Date: Tuesday 10 June 2014 - Wednesday 11 June 2014

Location: Dusseldorf

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ACI’s Biochemicals and Bioplastics 2014 will take place in Düsseldorf, Germany on 10-11th June 2014. This two day conference will bring together key industry stakeholders from across the entire value chain, from chemical companies to bio-based producers as well as consultants and financiers to discuss the current market opportunities, advances and trends. From investor perspectives to sustainability drivers, our conference will give a balanced and valuable insight into the industry and its key factors going forward in the drive towards commercialization.

Site Visit

Exclusive Site Visit to BASF's Plant in Ludwigshafen - Thursday 12th June 2014

On the 12th June 2014, as part of Biochemicals and Bioplastics 2014, conference attendees have the exciting opportunity to visit the biggest chemical complex in the world! Ten square kilometers of plant grounds, 33,000 employees, 2,000 kilometers of piping. BASF's plant on the banks of the Rhine in Ludwigshafen is BASF's largest production site worldwide. 

There is no extra charge to attend the site visit, but spaces are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis. Please register your attendance for the site visit when booking for the conference.

Site Visit Schedule:

- 07.30h – 08.00h: Registration for site visit at conference hotel in Dusseldorf

- 08.00h – 10:30h: Depart conference hotel in Dusseldorf for Ludwigshafen

- 10.30h – 11.00h: Welcome at visitor centre and safety and health briefing

- 11:00h – 12:30h: Guided tour through visitor centre

- 12:30h – 13:15h: Light lunch and refreshments

- 13:15h – 14:00h: Guided Plant tour with BASF Coaches through the entire premise - incl. one or two stops at specific plants or (e.g. ecovio-plant, technical service centre)

- 14:00h – 14:30h. Short Wrap-up and Farewell

- 14.30h – 17:10h: Depart Ludwigshafen for conference hotel in Dusseldorf

Key Topics


  • Market Opportunities: Growth & Innovation
  • The EU,  Policy & Effects on the Biobased Economy
  • Sustainability & Certification
  • Bridging the Gap Between Producers & End-Users
  • Investment: Overcoming Concerns of Banks and Investors
  • Case Studies: Different Uses of Bioplastics
  • Potential in the Lignin Market
  • Waste Biomass for Production of Chemicals

Confirmed Speakers Include

Dr Jacco van Haveren, Programme Manager Chemicals, WUR (Conference Chair)

Karlheinz Hausmann, Packaging and Industrial Polymers Leader, DuPont

Stefano Facco, New Business Development Director, Novamont SpA

Hugo Vuurens, Director Business Development PLA, Corbion

Michael Carus, CEO, nova-Institut GmbH

Patrice Perret, Global Manager - Market Development of Specialty Polyamides, Arkema

Dr. Thomas J Farmer, Senior Researcher, Clean Synthesis Technology Platform Leader, Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence

Dr. Gunnar Engelmann, Lignocellulose Department, Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research, IAP

Manfred Kircher, Chairman Advisory Board/ Senior Advisor, CLIB2021/KADIB

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

Luca Raffellini, Director, Financial and Business Services, Frost and Sullivan

Josko Bobanovic, Partner, Sofinnova Partners

Miriam Sahl, Product Manager, DIN CERTCO

Niels Langvad, CTO, Biomethodes

Ronan Rocle, Business Development Manager, Global Bioenergies

Katja Schneider, Project Manager, FNR

Edith Engelen, Advisor Biobased Economy, Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Richard Gosselink, DLO Researcher, WUR

Marcel van Berkel, Director Business Discovery, DSM Bio-based Products & Services B.V.

Call For Papers

John Boateng

Tel: +44 (0)20 3141 0624


Who Will Attend?

Leading chemical, biotechnology, engineering and process technology companies including: R&D and new technologies, business development, strategy and technical, consultants, financiers and investors, bio-based product developers, industry organisations, academia and end-users.

For further information or to register your attendance contact:

Claire Taylor-Payne

Tel: + 44 (0)20 3141 0601


Commercial & Sponsorship Opportunities

Maureen Ignacio

Tel: +44 (0)20 3141 0636




Conference Sponsors
Conference Venue

Renaissance Hotel
Noerdlicher Zubringer 6 North Rhine-Westphalia 40470
Düsseldorf, Germany


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