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12 Expert Insights from Day Two of World Bio Markets 2019.

“To successfully build a plant you need partners who help with timing, financing, infrastructure and clear standards.”

We are just about all done here at World Bio Markets in Amsterdam and what a couple of days it has been. Global leaders from across the bioeconomy industry all explaining, debating and presenting the latest bio-based chemicals and product and brand developments in our speaker sessions, and plenty of networking.  A lot of delegates came seeking to learn answers as to how the sector could take the next step to commercialisation, and the informative sessions offered them solutions to their questions. The conference also gave delegates the chance to talk to many well-informed people across the bio-based sector, getting their inputs on how the market was developing and their views on how it is likely to progress in the future. Yesterday, we offered 15 Expert Insights from Day One and today we have another twelve from some of the many experts in attendance here today.

“It still feels like a technology-push versus market-pull, fighting long established ways of doing things. We see digital as the great equaliser,” said Dr. Duane Priddy, Global Vice President at SpecialChem.

“The challenges of climate changes are nearly irreversible. We need to do something now, we can’t wait for the assets to be built, we need to work with what we have and this why drop-ins are essential,” said Lars Boerger, Head of Product Marketing at Neste.

“For Michelin we look at partnering up rather than going alone, as it offers cost sharing, speed and greater confidence. We were very secretive, we’ve not become more open and collaborative,” said Christophe Durand, Bio-Sourced Materials at Chemicals & Specialities Business Development Manager at Michelin.

“To develop bio-based products, we take a step-wise approach to duly identify crucial stages. This ensures scale up that is really what it takes, secures process integration and a proper learning curve,” said Jorge Martinez Gacio, Biofuels & Biochemicals Technologist at Axens.

“To successfully build a plant you need partners who help with timing, financing, infrastructure and clear standards,” said Manuela Falempin, Business Development Manager at Metabolic Explorer.

“Saying you want to go fossil-free then comparing the cost of biomaterials with fossil-based is schizophrenic,” said Lars Boerger, Head of Product Marketing at Neste.

“Starting in 2021 Chemopolis’ first biorefinery will sustainably convert Indian bamboo into fuel ethanol, bio-chemicals and green power,” said Dr. Juha Antilla, Vice President Technology at Chemopolis.

“We’ve launched a demo programme with a consortium in Europe,” said Emily Glenn, business development director at Arbiom.

“We make fatty acids from organic residues,” said Niels Van Stralen, director and co-founder at ChainCraft.

“If you want to develop your bioprocesses you need a number of skills to master to bring your product to the market,” said Cedric Klumpp, new business development manager for white biotechnology at Lonza.

“Assessing a bio project is not only technical. You also have to look at the regulatory aspect, IP, and value proposition,” added Cedric Klumpp, new business development manager for white biotechnology at Lonza.

“Our cows spend 280 days on grass,” said Bill Morrissey, procurement manager at Glanbia.

“We are aiming to commission our biorefinery by 2021,” added Bill Morrissey, procurement manager at Glanbia.


To find out more about the first day, please click here.

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