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The Re-Invention of Plastics: 3-Day Conference Covering Biomass, GHG, Recycling; Disrupting Petroleum as Feedstock | Newark, USA - May 12th-14th, 2020

Dublin, Nov. 01, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Plastics Beyond Petroleum: Biomass, GHG, Recycling; Disrupting Petroleum as Feedstock" conference has been added to's offering.

Welcome to the publisher's 29th conference, and its 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.

Re-Shaping of Polymers/Plastics industry has already begun; join us to witness the future!


May 12 (Tuesday) 2020

Sustainable Durable Plastics from Biobased/Recycled Feedstock

7:00 AM-1:00 PM Registration

1:00 PM-2:00 PM Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • State-of-the-Plastics Industry Today & Trends Re-Shaping Tomorrow
  • 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
  • Dr. Yash Khanna, President, InnoPlast Solutions, USA

2:00-2:30 Green Ethylene Platform based on Sugar Cane:

  • Polyethylene, Ethylene VinylAcetate Copolymer and MEG for Polyesters
  • Business/Technology Update and Brand-Owner Partnerships
  • Daniel MacEachran, Head, Open Innovation-Renewable Materials, Braskem, USA

2:30-3:00 TurfCushionTM; a Sustainable Product Composed of Recycled PE and Green PE

  • John Karr, President, ProdTek, USA
  • Commercial-Scale Production of Bio-Based Polyethylene and Polypropylene: Technology Update
  • Value-Chain: Resin Manufacturer to Brand-Owners Partnerships

3:00-3:30 Coffee & Networking

3:30-4:00 Commercial Availability of Recycled PolyOlefins alongside Virgin Resins:

  • Driven by Growing Customer Demand
  • Process Mapping for Recycling

4:00-4:30 Recycled PolyOlefins from Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) Waste:

  • Technology/Commercial Update
  • Ocean-Bound HDPE Recycled for Food-Contact Packaging
  • Demand vs Supply: Present & Future
  • Tamsin Ettefagh, VP-Sales & Procurement, Envision Plastics, USA

4:30-5:00 Virgin-Like Polypropylene from Recycled PP Products:

  • Technology Licensing
  • Other Initiatives on Recycling
  • Dr. John Layman, R&D Section Head-Founder of PureCycle Technology, P&G, USA

5:00-7:00 Cocktail Reception & Networking

7:00-10:30 Networking Dinner by New York City Waters & Skyline

May 13 (Wednesday) 2020

Sustainable Durable Plastics from Biobased/Recycled Feedstock

7:30-8:30 AM Breakfast & Networking

8:30-9:00 PLA; a Biodegradable as well as Durable Plastic:

  • Technology Update
  • Brand-Owner Partnerships: Fibers/Films/Container Applications
  • Lang Phommahaxay, Business Development Manager-NA, Total-Corbion, USA

9:00-9:30 PHA; a Niche Plastic for Non-Recyclable Packaging Structures:

  • Technology Update
  • Growing Brand-Owner Partnerships
  • Phil Van Trump, CTO, Danimer Scientific, USA

9:30-10:00 Title to be announced

  • Dr. Arash Kiani, CEO, Alterra Holdings, USA

10:00-10:30 Coffee & Networking

10:30-11:00 Furanic Building Block for PEF Polyester:

  • Technology & Commercialization update
  • Dr. Daniel Slanac, R&D Manager-Biomaterials, DuPont, USA

11:00-11:30 Renewable Biomass to FDCA and MEG Building Blocks for PEF:

  • Update on Path to Commercialization
  • Prof. Dr. Gert-Jan Gruter, CTO, Avantium, the Netherlands

11:30-12:00 Emerging Trends in PET Recycling: Demand > Supply; Executive Summary

  • Rationale & Strategy for Beverage Packaging Materials:
  • Partial Replacement of PET-Plastic with Aluminum
  • Partial Replacement of Virgin-PET with Recycled PET
  • Dr. Yash Khanna, InnoPlast Solutions, USA

12:00-1:30 Lunch & Networking

1:30-2:00 Advances in Mechanical Recycling of PET Waste:

  • Decontamination of Impurities (Polymeric & Organics) for FDA Clearance
  • Meeting IV Targets via LSP Technology
  • Customer Feedback
  • Peter Schneider, General Manager, NGR, USA

2:00-2:30 Chemical Recycling of Hard-to-Recycle PET Waste:

  • Technology Update and Path Forward
  • Dr. Robert Allen, Distinguished Research Staff Member, IBM, USA

2:30-3:00 Development of Circular Production Processes:

  • Chemical Recycling of Mixed Polyesters-to-Building Blocks-to-Virgin Polyesters
  • Mixed Plastics-to-SynGas-to-Acetate Building Block for Treva Engineered Bioplastic
  • Holli Alexander, Strategic Initiatives Manager-Global Sustn, Eastman Chemical, USA

3:00-3:30 Coffee & Networking

3:30-4:00 Trees-to-Plastics; the Opportunity

  • Dr. Murray McLaughlin, Advisor Bioproducts, Forest Products Innovations, Canada

4:00-4:30 New Developments in Lignin based Plastics

  • Dr. Terence Cooper, CEO, ARGO International, USA/UK

4:30-5:00 Corn as an Industrial Feedstock: Myths Re-Visited

  • Availability after Foodstuff Usage
  • Technology Driven Productivity Boost
  • Life Cycle Analysis; Reduced C-Footprint
  • Building Blocks for Plastics
  • Rodney Willliamson, Director-Res & Bus Develop, Iowa Corn Promotion Board, USA

May 14 (Thursday) 2020

Sustainable Durable Plastics from Biobased/Recycled Feedstock

7:30-8:30 AM Breakfast & Networking

8:30-9:00 New Approaches Towards Sustainable Plastics:

  • Dr. Tuulamari Helaja, VP, VTT Technical Center, Finland

9:00-9:30 Title TBA

  • Dr. Arash Kiani, CEO, Alterra Holdings, USA

9:30-10:00 Title TBA

  • Dr. Arash Kiani, CEO, Alterra Holdings, USA

10:00-10:30 Coffee & Networking

10:30-11:00 Title TBA

  • Dr. Arash Kiani, CEO, Alterra Holdings, USA

11:00-11:30 Fossil-Free Chemical Additives: Latest Developments

  • Dr. Steven Henning, Director-Global Res & Bus Develop, Total Cray Valley, USA

11:30-12:00 TBA

12:00-1:00 Lunch & Networking

Advances in Recycling

1:00-1:30 Recycling of Post-Consumer Windshields & Architectural Building Plastic-Laminated Glass:

  • Commercial Process to Separate Glass from PolyVinyl Butyral (PVB)
  • Industrial Applications of Recycled PVB with Lower C-Footprint vs Virgin Resin
  • Dr. Jens Holmegaard, Managing Director & CEO, Shark Solutions, Denmark

1:30-2:00 PolyUsableTM - How Chemical Recycling Will Make 'Single Use Plastic' a Footnote in Human History

  • Jon Timbers, Director-Innovation & Sustainability, Regenyx; a JV of Americas Styrenics and Agilyx, USA

2:00-4:00 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

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