6th Biobased Chemicals and Plastics,

19-22 Jun, 2017 - Bangkok, THAILAND

Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit

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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 (0700 - 1815 hrs.)



Picture courtesy of Total Corbion PLA


PLA is made from the monomer Lactide, which in turn is made from lactic acid, Corbion’s core product. Total-Corbion is modifying the existing Lactide plant in Rayong to make the full range of PLA grade polymers. Secondly a PLA polymerization plant is being added to the production train so Total-Corbion can also supply PLA polymers to the market by 2018. The capacity of the PLA polymerization is 75.000 Mton per year. Finally Total-Corbion also install a PLA development plant with a capacity of 1.000 Ton per year for process optimization and product development. This development plant will be operational in 2017.


In total Total-Corbion invests about $100 million, on top of earlier investments in the Lactide plant, to make Thailand the second producer in the World of PLA biopolymers.


0700 Depart from hotel to Total Corbion PLA plant
1100 Introduction
1200 Bus tour of the production area
1300 Lunch
1400 Depart back to hotel
1700 Drop off at Suvarnabhumi Airport
1815 Arrive at hotel

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

Industry News


Cellulosic Biomass Technology Co.(CBT) is a joint venture between Toray Industries and Mitsui Sugar. Headquartered in Bangkok, CBT will manufacture cellulosic sugar – a raw material that is used in the production of various biochemical products. Cellulosic sugar is produced from the surplus bagasse generated by sugar mills.  


Thailand is one of the leading sugarcane producers in the world and the largest sugar exporter in Asia. Thailand is also one of the key advocates of biomass-based businesses, as well as research and technology development and it is an ideal location for pursuing the demonstration project of CBT. 


Toray and Mitsui Sugar will carry out the demonstration project for an energy-saving cellulosic-sugar production system. The project will use bagasse available in Thailand under the International Energy Conservation Technology and System Demonstration Project of New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). The pilot project is expected to process 15 tons of bagasse per day (dry weight) to produce about 4.2 tons of cellulosic sugar. The processing will include pretreatment, enzymatic saccharification, and membrane separation and it combines Toray’s water-treatment membrane and advanced biotechnologies.


Cellulosic sugar is used as a raw material to produce several biochemical products such as ethanol, lactic acid and succinic acid. The plant in Bangkok will also manufacture polyphenol and oligosaccharides, which can be made into livestock feed, using the same raw material and process.


Toray holds a 67% interest in CBT while the remaining 33% is held by Mitsui Sugar.


More about biochemical feedstock at 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.



05 Jun, 2017


China is a leading market for bioplastics. Recent expansions in bioplastics production in the country include Germany-based thyssenkrupp setting up a commercial bioplastics polylactide (PLA) production facility in Changchun, China.


Using thyssenkrupp’s PLAneo technology, the facility is being developed for Cofco that supplies agri-products with a wide range of foodstuffs. The  PLAneo technology will convert lactic acid into PLA – that can be transferred to large-scale plants with capacities of up to 300 tons per day.


The new plant will have an approximately 10,000 tons of PLA per year and is slated to be operational in Q1 of 2018.


Used to produce packaging materials, films and engineering plastics, PLA is produced from lactic acid – which in turn is derived from bio-based and bio-degradable resources such as sugar, starch or cellulose.


In another new investment in China’s bioplastics market – Compounder China XD Plastics Co. is building a 300,000 metric tons of bioplastics as well as 3-D printing materials facility in Nanchong, Sichuan province. The company has already signed the agreement for the same.


The project is expected to be completed in October 2018.


Compounder China XD Plastics Co. has plans to invest 2.2 billion yuan ($316 million) to build 50 production lines of bio-based compound materials and another 300 million yuan ($43 million) into four production lines of FDM (fused deposition modeling) filaments as well as one production line of SLS (selective laser sintering) powder.


The biobased compound materials will cater to food packaging, engineering, and light-weighting applications.


The company already has a 300,000-metric-ton compounding plant at the same site.


More about China’s bioplastics market will be discussed at 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.


Read more:

Germany’s thyssenkrupp to build bioplastic production facility in China

China XD to invest 2.2 billion yuan in bioplastics project


15 May, 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.



17 Apr, 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

06 Mar, 2017