Conference Programme

Plastics Caps and Closures is now in its ‘15th’ year and offers a unique networking opportunity for leading brand owners and fillers, closures producers, packaging manufacturers, designers and suppliers to the industry to debate the latest developments in the plastics closures industry with a particular focus on adding value and optimising results across the supply chain.

The 2018 conference will continue to examine key factors, the latest innovations and focus on adding value and optimising results for suppliers, manufacturers and brands.

Day One

8:30   Registration, refreshments and networking

9:15   Chairman’s welcome and introduction
Michaël Nieuwesteeg, Managing Director, NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre



9:30  Packaging: the current changing landscape
Hans van Bochove, VP Public Affairs Europe, Coca-Cola

  • Packaging: putting it into societal and public policy context
  • How significant changes are looming for the industry
  • How Coca-Cola are dealing with the changing environment

10:00   Market Drivers and Trends for Caps and Closures
Stewart Johnston, Head of Consultancy - Europe, Middle East and Asia in United Kingdom specialising in Packaging, Print, Paper & Security, Smithers Pira

  • Market overview
  • Geographic Trend
  • Drivers and Trends
  • Innovations
  • Forecasts to 2023
  • Opportunities for Suppliers, Converters and Brand Owners

10:30   Revitalizing the Sustainability Discussion: One Injection Molder’s View
Alex Hoffer, Vice President of Sales and Operations, Hoffer Plastics Corporation

  • How the sustainability discussion is picking up steam
  • Two opposing sides getting further entrenched: environmentalists who aim to eliminate plastic products altogether, while the plastics industry push back and blame “consumer behaviour” as the reason for plastics in oceans
  • How the conversation needs to change to make progress
  • Action to move forward: the plastics industry reframing their response, refocusing its team, and revitalizing the pitch so that sustainable solutions are more enticing to brand owners, and ultimately consumers.

11:00   Navigating the Future: Facing Sustainability Challenges & Opportunities in Polyolefin
Kaushik Mitra, Director, Polyolefins, IHS Markit

  • How global Polyolefins growth is tapering as the market matures – some regions continue to beat the curve, while some demographics, urbanization, economic mobility continues to drive growth
  • Some factors like efficiency, slow pace of innovation and most importantly sustainability is driving down consumption growth
  • Recycling has emerged as one of the most challenging aspects facing the Polyolefins industry therefore it is apt to look at various scenarios and sensitivities facing the industry
  • While Europe is at the forefront of recycling drive, what is the outlook for other regions?
  • What are the implications for the caps and closure industry and how it must reimagine itself to ride this emerging challenge

11:30   Refreshment break and networking


12:00   Topic to be confirmed
David-Henry Makuanga, Technical Service and Product Development Engineer, INEOS
Christophe Bricaud, INEOS O&P Europe Caps & Closures Sector Manager, INEOS

12:30   Servo Drive Technology in Mold Closing (IMC) for Better Productivity
Philippe Mafille, Sales Representative for Europe, Middle East and Africa, StackTeck

  • IMC closing mechanism remains the same
  • Simple interface to the molding machine
  • Flexibility for change over (or switching over) production from machine to machine
  • Faster cycles with dramatically reduced IMC delay


13:00   Latest hot runner technology to increase productivity and part quality

 Thomas Bechtel, Sales Director Packaging & Medical, Mold-Masters Europa GmbH, Germany, Milacron Group

  • Hot runner technology and how it can minimize / eliminate part defects
  • A look at a number of case studies showing the elimination of flow lines on beverage caps and deodorant caps with metal pigments
  • Uneven shrinkage caused by “off center” gating as well as “parting line flash reduction”
  • The increase of output, while maintaining part quality and existing injection molding machines


13:20   Lunch and networking


14:20   Topic to be confirmed
Laurent Saleur, Chem-Trend (Deutschland) GmbH.  


14:50   Dedicated Solutions for the Caps and Closures Industry
Philippe Rasquin, Market Development Engineer, Global Segment Caps and Closures Petrochemicals, Europe, SABIC

  • New dedicated organization for caps and closures
  • Sustainability initiatives 
  • An example of successful collaboration between a resin manufacturer and cap producer to provide new solutions for the industry


15:10   Optimizing beverage closure gate quality (as an example of how to find the right combination of mold technologies, closure designs, resins and processes)
Dr. Michael Krueger, Chief Executive Officer, Corvaglia Holding

  • Why is there a need to optimize gate quality?
  • What factors will influence gate quality?
  • Variation of conventional vs. unconventional influencing factors
  • Result is a closure which meets a broader set of requirements than any other solution in the past


 15:40   Refreshment break and networking


16:10   Less is more: New boundaries solution for beverage caps and closures
Speaker TBC, Caps and Closures Development Manager, SCG Performance Chemicals


16.40   Protecting your competitive advantage
Jason Lessard, Partner, HGF

  • Why do your customers choose you over the competition?
  • Are your margins sustainable?
  • Discover how you can protect your competitive advantage in 3 steps


17:10   Chairman’s closing remarks

17:20   Networking drinks reception

Programme may be subject to change. 

Day Two

8:30   Welcome refreshments and networking

9:20   Welcome and introduction to the day
Michaël Nieuwesteeg, Managing Director, NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre



9:30  Worldwide standardisation as driver for improved ease-of-opening and ease-of-handling in packaging
Dr. Ken Sagawa Em. Professor National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology AIST and Chairman of ISO WG9 Accessible Design for Packaging

  • The open-ability of packages in an ageing world
  • The principles of accessible design and their implementation in packaging
  • An overview of ISO standards published and work-in-progress


10:00  Ease of Opening and Child Resistant Packaging
Stephen Wilkins, CEO, Child Safe Packaging Group

  • Ease of opening for elderly people – the standard ISO 17480: 2015, Design Criteria-Ease of Opening
  • An update on child resistant packaging and child resistant zips for dose packs for detergent soluble packaging 
  • Other standards within the suite
  • CD 22015 Design Criteria-Handling and Manipulation
  • FDIS 19809 Design Criteria-Information and Marking



10:30   Packaging and the environment – a retailers view
Paul Earnshaw, Packaging Development Manager, Tesco

  • The drivers behind sustainability
  • Customer attitudes
  • Our vision of where we are going
  • Thoughts on preferred materials and design


11:00   Refreshment break and networking

11:30   Assessing the future of plastics: what policymakers are currently looking at, and the impact on the caps and closures industry
Silvia Freni Sterrantino, EuPC Regulatory Affairs Manager, EuPC European Plastics Converters

  • How littering activities and global awareness on plastics is increasing and has increased policy makers’ attention to the topic.
  • Studies, reports and LCAs; how they are numerous. The need to have more guidance on this.
  • The European Commission and its work on a regulatory strategy on plastics encompassing different moments of a life cycle, from feedstock to accidental dispersion in the environment
  • The study claim that polypropylene microplastics is present in bottled water and that alleged source of this presence is due to bottle caps
  • How the review into those risks will impact coming regulation and composition of plastics caps and closures.


12:00   A Plastic Free Society - Fact or Fiction?
Dave Rose, Director, David Rose Packaging Solutions (Former Project Manager, Packaging Development, Britvic)

  • There is no silver bullet
  • Recycling must improve
  • Design for re-use recovery and recycling must be considered at the start
  • Biopolymers can be part of the answer
  • What about energy recovery?
  • It must be much easier and simpler to recycle
  • Messaging and information must be consistent
  • Consumers need to be motivated
  • Consumers will have to change their behaviours
  • Littering and proper disposal is down to people


12:30   Lunch and networking

13:30   Panel discussion: Caps in the environment
Dr. Michael Krueger, Chief Executive Officer, Corvaglia Holding

SCG Performance Chemicals 


14:15   Uncapping the potential of caps and closures in fighting food waste
Michael Nieuwesteeg, Managing Director, NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre, Board Member of the World Packaging Organisation WPO

  • Inconvenient truths and the fight against food waste via better packaging
  • Sharing the results of the 1st international conference on food waste and packaging
  • The potential role of caps and closures in limiting unnecessary food losses

14:45   Refreshment break and networking



15:15  The ‘science of interference’; the need for the packaging industry to work in coordination
Stephen Mancey, CEO Europe and SEA, Logoplaste

  • How caps / main body of the packaging does not stand alone; the importance of the relationship between the different sections
  • The blowing team making bottles and the cap / closure team – how can there be cohesion between the two?
  • The ‘science of interference’; how can we achieve collaboration to achieve the end goal – the product that works for the consumer

15:45   Speaker to be confirmed

16:15  Chair’s closing remarks and end of conference

Programme may be subject to change.

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