Symposium 2022

The 9th Circular Biobased Performance Materials Symposium was held in Wageningen (Hotel De Wereld), the Netherlands, on Thursday 16 June 2022. The event was organized by Wageningen Food & Biobased Research.

This edition focused on the topic ‘From biorefineries to biobased Chemicals and Materials’ a presentation of Edwin Hamoen. At this symposium, we looked also closely at the latest market trends and developments. Chairman of the Symposium was Jan Noordegraaf who was also being given a keynote presentation on 'an impartial monetary comparison for true cost of most used oil-based and bio-based polymers'.

Key industry players from the entire value chain, ranging from agrifood to materials processing companies, end application producers and users, reflected on their R&D strategies by giving presentations and by discussions after the presentations.

See the programme below, or download the slides of the presentations in the right.

09.00–09:25 Reception and Registration
09.25 – 09.35 Welcome & Opening of the symposium by Dr. ir. Sjoukje Heimovaara, Managing Director Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group
09.40 – 10.10 “Quo Vadis polymer cost”: an impartial monetary comparison for true cost of most used oil-based and bio-based polymers - Jan Noordegraaf
10.10 – 10.30 The future of biorefineries - Edwin Hamoen (WUR)
Session 1 Biobased sources for new chemicals and materials
10.45 – 11.10 Sugar as renewable feedstock - Rahul Dagwar (Cosun Beet Company)
11.10 – 11.35 Active storage as a way to produce fermentable sugars all year round - Johan van Groenestijn (WUR)
11.35 – 12.00 New developments on PEF and Avantium’s flagship factory - Ed de Jong (Avantium)
12.00 – 12.25 Vegetable oils as feedstock for the chemical industry - Rolf Blaauw (WUR)
Session 2 Renewables and consumer products
13.45 – 14.10 Unilever Clean Future - Sarah Hosking
14.10 – 14.35 Contributing to closing the loop: the challenges of MMCF to textiles - Martina Opietnik (Lenzing Group)
14.35 – 15.00 Innovations in plant based materials - Martijn Kruisweg (Plantics)
15.00 – 15.25 Issues in the recycling of various waste streams - Karin Molenveld (WUR)

Session 3 Circularity of products
15.40 – 16.05 Developments with regard to sustainable packaging based on paper - Jan Troelstra (Vaassen Flexibel Packaging)
16.05 – 16.30 Backcasting of circular Materials - Wouter Post (WUR)
16.30 – 16.45 Closing remarks
16.45 – 18.00 Drinks and networking opportunities
16.45 – ... Opportunity to visit Wageningen Food and Biobased Research facilities