biobased sources for new chemicals and materials
10.00 Processing underutilised low value sugarbeet pulp into value added products
Ad de Laat, Cosun Innovation
10.25 Coffee/tea break
10.55 High performance polymers based on isoidide
Rutger Knoop, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research
11.20 Alternative Raw Materials in a Circular Economy
Verena Goldbach, Covestro
11.45 Lignin use in bio-asphalt
Richard Gosselink, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research
12.10 Lunch break
Session: Using post-consumer waste for new materials
13.30 Clean cellulose from diapers
Hanneke Agterhuis, Renewi
13.55 Closing the loop for post-consumer packaging waste
Joris van der Meulen, Nedvang
14.20 Refining of post-use materials
Edwin Keijsers, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research
14.45 Coffee and tea break
Session: Applying biobased polymers for new products
15.15 Biobased toys
Steven van Bommel, BioBuddi
15.40 Sustainability initiatives within SABIC with examples of use of bio-based materials for polyolefins
Jérôme Vachon, SABIC
16.05 PLA in mechanical and chemical recycling
Vladislav Jašo, Total Corbion PLA

16.30 Closing remarks
16.40 - 17.45 Networking drinks