Bioplastics on brink of revolution, says trade association chairman

21 May 2013 11:06  [Source: ICIS news]

Plastics are main derivatives for olefinsLONDON (ICIS)--The bioplastics industry is set for a revolution in terms of the awareness of it and the use of its products, the new chairman of the European Bioplastics trade association said on Tuesday.

Francois de Bie said: “Bioplastics will help make this world a more sustainable place for now and for our future generations. In our society many consumers, brand owners and converters are not yet aware of the benefits of bioplastics.

"In the coming years, European Bioplastics will focus on changing this. Today we are at the brink of the bioplastics revolution and a lot of work still needs to be done.”

As well as electing de Bie, of the Purac company, as its new chairman, European Bioplastics elected a new board for the coming two years, comprising two vice-chairpersons – Mariagiovanna Vetere (NatureWorks) and Stefano Facco (Novamont) – and board members Jurgen Keck (BASF), Peter Brunk (Biotec), Rainer Schweda (Braskem) and Johnny Pallot (Roquette).           

With an annual growth rate of more than 20%, the bioplastics industry is developing dynamically in a number of application fields, according to European Bioplastics.

Bioplastic materials and products are found in the packaging sector, in the toys and textile industry, in automotive and consumer electronic applications and in agriculture and horticulture, the Berlin-based trade association added.

By: Will Conroy
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