Beyond the booth, raise your profile to the professionals shaping the future of our global industry.


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.

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

Hefei Hengxin Environmental Protection & New Material Co., Ltd, is a high-technology company of developing, producing and selling disposable environment-friendly products, which is located in Hefei, China. As a leading player in the sector of biodegradable products, Hengxin has connected a broad network of partnership with over 100 countries in North America, Europe and Oceania. hfhxin.com

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

Flo S.p.A.

Flo is a historic brand in the production of food packaging and ,cups for automatic distribution and coffee capsules. The company, based in Fontanellato (Parma - Italy), was founded in 1973 by Antonio Simonazzi. At Innovation Takes Root, Flo will present Gea, a new generation of coffee capsules made with Ingeo that combines compostability, oxygen barrier, and an improved taste and aroma experience for the consumer. www.flo.eu

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.

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. minima-tech.com 

Mitaly is a brand identifying a “state of the art” and fully integrated factory at the entrance of Milan city, owned by Imper S.p.a. that is a diversified industrial group active for 50 years in various sector as vending, coffee & beverage, households appliances, automotive and medical industry. Thanks to this consolidated know how in plastics and electro-mechanical and leveraging on its exclusive plastic molding co-injection systems, Mitaly completed the development of the first fully Compostable and Barriered single-serve capsule for the Coffee & Beverage sector. The process integration is granted by the completion also of roasting and grinding department as well as by the fill, seal and packaging department. mitaly.eu/en

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

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

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

Danimer Scientific sources, formulates, produces and delivers the customized bio-based materials manufacturers need to fulfill changing market demands. Our PHA was the first biopolymer to be certified as biodegradable in all mediums including marine, freshwater, soil, home and industrial compost as well as anaerobic. Danimer Scientific also offers biopolymer research and development and toll manufacturing services to business partners. www.danimerscientific.com

Networking Sponsors

Bank of America Merrill Lynch 
Bank of America Merrill Lynch is committed to helping Middle Market businesses capitalize on new opportunities locally and worldwide. Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Commercial Banking is one of the largest commercial banking groups in the U.S., serving companies with revenues between $50 million and more than $2 billion.  Our deeply experienced relationship managers provide access to a full range of financial solutions including credit, treasury, derivatives, capital markets, workplace financial solutions and employee benefits, as well as wealth management products provided through Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust. bankofamerica.com

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

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

Chase Commercial Banking
At JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking, we provide credit and financing, treasury services, international banking and real estate services to clients – including corporations, municipalities, institutions, real estate investors and owners, and not-for-profit organizations – with annual revenue from $20 million to $2 billion. JPMorgan Chase is a leading global financial institution, with a history dating back more than 200 years. Currently we have assets of $2.6 trillion dollars with more than 250,000 employees and a presence in over 100 markets. We’re part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. (NYSE: JPM). www.jpmorganchase.com

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

Futamura is the global leader for renewable and compostable packaging films and provides high quality specialty products enhancing the lives of the people who use them. Our commitment to R&D and customer service has led to sustainable partnerships ranging from niche specialty producers through to the world’s largest brand owners. www.futamuragroup.com

Don’t just take our word for it

I strongly recommend Innovation Takes Root. It's a good opportunity to understand and see what happens in this area of biopolymers. It's an international event and not just on PLA. I think it's well done, well-managed, and well-organized. It was a good investment for me.
Marco Garilli

Innovation Expert - Polymers, Electrolux

I'd definitely come back (to ITR) and recommend it. I think many different industries could learn something from a conference like this - it really is focused on the next level of sustainability.
Maddie Guillory

Vice President, Titan Robotics

It has been a wonderful event; very well organized. I especially appreciate the scheduling of activities, the alternation of speeches, and time to network, which has been one of the key successes from my point of view. We also felt very supported by your team; we had the feeling you believe in what Flo is doing and, for us, that's very important.
Tazio Zerbini

Operations Director, Flo S.p.A.