Events – KaRMA2020 project presentation at the 2019 Kaohsiung International Invention and Design Expo (KIDE), 6-8 December 2019, Taiwan – 6-8 December 2019, International Convention Center Kaohsiung (ICCK), Kaohsiung, Taiwan

KaRMA2020 project: ‘Industrial Feather Waste Valorisation for Sustainable KeRatin based Materials’.

KIDE is the first exhibition which combines “Invention”, “Design” and “International Conference”. The participants from more than 20 countries with more than 500 entries are expected.

According to European Commission, 13.1 million tons of poultry meat was produced only in the European Union (EU-28) in 2014 with an estimated generation of 3.1 million tons feather waste. At present the majority of poultry feathers are converted into low nutritional value animal food or disposed in landfills, causing environmental and health hazards. In this context, the overall objective of KaRMA2020 is the industrial exploitation of such underutilized waste to obtain added value raw materials for the chemical sector: keratin, bioplastics, flame retardant coatings, non-woven and thermoset biobased resins.

KaRMA2020 products will be showcased on the fair and the invention (Patent PL 230434, 2018: Innovative nonwovens with the addition of keratin fibres from feathers produced by the spun-bonded method) will run for an award.

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