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Innovation Takes Root brings together a unique group of thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and inventors working on the next generation of advanced materials. If your product or service can benefit them, ITR is the perfect place to get visibility.

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2018 Event Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

A. Schulman, Inc. is a leading international supplier of high-performance plastic compounds, composites and resins headquartered in Akron, Ohio.

Since 1928, the Company has been providing innovative solutions to meet its customers' demanding requirements. The Company's customers span a wide range of markets such as packaging, mobility, building & construction, electronics & electrical, agriculture, personal care & hygiene, sports, leisure & home, custom services and others. The Company employs approximately 5,200 people and has 54 manufacturing facilities globally. A. Schulman reported net sales of approximately $2.5 billion for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2017. Additional information about A. Schulman can be found at aschulman.com

Gold Sponsors

Anhui Hengxin Environmental Protection and New Material Co., Ltd



Jamplast Inc. is the leading distributor in North America for Bio Based Polymers. We have been an authorized distributor for Natureworks since 2005. In addition to Ingeo based polymers we offer specialty compounds that are bio based. We stock most grades of Ingeo and offer same day shipping.

Michelman is an innovator in the development of barrier and functional coatings, as well as digital printing press primers that are used in the production of consumer and industrial packaging and paper products, labels, and commercially printed materials. Their solutions are environmentally friendly and are 100% re-pulpable and recyclable. Michelman.com

Wi-Fi Sponsor

 Meal Sponsors

Sukano develops and produces innovative additive masterbatches for enhancing the performance of biopolymers. Founded in 1988 in Switzerland, Sukano has a global distribution network and manufacturing facilities in Europe, USA and Malaysia. Sukano has been providing specialized solutions to PLA processors since 2005. sukano.com

"EVLON" Manufactured by BI-AX International Inc.
EVLON is a crystal-clear film produced from NatureWorks Ingeo and manufactured by BI-AX International Inc. EVLON can be used in many packaging applications - either plain or printed and laminated, for horizontal and vertical packaging machines. After use, EVLON products can be industrially composted.

Fabri-Kal is a leading provider of foodservice and custom thermoformed packaging solutions. Our customer base includes foodservice operators and consumer product manufacturers. We specialize in a variety of materials. Greenware® is our premium line of foodservice disposables made entirely from plants. We proudly manufacture our products in the USA. fabri-kal.com 

Established in 1978, KING YUAN FU (KYF) has been known as a specialized & experienced factory for thermoforming. With many years’ experience, we’ve served our products to several domestic food processors in Taiwan and sold our products to more than 30 countries and enjoy the good reputation worldwide. With the passion for innovation, we’ve awarded many patents in many countries.

Silver Sponsors

Anqing Lush Paper Industry Co.,Ltd
Lush Packaging is a specialized manufacturer of compostable disposable products(cups,containers,etc). Our compostable paperboard and foodservice items are certified by Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) to meet the ASTM standards for compostability.

Innovation, efficiency, quality excellence, style and design that have always characterized Milan and Italy: they are the founding values of Mitaly’s philosophy, trademark owned by a diversified industrial group on the market since 50 years in the household appliance, automotive, electrical civil and medical industry. Thanks to consolidated know how in the R&D and in the manufacturing of electromechanical and plastic systems, we can design and produce high quality machines and technologically advanced capsules intended for the Coffee & Beverage sector. mitaly.eu/en

Natur-Tec is a specialty compounder and formulator of biobased and compostable bioplastics.

Founded in 2002, the Vigour Group is one of the leading full line disposable paper and plastic packaging manufacturers in Taiwan. Eatery Essentials is its U.S. subsidiary. Vigour Plastic’s world-class operations produce various cups and two-piece and hinged containers using mainly PET, RPET and PLA. We work closely with end-users in various industry segments – qsr, airlines, c-stores, supermarket/grocery, food processors, lodging, entertainment and more. vigourpack.com

Founded in 1987, V-IN industrial Corp., was a specialized drinking straw manufacturer, we are focused on producing customized Eco-Friendly Compostable PLA straws. As a manufacturer we are very responsible for what we do and what we sell. With this in mind, quality is our top priority, we do our best to meet the customers’ requirement and satisfaction. www.vin-straw.com.tw

Minima Technology was founded in 2000 by Dr. Chien-Ming Huang PhD, CEO. Minima has over 30 international patents for certified 100% compostable bio-plastic compounds for extrusion, paper coating, thermoforming, blown and injection molding applications and finished products sold to manufacturers for major private labels.

Networking Sponsors

CMT Materials is the acknowledged leader in the design and development of syntactic foams for use as plug-assist materials. The innovative HYTAC® family of products has been designed specifically for the thermoforming industry.  Plug assist technology allows plastics processors to reduce starting gauge, reduce cycle times and improve material distribution. For more information, visit www.cmtmaterials.com

Bank of America Merrill Lynch 

BMO Harris Bank 
From structuring a loan to managing your cash flow, you need a full range of financial solutions to meet your business' unique demands. Our relationship managers work on teams dedicated to serving specific industries, so you can be confident that you’re working with a partner that brings the knowledge and insights you need to help your business succeed. To learn more about how we can help, visit bmoharris.com/vision. Banking products and services are provided by BMO Harris Bank and are subject to bank and credit approval. BMO Harris Bank® is a trade name used by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. www.bmoharrisbank.com/commercial

BewiSynbra, the European Market leader in particle foam, produces BioFoam® (E-PLA) and high melt-strength PLA for in-line continuous foaming. BewiSynbra has it’s headquarter in Solna, Sweden. www.synbra-technology.nl

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You can create value by doing something that's good for the world, and I'm not talking about making money and then giving it away. I'm talking about the way you make money is by doing something that the world needs, and so that's what's so -- one of the things that's so inspiring about being here is that that is underlying all the businesses here.
Kaihan Krippendorf
Founder, Outthinker
I'm inspired from the standpoint that I'm coming back from the conference with an understanding of more of the material science. And that's really, really, really important because that means that it's going to impact work that I've got going on in the laboratory right now.
Jesse Hipps
Anyone that's out there, whether you're a product or service provider or just somebody that wants to understand what's happening in the bioplastics industry, I recommend strongly that you think about coming to Innovation Takes Root. This is a conference where you're going to learn a lot, you're going to actually be able to have the opportunity to collaborate with others and develop partnerships that will last a lifetime.
Justin Zeulner
Green Sports Alliance