USA – The 5th edition of the Innovation Takes Root (ITR) conference will see global companies from the entire bioplastic value chain coming together to learn more about the latest developments in new products, applications, processing and converting, amidst a broader global perspective of social trends and policy initiatives.
Organised by major bioplastics manufacturer NatureWorks LLC, the three-day event will be held March 30 – April 1, 2016, at the Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando, Florida.
This year marks the fifth ITR conference, which began in 2008 and is held biennially. This conference is designed to share the latest innovations occurring in a host of different markets, which include 3D printing, food serviceware, single serve beverage capsules, flexible and rigid packaging, and personal care products. The conference anchors material and product innovations within the broader context of societal, environmental, and market trends.
Featuring global brands, leading academics, and non-governmental organizations, the plenary sessions will present the overall bioeconomy and sustainability context for the conference.
Plenary speakers include Ikea, describing the company’s vision for sustainable materials innovation – “Circular Ikea.” Meanwhile the Director of Duke University’s Center for Sustainability & Commerce will place bioplastics in the broader context of the USA’s $369 billion bioeconomy. A representative from World Wildlife Fund’s Bioplastics Feedstock Alliance will describe the NGO’s partnership with brand owners on responsible applications of bioplastics and how these practices positively impact the environment.
The best-selling author of “Outthink the Competition,” Fast Company blogger, and business strategist Kaihan Krippendorff sets the tone for the conference in an opening keynote addressing how companies can succeed by unlocking innovation and seizing opportunities others ignore.
In addition, market focused sessions will be held, including in-depth discussion on topics such as Single serve beverage delivery systems; New developments in NatureWorks’ Ingeo flexible packaging; Advancements in dairy, dessert and chilled snack packaging; Food serviceware; New horizons for Ingeo in 3D printing; and Ingeo fibers and nonwovens advancements.
Three four-hour workshops will be offered on Wednesday, March 30. Two are technical in nature, covering the theory and practice of delivering heat resistance and practical approaches to impact modification. The third workshop, Progressing the Ingeo Journey, offers an in-depth look at Ingeo feedstock diversification, feedstock sustainability and certification, relevant regional and global regulations, strategies and pilots for increasing Ingeo post-consumer and post-industrial recovery, and the latest Ingeo life cycle assessment.
“ITR is an ideal opportunity to discover new solutions, network with the full spectrum of plastics industry subject matter experts, and learn more about the impact of key market, social, and environmental trends,” said Jim Nangeroni, Ph.D., Program Co-Chair.
At the 2014 ITR, there were 197 companies represented. Attendees came from 27 countries, and there were 30 exhibitors.
For more information on the conference, visit the Innovation Takes Root website here.