PLA is one of the bioplastics with the largest market significance. The versatile bioplastics raw material is made almost completely from renewable resources. It is being used for packaging applications, for fibres in woven and non-woven applications. Even the automotive industry and consumer electronics are already applying PLA. Blending PLA with other bioplastics or other blend-partners as well as mixing it with natural fibres such as flax, hemp or kenaf broadens the range of applications even more.
That‘s why bioplastics MAGAZINE is now organizing the 6th PLA World Congress.
Experts from all involved fields will share their knowledge and contribute to a comprehensive overview of today‘s opportunities and challenges and discuss the possibilities, limitations and future prospects of PLA for all kind of applications.
The 2 full-day-conference will be held on the 19th and 20th of May 2020 in Munich, Germany.
(will be updated regularly)
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
|08:30-08:45||Michael Thielen, Polymedia Publisher||Welcome Remarks|
|08:45-09:15||Michael Carus, nova-Instutit||PLA from Renewable Carbon|
|09:15-09:40||Amar K. Mohanty, University of Guelph||PLA-based blends and their Green Composites supporting Circular Economy for Improved Sustainability|
|09:40-10:05||José Àngel Ramos, ADBioplastics||PLA-Premium: broadening the PLA applications|
|10:05-10:30||Jae Yeon Park, SK Innovation||Low pH Lactic acid production using novel acid-resistant Yeast|
|10:30-10:45||Q & A|
|10:45-11:10||Coffe & Networking Break|
|11:10-11:35||Gerald Schennink, Wageningen UR||Latest achievements in PLA processing|
|11:35-12:00||Zsolt Bodnár, Filamania||Composite PLA Philament für 3D Printing|
|12:00-12:25||Lien Van der Schueren, Bio4Self (Centexbel, Tecnaro, Fraunhofer)||BIO4SELF - Biobased self-reinforced composites enabled by high stiffness PLA yarns|
|12:25-12:40||Q & A|
|12:40-13:45||Lunch & Networking Break|
|13:45-14:10||Udo Mühlbauer, Uhde Inventa-Fischer||Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s Technology for Recycling of PLA|
|14:10-14:35||Francois de Bie, Total-Corbion PLA||Advancing mechanical and chemical recycling of PLA - introducing a new concept!|
|14:35-15:00||Erwin Vink, NatureWorks||The results and interpretation of a Dutch Composting Study; the next step in Organic Recycling|
|15:00-15:25||Tanja Fell, Fraunhofer IVV||Design for recycling of PLA packaging materials - Evaluation examples and recycling processes of packaging materials|
|15:25-15:40||Q & A|
|15:40-16:00||Coffe & Networking Break|
|16:00-16:25||Clementine Arnault , Carbiolice||Latest advances with EVANESTO® at industrial scale|
|16:25-16.50||Luana Ladu, TU Berlin||Integrated sustainability assessment framework for PLA|
|16:50-17:00||Coffee & Networking Break|
|17:00-17:30||Panel Discussion||PLA - Global supply challenges|
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
|08:50-09:00||Michael Thielen, Polymedia Publisher||Welcome Remarks|
|09:00-09:25||Carsten Niermann, FKuR||Modifying PLA for two component injection molding applications|
|09:25-09:50||Manjusri Misra , University of Guelph||Recent Developments of PLA in Durable Applications|
|09:50-10:15||Nopadol Suanprasert, Global Biopolymers||PLA PROSPECT FOR GEOTEXTILES – THAILAND’s EXPERIENCE|
|10:15-10:40||Johannes Ganster, Fraunhofer IAP||Utilizing PLA's unique properties - new splints for bone fractures|
|10:55-11:20||Coffee & Networking Break|
|11:20-11:45||Eli Lancry, Tipa||How does PLA contribute to compostable packaging?|
|11:45-12:10||Bill Horner, Single Use Solutions||Every Bottle Back|
|12:10-12:35||Daniel Ganz, Sukano||Blow Moulding of PLA (t.b.c.)|
|12:35-13:00||Miguel Angel Valera, AIMPLAS||New developments based on PLA for sustainable packaging (BIOnTOP & PERCAL projects|
|13:15-14:15||Lunch & Networking Break|
|14:15-14:40||Ramanai Narayan, Michigan State University||Understanding the unique stereochemistry of PolyLactide (PLA) polymers and its implications on performance properties|
|14:40-15:05||David Grewell, North Dakota State University||Welding of PLA|
|15:05-15:30||Benjamin Rodriguez, Fraunhofer IAP||Making PLA suitable for flexible film applications|
|15:30-15:55||Tom Bowden, Sidaplax||Latest development in PLA films (t.b.c.)|
|16:05-16:10||Michael Thielen, Polymedia Publisher||Closing remarks|
Subject to changes. Visit this site regularly to be up-to date.
Holiday Inn Munich City Centre
The 6th PLA World Congress is being held in the Holiday Inn Munich City Centre
The Holiday Inn City Centre has reserved a contingent of discounted hotel rooms for the 6th PLA World) Congress. Please use the following link and the group-code YDP to book your room:
You can also use the code YDP when booking via one of Holiday Inn's international toll free phone numbers (e.g. 00800 80 800 800)
How to get to the Holiday Inn City Centre
Arrival by plane
Munich Airport "Franz-Josef-Strauss" (MUC)
Distance: 40 KM / 24.86 MI South West to Hotel
Taxi Charge (one way): 65,00 EUR - Time by taxi: 45 min
Train Charge (one way): 10.80 EUR) - Time by train: 35 min
Take the S8 and get out at "Rosenheimer Platz" station. Follow the signs to the hotel Holiday Inn Munich - City Centre and use the exit "Hochstrasse/Gasteig". At the very end of the arcade, some stairs and an elevator lead directly to the hotel lobby.
Arrival by train
Station Name: Muenchen Hauptbahnhof (Central Station)
Distance: 4 KM / 2.49 MI East to Hotel
Every S-Bahn in the direction Ostbahnhof. Exit at "Rosenheimer Platz" and follow the Holiday Inn Munich - City Centre signs
Subway Station Name: Rosenheimer Platz
Distance: 0.1 KM / 0.06 MI
same building complex
Arrival by car
from airport: take A92 to Eching and follow the signs to Munich on A9. At the end of the highway follow signs "Stadtmitte" to Mittlerer Ring Ost. Take exit "Tucherpark" and follow Ifflandstrasse (2 km). Take a left over the Ludwigsbrücke (bridge) to the other side of the river Isar. At the second lights take a right into Rosenheimer Strasse. At the next lights take a right into Hochstrasse. The hotel is on your left.
Plan your own route using Google Maps
bioplastics MAGAZINE invites all PLA World Congress delegates to a "Bavarian Night" in a famous Munich Beerhouse.
On Tuesday May 19, 2020 we'll enjoy Bavarian beer and food specialties.
(Of course vegetarian food and non-alcoholic beverages as well as wine will be available too)
Below you can see videoclips of other conferences we organized in the past