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INFO: Bio-based Building Blocks & Polymers: 12th Bio-based Materials Conference, Cologne

12th International Conference on Bio-based Materials

15 – 16 May 2019, Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany

++ We expect a record number of participants in 2019 with more than 200 participants and 30 exhibitors ++

The topics this year is "Evolution of the Bioeconomy: Survival of the Fittest? Learning from Success“. Despite the harsh environment, a few innovative companies find markets for their new bio-based building blocks, chemicals and polymers. We will introduce you to the technology leaders our planet needs for a sustainable future. This year in close cooperation with CLIB we expect more than 200 participants and 30 exhibitors, mainly from industry.
The session "Bio-based Building Blocks & Polymers" is one of the most crucial sessions of the entire conference. Participants will learn the latest capacity and production data for all commercially produced bio-based polymers as well as for the most important bio-based building blocks. And about future trends. Leading companies will present their success stories. Where does the bioeconomy fly despite low oil prices and weak political support? We have invited the market leaders who are indispensable for a sustainable world.


Bio-based Building Blocks & Polymers

Doris de Guzman
Tecnon OrbiChem (UK/US)
Bio-Based Building Blocks: 2019 Commercialisation Updates

Pia Skoczinski & Raj Chinthapalli
nova-Institut (DE)
Latest Market Data on Bio-Based Polymers
Stephan Roest
Corbion (NL)
Corbion’s Biocatalytic Pathway to FDCA for PEF Bioplastic
David Sudolsky
Anellotech (US)
Commercialising Cost-Competitive, Renewable Aromatics for Bio-Based Chemicals and Fuels
Willemijn Witteveen
Avantium (NL)
The Opportunity of Sustainable Materials
 Milica Folic
Haldor Topsøe (DK)
Bio-Based MEG: First Learnings and Results from the MOSAIK™ Demonstration Plant
Irene Cristina Latorre Martinez
Covestro (DE)
Sustainability at Covestro Makes the World a Brighter Place: Using Bio-Based Feedstocks to Achieve New Material Properties


The preliminary programme is available here.



Call for papers & posters

You are welcome to present your latest products, technologies or developments. Hand in your application here as soon as possible. Want to present a poster? Hand in your application here please.

Call for innovations

For the 12th year in a row, the Innovation Award "Bio-based Material of the Year" will be granted to the young, innovative bio-based chemicals and materials industry for finding suitable applications and markets for bio-based products. The focus of the award is on new developments within these areas, which had been launched in 2018 or will be launched in 2019. Producers and inventors of innovative bio-based materials are invited to hand in their application.

Deadline for submission: Producers and inventors of innovative bio-based materials are invited to hand in their application by end of February 2019.


Exhibition and sponsoring opportunities

The fee of a booth (6 qm) is 500 EUR (excl. 19% VAT). We provide you a table, table cloths, a pin board, a chair and a power connection. You are welcome to use your own booth system. After booking your booth please submit Mr. Dominik Vogt  a printable logo and a company profile.

Many thanks to

All sponsoring opportunities are available for download here.

Your nova-Conference Team