Free registration opens for Compounding World Expo

Free online visitor registration has opened for this year’s biggest European com- pounding exhibition and its three co-located plastics shows covering extrusion, recycling and testing. Organised by Compounding

World publisher AMI, the Compounding World Expo, Plastics Extrusion World Expo, Plastics Recycling World Expo and Polymer Testing World Expo all take place at Messe Essen in Germany on 3-4 June 2020. By registering in advance, visitors will gain free admission to all four exhibitions, featuring more than 300 international suppliers, plus free entry to five focused conference theatres hosting technical presentations, educational seminars and debates. “The event will provide visitors with

a great opportunity to meet and compare suppliers from around the world, as well as giving them the chance to learn from business leaders and technical experts in the confer- ence sessions,” said Rita Andrews, Head of Exhibitions at AMI. The expos will feature a wide array

of leading manufacturers of com- pounding, extrusion, recycling, testing

The exhibitor line-up

The Compounding World Expo’s free conferences are expected to prove popular again in 2020

and analysis equipment, plus suppliers of a huge variety of polymers, addi- tives and related services. The conference theatres will feature

more than 100 expert speakers over the two days, including influential representatives from leading com- pounders, extruders and recyclers, plus exclusive market presentations from AMI’s consultants and editors. “Our debut compounding and

recycling exhibitions in Essen, Ger- many attracted 184 exhibitors and 4,024 visitors in 2018,” said Andy Beevers, AMI’s Events Director. “We are confident that our next Essen event in 2020 will build on this success with the addition of two new focused exhibi- tions and many more exhibitors.”

already includes a large range of international companies such as Azo, BASF, Biesterfeld, Borealis, Bühler, Buss, Cabot, Clariant, Coperion, Dynisco, Erema, Evonik, ExxonMobil, Farrel Pomini, Fraunhofer, Frontier Lab, Gabriel Chemie, Gneuss, IMCD, JSW, Konica Minolta, KraussMaffei Extrusion, Maag, Mixaco, Mitsui, Montello, Motan Colortronic, NGR,

Nordson, Norner, Omya, Solvay, Starlinger, Veolia and more than 200 additional leading suppliers. The limited number of remaining booths are being filled on a daily basis. To find out more about exhibiting at any of the expos, visit https://www. Essen is readily accessible by car and public transport from major industrial hubs in Germany, Benelux, France and beyond. In addition, it is just 20 minutes’ drive from Düsseldorf airport. Making the same journey by S-bahn and U-bahn trains takes under 60 minutes. To secure your free ticket, which is valid for both days of the event, visit:

Challenging times for bioplastic firm Bio-On

The officially-appointed Judi- cial Director dealing with troubled Italian bioplastics producer Bio-On announced the appointment of Ricarado Casoni as General Manager. He is charged with steering the company through its current difficulties. The move follows a search and seizure of documents at the Bologna-headquartered


company on 24 October by the Italian financial authori- ties over financial irregulari- ties. These are alleged to include booking of false revenues and fictional licensing agreements. The investigation led to Bio-On founder and President of the Board of Directors Marco Astorri being placed under house


arrest in October and the removal of Vice President Guido Cicognani and Board of Auditors Chairman Gianfranco Capodaglio from their posts. In November, it was announced that the company, which produces bioplastics based on polyhydroxyal- kanoates (PHA), would suspend all payments to

employees, suppliers and credit institutions. According to Reuters,

Italian prosecutors opened their investigation into potential market manipula- tion back in July after allegations of accounting regularities were made by US financial group Quintes- sential Capital Management. �


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