Petcore Europe
Annual Conference 2022

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2-3 February 2022
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​Hybrid Event

Don't miss the event of the year for the PET value chain: "Strategy and Trends for the Circular PET Economy".

 

Building up on the success of 2021 with more than 250 visitors, Petcore Europe is happy to announce its 2022 conference over two days, from 2-3 February, at DoubleTree by Hilton Brussels City.

The first day will focus on Perspectives, Strategy and Legislative Challenges for the PET value chain. The second day is dedicated to trends in PET Collection, Sorting, Recycling and Circularity.

 

Attendees will still be able to network thanks to a "Networking Dinner" on February 2nd, but they will also be able to visit "Exhibition booth".

Don't miss your opportunity to network and gain an insight into the latest developments of our industry. Guarantee your place now!

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Programme

Prior to the Annual Conference 2022 our Annual General Assembly will be held from 09:00 to 10:30 AM CET on the 2nd of February 2022. Both, the AGM and the Annual Conference 2022, will be held in double tree by Hilton Brussels, but will also be available online. In case of any new COVID-19 measures both events will still take place and then become fully virtual.

 

Please make sure you book your tickets which will be valid in both case scenario: PETCORE Europe Annual Conference on 2-3 February 2022 at DoubleTree by Hilton Brussels City - Tickets

 
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Agenda

Day 1 | Wednesday, 2 February 2022
Perspectives, Strategy and Legislative Challenges for the PET value chain
 

The event will be moderated by Stephen Short & Christian Crepet (Petcore Europe) and Jim Armstrong (Recoup UK)

10:30 - 11:00                           

Networking Coffee

11:00 - 11:15                           

Welcome – Christian Crepet, Executive Director, Petcore Europe

11:00 - 12:30   Session 1

11:10 - 11:30           

Petcore PET market State of Play 2020 – Andy Grant (Eunomia)

11:30 - 11:45           

Covid Learning & end to end supply chain – Argiris Dabanlis (Petcore Europe)

11:45 - 12:00            

2021 Petcore PET Communication Campaign: Preparing 2022 – David Turier (Fleishman & Hillard)

12:00 - 12:15            

Panel Debate – Q&A

12:15 - 13:30           

Lunch break

13:30 - 15:30   Session 2

13:30 - 13:45            

PET Producers' view: How virgin production industry is preparing for conversion to R PET – Antonello Ciotti (CPME)

13:45 - 14:00            

PET converters’ view: Impact from disconnection from virgin – Filip de Botton (Logoplaste)

14:00 - 14:15            

PET trays Converters’ view: Towards Circularity – Nicolas Lorentz (PACCOR)

14:15 - 14:30            

PET recyclers’ view: How to cope with demand and long-term view with investment? – Casper van den Dungen (Plastics Recyclers Europe)

14:30 - 14:45

PET retailers' view: Consumers habits versus plastic packaging – Zoom on Bottles – (tbc)

14:45 - 15:00

Unesda: Which future for PET Bottle? – Antoon Spiessens (Coca-Cola)

15:00 - 15:15

Microplastics: a big step towards rationalising the debate through harmonization & normalisation of analytical methods  – Nizar Benismail (NMWE)

15:15 - 15:30

Panel Debate – Q&A

15:30 - 16:15            

Networking Coffee Break

16:15 - 17:15   Session 3 Regulation & Legislative Update

16:15 - 16:30

Circular Plastic Alliance: Monitoring standardization and state of play – Laure Baillargeon (EU Commission)

16:30 - 16:45

Single Use Plastic Directive by DG environment – Mattia Pellegrini (EU Commission)

16:45 - 17:00

Deposit for better collection and better PET sorting Scheme – Maria Spyraki (EU Parliament) 

17:00 - 17:15

Panel Debate – Q&A

17:15 - 17:30

Wrap-up and closing

19:00

Networking Dinner

Day 2 | Thursday, 3 February 2022
PET Collecting, Sorting, Recycling & Circularity 

09:00 - 09:45

Welcome Coffee

09:45 - 11:05   Session 4: Working's Group Update

09:45 - 10:05

PET Depolymerization and Food contact – Stephen Short (Petcore Europe)

 

10:05 - 10:25

PET Depolymerization Technology Status – Martin Stephan (Carbios)

 

10:25 - 10:45

Labels: Turning labels circular – Sofiane Mameri (Sleever)

 

10:45 - 11:05

Going beyond recycling – why PET reuse solutions matter – Sebastian Lemp (Alpla)

 

11:05 - 11:20

Comparative LCA Analysis – Argiris Dabanlis (Petcore Europe) & Klaas Geneyn (McBride)

11:20 - 11:45

Networking Coffee

11:45 - 12:00

PET Trays: Evaluation working group update, design guidelines and last technical development – Ana Fernandez (Klöckner Pentaplast)

 

12:00 - 12:15

Trays to trays recycling: a new implementation from collection to rPET manufacture – Hélène Legrand (Valorplast) & François Lagrue (Wellman)

 

12:15 - 12:30

Feedback on white containers circularity in France – Vincent Colard (CITEO)

 

12:30 - 12:45

EPBP: Building a solid Governance System for closed loop PET recycling in Europe, together  – Bruno Van Gompel (UNESDA)

 

12:45 - 13:00

Recyclass – Fabrizio Di Gregorio (Plastics Recyclers Europe)

 

13:00 - 13:15

Panel Debate - Q&A 

13:15 - 14:30

Networking Lunch

4:30-16:00   Session 5 Trends in Sorting and Collection

14:30-14:45

Digital Watermarks: 2022 Final Stretch? – Larry Logan (Digimarc)

15:00-15:15

Deposit return system: State of play the best solution! –  Clarissa Morawski (Reloop)

 

15:15-15:30

Digital Deposit Return System: How does it work? – Eric Randall (Bryson Recycling)

 

15:30 -15:45

The SamurAI and the impact of AI in the design of Material Recycling Facility – Ian Smith (Machinex)

 

15:45 -16:00

Panel Debate – Q&A

16:00

Wrap-up and closing

 
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Moderators

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Stephen Short

President PETCORE Europe

Stephen Short has served the PET industry for over 40 years in several functions. Besides graduating through the industrial aspects with Eastman Chemical and subsequently Indorama Ventures, he has served the value chain in his engagement in advocacy through Plastics Europe, Committee of PET Manufacturers Europe (CPME), and eventually PETCORE. He was instrumental in establishing CPME as the platform for the PET Producers, serving as Chairman for six years. He has been holding the position of President PETCORE since 2019.

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Christian Crepet

Executive Director of PETCORE EUROPE

With a commercial and executive business management background, Christian-Yves Crépet started his career with Dow Chemical and went on with Eni Chem both in France and other European countries. Before running Petcore Europe, he has been the Managing Director of the French 50 kt/pa PET&HDPE recycling company Sorepla Industrie for the last 21 years.

He is very familiar with the PET and the Polyolefin Industry. Having been a member of Petcore since 1993, became a director and treasurer. Also, for the past 15 years, Vice-President of PRE (Plastics Recyclers Europe), Chairman and founder of it’s HDPE/PP WG and Vice-Chairman of the PET WG.

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Jim Armstrong

Chairman, Recoup UK

Jim has over 40 years involvement in the PET Industry primarily within the Wellman Group (now Indorama Ventures) where among other roles, he was responsible for Recycling of PET and associated polymers. He presently serves as Chairman of the Board of Recoup/UK , is a Management Committee member  of Plastic Recyclers Europe and of the BPF Recycling Group, having formerly served as a President of the  French Plastic Recyclers and as a Board member of CSEMP(Elipso) - ( French Converters).

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Speakers

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Mike Neal

Chairman of the HSE WG, of CPME, also working on PING/GENI, Monomer Recycling WG and EPBP.

Mike Neal is Chairman of the HSE WG, of CPME, also working on PING/GENI, Monomer Recycling WG and EPBP. He represents the industry in DG Sante Food Contact materials WG, he is member of the PET Industry NIAS Group (PING), Petcore Technical Committee and the European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) he also manages four REACH Consortia.

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Vincent Colard

Packaging Ecodesign Team Manager at Citeo

He started in 2008 at Elipso, the French Plastic and Flexible Packaging Association as Environmental project manager. Then, he joined Eco -Emballages/Citeo in 2016 as Packaging Ecodesign Engineer and now managing the ecodesign team dedicated to plastic and metal packaging.

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Ana Fernández

Klöckner Pentaplast – Food Packaging Global Innovations Director

Ana holds a PhD in chemistry and has over 30 years of experience in the food packaging sector. She has practically developed her entire career in the food packaging multinational company LINPAC Packaging  as Technical and Operations Director of the Pravia plant in Spain, being responsible  for  product  and process design, detailed engineering, plant operation and business improvement.

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Argiris Dabanlis

Technical Manager at PETCORE Europe

He possesses MEng, MSc, MBA, has technical, and executive business background and experience. Argiris started his career at Petzetakis – Pipelife plastic pipe industry and then, he moved to FMCG area. He worked for Coca-Cola Hellenic in Greece and Armenia and then, moved to The Coca-Cola Company, holding senior technical position for Central-Southeastern Europe Business Unit. His area of expertise packaging and packaging development, end to end supply chain, package, product development and operations management.
 

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Antoon Spiessens

Technical Sustainability Director at The Coca -Cola Company, Europe

Antoon is accountable for the design and stewardship of The Coca-Cola Company’s sustainability strategy, commitments and execution plans for packaging, water and climate in Europe. Antoon brings more than 2 decades of international technical and business experience, innovation and sustainability leadership.

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Antonello Ciotti

Chairman in CPME, Commission of the European Manufacturers of PET, representing all the European producers

He has a long-term story as Dow Plastic employee in different roles mainly in the PET business as Global Commercial Director in Equipolymers and in plastic recycling as Sr. Business Development Director EMEAI in Dow Plastics & Specialty Plastic Recycling. Antonello is Past President and actually Deputy Chairman in Corepla, the Italian EPR scheme for plastic packaging recycling.

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Nicolas Lorenz

Chief Commercial Officer of PACCOR

Nicolas Lorenz was born in Mannheim, Germany, in 1968. He joined PACCOR in September 2014 as the Northern Europe Managing Director and later moved on to the position of Vice President Sales. Since 2019, he is also Board member of PETCORE Europe and Co-chairman of the tray work group. Mr. Lorenz possesses profound knowledge in areas such as packaging and product technologies, sustainable growth, customer care, trading, and sales.

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Laure Baillargeon

Policy officer at the Directorate-general for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) at the European Commission

Laure has been working at DG GROW since 2007 in the area of internal market and industrial competitiveness policies, from eco-design to strategic value chains and new technology to plastics. She currently works in the Green and Circular Economy unit of DG GROW, which acts as Secretariat and Chair of the Steering Committee of the Circular Plastics Alliance (CPA).

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Martin Stephan

Deputy CEO of Carbios

Martin joined Carbios in February 2017. He is now Deputy CEO of the Company. Martin has made his entire career in the chemical industry. Prior to joining Carbios, he held several senior international positions at Du Pont de Nemours, Chemours, and at the chemical branch of the French Oil & Gaz major, Total. He worked in France, Germany, Italy and in Switzerland, where he is currently resident.

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Sofiane Mameri

Sustainable Development Manager at Sleever International

He joined the Marketing Department as Communication Executive in 2012, to become Head of Marketing & Communication in 2017. Presently responsible for sustainable development products, he promotes to worldwide brands all the added value and benefits of shrink sleeve recycling technologies. With an intricate understanding of the customers expectations in terms of packaging eco-design and differentiation, Sofiane has provided valuable insight to multiple customers and partners.

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Fabrizio Di Gregorio

Technical Director of Plastics Recyclers Europe

Fabrizio Di Gregorio received an Honors Degree in Environmental Science and Technology and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Naples. He spent 10 years as researcher and lecturer at the University of Naples in mechanical, chemical, and biochemical processes, as well as in life cycle assessment. He was invited lecturer at the Denmark Technology University and at the Technology University of Wien. He spent 2 years as R&D manager at CONAI, the Italian EPR scheme. Currently he is Technical Director of Plastics Recyclers Europe and in charge of RecyClass, a technical value chain initiative working with a scientific-based approach on recyclability and recycled content for plastics.

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Sebastian Lemp

Public Affairs and Circular Economy Specialist at ALPLA

Sebastian Lemp has been working for ALPLA as a Public Affairs and Circular Economy Specialist since October 2020. The 30-year-old Austrian has been living in Brussels since 2015, where he has gathered extensive experience in the fields of public affairs and communications after graduating in Corporate Communication at the Université Libré de Bruxelles. Before joining ALPLA, Sebastian worked almost three years for Petcore Europe. He is still active within the association and chairs the recently launched working group focusing on the increasingly important topic of reuse.

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Casper van den Dungen

Vice president Plastics Recyclers Europe

Casper is also Chairman Working Group PET, Member technical committee EPBP, Member steering board EPBP, Chairman Technical committee PETCORE Europe, Member of BoD PETCORE Europe. Casper is more than 20 years active in PET recycling. He started as mechanical engineer with a specialization in Plastic processing. Gained experience in Explorative Research and Development as well as heading a Plastic processing using recycled materials.

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Clarissa Morawski 

CEO of the Reloop Platform

In 2015 Canadian Clarissa Morawski co-founded and is currently the CEO of the Reloop Platform, (headquarters in Brussels) – an international  not-for-profit that supports proactive policy to further a circular economy. Reloop collaborates using value-chain networks that provide technical and analytical expertise to help better define, communicate and deploy waste minimization policies and operations. Clarissa brings over 25 years of technical, analytical and communications experience in waste minimization policy and operations with a specific interest in extended producer responsibility programs, cost and performance. 

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Larry Logan

Chief Evangelist for Sustainability Solutions

Mr. Logan is leading the company’s efforts to create a harmonized industry solution for the automatic identification of plastics and other waste, through a form of technology generically referred to as digital watermarking. By giving each waste object its own unique identity that can be discovered by sortation equipment, industry will achieve increased quality and quantity of yields of recyclates to meet the sustainability targets of manufacturers, dual system and facility operators, and government agencies. And, as importantly, to enable consumers to engage with packaging objects through their smartphones to be directed to proper disposal even based on their location or waste service provider.

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Andy Grant

Technical Director at Eunomia Research & Consulting

Andy Grant has extensive experience of operational waste management gained from managing and consulting on waste collection and recycling processes. His practical experience has led him to become a technical expert and advisor in the fields of waste and recycling collections, materials, processing facilities, service design, and efficiency savings. This has been generated from past work across a range of project both for the European Commission, governmental and private sector clients. Andy is currently contributing to several PETCore technical working groups and providing advice on the development of policy issues.

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Eric Randall

Director of Recycling, Bryson Recycling

Eric is a serial social entrepreneur who started his career in recycling in 1989 with co-operative Bradford Waste Chasers. Since 1992 Eric has led the development of Bryson Recycling which now employs over 300 staff and is a leading provider of a wide range of household recycling services in Northern Ireland, Donegal and Wales. He recently set up an Industry Working Group to look at a digital solution to the introduction of deposit return schemes (DRS), and in 2020 Bryson successfully trialled the UK’s first digital DRS in Whitehead, Northern Ireland.

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Klaas Geneyn

Product Development Packaging Specialist at McBride

After a graphical training Klaas Geneyn started working in 2008 in the graphical industry. He specialised in automatisation, colourmanagement and video. After 10 years he has switched his career to packaging and started with McBride in 2018. After 1.5 year of being a local packaging specialist he was promoted to being a packaging leader for Belgium and France. His responsibility now is mainly patent-landscaping, leading the team through new innovative developments and he is also in charge of major developments.

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Filipe de Botton 

Logoplaste Executive Chairman

He was born in 1958, is a father of 3 and grandfather of 4, Filipe de Botton has a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from "Universidade Católica Portuguesa”. From 1985 to 1990, Filipe de Botton was a Founder and Member of the Board of Interfinança, a private bank sold to Millennium BCP, and, between 1990 and 1991, he was a Founder and Member of the Board of Fonsecas & Burnay, Sociedade Gestora de Património, which is now part of the BPI group. In 1976, he founded Logoplaste with his father and became CEO and main shareholder in 1991. Logoplaste is one of the main worldwide producers of rigid plastic. It has 70 factories in 16 countries – in Europe, NAFTA, Vietnam and Brazil – with sales of over 600 million euros.

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Mattia Pellegrini

Head of Unit for «Waste Management & Secondary Materials» at DG Environment, European Commission

Previously he was Head of Unit for Raw Materials, Metals, Minerals and Forest-based Industries at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. Previously, he worked as Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Nelli Feroci and as a Member of the Cabinet of the Vice President of the European Commission, in charge of Enterprise and Industry. Mr Pellegrini has a Master’s Degree in European Legal Studies obtained at the College of Europe, Bruges, and a postgraduate diploma in EC Law obtained at L.U.I.S.S. “Guido Carli”, University of Rome.

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David Turier

Partner at FleishmanHillard

David Turier is a partner at FleishmanHillard in Brussels where he has worked for 15 years and now currently leads their Integrated communications and reputation management practice. He specialises in providing strategic counsel for clients seeking to influence policy whilst bridging the gap between more traditional government relations and fully integrated campaigning. David has been involved in creating large-scale multi-market communications campaigns for clients in the aviation, chemical, energy efficiency, financial, tech and food sectors. He has creatively led and managed campaigns earning awards such  as ‘European Campaign of the Year’ at the European Excellence Awards and the Sparks award for creativity.

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Nizar Benismail

PHD in physical chemistry from the Henry Poincaré University of Nancy 1 and an Executive MBA from ICN Business school

He has more than 20 years’ experience leading teams in the field of analytical science and R&D at different companies in the petrochemical, nuclear, food, feed, hospital health, animal health, environment, and water fields. In 2013, Nizar joined Nestle Waters as Head of the Nestlé Quality Assurance Center located in Vittel, France. Nizar is a member of NMWE’s Quality & Regulatory Committee (QRC) and the leader of NMWE’s Task Force on Microplastics.

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Ian Smith

UK Business Development Manager Machinex

Marc de Voogd joined Alpla in 2013 as General Manager Alpla France and since 2018 also took over the responsibility of Spain and Portugal. He is currently responsible for 12 plants and 1200 employees and prior to joining Alpla has worked 10 years in the agri and food business for Bunge as Procurement Director EMEA. Next to having a strong international experience having lived and worked in over 7 countries, Marc is actively engaged in the circular economy through his current responsibilities and as a board member in Elipso, EUPC and PETCORE.

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Maria Spyraki

Member of the European Parliament with Nea Demokratia party - European People's Party (EPP)

Maria has worked for 22 years as a journalist in the private sector, and she is a member of the Union of Editors of Macedonia and Thrace. As a journalist she has participated in missions to Southeast Europe (Skopje, Cyprus, Albania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro). Since 1998 and until March 2014 she worked as a political reporter. At the European Elections of 2014 she was elected first Member of the European Parliament with Nea Demokratia and she joined the European People’s Party. She is a member of the Committees on Regional Development (REGI) and on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), as well as a member of the EU-FYROM Joint Parliamentary Committee.

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Bruno Van Gompel

Independent Advisor

Bruno Van Gompel is an independent advisor focusing on innovation and sustainability with a passion for sustainable packaging. Until recently he was VP Technical, Innovation and Supply Chain and leading the Sustainable Packaging Office for Coca-Cola in Western Europe. He joined Coca-Cola in 1993, where, for over more than 27 years, he acquired practical and strategic knowledge about R&D, scientific and regulatory affairs, supply chain, commercialization, and marketing. Before that he was working as production manager for BP Chemicals, Union Carbide and Dow Chemicals.

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Hélène LEGRAND

Materials Engineer at VALORPLAST

Since the beginning of her career, Hélène LEGRAND has been keen to put environmental issues at the heart of her missions. Therefore, since early 2020, she joined the VALORPLAST teams as a Materials Engineer to commit to increasing the recycling rate of household plastic packaging. By creating strong and lasting partnerships with sorting centers, regenerators and packaging producers, she is today specialized in the recycling of PET packaging and is managing several R&D projects concerning this resin. In addition to this, Hélène LEGRAND actively participates in the COTREP (Technical Committee for the Recyclability of Plastic Packaging), which determines in France the guidelines for ecodesign of household packaging for the entire sector of activity.

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