Date: Wednesday 19 June 2013 - Thursday 20 June 2013

Location: Frankfurt, Germany

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Biorenewable chemicals are chemicals derived from bio-based feedstocks, which are renewable since they can be seasonally cultivated and exploited, as corn, sugar cane, wheat and cellulose. In most cases, prior to conversion to chemicals, the original biomass raw material will be converted into form, which can be more easily converted into chemicals as sugar, starch or plant oil.

The major feedstock for biorenewable industry is sugar, deriving mainly from sugar cane and other type of biomass, which could provide an alternative to the traditional petrochemical feedstocks that are currently driving the polymer industry.

The evolution of the chemical industry to convert bio-based feedstocks is already making inroads, due to irreversible global drivers of the chemical industry:

  • Growing concern about carbon footprint and sustainability
  • Recent high volatility in energy and other commodities prices
  • Some of the world’s largest packaging companies may accelerate this trend as they set new standards and initiatives for “Green” renewable materials

The world’s bigger players in the chemical industry are seeking new feedstocks and products from renewable sources as a potential solution for dependence on petroleum, such as bio-based PE, PP, Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), as they have a favourable GHG balance compared to fossil fuels and petrochemicals.

Responding to these economics and market drivers, some of the world`s largest chemical producers are investing in projects to more profitably manufacture biochemicals instead of biofuels. The new environment has created an exciting tipping point in strategic partnering, investment, and construction that is driving rapid growth in renewable chemicals commercialization. Projected growth rates for biorenewable chemicals are significantly above conventionally sourced chemicals and thus the high industry interest.

The fossil chemical industry will maintain its dominance, though global market drivers provide solid platform for significant growth of biorenewable industry.

Key Topics                    

  • Impact of Biorenewable Chemicals on Chemical Industry in the Next Decade
  • Global Market Drivers and Restraints of Biorenewable Chemical Industry
  • Which Are the Most Promising Market Segments and Potential Growth Rates of Biorenewable Industry?
  • Bio-Based Feedstock Opportunities & Biomass Process Innovations
  • Addressing the Latest Technological Advancements in Biorenewable Chemical Industry
  • Investor Perspective of Biorenewable Chemicals

Confirmed Speakers

Dr. Adriano Viana Ensinas, Scientist, École Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne EPFL

Al Costa, Chief Executive Officer, Alkol

Dr. Andreas Kohl, Project Leader, Clariant

Bernd Feuerriegel, Sales Director Industrial Biotech, Novasep Process S.A.S.

Dr. Brian Balmer, Industry Principal, Frost & Sullivan

Dr. Carmen G. Boeriu, Senior Scientist, Biocatalsysis for Fine and Bulk Chemicals, WUR

Dr. Carsten Sinkel, Advanced Materials & Systems Research - Biopolymers, BASF 

Christian Schulz, Scientific Research, Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites

David Douay, Business Manager EMEA, Ineos Bio

Frank Ernst, Product Manager NATIVIA, Taghleef Industries GmbH

Dr. Gareth Probert, Partner, Potter Clarkson LLP

Dr. Jacco Van Haveren, Programme Manager Chemicals, IEA Bioenergy

Dr. John Williams, Head of Materials for Energy & Industry, NNFCC

Lukas Willhauck, Sales Manager, DIN CERTCO GmbH

Maximilian Erb, Investment Manager, NRW Bank Equity Investments

Dr. Melanie Williams, Regional Director for EMEA, Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB)

Michael Mang, Business Manager, Myriant

Patrick Zimmermann, Director Marketing & Sales, FKuR Kunststoff GmbH

Rocio Garcia Encinas, Project Control, Abengoa Bioenergy

Stefano Facco, Director New Business Development, Novamont SpA

Dr. Tom Beardslee, Vice President of Research & Development, Verdezyne Inc.


ACI’s niche and targeted meetings offer the perfect opportunity to discover the latest industry updates and to discuss your own challenges and solutions with your peers through an interactive and informative 2 day programme. You will:

  • Hear an outstanding line-up of the industry’s leading biochemical professionals dicuss tried & tested techniques
  • Understanding what the competition is doing;
  • Network informally with a relatively small, niche group of senior-level decision makers;
  • Discuss the latest challenges and developments in this rapidly growing sector;

Who should attend?

The event will attract biotech players and conventional chemical companies currently producing biorenewable chemicals and interested in latest advancements of biorenewable production routes or seeking sector growth analysis. The biotech players tend to focus on shorter processes that convert bio-based feedstocks or intermediates into targeted chemicals. The conventional chemical industry players are replacing fossil chemicals with bio-based alternatives to reduce carbon emission and/or diversify feedstock to mitigate the volatile commodity prices.

The conference will be of interest to traditional chemical producers those seeking to move into the world of renewables, as well as those who may be looking for alternative uses of renewable resources or conversion technologies. 

“Biochemicals & Bioplastics 2013” will be valuable to anyone who needs a comprehensive overview of progress in the biochemical industry and what are the latest technological advancements and which Biorenewable market segment are the most promising in the next 10 years.

Call for Papers

If you would like to be considered as a speaker for the event with a 30-45 minute presentation, please submit an abstract for consideration to:

Tamas Joo

Tel: +44 (0)20 3141 0643


For further information or to register your attendance contact

Mohammad Ahsan

Tel: +44 (0)20 7981 2503


Commercial or Sponsorship opportunities

Companies can gain direct access to our senior level audience and have an increased level of visibility through branding and networking at the conference. For information on available sponsorship and commercial opportunities, please contact:

Maureen Ignacio

Tel: +44 (0)20 7981 2508


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Confirmed Conference Venue

Le Meridien Parkhotel Frankfurt,

WiesenHuttenplatz 28-38, 60329 Frankfurt, Germany


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