A Circular Future with Plastics is the main event for the European plastics converting industry. The annual 2-day conference is organised by the association European Plastics Converters (EuPC) in cooperation with the national plastics associations Agoria and Essenscia - Polymatters. The event gathers more than 250 representatives of the European Plastics Industry, local and national authorities, machinery producers and media in forums, debates and networking opportunities at the presence of high-level speakers. 

Why A Circular Future with Plastics?

Connect. Learn. Grow.

Since 2017, A Circular Future with Plastics is offering the European plastics industry excellent networking opportunities combined with presentations from industry experts and policy makers. Join our conference to learn more about the most important topics that are currently affecting the plastics industry and get insights on the latest developments on the European level. Leading industry representatives will share their vision and strategy towards a more circular future for the plastics industry in Europe 

 

Draft Schedule

Day 1 - 19th May 2022

09.30 - 10.00

Welcome Coffee & Registration

10.00 - 12.30

Market Division Sessions
 

Automotive session 

10.00 - 10.15 Welcome by EuPC Automotive & Transportation Division Chair

                              Claude Clement, PLASTIC OMNIUM

10.15 - 10.35 ELIX Polymers sustainable solutions for demanding Automotive applications 

                               Fabian Herter, ELIX Polymers

10.35 - 10.55 Introducing Molecular Plasma Technology, a novel groundbreaking technology for surface functionalization of polymers

                               Marc Jacobs , MPG

10.55 - 11.15   Circular economy - Audi Brussels

                                Annick Hernot, Audi

 

11.15 - 11.40  Coffee Break

11.40 - 12.00   On the Road to Low Carbon Impact PP Compounds Solutions

                               Philippe Thiriaux, TotalEnergies

12.00 - 12.20   Borealis CES solutions: addressing the sustainability challenges of Automotive industry

                               Franck Lagoutte, BOREALIS

12.20 - 12.40   How can material expertise and digital means support the supply of circular plastics feedstock ?

                             Edouard Garreau, Polytopoly

 

12.40 - 12.50   Closing by EuPC Automotive & Transportation Division Chair

                                Claude Clement, PLASTIC OMNIUM

12.50  Networking lunch


Building & Construction session
10.00 - 10.15  Welcome by EuPC Building & Construction Division Chair

                            Myriam Tryjefaczka, Tarkett

10.15 -10.35  Recycling of Post-Consumer PVC & Valorisation of the waste streams

                            Johan Pauwels, Deceuninck

10.35 - 10.55   PolyCert Europe and more...

                             Jan Laperre, PolyCert Europe

10.55 - 11.15  The art of being a converter in a circular economy

                              Wim Van Eynde, Exolon Group

 

11.15 - 11.45  Coffee Break

11.45 -12.05 Insulating ArmaPET foams made of recycled polyesters for energy efficient buildings and constructions

                Henri Chapelle & Dr Sven Hendriks, Armacell

12.05 -12.25    Circular use of plastics and textiles: challenges and opportunities

                              Isabel De Schrijver, Centexbel

12.25 - 12.30   Closing by EuPC Building & Construction Division Chair

                              Myriam Tryjefaczka, Tarkett

12.30 - 13.30   Networking lunch



Packaging session
10.00 - 10.15   Welcome by EuPC Packaging Division Chair

                        Achim Grefenstein, Constantia Flexibles

10.15 - 10.35  Smart Packaging as Driving Force behind Sustainable Products, Colruyt Goup's Perspective 

                                Mieke Vercaeren, Colruyt Group

10.35 - 10.55   Borealis Circular Economy Solutions approach in Packaging

                              Peter Voortmans, BOREALIS

10.55- 11.15  Keynote Speaker: Laure Baillargeon, Policy Officer, European Commission 

11.15 - 11.45   Coffee Break

11.45- 12.05   Uptake of recycled materials via EPR support

                             Filip Vangeel, Valipac

12.05 - 12.25   Smart Ink Solutions for Flexible Packaging Circularity

                              Dr. Lutz Frischmann, HuberGroup

12.25 - 12.30   Closing by EuPC Packaging Division Chair

                        Achim Grefenstein, Constantia Flexibles

12.30   Networking lunch

12.30 - 13.30

Networking Lunch

13.30 - 16.00

Packaging, Building & Construction, WFO Sessions

Packaging session

13.30 - 13.40   Opening by EuPC Packaging Division Chair

                       Achim Grefenstein, Constantia Flexibles

13.40 - 14.00    Introducing Molecular Plasma Technology, a novel groundbreaking technology for surface functionalization of polymers

                                 Marcelo Milani, MPG

14.00 - 14. 20   The Polymount Film Cleaner removes ink from printed film and enables to fully recycle

                                  Carole Binczyk, Polymount

14.20 - 14.35   In a context of scarcity, increasing recycled polymer supply streams potential without making concessions on the quality

                                  Edouard Garreau, Polytopoly

14.35 - 14.55   Coffee break

14.55 - 15.15  Plastics2Chemicals – Indaver’s approach to the chemical recycling of plastic packaging waste

                                Tim Devlamynck, Indaver

15.15 - 15.35   Low Carbon and Sustainable Solutions for Plastic Packaging

                               Christian Koulic, TotalEnergies

15.35 - 15.45   Closing by EuPC Packaging Division Chair

                       Achim Grefenstein, Constantia Flexibles

 Building & Construction session

13.30 - 13.40   Opening by EuPC Building & Construction Division Chair

                              Myriam Tryjefaczka, Tarkett

13.40 - 14.00 PVC, the natural choice for sustainable construction

                            Rudy Miller, Vynova

 

14.00 - 14.20 Low Carbon and Sustainable solutions for Buildings and Construction

                               Christine Bertrand, TotalEnergies

14.20 - 14.45 Coffee Break

14.45 - 15.05      Reducing Global Warming Potential in Building & Infrastructure construction and use phase

                                John Webster, BOREALIS

15.05 - 15.25   Recycled and upcycled polystyrene solutions for the energy efficiency of buildings       

                              Paolo Bottarelli, Versalis

15.25 - 15.40 Closing by EuPC Building & Construction Division Chair

                             Myriam Tryjefaczka, Tarkett

WFO session

13.30 - 13.45   Welcome by Moderator

                               Bernard Merkx, Co-Founder WFO

13.45 - 14.05   Global Plastics Outlook: economic drivers, environmental impacts and policy options

                       Maarten Dubois, OECD

 

14.05 - 14.25  How to prevent plastic leakage into the oceans / Project STOP

                        Dorothea Wiplinger, BOREALIS

14.25 - 14.45 Coffee Break

14.45 - 15.05  Occurrence, effects and risks of microplastics in Flemish surface waters

                   Maarten De Jonge, Flanders Environment Agency (VMM)

15.05 - 15.25   Circular Fibres a success story: industry willingness to include Green Plastics in the circular design of products

                               Hans Axel Kristensen, PLASTIX AS

15.25 - 15.45 Market first: Schoeller Allibert creates beer crate from maritime plastic for AB InBev

                                 Olivier De Vlieger, Julie De Bruyckere, Carlos Wever & Martin Fetzer, Schoeller Allibert

15.45 - 15.55    Closing by Moderator

                              Bernard Merkx, Co-Founder WFO

19.00 - 23.00

Gala Dinner

Day 2 - 20th May 2022

08.30 - 09.30

EuPC General Assembly (Members Only) 

09.30 - 10.00

Welcome Coffee & Registration

10.00 - 13.00

Main Conference Session: Keynote  Speeches and Panel Debate

10.00 - 10.05   Welcome by Moderator

                               Melinda Crane

10.05 - 10.20   Welcome by EuPC, Agoria and Essenscia

10.20 - 10.35   Keynote Speaker: Soren Gade, European Parliament

10.35 - 10.50   Keynote Speaker: Joaquim Nunes de Almeida, Director at DG GROW, European Commission

10.50 - 11.00    Keynote Speaker: Plastics Europe President

11.00 - 11.10   TotalEnergies Polymers Sustainability Agenda

                              Valérie Goff, TotalEnergies

11.10 - 11.20   The Borealis integrated circular cascade approach

                              Christopher McArdle, BOREALIS

11.20 - 11.30   Versalis’ complementary solutions towards plastics circularity

                               Franco Meropiali, Versalis

11.30 - 11.50   Coffee Break

11.50 - 13.45   Round table discussion – Debate moderated by Melinda Crane

                              EuPC President

                              Plastics Europe President

                              Christopher McArdle, Borealis

                              Jean Viallefont, TotalEnergies

                              Gerald Rebitzer, Amcor

                              Claude Clement, Plastic Omnium

                               Gracy Ramont, Segers & Balcaen

                               Franco Meropiali,  Versalis

13.45 – 14.00 Closing by Moderator & EuPC President

14.00

Networking lunch

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