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Starts on Thursday 22 September 2016

This workshop is organized in conjunction with Empack Trade Fair in Brussels. This Fair brings together supply & demand of the packaging industry and offers a unique networking opportunity.

The workshop consists of a Bio-based packaging seminar and a bio-based plaza for thematic networking and B2B purposes.
The seminar will give an overview of current developments in the field of bio-based packaging for food and non-food with speakers from knowledge institutes as well as industry (from Belgium, The Netherlands and Italy). It covers technical issues, as well as sustainability issues and recycling/biodegradation. The SuperBIO project will be presented as a tool to stimulate innovations within SMEs in this area. In addition, a debate will highlight the gaps, needs and barriers of bio-based packaging.
The Bio-based plaza is a networking area within the the exhibition zone reserved for companies and/or knowledge institutes active in biobased packaging, innovations or materials. Companies from Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany are represented. It will offer the opportunity to network with the SuperBIO project through face-to-face meetings. SuperBIO offers an exclusive reception at the plaza after the seminar.

When: 22th of September 2016, 10h30-17h

Where: Brussels, Belgium, Brussels Expo, Hall 6&9, Belgiëplein 1, 1020 Brussels. This workshop is in conjunction with the Empack Trade Fair (21-22 Sep).

Registration: Registration for the seminar, access to the Empack trade fair and the bio-based plaza are free of charge! Registration is mandatory. Click here to subscribe.

Organizers: Ghent Bio-economy Valley (GBEV), Industrial Cluster organisation in the bio-economy and coordinator of the SuperBIO H2020 Project, together with Belgian BioPackagingPack4Food and Packaging Technology Centre of University of Hasselt. SuperBIO is an innovation project supported through the Horizon2020 funding program of the European Commission. The € 3.8 million project is committed to build new, innovative, cross-border and cross-sectorial value chains in the bio-based economy that have the potential to disrupt existing value chains in the fossil oil based economy. The workshops are intended to spark new ideas to be submitted to the SuperBIO project. The SuperBIO consortium includes 10 organisations from six different countries.



10h30-10h50 Life cycle approach for bio-based plastics (In Dutch)

Karin Van Doorsselaer (UAntwerpen, BE)

 10h50-11h10 Technical potential of bio-based plastics (In Dutch)

Karin Molenveld (Wageningen UR, NL)

 11h10-11h30 Use of bio-based plastics to increase shelf life of food products (In Dutch)

Peter Ragaert (Pack4Food, BE)

11h30-11h50 Bioplastics: optimalisation of material characteristics with nanotechnology (In Dutch)

Roos Peeters (Packaging Technology Centre, BE)

11h50-12h10 End-of-life of bio-based packaging (In Dutch)

Bruno De Wilde (OWS Ghent, BE)

12h10-13h lunch 

13h-13h20 Mater-Bi: recent developments on renewable materials from biorefineries (In English)

Alberto Castellanza (Novamont, Italy)

13h20-13h40 Added-value of certification for bio-based packaging (In Dutch)

Petra Michiels (Vinçotte, BE)

13h40-14h  Challenges and opportunities of bio-based packaging for producers and waste handlers (In Dutch)

Bart De Keyser (Sidaplax, BE)

14h-14h20 Potential of bio-based plastics in flexible packaging (In Dutch)

Gert-Jan Baardwijk (Oerlemans Plastics)

14h20-14h40The packaging of the future is fully renewable (In Dutch)

Frank Vandewal (Tetrapak)

14h40-14h50 SuperBIO: supporting innovation in the biobased packaging area

Stefan Ruyters

14h50-15h35 Panel debate discussing gaps, needs and barriers (In Dutch)

Moderator: Dirk Draulans

15h35-17h Networking reception at bio-based plaza offered by SuperBIO