A Circular Future with Plastics 2019: 13-14 June, Berlin

 

Confirmed Speakers Thursday, 13 June

Packaging Session

 

David Baker David Baker has over 40 years’ experience in the metal and plastics Packaging Industry, starting his working life at Metal Box (CMB) and joining RPC Group just prior to the MBO that formed the company in 1991. He has spent his career holding various senior operational as well as group roles and is currently the RPC Group Industry Affairs Director. Additionally, he is active in various organisations and associations such as INCPEN (Chair), RECOUP (Board Member), the BPF (Council Member) and EuPC (Vice-President & Packaging Division Chairman). In 2018, he was appointed chairman of the newly formed Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform (PCEP). 

Sven Riechers Sven Riechers is a hands-on Senior Executive with global expertise and extensive international polymers experience in sales, marketing and business management across various regions and industries including Electronics, Household, Automotive, Construction, Packaging and Healthcare. Sven started his career in 1996 as sales engineer for engineering plastics at DSM Germany. In 1999, he joined BASF, where he held different management positions in Europe, the US, and Singapore. In 2011, he joined Styrolution as Director for global 3C (Computers, Communication Devices & Consumer Electronics). In July 2013, Sven became Vice President Business Management Styrenics Specialties, Asia. In October 2018, Sven moved to Switzerland to lead the Standard Products (PS and ABS) Business Management, EMEA, as Vice President. In addition, Sven is a Steering board member of Styrenics Circular Solution (SCS).

Andreas Dirnberger Mr. Andreas Dirnberger graduated from commercial school as well as from a polytechnic for mechanical engineering in Austria. He has been employed with EREMA since 2005 where he started his career as an Area Sales Manager. He held several positions inside the sales organization of EREMA. Andreas Dirnberger now works as Business Development Manager for In-house & Industrial Recycling. In addition, he is accountable for EREMA’s OEM customers who implement EREMA products for recycling of production waste into their scope of supply. Sales responsibilities as well as insight into the market for plastics packaging go hand in hand in his range of duty.

Philip Knapen Philip Knapen is Application Development & Technical Service Manager for consumer products in Borealis. Philip joined Borealis in 2006 and has been working in several positions mainly in the rigid packaging market. Before joining Borealis in 2006 he worked for 14 years at Basell. Philip has more than 27 years of experience in Polyolefin covering job functions in marketing, sales, application development, technical service and technology management.

Dr. Lars Hancke Dr. Lars Hancke is an expert for solvent and water-based printing inks based on more than 25 years’ experience in the packaging industry. Dr. Hancke started his career with Trierenberg Holding, at that time one of the world market leaders specialised in printing and converting paper and film for the cigarette industry. He held several positions including Quality Assurance, Technical Service and R&D. In 2005 he joined ink manufacturer hubergroup as Head of Technical Service Flexo- and Gravure Printing. In 2015 he switched to R&D and became Head of R&D Projects Liquid, focusing on the development of solvent and water-based packaging inks. Since 2018 Dr. Hancke has held the position of Manager Business Development Flexible Packaging, now mainly concentrating on Technical Innovation Projects with Key Account customers.

Klaus Wohnig Klaus Wohnig, Spokesman of the Board of APK AG, has more than 20 years of management experience in various international companies, such as Siemens, Deutsche Bank, Mannesmann and ZF, among others. In 2012, he joined the board of APK AG, where a team of around one hundred employees, is working together with Newcycling ® to develop a new recycling technology that makes it possible for the first time to recycle packaging materials through a solvent-based physical recycling process. As an expert in the field of plastics recycling, Klaus Wohnig is a member of the board of the BDE Bundesverband der Deutschen Entsorgungs Wasser und Rohstoffwirtschaft and of the board of plastics recycling of the bvse Bundesverband Bundesverband Sekundärrohstoffe und Entsorgung. He is also active in the European plastics recycling association Plastic Recyclers Europe (PRE), the circular economy initiatives CEFLEX of the European plastics and packaging industry, and NEW PLASTICS ECONOMY of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Gunda Rachut In 2015, Ms Rachut became Head of the ‘Zentrale Stelle’ (Central Agency), a project of the Federation of German Food and Drink Industries (BE e.V.), German Association for Plastic Packaging and Films (IK e.V.), German Retail Association (HDE e.V.), and German Trade Mark Association (Markenverband e.V.). In September of the same year, she joined BHIM Zentrale Wertstoffstelle Projekt GmbH as Managing Director. Two years later, in 2017, she was appointed as Chair of the Stiftung Zentrale Verpackungsregister (Central Agency Packaging Register – ZSVR). Before working for the ‘Zentrale Stelle’, Ms Rachut was Managing Partner of cyclos GmbH, a company she founded together with other partners in 1993, and the largest expert organisation in German waste management. She held that position for 20 years, and founded the consulting firm cyclos-future. In 2011, she contributed to both expert opinions on the simulation for further developing the Verpackungsverordnung (Packaging Ordinance).

Dr. Isabell Schmidt Isabell is managing director at IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen, the German Association for Plastics Packaging and Films, representing about 300 member companies. She is responsible for circular economy and sustainability affairs and represents the interests of the branch towards politicians, authorities and external stakeholders. Since 2014, Isabell is hosting the Round Table Eco Design of Plastics Packaging with experts from the entire value chain.

Werner Bosmans Werner Bosmans, a Belgian national, graduated as a Bio-engineer at the University of Ghent, Belgium, and obtained a Ph.D. in international economics in Montpellier, France. He also holds a degree in Public Management. After undertaken research at the University of Ghent and at the Belgium Ministry of Agriculture, he worked as assistant to the Secretary-General of the Belgian and then Flemish Ministry of Agriculture. He is also a part-time professor at the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles). In 2005, he joined the Directorate-General Environment of the European Commission in Brussels. He was responsible for Natural Resource policies, promoting life-cycle thinking to reduce environmental impacts. He helped setting up the International Resource Panel together with UNEP. He is one of the authors of the Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe and coordinated the European Resource Efficiency Platform (EREP) and work around the Circular Economy. The last years, he focused on developing the Plastics Strategy and the Directive related on single use plastics in order to reduce marine litter.

Building & Construction Session

Myriam Tryjefaczka Myriam Tryjefaczka started her carrier as Quality and Environment manager in different industry sectors, packaging, electronics, air filtration. In 2015, Myriam joined the Tarkett Group where she holds the position of Sustainability and Public affairs director for the EMEA division. Being engaged in sustainability and circular economy, she coordinates the business approach towards recycling activities and new business model development in Europe. Since 2015, Myriam participates in the activities of European associations for flooring (ERFMI), plastics (EuPC) and Vinyl (Recovinyl). Recently, Myriam has participated in the French delegation to the first meeting of the ISO TC323 standardisation committee on circular economy organised by AFNOR in Paris in May 2019, and co-chaired the CE100 co-project Mass Balance, leading to the report “Enabling a circular economy for chemicals with the mass balance approach” publication by the Ellen McArthur Foundation.

Daniel Martinz Mr. Daniel Ortiz Martinz has extensive experience in the development of products in Specialty Vinyl markets, both on European and global levels. He’s an international speaker, author of several articles in polymer-specialized journals and holder of three patents. Danielgraduated as a Chemical Engineer from the University of São Paulo (Brazil) in 1998 and joined Solvay Indupa in 1999. For ten years he was involved with customer technical services in South America in different PVC markets, especially compounds, sheets and paste PVC. In 2009 Daniel was transferred to SolVin in Brussels as a Technical Marketing & Development specialist for Paste PVC. In 2015 he joined INOVYN as Head of Technical Marketing & Development for the Specialty Vinyls Business. He’s been ever since responsible for the innovation strategy and its implementation at INOVYN.

Dr. Hans-Hinrich Kruse Following his studies in chemistry at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Mr. Kruse promoted in 1987 in the field of interfacial chemistry. From 1988 to 2003, he worked in the Research & Development department and the General Management of J. H. Benecke AG, which became Benecke-Kaliko AG. From 2003 to 2017, he was a member of the managing board of the Konrad Hornschuch AG, where he worked as COO, and as of 2013 as CEO. From 2017 to 2018, he was a member of the managing board of the Benecke-Hornschuch Surface Group. In addition, he has been a member of the board of IVK Europe since 2014, and serves as president of the association since 2019.

Bernard Merkx Bernard Merkx is the Project Director of ReVinylFloor, an initiative that stimulates sustainable controlled loop solutions for reuse, recycling and/or recovery of post-use vinyl flooring in Europe. He has been active in the plastics recycling and converting industry for over 25 years, working for GT Recycling as Managing Director, Schoeller ARCA Systems as Corporate Purchasing Director and Colcom Europe as CEO. Currently he is the owner and Managing Director of Green Wave Plastics, a consultancy assisting companies and associations in the plastics and rubber industry to find pragmatic solutions for improved sustainability.

Elisa Setién Elisa Setién is Director General of the European Association of Manufacturers of Expanded Polystyrene (EUMEPS). Industrial Engineer by profession with a Master degree in Business Administration, she joined EUMEPS in 2018. She began her professional career at AENOR (Spanish Association for Standardization and Certification). Since 2008 she has been the responsible for the overall management of non-profit associations in Brussels, both at the European Federation for Construction Chemicals and at the European Federation of Chemical Distributors.

Marjan Ranogajec Marjan Ranogajec works as a Project Officer with European Plastics Converters (EuPC) and is the European Coordinator for the MORE platform. Before joining EuPC, he worked as a consultant for public funding pursuits in the area of aerospace, renewable energy, paints and coatings, and in academia as a Research Associate on a number of European and national projects in the area of biotechnology and public sector analysis. Marjan holds a Master Degree in Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany and a Graduate Degree in Technology from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia.

Automotive & Transport Session

Claude Clément In a career of over 30 years in the plastic processing sector of the automotive industry, Claude Clément has held several business positions in Belgium and North America before spending 12 years in Asia. Claude Clément has held the position of President Europe pf PLASTIC OMNIUM Auto Inergy Division since 2012. In this capacity, he manages the Europe Business Unit covering 15 plants in 10 countries among other responsibilities. Claude Clément is Belgian and currently based in Paris.

Jean-Christophe Lepers After completing his engineering studies in Belgium, Jean-Christophe received his Philosophia Doctor title in applied science at the Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal in 1998. He has almost 20 years’ experience in polymers industry. He began his career in R & D in the field of recycling plastics of all kinds and more precisely the recycling of polymers by solvent route. He then concentrated his works on the recycling of PVC exclusively and is co-author of several patents on this topic. In order to improve his knowledge, Jean-Christophe move towards polymerization and took the position of production and development engineer in the Rheinberg plant (D). Since 2014, he has joined the team of Technical Marketing and Development of Inovyn where his job is focused on the marketing of new PVC resin specially designed for the automotive market.

Nicholas Kolesch  Nicholas Kolesch was appointed as Head of Marketing, Automotive in January 2015. Nicholas joined the Borealis group in 2009, working for Borouge Pte. Ltd. in Singapore in various strategy and business development positions. He joined Borealis AG in 2012, relocating to Vienna, Austria in the role of Marketing Manager, Business Unit Moulding. He started his international career in the chemical industry in 1998 with Ciba Specialty Chemicals where he held several sales, marketing and strategic planning positions in Hong Kong, Switzerland, Thailand and the United Kingdom. Nicholas holds an MBA in Marketing and Strategy from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and a Bachelor of Arts degree (International Relations) from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.

Michel Py Michel Py ist the owner and General Manager CIFRA, a position he has held since 2007. CIFRA is based in France and specialises in the manufacture of plastic film for various applications in markets such as Packaging or Automotive. CIFRA is also active as a plastics recycler, treating plastic plates, sheets, tubes and profiles. In addition, he is the Commercial Director of CGP Europe and President of the FabLab Château-Thierry. He was the president of EDEFA, the European Decorative and Stationery Plastics Foils Association, and is now active in the successor organisation Vinyl Films and Sheets Europe (VFSE).

Dr. Jan Diemert Jan Diemert studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Aachen, Germany and specialized in polymer processing during his studies at the Institut für Kunststoffverarbeitung IKV (1991-1997). Since 1998 he is working in the department for Polymer-Engineering of the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT in Pfinztal, Germany. Since 2001 he is leading the group of injection moulding and extrusion. He achieved his doctoral degree at the University of Stuttgart with his work on “Fundamentals of plasticizing polyvinylchloride with microwaves” in 2003. Since 2003 he is deputy director of the Department for Polymer-Engineering, which works nowadays with 120 people on a broad range of polymer processing topics. Since 2011 he is funding and board member of the ECP4, the European Composites, Plastics and Polymers Processing Platform, which promotes European research to small and medium size companies in the polymer processing sector. He now has 20 years’ experience in applied polymer research and is predominantly working on strategic research planning and international networking.

Roberto Frassine Roberto Frassine, after his graduating in Chemical Engineering and PhD at Polytechnic of Milan, became Associate Professor in Polymer Science and Technology in 1998 and in 2006 Full Professor in Materials Science and Technology at Polytechnic of Milan. From 2010 to 2011 he was President of the Society of Plastics Engineers Europe. He is the author of more than 50 publications in national and international journals and of the volume “Pipes in polyethylene for water transport” published by Springer (2005). Since 2005 he has been president of the Italian Association of Composite Materials (Assocompositi). Since 2013 he has been president of EuCIA, the European Association for the Composite Materials Industry. Since 2017 he is also President of UNIPLAST the Italian Body for plastics standards. He is Scientific Director of the Plastics Testing Laboratory LP3 at Milan Polytechnic.

Marjan Ranogajec Marjan Ranogajec works as a Project Officer with European Plastics Converters (EuPC) and is the European Coordinator for the MORE platform. Before joining EuPC, he worked as a consultant for public funding pursuits in the area of aerospace, renewable energy, paints and coatings, and in academia as a Research Associate on a number of European and national projects in the area of biotechnology and public sector analysis. Marjan holds a Master Degree in Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany and a Graduate Degree in Technology from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia.

Waste Free Oceans Session

Bernard Merkx Bernard Merkx is the Project Director of ReVinylFloor, an initiative that stimulates sustainable controlled loop solutions for reuse, recycling and/or recovery of post-use vinyl flooring in Europe. He has been active in the plastics recycling and converting industry for over 25 years, working for GT Recycling as Managing Director, Schoeller ARCA Systems as Corporate Purchasing Director and Colcom Europe as CEO. Currently he is the owner and Managing Director of Green Wave Plastics, a consultancy assisting companies and associations in the plastics and rubber industry to find pragmatic solutions for improved sustainability.

Hans Axel Kristensen Hans Axel Kristensen is profoundly committed to employing co-creative innovative processes as a means to develop cleantech recycling technologies. His application of a circular economy ethos to tackle the increasing “plastification” of our seas, oceans and environments, while at the same time reducing CO2 emissions and loss of valuable plastic resources, as well as increase the industrial usage of recycled plastics raw materials “Green Plastics”, is unprecedented. Hans strongly believes, that the SDGs provide a “collaborative blue print to ensure The Future We Want – a just, equitable, and inclusive world for generations to come”, and that The Circular Economy together with the Sustainable Development Goals will radically change the way we operate our businesses, govern and lead the world. Hans is dedicated in his quest to prove that this new innovation agenda will create new economic growth opportunities, and that it, along with a cleaner environment must go hand in hand. Hans Axel Kristensen has been a part of the founding team of Plastix, and its CEO since the establishment of the company. Previously, he has held executive management positions in listed international companies such as Scandic Hotels, Dell, and Carlsberg.

Michael Winter Michael Winter is the CEO of a direct sales company for environmentally friendly cleaning products and cosmetics called ‘proWIN Winter GmbH’. proWIN is a family run business with over 100.000 commission based sellers in Europe and a strong focus on products with less negative impact on the environment than the average alternative. Michael Winter is also the founder and curator of the nature protection foundation ‘proWIN pro nature‘, that supports and develops wildlife protection projects around the world. During his studies in business management and English, he worked part time in his Family’s company before becoming the second generation proWIN CEO together with his brother.

Patrick Semadeni Since 2002, Patrick Semadeni is the CEO of the Semadeni Plastics Group, a converter providing rigid plastic packaging and plastic items for the scientific community. Prior, he had worked as a Senior Consultant with Price Waterhouse Cooper in Zurich. He is Vice President of the Swiss Plastics Association, and a Board Member of the Swiss Packaging Institute SVI. He holds a MBA in plastics technology from the University of St. Gallen, and the University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden.

Atle Thiis-Messel Inspiring great work through eco-friendly design! Atle is head of Sustainability at Flokk, the market leader in Europe when it comes to design, engineering and production of working place furniture. After a long trackrecord of developing award-winning products for multi-national corporates in Telecom industry, Atle has built up a passion to drive eco-design development of long-lasting products. He is now dedicated to take Flokk to highest position regarding use of recycled plastics in furniture, with a true passion to battle our time’s challenges of plastic waste and climate change. Flokk pioneered the use of recycled plastics already in 1995, and since then been recognized with several green awards – including the EPRO award 2015 for Best Recycled Plastic Product in Europe with its best seller HÅG Capisco. Flokk was also shortlisted as a Finalist in the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2019 in Amsterdam, April 2019, with their office chair BMA Axia Vision 24/7.

Michel Rousseau “Tech and Innovation freak, most of my career can be seen as a continuous story of technological addictions: from computers to CGIs, from CGIs to 3D , from 3D to UX, from UX to IUI (Innovative User Interfaces, like chatbots), and lastly, from Interfaces to VR/AR/MR. My professional path reflects that state of mind, from small software firms, StartUp creation, to big companies, like Microsoft and Airbus, trying to give meaning to this digital world.”

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