6th Biobased Chemicals and Plastics

19-22 Jun, 2017 - Bangkok, THAILAND

Schedule at a Glance

19 June 2017

20 June 2017

21 June 2017

22 June 2017

Main Conference Day 1

Main Conference Day 2

Main Conference Day 3

Site Visit

Biobased Chem Asia

Combined Sessions

Biobased Chem Asia


Bioplastics Markets

Bioplastics Markets

Total Corbion PLA plant


Bioplastics Markets




"Towards the Circular Economy in Asia’s Biobased
Chemicals and Plastics”

“Asia’s Competitive Edge in Feedstocks & Resources

“Thai government announced the launch of its ambitious bio-economy scheme, which it expects to draw Bt400 billion worth of investment from the private sector during the next 10 years.”  - Jan 2017, The Nation


“Global bioplastics production capacities continue to grow despite low oil price…Asia will further expand its role as major production hub. In 2021, more than 45% of bioplastics will be produced in Asia.” – Dec  2016, Bioplastics Magazine


Bio-economy is a global trend - the World Economic Forum estimates its value chain to witness investments of more than 200 billion euros by 2020. The worldwide biobased polymers capacity is expected to reach 3.6 million tons in 2021, nearly 52% of this volume will be installed in Asia. This equals an increase of installed capacities of 71% in the next five years.


Currently new developments in South-East Asia targeting the establishment of large scale bio-hubs, bio-clusters or bio-based polymer parks in Thailand and Malaysia. The implementation of biorefineries and bio-hubs in the region further strengthen its competitiveness including the following

  • Toray and Mitsui Sugar will carry out the demonstration project for an energy-saving cellulosic sugar production system using bagasse in Thailand.
  • Australian based Leaf Resources together with Leaf Development, its US-based joint development partner, has announced their development in Malaysia of at least one commercial-scale, second generation, bio-chemical production facility.
  • Global Green Chemical (GGC), a subsidiary of Thailand’s leading chemical manufacturer PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC), is reviewing a plan to set up a multi-billion-baht biochemical complex in Thailand.
  • CJ CheilJedang Corporation and BioAmber plan to establish a joint venture in China to produce up to 36,000 metric tons of bio-succinic acid annually and commercialize the output in Asia.
  • Energy firm Total and bio-based leaders Corbion are creating a 50/50 joint venture to produce and market polylactic (PLA) polymers with a capacity of 75,000 tons per year in Thailand.
  • Germany’s Thyssenkrupp is set to build new bioplastics commercial facility for Cofco in China.
  • Bio-On announces new multi-license maxi agreement worth 55 million euro to build new plants in Europe and Asia to produce up to 100 thousand tons per year of PHAs bioplastic.

Asia, with its abundant resources, and the active commitment of governments, presents a unique combination of all the attributes necessary to be a successful site for biochemical and bioplastics production. The two largest economies in Asia - India and China banned traditional plastic bags and moved towards biodegradable options. Enormous opportunities are present in the region.


Stay abreast of industry trends, and grow your professional network. This year’s key sessions includes:
  • Toyota Tsusho shares the latest bio-propylene market and supply/demand outlook
  • Reliance Industries spells out the chembio route to produce 1.3-butadiene from sugars
  • Consultant Nexant’s perspective on important projects and partnerships as well as Asian Investment 
  • Covestro Polymers showcases latest CO2-based Polyols building block production
  • India Glycols discusses Bio-MEG, a growth driver for Bio-PET segment
  • Thai Bioplastics Industry Association (TBIA) shares the implications of Thailand bioeconomy & bioplastics development
  • Pöyry Management Consulting Oy details the competitiveness of various feedstocks for biochemicals
  • Enviplast evaluates availability and prospects of cassava for bioplastics production 
  • Capricorn Venture Partners shed lights on strategies and sources to attract private equity for biobased projects
  • Latest market demand in India for bioplastics from Natur-Tec India
  • Total Corbion PLA shares insights on its China  PLA production as well as its Thai project 
  • Research findings and prospects from Kasetsart University on bamboo fiber-PP composites for auto and construction applications
  • Find out from Toyobo the 100% biobased gas barrier PEF polymer and PEF film
  • PTT MCC Biochem on their BioPBS drop-in polymer applications growth potential
  • JinHui ZhaoLong High Technology on latest PBAT trends and application in courier delivery
  • Total Corbion PLA BV Netherlands provides end of life options, packaging material, recycling   

Register NOW with your team to enjoy group discounts! Contact grace@cmtsp.com.sg for more information.


Site visit to Total Corbion PLA plant

22 June 2017 (0830 - 1630 hrs.)


0830 Depart from hotel to Total Corbion PLA plant
1100 Introduction
1200 Lunch
1300 Bus tour of the production area
1400 Depart back to hotel
1630 Arrive at hotel

Picture courtesy of Total Corbion PLA

Testimonials from 5th Biobased World 2016

“It is a good experience to be part of this conference” 

SCG Packaging


“Very exclusive and good in presentation”

Srithai Superware


“In 3 days, a great overview of biochemicals” 

PT Agra Bareksa Indonesia 

“Very nice knowledge gathering experience, and expanded my expertise and network in biobased chemical industry” Daesang Corp


“Very informative conference and good opportunity for networking” Starbucks


“Covered a wide spectrum of Biochemicals”

India Glycols

News Feed

Total and Corbion Join Hands for Bioplastics Venture

Posted on : 17 Apr, 2017


Total – a leading French energy company along with Corbion – a leader in the bio-based sector – have announced a 50/50 joint venture to produce and market polylactic (PLA) polymers.


The JV features a PLA polymerization plant with a capacity of 75,000 tons per year. It is expected to be built at Corbion's existing site in Thailand – which already has a lactide (PLA monomer) production unit and that will be integrated under the JV.


With operations slated to be launched in the 1st quarter of 2017, Corbion will be responsible for lactic acid supplies to the plant – a key raw material for the production of PLA and lactide.


Total and Corbion with this joint venture are eyeing to become a major player in the growing bioplastics market. Corbion already has a unique position in the lactic acid and biopolymers value chain and the company delivers high performance bio-based products made from renewable resources that caters  bakery, meat, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, home and personal care, packaging, automotive, coatings and adhesives markets. Total, on the other hand, is among the seven "Supermajor" oil companies in the world and is expanding into biofuels and bioplastics. According to Bernard Pinatel, President of Total Refining & Chemicals, “The joint venture will allow us to supply an innovative material that is 100% renewable and biodegradable and that responds to sustainability concerns.”


A bio-based, biodegradable polymer obtained by fermenting renewable resources such as sugar and /or starch to produce lactic acid, PLA claims to be the first renewable polymer that can compete with existing polymers. With numerous applications from food packaging, disposable tableware and textiles, as well as in industries such as oil and gas, electronics, automotive and 3D printing, PLA is a fast-growing polymer market segment with an estimated average annual growth rate of 10 to 15% to 2025.


To get first-hand perspective, join the Site Visit to Total Corbion PLA plant on 22 June 2017 organized as part of CMT ’s 6th Biobased Chemicals and Plastics scheduled on 19-22 June in Bangkok, Thailand.


For more information, email Ms. Grace at grace@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9147.



Big Push for Biochemicals and Bioplastics with Thailand’s 10 year Bio-economy scheme

Posted on : 06 Mar, 2017


The World Economic Forum estimates bio-economy and its value chain to witness investments of more than 200 billion euros (Bt7.5 trillion) by 2020.


Thailand government has announced the launch of its “bio-economy” scheme in January 2017 – whereby it expects to attract Bt400 billion worth of investment from the private sector – both domestic and foreign players – during the next decade.


The scheme is expected to follow phased investments over the course of 10 years – with phase 1 – 2017-2018 to usher in a total investment of Bt51 billion, the second phase (2019-2021) is expected to bring in Bt182 billion while the final phase (2022 to 2026) to attract total investment of Bt132 billion.


The scheme hopes to attract both domestic and foreign bio-industry players to invest in Thailand and help create high-value products using the country’s economic crops. Sugarcane and tapioca are some of initial crops to be used in the bio-economy. Players such as PTT are already investing in the bio-economy. Its subsidiary PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) is working on Polylactic Acid (PLA) production plant project. PBS and PLA, key raw materials for biodegradable plastics, can be produced from sugar or cassava, which are abundant in Thailand. Some of the bio-economy projects (part of the first-phase) are expected to come up in Rayong, where there are already some refining facilities.


The government has also prioritized investments in the bio-economy projects in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) with a total of Bt1.5 trillion over the next 10 years.


With the bio-economy scheme, Thailand’s sugarcane industry is supposed to gain extra value of Bt300 billion annually while the tapioca industry is to benefit from an extra value of Bt100 billion by the end of 10 years. The scheme is also expected to increase farmers’ incomes by Bt75,000 per person per year in the next decade.


The scheme aims to focus on projects such as ethanol, biomass power, bio-plastics, biochemicals, and biopharmaceuticals.


More about Thailand’s bio-economy at CMT ’s 6th Biobased World - Chemicals and Plastics on 19-22 June, 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.


For more information, email Ms. Grace at grace@cmtp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9147.


Read more:

'Bio-economy' to draw Bt400 bn

Thai energy major PTT to invest $1.83b over next 5yrs

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Chemical & Polymer Producers | Biofuel Producers | Biobased Chemical & Bioplastic Producers | Agricultural Companies | Sugar, Starch & Oilseed Processors | Oils & Fats Suppliers | Biomass Suppliers & Traders | Composting, Recycling & Waste Management Co | Converters, Processors & Machinery Suppliers | Governmental Bodies, Policy Makers & Influencers | Cleantech / Biotechnology Venture Capital & Private Equity Co | Financial Institutions | Technology Platform Developers | Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) Co | Chemical Storage and Logistic Co | Catalyst Suppliers | Enzyme Suppliers | Leading Research Centers | Analysts & Consultants | End-use companies from: Home & Personal Care, Packaging, Automotive, Adhesive, Solvent, Printing Ink, Lubricant, Paints & Coatings

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Speaker Profile

Dr. Asmuwahyu Saptoraharjo
Technical Consultant, Enviplast
Availability and Prospects of Cassava for Bioplastics Production
Day 2 [Tue 20, June], at 11:15 AM

Dr. Asmuwahyu Saptoraharjo  graduated as a Ph D on Analytical Organic Chemistry from Universite Louis Pasteur  Strasbourg French in 1985, He has over thirty  years of experience in the Indonesian plastics industry as a manager and advisor.  His position now is a technical advisor
in  developping Bioplastic at PT Inter Aneka Lestari Kimia, a plastic compo....
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Ms. Babette Pettersen
Chief Business Development Officer, Capricorn Venture Partners n.v.
Strategies and Sources to Attract Private Equity for Bio-Based Projects
Day 2 [Tue 20, June], at 11:45 AM

Babette is Chief Business Development Officer at Capricorn Venture Partners. 

Before joining Capricorn, Babette was the Chief Commercial Officer for BioAmber Inc., a market leader in bio-based succinic acid and a pioneer in renewable chemicals. Prior to BioAmber, Babette led new business development for Performance Materials at Royal DSM, before which....
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Dr. Suteera Witayakran
Researcher, Kasetsart University
Prospects of Bamboo Fiber-PP Composites for Automotive & Construction Applications
Day 3 [Wed 21, June], at 09:10 AM

Suteera Witayakran is currently a researcher at Kasetsart Agricultural and Agro-Industrial Product Improvement Institute, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand. She graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA with Ph.D. Read more

Mr. Fabien Resweber
VP, Sales & Marketing, PTT MCC Biochem Co., Ltd
BioPBS Drop in Polymer Applications Growth Potential
Day 3 [Wed 21, June], at 11:10 AM

Fabien Resweber has chemical engineer degree from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier, France in 2001.

He has now worked for plastic industry for more than 15years, in different businesses : masterbatch (PolyOne), compounding (Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation) and now bioplastic neat polymer, and had different positions, starting from R&D and technical....
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