08:30 - 09:15   Registration, refreshments and networking

09:15 - 09:20   Welcome remarks

Karen Laird, Editor, Plastics News Europe

09:20 - 09:30    Chairman’s welcome and introduction

Michaël Nieuwesteeg, Managing Director, NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre


09:30 - 10:00   Packaging in 2019 – where are we? Industry and policy responses to a radical change in public perception

Hans van Bochove, VP Public Affairs Europe, Coca-Cola European Partners

  • Changing public perceptions of packaging and an increasingly complex policy landscape
  • Industry’s response, illustrated by Coca-Cola’s approach to sustainable packaging
  • And how about those tethered caps?

10:00 - 10:30   Caps and Closures: Sustainability, trade wars and what it means for the future supply of polyolefins

Kevin Longworth, Associate Director, Polyolefins, IHS Markit

  • Industry in perspective: The size of the polyolefins industry
  • What drives growth in the polyolefins industry?
  • Global Trade: How have the trade wars impacted global trade?
  • Prices: What will convertors pay in the future?
  • Sustainability: What will sustainability mean for growth of the industry?


10:30 - 11:00   Eco design – how to design optimal plastics usage in the circular economy

Els duBois, Product Development, University of Antwerp

  • Research into the purposeful use of plastics design for long-lived solutions as a response to single-use products
  • The need to rethink the related product experience to make it effectively reused
  • Where the caps industry can fit into this
  • A look to the future

11:00 - 11:30   Extended producer responsibility as a driver of the circular economy

Filip Vangeel, Manager Circular Economy, Valipac

  • How extended producer responsibility schemes have an important role to play in the circular economy model
  • The Packaging Recovery Organisations (PRO's): how they have the ability to connect the various stakeholders in the value chain, through incentives, tailored actions and pilot projects. Why PRO's are an important part in the engine that drives the circular economy.

11:30 - 12:00   Refreshment break and networking 

12:00 - 12:30    Working together to end packaging as an environmental issue worldwide: the PUMA Project

Michaël Nieuwesteeg, Managing Director, NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre

  • Packaging worldwide: five times as big as Google
  • How did we create our environmental problems?
  • Towards a joint problem definition and vocabulary
  • What to do and what NOT to do in the caps and closures business

12:30 - 13:00   Application studies of recycled materials in caps and closures

Morten Augestad, Advisor - Market Director, Norner AS

  • How suppliers offer an increased volume of recycled polypropylene and polyethylene to the packaging market; why caps and closures are applications of high interest.
  • Why many of the established tests and evaluations for virgin materials are insufficient for recycled materials.
  • Showing data and results for how chemical resistance like Environmental Stress Crack (ESCR) or integrated hinge performance in closures needs application-oriented tests to secure the required performance.
  • In a circular material future the need for tailored tests for the various applications is essential due to the complex source of recycled materials (post consumer waste, industrial waste, blends etc.).


13:00 - 13:30   Regulation on tethered caps and what it will mean for the caps and closures industry

Speaker to be confirmed

  • The Single-Use Plastics Directive
  • The thinking behind the tethered cap – and how it is seen as an idea to reduce marine litter
  • Providing environmentally focused consumers with solutions that fit their lifestyles and provide them with the best packaging experience
  • Moving beyond the tethered cap 

13:30 - 14:30   Lunch and networking

14:30 - 15:00   Tethered beverage closures

Derek Hindle, Marketing & Innovation Director, RPC Bramlage Division

  • How the focus of the European sustainability agenda is single use plastics (SUP), to include the handling of caps in a circular economy / promoting anti-littering solutions
  • The major step-change for the European plastic caps and closures industry – how RPC Bramlage has risen to the challenge
  • A look at RPC Bramlage’s solutions as a response to the directive

15:00 - 15:30   The challenge of recycling and food loss with plastic closures

Sei Nakagawa, Assistant Manager, Product Development, Nippon Closures Co.,Ltd.

  • The challenge and developed products with emphasis on SDG's
  • Introduction of the tethered cap; Why is there a need to develop the tethered cap?
  • Reduction of environmental impact
  • New technology to make an extension of shelf life with barrier closure
  • The proposal of the ideal cap for the circular economy by the Nippon Closures Company

15:30 - 16:00   Refreshment break and networking

16:00 - 16:30   Speaker to be confirmed

16:30 - 17:00   How sustainability and tethered caps can contribute to enhance the consumer drinking experience

Augustin de Tilly, Global Business Development Director Beverage, Aptar Food + Beverage

  • New tethered closures for flat cap: designed to meet the requirements of the new European regulation called “Single-Use Plastic” and being consumer friendly
  • Introducing a new product category “Flip Lid” to meet the Single-Use Plastic requirement while increasing the drinking consumer experience and giving room for further lightweight reduction
  • Introducing KARAM, a sustainable solution for mixing product at the point of use

17:00 - 17:15   Chairman’s closing remarks

17:15 - 18:15   Networking drinks reception

Programme may be subject to change.

08:30 - 09:20   Welcome refreshments and networking

09:20 - 09:30   Welcome and introduction to the day

Michaël Nieuwesteeg, Managing Director, NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre


09:30 - 10:00   E-Commerce readiness - preventing leakage and avoiding bottle and closure breakage

Dannielle Borger, International Packaging Development – Liquid Detergents, Henkel

  • The problem of leaks and closure breakages in e-commerce
  • How today, retail is changing fast and e-commerce is becoming more and more relevant, including for laundry and homecare products
  • Henkel: being ‘e-commerce ready’ in all our packaging by creating a detergent bottle that was ready for the future
  • Development based on two main pillars: preventing leakage and avoiding bottle and closure breakage
  • How, by adding a second component to the cap and spout, a leakage proof system is created
  • Taking on the issue of breakage by anticipating it from a combination of design, material use and processing features

10:00 - 10:30   CRTESS caps - Chemical resistant self sealing caps for the chemicals industry

Karthik Pillai, Director, Mullackal Polymers

  • CRTESS caps: Chemical Resistant Tamper Evident Self-Sealing Cap. Innovative cap with an in-built inner sealing layer which is soft, flexible and chemically resistant
  • How the sealing layer is an integral part of the hard-outer plastic cap thereby giving the customer a single component solution; it does away with the need of secondary sealing technology
  • How it guarantees 100% leak-proof and 100% odour lock seal every time the cap is used / screwed on, even after the 1st use

10:30 - 11:15   Panel discussion – full closure and packaging design for sustainability

Christine Billstein, Senior Material Specialist, Tetra Pak AB

Other panellists to be confirmed

11:15 - 11:45   Refreshment break and networking

11:45 - 12:15   The eyes of Industry 4.0: The importance of inline quality systems for the closure production of the future

Sascha Baumanns, Team Lead Sales, INTRAVIS GmbH

  • How inline quality systems are getting more important in today’s production environment
  • Why in the past they just had to sort defective products - today, while they are collecting millions of product and quality data every hour, they have to do more than just securing best quality
  • Why and how inline quality systems help today and why in the future they will be a must-have for every production line

12:15 - 12:45   Disclose the secrets in your cap

Han Meiberg, Business Development Manager, FiliGrade

  • Watermarks which can be printed invisibly and embossed in plastic or aluminium
  • How the watermarks can be read with a mobile phone thus making the cap / closure interactive and offering a number of new possibilities
  • Why the innovative developments will give brand owners or producers a head start in the current market

12:45 - 13:45   Lunch and networking 

13:45 - 14:15   Topic to be confirmed

Alisdair Easton, General Manager, Garçon Wines

14:15 - 14:45    Pressurised closure and delivery device; mixing two ingredients prior to use

Walter D. Apodaca Jr., Founder & CEO, Gizmo Beverages Inc.

  • Introducing Vessl Closure, a patented, pressurized closure and delivery device that provides instant mixing of two ingredients immediately prior to use
  • How it works: upon opening the Vessl closure, the Vessl automatically propels and instantly mixes the active ingredients into the base container
  • Opportunities within the beverages industry

14.45 - 15:15   A new heat seal technology for sealing to glass

Peter Tindale, Sales Director, Selig Europe

  • Introduction
  • Issues with glass packaging
  • Consumer issues with opening glass packaging
  • The GlassFuze™ solution
  • Regulatory compliance
  • The benefit of sealing and the opportunity for cost and packaging material reduction
  • Examples and questions

15:15 - 15:40   Speaker to be confirmed

15:40   Chair’s closing remarks and end of conference

Programme may be subject to change. 

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