Ground-Breaking BioPlastek 2012 Program Announced

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The BioPlastek 2012 Forum, schedule for March 28-30 in Arlington, Virginia, USA, offers a unique, ground-breaking program that explores the entire bioplastics value chain. Featured will be several new sessions not covered at competing events: Consumer & Brand Owner Attitudes Towards Bioplastics; Economic Comparisons of Petro-Derived Versus Bio-based Plastics; Opportunities in Flexible Packaging; Strategies for Transition to Drop-in Bioplastics; and Is Building & Construction a Viable Opportunity for Bioplastics?

BioPlastek examines the entire bioplastic value chain covering consumer attitudes, comparative economics, chemistry, and emerging market opportunities.

The long-anticipated BioPlastek 2012 Forum program is here and it’s unlike any other, anywhere. It builds on the successful business model devoted to the entire bioplastic value chain, first demonstrated at the inaugural Forum in New York last June. The organizers concluded that if the forum concept is to retain its uniqueness and leadership, it must continue to innovate. The new program promises to deliver.

The BioPlastek 2012 Forum on Bioplastics: Today and Tomorrow will take place on March 28-30 at the Westin Arlington Gateway in Arlington, Virginia, USA (Washington, DC area).

Featured will be several new sessions on topics not covered in competitive events. The entire program is now available at: Following are details on the new sessions to debut at the BioPlastek 2012 Forum:

Consumer and Brand Owner Attitudes Towards Bioplastics

Since new product development almost always focuses on the needs and wants of consumers and brand owners/OEMs, this is appropriately the lead-off session. This compelling “not-to-be-missed” session will feature results from recently completed studies from leading consumer market research and branding organizations. Among the key questions to be explored is whether bioplastics resonate with consumers and are they willing to pay a premium for biobased plastic products.

Economic Comparison of Petro-Derived Versus Bio-based Plastics

Many claims have been made by producers of bio-based building block chemicals and bio-based plastics that the latter have, or will have, a cost advantage over their petro counterparts. How valid are these claims? In this session qualified consultants will present objective analyses of selected petro versus bio-based drop-in plastics. Enhancing the value will be the assumptions used in these analyses, including the cost of biomass.    

Strategies for Transition to Drop-in Bioplastics

The Forum also tackles the thorny issues relating to how the transition from petro-derived to plant-based building block chemicals and plastics will take place in the case of “drop-ins.” For example, will there by separate supply chains for bio-versions? Opinions differ as to which strategy offers the better balance of environmental and commercial benefits.

Large Opportunities Offered in Flexible Packaging

Opportunities for bioplastics in the enormous global flexible packaging have been largely neglected at other conferences. Because many flexible packaging converters and film producers have programs aimed at petro-derived material replacement, the BioPlastek 2012 Forum will devote an entire session to this potentially large opportunity.

Is Building & Construction a Viable Opportunity?

The “B & C” industry’s large size and comments made by a number of brand owners suggest that it may, indeed, present a viable opportunity long term. At the Forum, attendees will hear first-hand from major players specifically where the most promising opportunities may exist and what it might take to penetrate those segments.

These highlights only scratch the surface of what awaits attendees who register for this thoroughly unique forum on bioplastics. Register today to stay ahead of the learning curve in the new dynamic bioplastics industry. Updated program, hotel, exhibit, sponsorship and registration information is available at


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