Editor, Sustainable Plastics
Karen was named editor of Plastics News Europe in May 2017. Based in the Netherlands, she has worked as a translator, journalist and editor in the plastics industry for the past thirty years, writing for both Dutch and English language online and print publications. Between 2001 and 2007, she served as chief editor of Kunststof en Rubber, the Dutch-language trade magazine for the plastics industry, after which, preferring to write in English, she moved to PlasticsToday, where she was the European and sustainability editor until 2016.
A German consortium consisting of 19 leading industrial companies and research institutes, including the BMW Group, Evonik, Thyssenkrupp, the Fraunhofer Institute, and the Technical University of Munich, has been established with the aim of developing new processes for using sustainable materials in large parts of the value chain, for the purpose of circular automotive production.
Renewable chemistry company Avantium N.V. and Henkel, a leading manufacturer of amongst others, adhesives, sealants and functional coatings, have signed a 5-year offtake agreement under which Avantium will supply Henkel with FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid) from the flagship plant that is currently under construction in Delfzijl, the Netherlands.