Industry-meets-Science Workshop Series


As part of the implementation of the Waste Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) Roadmap, the Department of Science and Technology held an "Industry-meets-Science" Workshop on bioplastics, on the 21 January 2016.

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» Workshop Report

Objective : The aim of the Industry-meets-Science workshops was to interrogate the question –

  • Can we, and how do we, create a local South African bio-based plastic industry in South Africa (within a larger biorefinery industry) (in line with the DST Waste RDI Roadmap and Bio-Economy Strategy).
    • That explores new market opportunities for existing resources, e.g. sugar, forestry, paper sectors
    • That drives local content in biobased products already on the market in South Africa
    • Thereby stimulating local economic development and job creation

Outcomes : The outcomes of the workshop were –

  • Create the opportunity for government, industry and the research community to build networks with specialists, and to identify possible opportunities for their organisation, and
  • Identify gaps in knowledge and support the uptake of industry research needs into the implementation of the Waste RDI Roadmap and Bio-Economy Strategy


» Introduction to the workshop – Prof Linda Godfrey
» Overview of the global bioplastics industry – Mr Jacques Lightfoot
» KZN Green Economy overview – Ms Liesel Beires
» PlantBottle™ at The Coca-Cola Company – Dr Casper Durandt
» Overview of I'm Not Plastic – Mr Pieter Botes
» The sugar industry: feedstock supplier? – Mr Steve Davis
» Beneficiation of mill sludge - bioplastics – Dr Bruce Sithole
» Production methods for Biobased Plastics – Prof Johann Görgens
» Bioplastic interests of the Stark Group – Prof Anne Stark
» Development of sustainable biobased plastics & its green composite products – Dr Sudhakar Muniyasamy
» BioPlastics Sector – Mr Simphiwe Fikizolo