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Manufacturers Can Learn to ‘Green up’ Product Lines at Midwest Biopolymers and Biocomposites Workshop

4/26/2010

AMES, Iowa – Iowa plastics manufacturers can learn how to “green up” their product lines during the Midwest Biopolymers and Biocomposites Workshop, May 11 at Iowa State University. Conference information and registration are available online at www.biocom.iastate.edu/workshop; the registration fee is $125 per person.

“Companies are looking at how to improve their environmental performance,” according to Steve Devlin, with ISU Extension’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS). Devlin is an industrial specialist who coordinates the USDA Biobased Product Certification initiative for CIRAS.

Biopolymers and biocomposites have the potential to integrate a wide range of feedstocks, from corn to coconut fibers, into the production of plastics, Devlin said. This workshop will focus on formulations, processing, product design, manufacturing and other topics related to developing and using biobased materials.

Manufacturers will have the opportunity to interact with Iowa State faculty engaged in biopolymer and biocomposite research, and learn about new developments and potential for the future, Devlin said. In addition, companies will be able to connect with existing resources and research facilities that can have direct application to their bottom line.

The Midwest Biopolymers and Biocomposites Workshop is sponsored by the Center for Crops Utilization Research, Biopolymers and Biocomposites Research Team, Bioeconomy Initiative, Institute for Physical Research and Technology, CIRAS and Iowa Department of Economic Development.

For more information about the conference, call 515-294-1646 or visit www.biocom.iastate.edu/workshop. To learn how CIRAS can help Iowa companies identify biobased opportunities, contact Devlin at 641-613-3298 or sdevlin@iastate.edu.

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Contacts :
Steve Devlin, Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS), 641-613-3298, sdevlin@iastate.edu
Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, 515-294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu