PHA platform World Congress 2020/21

30.03.2021 bis 31.03.2021

Ort: Köln (Maternushaus)

2nd PHA platform World Congress 2020…from Embryonic to Early Growth

PHA (Poly-Hydroxy-Alkanoates or polyhydroxy fatty acids) is a family of biobased polyesters. As in many mammals, including humans, that hold energy reserves in the form of body fat there are also bacteria that hold intracellular reserves of polyhydroxy alkanoates. Here the micro-organisms store a particularly high level of energy reserves (up to 80% of their own body weight) for when their sources of nutrition become scarce. Examples for such Polyhydroxyalkanoates are PHB, PHV, PHBV, PHBH and many more. That’s why we speak about the PHA platform.

This PHA-platform is made up of a large variety of bioplastics raw materials made from many different renewable resources. Depending on the type of PHA, they can be used for applications in films and rigid packaging, biomedical applications, automotive, consumer electronics, appliances, toys, glues, adhesives, paints, coatings, fibers for woven and non-woven andPHA products inks. So PHAs cover a broad range of properties and applications.

That’s why bioplastics MAGAZINE and Jan Ravenstijn are now organizing the 2nd PHA-platform World Congress on 30-31 March  2021 in Cologne / Germany. This congress continues the great success of the 1st PHA platform World Congress and the PHA-day at the Bioplastics Business Breakfast @ K 2019. We will again offer a special "Basics"-Workshop in the day before (Mar 29) - if there are sufficient registrations...

The congress will address the progress, challenges and market opportunities for the formation of this new polymer platform in the world. Every step in the value chain will be addressed. Raw materials, polymer manufacturing, compounding, polymer processing, applications, opportunities and end-of-life options will be discussed by parties active in each of these areas. Progress in underlying technology challenges will also be addressed.

Disappointingly, the Coronavirus pandemic has forced us to revise our plans for the 2nd PHA platform World Congress, initially scheduled for September 2020. The event will not be cancelled. Instead, we have decided to postpone the Congress until 2021 - and meanwhile, for this year, to add a virtual component. In September, we plan to host a webinar on the latest developments around PHA, including capacity expansions, investment opportunities, application developments, legislation and an update on GO!PHA’s programmes and progress.

So be sure to mark the following dates your calendar:

• September 2nd 2020, we invite you to join us online for a 4-6 hour webinar, for presentations and updates on capacity expansions, legislation and application developments. More details will be available at a later date.
• March 30th and 31st 2021 are the new dates for the 2nd PHA-platform World Congress. The venue is the Maternus Haus in Cologne, Germany.
• The PHA-platform Workshop will be moved to March 29th 2021. The venue is the same as for the congress.

Delegates of the 2nd PHA-platform World Congress (March 2021, Cologne) can participate at the September 2020 webinar free of charge. Participation in the webinar only will be available to a special reduced price.

Veranstalter:Polymedia Publisher GmbH, coorganised by GO!PHA