BioPolymer Processing & Moulding. Congress and exhibition

The BIOPOLYMERS – Processing & Moulding congress is one of the most important trade gatherings of 2O18, particularly for those injection moulders, plastics processors, material developers and users focusing increasingly on sustainable products (or who plan to do so), because it will be geared around issues of pressing importance to experts. These will be discussed in the entrepreneurs’ own language.

When: 19.– 2O. Juni 2O18

Where: Halle Messe, Messestraße 1O · O6116 Halle (Saale)


Since 2O13, the number of biopolymers sold worldwide has been growing three to five times faster than overall plastic production.

Experts predict bio-based and/or biodegradable plastics to grow by 1O percent a year over the next five years. With practical, first-hand expertise, the BIOPOLYMERS – Processing & Moulding congress and its accompanying exhibition illustrate the resulting challenges faced by injection moulders, processes and users, and how they can best utilise the associated opportunities.

An overview of the presentation topics

New Materials

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High potential biobased and biodegradable injection moulding
materials: Biesterfeld Plastic, a leading distributor of technical
plastics, will be teaming up with Nurel to present “INZEA”:
PLA polylactic acid. Mitsubishi Chemical Performance Polymers
(MCPP) will be exhibiting its at ambient temperatures compostable
BioPBS, while Kaneka, will be analysing developments on the
biodegradable polymers market using the example of PHBH™.

Material development

An APP enabling plastics processors to enter their desired biopolymer
properties and obtain a customised composition? That is precisely
the aim of the DigiLab project, which the Fraunhofer Institute for
Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS will be presenting
in greater detail at the congress.

Compounding and colouring

Experts from Granula AG will be illustrating the special aspects
which need to be taken into account when colouring biopolymers
compared to conventional plastics. Swiss-based Omya, one of the
world’s leading mineral material suppliers, provides insights into the
use of calcium carbonate in biopolymers, while FKuR will be using
its own product range to prove that bio-compounds are the first
choice for both non-durable and durable goods.

Processing technology

Does the use of biopolymers require any technical precautions
on injection moulding machinery? KraussMaffei Technologies’
presentation will concisely answer that important question.
Exipnos will be showcasing a particularly gentle way of
processing biopolymers: Its DCIM direct processing technology
combines compounding and injection moulding into one process,
minimising mechanical and thermal stresses on materials, and
avoiding the need for expensive pre-drying.

Material testing

Can a biopolymer’s properties be reliably reproduced and guaranteed
for the long term? Using the example of polylactic acid, experts from
the Leipzig Plastics Centre KuZ will show how application-based
tests can provide answers to this and other quality-related questions.

Raw material production

Uhde Inventa-Fischer, a subsidiary of thyssenkrupp Industrial
Solutions, will be presenting its PLAneo© process designed to
manufacture various types of PLA. Heppe Medical Chitosan
will explain how high-purity polymers can be created out of crustacean
shells for use in medicine, pharmacy and industry, and will
encourage lateral thinkers to participate in joint workshops. The
Fraunhofer Centre for Chemical-Biotechnical Processes CBP
will describe new ways of fermenting carboxylic acids to produce