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Showcasing innovation at BARC

INBAR News
17May

The Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress will feature leaders from some of the world’s most innovative industries.

Innovations in bamboo fibre technology are hugely important to INBAR’s work. They enable the wider application of bamboo as a solution for sustainable consumption and production, and create a market for high-value products which can be sourced from INBAR Members in the Global South. Indeed, the desire to promote bamboo innovation was one of the reasons behind the establishment of INBAR in the 1980s. Examples include everything from flooring to wind turbine blades and car interiors.

For these reasons, innovation is a large focus of our work at the Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress (BARC 2018). In a session on ‘Bamboo composite material – the way forward’, we will be speaking to a number of researchers and entrepreneurs who lead the field – from Felix Bock, CEO of start-up Chop Value which uses recycled bamboo chopsticks to make furniture, to speakers who will focus on bamboo’s use as a fire-proof material, or as bio-composite building bricks. These innovations have very real-world policy implications, as the Director from the Indian Plywood Industries Research and Training Institute (IPIRTI) will discuss in relation to India’s newly launched ‘National Bamboo Mission’.

Other sessions will focus on other aspects of bamboo innovation, such as: the ‘International Bamboo Industry Design Forum’ organised by BARC 2018’s top strategic partner Yong’An; a ‘Green transportation: Bamboo Bicycle Session’ where participants can find out more about this income-creating invention; and a number of Business Leader Forums which touch upon bamboo furniture, design and technology. Speakers will include representatives from major furniture retailer IKEA, as well as the China Engineering Research Center for Bamboo Winding Composites, whose special winding technology enables bamboo to be used for durable pipes and housing.

Importantly, one of our three high-level dialogues will focus on ‘Technology, innovation and industrial development’. INBAR, in partnership with the influential Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conference series, will host speakers from leading lights in bamboo and rattan innovation. These will include Dr Robert Nasi, Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research, who will discuss innovative applications of bamboo and rattan for agroforestry, as well as the CEO of Greenbone, a company which is pioneering the use of rattan as a replacement bone material, and Dutch company MOSO, which has used bamboo to cover everything from hotel interiors to BMW car solar charging ports. One of the objectives of the dialogue is to communicate key innovations to decision-makers and industry leaders, and help them to set up the institutional, regulatory, policy, and business frameworks necessary to kickstart a new sustainable development paradigm.

To find out more about our sessions, and to register for BARC, click here.

Cover image credit: Aurora Photos