Morten Augestad is 55 years old, has a degree in Chemistry and has worked as Business Director at Norner in Norway since 2009. Norner is an innovation, service and test company for the polymer and plastics value chain. Morten's key responsibilities include key
account management, project development and service for the FMCG and packaging sector. Norner has a global approach and do projects with leading global brand-owners.
From 2000 to 2009, Morten held the position of marketing manager for the supply of plastics to the rigid FMCG products (food packaging, household articles, returnable transport packaging) at Borealis. This included delivery of solutions to the value chain, establishing strategic partnerships in the industry, taking strategic choices for the business as well as initiating and prioritising product development. From 1991 to 2000, Morten worked within product development and the research of plastics solutions at Borealis.
Presentation title: Application studies of recycled materials in caps and closures
(Joint presentation with Emanuele Burgin, ADTS & Innovation Manager, PP Europe Rigid Packaging, Healthcare and Caps & Closures, Pipes and Industrial, LyondellBasell)
Mr. Sascha Baumanns joined INTRAVIS GmbH in 2005 and works in the International Sales Department. He is an expert for vision inspection technology for the injection molding branch in Europe, Asia and Australia before starting his new role as the Team Leas sales in June 2019. He focused and specialised on the injection molding industries and their products and was deeply involved in Drinktec 2017 closed loop closure production project.
Before joining INTRAVIS GmbH, Mr. Sascha Baumanns has worked in the consumer goods industry and the NATO Headquarter in Brussels for corrective maintenances and servicing. As a keynote-speaker he has conducted different presentations e.g. at the Plastic Closure Innovation and PETnology Germany.
Presentation title: The eyes of Industry 4.0: The importance of inline quality systems for the closure production of the future
Christine Billstein graduated from Lund’s Institute of Technology in the 1980’s as Master of Science in Chemical Engineering.
Christine has worked within the food industry for 20 years. The main employers have been Kraft General Foods and Unilever. The positions held were, among others, product developer, flavourist, process engineer, assistant product manager and technical sales support manager.
The move from the food industry to packaging material and closures was 15 years ago when Christine joined Tetra Pak Packaging Solutions AB. Within Tetra Pak several positions have been held such as product/process engineer, system engineer and material specialist.
Today the focus is on material characterisation and requirements on polymers based on performance in the production and for the end consumer (opening performance and environment).
Panel discussion – full closure and packaging design for sustainability
Hans van Bochove (1963) is Vice-President Public Affairs Europe at Coca-Cola European Partners. Amongst his responsibilities is the company’s packaging and recycling policy.
He joined the Coca-Cola system in 1998 serving as Director Public Affairs and Communications in The Netherlands for nine years. In this capacity he was responsible for the company’s transition from refillable to non-refillable / recyclable PET bottles. He also developed a sustainable policy and published the first public societal report within the Coca-Cola system.
From 2007 to 2011, Hans was Director Public Affairs, Communications and CSR at Starbucks Coffee Company for the Europe, Middle-East and Africa region.
He then returned to Coca-Cola in his current role and since March 2017 also serves as Chairman of the European Organization for Packaging and Environment (EUROPEN).
Hans holds a master degree in Business Administration from the Erasmus University Rotterdam / Rotterdam School of Management.
Presentation title: Packaging in 2019 – where are we? Industry and policy responses to a radical change in public perception
Mrs. Dannielle Borger joined the packaging team in the Laundry and Homecare department at Henkel AG& Co. KGaA in 2010. She is responsible for the Global Packaging Development in Liquid detergents and has been leading in this role the launch of and e-commerce safe packaging in Europe.
Before she worked in different development roles at Numico/Danone in Europe and in Asia.
Presentation title: Preventing leakage and avoiding bottle and closure breakage
Andreas started his plastic packaging career about 10 years ago where he worked for Aptar as
Director Custom Development Closures beauty+home Europe.
In 2018 Andreas decided to join BERICAP, where in his current global position as Group Technical Sales Director Beverage and Food, Andreas works in a close contact with the leading companies of the beverage industry.
Andreas holds a mechanical engineer degree of the technical college Eckert Regenstauf, and supported several packaging Expert groups, like Material Strategy Task Force, Injection Machine and Mold Expert Group, Elastomeric Flow Control Expert team and Additive manufacturing Global Expert Group during the last 10 years.
Andreas is an active member of several committees and beverage dedicated workgroups like
German DIN, Cetie, CEN and isbt.
Presentation title: The industry challenge: tethered caps and the impact on the future neck standard for a 26 mm CSD neck
Emanuele Burgin received a Master’s of Science Degree in Industrial Chemistry in 1984 from the University of Bologna.
He is presently Application Development, Technical Service and Innovation Manager, PP Europe, at LyondellBasell. The segments he’s currently dealing with are Pipes and Sheets, Healthcare and Caps & Closures, Consumer and Rigid Packaging.
He started his career in 1987 at the Research Center Giulio Natta, Ferrara, Italy (LyondellBasell and predecessors), where he carried out several assignments in R&D PP Product and Applications Development, then in Additives and Formulations and finally in Polybutene-1 Product Development.
Between 2004 and 2014 he has been appointed Deputy President of the Province of Bologna and delegated to Environment and Green and Circular Economy.
Day One - Presentation title: Application studies of recycled materials in caps and closures(Joint presentation with Morten Augestad, Advisor - Market Director, Norner AS)
Day Two - Panel discussion – full closure and packaging design for sustainability
Mr de Tilly received a master in management from ESCP Europe business school. With more than 15 years’ experience in sales, marketing, strategy and in plastic packaging (rigid and flexible), he has an in depth comprehensive understanding of the marketing and commercial factors that influence market trends and dynamics.
His employment history is as follows:
Aptar Food + Beverage, 2018 - present
Global Business Development Director for Beverage
Aptar Food + Beverage, 2013 - 2017
EMEA Sales Director
Ceisa Packaging, 2009 - 2012
Global Sales Director
Prior to 2009, he had been working in sales & marketing position in flexible & rigid packaging (Veriplast now part of Coveris and Paccor Packaging) and in the beauty sector (Rexam now named Albéa). He also worked as a strategic consultant (LEK Consulting) early in his career.
Presentation title: How sustainability and tethered caps can contribute to enhance the consumer drinking experience
Prof. dr. Els Du Bois is a tenure track research professor at the University of Antwerp, faculty of Design Sciences, department of Product Development, where she is responsible for extending the research domain of ecodesign, which includes supporting design for a circular economy. Her special interest is on the designerly optimisation of circular plastics usage. She completed her PhD in Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology in 2013 and started her postdoc within the research group of Product Development that has the mission to empower the creation of innovative products to improve human well-being.
She manages different research projects that supports knowledge development towards a more sustainable development for the complete lifecycle of plastic products. She educates, coaches and engages students in designing sustainable products, ideation and idea generation, and material-related designs within the bachelor and master programs of product development and industrial engineering. Besides, she is advising companies in lowering environmental impact of their products and qualitative life cycle analysis. She is / has been working together with various companies and governmental organisations, such as SUEZ, Eco-OH!, Atlas Copco, Recticel, Vanheede, Deceuninck, Govaerts recycling, Galloo Plastics, Veldeman Bedding, Stad Antwerpen, OVAM, Vlaanderen Circulair, VKC – Centexbel, Val-i-pac, Febelauto, Recytyre.
Her expertise is related to (i) Sustainable experience: product lifetime extension, development and evaluation of product service systems, achieving sustainable behaviour by experience, sustainable ownership; (ii) Material experience: smart material selection, user-centred material characteristics, material identity of new materials (e. g. biomaterials, second raw materials such as recycled plastics), design FROM recycling; (iii) Closing the loop: product end of life management, product reuse, component reuse, recycling, pre-composting of organic waste, plastic soup, sorting behaviour.
Presentation title: Eco design – how to design optimal plastics usage in the circular economy
With a degree in Polymer Engineering from the University of North London, Derek Hindle spent his early career as a product designer in packaging.
In 2001, he moved away from packaging, to the World of CAD software. There he trained highly skilled engineers from many industries to use Pro/Engineer and Catia Computer Aided Design software.
In 2004, Derek came back to the lovely world of packaging, and ran the R&D department at UCP Zeller in Norwich.
In 2009, he became the Global Innovations Director where he took responsibility for the Product Innovation strategy of the entire GCS group.
In March 2016, RPC acquired GCS, Derek started the role he has today, which is to lead the Business Development and Marketing strategy for Berry Bramlage.
In addition to this role he has recently started working on group projects such as corporate affairs and taken on the role to lead product innovation.
Presentation title: Tethered beverage closures
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.
In 2009 Kevin joined CMAI (which was acquired by IHS Markit in 2011) and is currently the Associate Director for Polyolefins in the EMEA region. In his current role he works with a broad cross section of industry to help companies achieve a deeper understanding of the plastics markets to maximise their profitability and success. The clients he works with cover the entire plastics value chain and include the major global polyolefin producers, multi-national brand owners, international polymer distributors, convertors as well as a number of European Plastics Associations. He is also a regular contributor to consulting projects which cover topics ranging from supplier sourcing, regional market analysis to international trade of polymers.
Kevin’s journey into the plastics world began 20 years ago when he completed his studies at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa. His first foray into industry was at the Aliaxis Group in the UK, where he worked as a process engineer responsible for running a mould shop with more than 40 machines. At his next role at the British Plastics Federation he worked on developing the innovation capabilities of UK polymer SME’s by securing funding from the European Union to create of a raft of projects with EU partners on themes such as sustainability and recycling as well as enhanced processing and analytical techniques for polymers.
Presentation title: Caps and closures: Sustainability, trade wars and what it means for the future supply of polyolefins
Biography coming soon.
Presentation title: Disclose the secrets in your cap
Sei has been working for 15 years in plastic closures development in the Japanese
packaging industry. He has been employed by the Nippon Closures Company since 2004. He has been in charge of the research and development department and the new material and new technologies
development department, 2005 to 2019.
Day One - Presentation title: The challenge to recycle and food loss with plastic closures
Day Two - Panel discussion – full closure and packaging design for sustainability
Plastics Caps and Closures Conference Chairman 2019
Michael is board member of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO), secretary of the European Packaging Institutes Consortium (EPIC) and chairman of the Netherlands Packaging Standardisation Committee. As member of the Convenors Action Group (CAG) within ISO he was closely involved in the development of the world standards on packaging and environment.
NVC (founded in 1953) is the association of 550+ companies (retailers, packaged goods manufacturers, packaging and machinery suppliers, service providers, recyclers, etc.) addressing the activity of packaging throughout the supply chain of packaged products.
The NVC membership, projects, information services and education programme stimulate the continuous improvement of packaging.
NVC projects include Packaging for e-commerce (Web Retail Packaging), Pharmaceutical packaging innovation, Innovation in packaging print, Packaging and the environment (the PUMA Project), Design for Intended use (DIU) and Fighting against food waste through better packaging.
Business education in packaging is provided in the conventional ‘physical’ classroom environment and increasingly via the NVC Live Online classrooms.
Business students in 80 countries have participated in one or more of the NVC Live Online courses and workshops on a wide range of topics in packaging. They have expressed their learning satisfaction on average with a 4.5 score on a scale from 1-5. Without travel, the learning results are excellent due to the live interactivity between tutor and students in the live classroom, from the learning studio in the NVC association office based in Gouda, the Netherlands.
Presentation title: Working together to end packaging as an environmental issue worldwide: the PUMA Project
Karthik Pillai is the Director of Mullackal Polymers. Mullackal Polymers is
a speciality plastic bottle and closure company based in India.
Mullackal has over 40 years of experience in the plastic packaging
industry and has carved a niche in the chemical packaging market as
innovators in the industry. Karthik is a 3rd generation entrepreneur and
leads the product innovation and development department which has
numerous patents and has developed products that have won
international awards. The latest development of new closure technology of his company - CRTESS caps, which was a finalist in the
“De Gouden Noot” competition in 2018.
Presentation title: CRTESS caps - Chemical resistant self sealing caps for the chemicals industry
Veronica Savu is the CEO and co-founder of Morphotonix. A brand protection executive, her focus is on anti-counterfeiting solutions. Savu and Morphotonix co-founders developed a patented, eco-friendly technological platform which provides uncopiable premium security features embedded directly in polymeric products, preserving the material purity 100% and providing instant authentication. Their solution is based on nano-engraving metallic articles/molds. For more information, visit www.morphotonix.com.
Presentation title: Win-win WOW with eco-printed vibrant closures
Stefan brings over 15 years of international experience leading and driving sustainable packaging solutions. With a mechanical Engineer background, he has been involved in a multitude of projects with medium sized and large B2B customers all over the world.
Stefan is considered an expert on topics such as reusable packaging, returnable transport packaging, cradle to cradle approach, reducing waste and turning post-consumer plastic waste into sustainable products.
In March 2019, Stefan joined DS Smith Plastics Injection Moulded Products, where he is working on diversification by making the latest technology work for customers and improving their businesses CSR.
Presentation title: First reuse, then recycle: Reusable caps & closures to make LRP (Loop Ready Packaging) 100% reusable and 100% recyclable
With over 20 years’ experience in the packaging industry, Peter has been Sales Director at Selig Europe for 9 years, specialising in Cap lining material. He has worked extensively with Selig’s European and international customer base to promote the use of easy open consumer friendly packaging.
Peter has considerable experience of induction sealing liners and machinery throughout Europe as well as an understanding of international markets for Selig induction lining materials. His experience in the packaging industry gives him unique insight into the issues surrounding the packaging industry and the drive for sustainable consumer friendly packaging.
Presentation title: Innovation in glass sealing
Born in Belgium in 1967, Filip Vangeel graduated as a chemical engineer (Msc) in 1992. Following his military service as a non-commissioned officer in the Belgian army, Filip Vangeel joined Procter & Gamble’s packaging development department in 1994. As a Senior Scientist, he played a leading role in developing various well-known regional and global packaging projects and introducing them to the market. Filip Vangeel is an award winning packaging expert, who filed a great number of patents in his field. Since mid 2018, he has taken the position of Manager Circular Economy at the Belgian EPR company Valipac, where he will build structures to help the industry transition towards a circular plastics economy.
Presentation title: EPR as a driver of the circular economy
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