The 7th International Conference on Bio-based Materials 2014 will take place in Cologne from the 8th to the 10th April and it aims to provide major players from the European bio-based chemicals, plastics and composite industries with an opportunity to present and discuss their latest developments and strategies.
Representatives of political bodies and associations will engage in the debate alongside leading companies. For the first time, the conference will count a third day especially dedicated to science and start-ups to get them in touch with investors and industry. One highlight of the conference will be the presentation of the first running European biorefineries and the state-of-art of Industrial Biotechnology. For registration, please click here.
Moreover, for the seventh year running, the Innovation Award "Bio-based Material of the Year" will be granted to a young, innovative bio-based chemicals and materials industry for finding suitable applications and markets for bio-based products. The competition focuses on new developments in these areas, which have had (or will have) a market launch in 2013 and 2014.
Industrial biotechnology, also known as white biotechnology, uses enzymes and micro-organisms to make efficient and sustainable products in sectors as diverse as chemicals, plastics, food and feed, detergents, paper and pulp, textiles or bioenergy.
Industrial biotechnology can provide great benefits for resource and energy efficiency. Enzymes can work in mild conditions and they speed up reactions, improving the efficiency of processing raw materials. It can also significantly improve the environmental and economic performance of chemicals production. This can lead to lower materials inputs, fewer by-products and wastes and lower energy use.