Due to the Corona pandemic, the 6th PLA World Congress was held strictly virtual on 07-08 October 2020.
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 was held on the 07th and 08th of October 2020 in form of a webinar.
(Programme was modified, in order to accomodate for the time zones of the speakers - status: October 5th))
See Programme with time-schedule in YOUR TIMEZONE
You can now download the handbook with all speraker biographies, abstracts and more ... . Handbook
Wednesday, October 07, 2020
|08:30-08:45||Michael Thielen, Polymedia||Welcome remarks|
|08:45-09:15||Michael Carus, nova-Institut||PLA from Renewable Carbon|
|09:15-09:40||Francois de Bie, Total-Corbion PLA||Luminy PLA in the circular economy: comparing and understanding the right end-of-life options.|
|09:40-10:05||Jae Yeon Park, SK Innovation||Low pH Lactic acid production using novel acid-resistant Yeast|
|10:05-10:30||José Àngel Ramos, ADBioplastics||PLA-Premium: broadening the PLA applications|
|11:10-11:35||Gerald Schennink, Wageningen UR||Latest achievements in PLA processing|
|11:35-12:00||Zsolt Bodnár, Filamania||Composite PLA Filament for 3D Printing|
|12:00-12:25||Lien Van der Schueren, Bio4Self (Centexbel, Tecnaro, Fraunhofe)||BIO4SELF - Biobased self-reinforced composites enabled by high stiffness PLA yarns|
|13:45-14:10||Udo Mühlbauer, Uhde Inventa-Fischer||Uhde Inventa-Fischer’s Technology for Recycling of PLA|
|14:10-14:35||Amar K. Mohanty, University of Guelph||PLA-based blends and their Green Composites supporting Circular Economy for Improved Sustainability|
|14:35-15:00||Maarten van der Zee, Wageningen UR||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|
|16:00-16:25||Clementine Arnault , Carbiolice||Latest advances with EVANESTO® at industrial scale|
|16:25-16.50||Bill Horner, Single Use Solutions||Every Bottle Back|
|16:50-17:00||Coffee and Bio-break|
|17:00||Michael Thielen||Closing remarks first day|
Thursday, October 08, 2020
|08:50-09:00||Michael Thielen, Polymedia||Welcome remarks|
|09:00-09:25||Carsten Niermann, FKuR||Modifying PLA for two component injection molding applications|
|09:25-09:50||Miguel Angel Valera, AIMPLAS||New developments based on PLA for sustainable packaging (BIOnTOP & PERCAL projects|
|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 and Bio-break|
|11:20-11:45||Benjamin Rodriguez , Fraunhofer IAP||Making PLA suitable for flexible film applications|
|11:45-12:10||Luana Ladu, TU Berlin||Integrated sustainability assessment framework for PLA|
|12:10-12:35||Daniel Ganz, Sukano||Maximize PLA performance and diversify end applications|
|13:50-14:15||Ramanai Narayan, Michigan State University||Understanding the unique stereochemistry of PolyLactide (PLA) polymers and its implications on performance properties|
|14:15-14:40||David Grewell, North Dakota State University||Welding of PLA|
|14:40-15:05||Tom Bowden, Sidaplax||Latest development in PLA films (t.b.c.)|
|15:05-15:30||Manjusri Misra , University of Guelph||Recent Developments of PLA in Durable Applications|
|15:40||Michael Thielen||Closing remarks|
Subject to changes. Visit this site regularly to be up-to date.
The newly rising number of COVID-19 infections as well as travel restrictions in many countries have forced us to move our physical event – the 6th PLA World Congress scheduled to take place in Munich, Germany in October – online.
Rather than hosting the conference in Munich, we are inviting you to attend our event virtually. We are organising the conference with a slightly modified agenda, designed to be delivered digitally and taking into account the different time zones of the speakers.
ZOOM is likely to be the virtual conference platform chosen. The format will include live Q&A sessions, using a chat function.
All the presentations will be recorded and available for convenient watching ‘on demand’ for a full week after the event. The speakers will then respond to all questions via e-mail in a timely manner.
Obviously, attending a live-streamed virtual conference offers a different kind of experience than a full in-person event. We understand that. But we’re going to innovate this year, and we need your support.
We’ve adjusted the price of the conference, from €899.00 to €499.00.
We are very excited to welcome you to the first-ever virtual PLA World Congress, 7-8 October. We think the format opens up exciting new perspectives and opportunities - and we are looking forward to your participation and to connecting with you.
Of course, a physical conference offers the best networking opportunities.
However, since this is not possible this year, we try the Whova App to offer some networking opportunities.
In your web-browser you can access whova via this link:https://whova.com/portal/webapp/pwc_202010/
We are as sad as you are that the "Bavarian Night" in a famous Munich Beerhouse will be postponed to May 2022.
Then we'll again enjoy Bavarian beer and food specialties.
Below you can see videoclips of other conferences we organized in the past