Applied Polymer Innovations BV, Netherlands
Title: The development of commercial high-end applications of biopolymers
Biography: Bas Krins
Applied polymer innovations BV (API) is an commercial research institute with lab and pilot plant facilities dedicated to the development of high-end applications of polymers. It has an extensive know-how with respect to the use of biopolymers. Apart from contract-research, API is working together with investors on the development of start-ups. In 2015, the first start-up is realized: Innofil3D BV, a company producing monofilaments for 3D-printing from PLA and other polymers. At the moment, other start-ups are being prepared. One start-up will produce compostable twines for the cultivations of tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. Another start-up will produce biodegradable trimmer lines. These and other examples will be shown in order to illucidate the fact that biopolymers do offer a lot of commercially attractive opportunities for new applications.