7th - 8th November 2017
Hotel Novotel Amsterdam City
The Leading European Plastics Caps and Closures Event
7th - 8th November 2017
Hotel Novotel Amsterdam City
The Leading European Plastics Caps and Closures Event
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2017 Programme

Programme Day One

7th November 
8.30   Registration, refreshments and networking
9.15   Chairman’s welcome and introduction 
Michaël Nieuwesteeg, Managing Director, 
NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre
9.30   Analysis on current supply for the caps and closures market
Kevin Longworth, Senior Manager for Polyolefins, IHS Markit
Kaushik Mitra, Director, Polyolefins, IHS Markit
•  Supply side – converters securing supply from outside of Europe
•  The issues with this strategy; lower costs but not supporting local market
•  Issue of security of supply when going outside Europe
•  The huge growth of China within plastic materials
10.00   Plastic Caps and Closures Market: Global
Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2016-2026
Speaker to be confirmed
•  Drivers & Restraints
•  Segmentation
•  Region-wise Outlook
•  Key Players
10.30   Accessible design of packaging and novel ways to increase understanding about what is in the pack
Michaël Nieuwesteeg, Managing Director, NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre
•  A look at accessible design
•  AR/VR as a way to increase understanding about pack contents
•  Future projections
11.00   Refreshment break and networking
11.30   Latest developments in European food contact regulations for plastic food contact materials
Job Ridderbecks, Application Specialist Food Contact, Intertek
•  European food contact regulation; setting out rules on the composition of plastic food contact materials and restriction of their use
•  Latest regulatory developments within food contact; regulation 10/2011 for plastic food contact materials and recent updates
•  How the regulations affect caps and closures
•  What is expected for 2017 / 2018
11.50  The impact of sustainability on packaging material development
Filip Vangeel, Senior Scientist, Procter & Gamble
•  The impact on packaging material development when taking sustainability into consideration
•  Challenges to overcome
•  The brand owner’s perspective
12.20   Bottle caps and the problem of pollution 
Marijke Boonstra, Project Leader, Clean Seas, Noordzee
•  Plastic bottle cap pollution – trends how bottle caps are found all around the world
•  The impacts of bottle cap pollution
•  Results of bottle cap analysis of more than 10,000 caps that were collected on the Dutch coast during the yearly Beach Cleanup Tour – types, colours, brands and degradation.
•  Solutions to bottle cap free oceans – call to action.
12.40   Circular economy- caps and closures; challenges and opportunities 
Ania Krolak, Senior Consultant, Pöyry Management Consulting
•  How the circular economy principle should be translated into the world of caps and closures
•  The particular set of challenges for plastic caps and closures: Case studies to show the challenges with:
•  CSD bottle caps    
•  Liquid cartons caps   
•  Coffee cups lids 
•  Future projections regarding opportunities and solutions
13.00   Reusing marine litter to close the loop
Bernard Merkx, President, Waste Free Oceans
•  Plastic pollution; how litter persists and accumulates on the sea floor, beaches and sea surface
•  The impacts of marine plastic
•  The growing call to action to tackle the issue
13.20   Lunch and networking
14.20   Innovative Recycling Approach that Enables Plastics Caps and Closures  Second Life: Practice and Reality
Dr. Manica Ulcnik-Krump, Head of R&D BU recycled-resource, INTERSEROH Dienstleistungs GmbH. ALBA Group
•  Recycled-Resource®: Interseroh/ALBA innovative upcycling process    
•  The production of re-compound procyclen® from post-consumer plastics waste as a raw material for further production of closures
•  Closures waste as a potential main source for the high quality tailor made procyclen®
•  Success stories
14.40   Advancing innovative polyethylene solutions for lightweighting and 'ease of use' in caps and closures applications 
Mathieu Lecomte, Marketing Manager PE Healthcare, Caps & Closures, LyondellBasell
Hans-Juergen Bach, ADTS Engineer Healthcare & Closures, LyondellBasell
•  Cycle time improvement, weight reduction and energy savings; how they result in an overall cost reduction.
•  Innovation challenge is to improve an already demanding application performance without generating adverse effect on FNCT/ESCR
•  How new polymer designs and structures are needed to address these trends.
•  The launch of innovative grades to advance caps and closure design and performance
•  How weight reduction and good processability lead to higher productivity at excellent organoleptic properties.
•  A case study to demonstrate these new grades capabilities: conversion process and actual application.
15.10   The ageing population and openability vs the trend for lightweighting and cost reduction 
Stephen Wilkins, CEO, Child Safe Packaging Group
•  A general look at the issues of ease of opening and child resistance 
•  Trend of lightweight and cheaper closures and how this can impact openability
•  Mistakes to avoid when designing closures; how counter-intuitive closures can confuse older people
•  How to achieve critical success
15.40   Refreshment break and networking
16.10   Designing a more inclusive world
Sam Waller, Inclusive Design Team, Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge
•  Understanding population diversity, ageing and capability variation (especially vision and dexterity)
•  Introduction to inclusive design = better design
•  Case studies of successful inclusive solutions (good grips, Ford focus, Unilever e-commerce images)
•  Inclusive design process & tools (simulation gloves, glasses, exclusion calculator)
16.40   Accurate and Accelerated Investigation of environmental stress cracking performance in caps and closure materials
Michail Kalloudis, Head of Polymer Science, Impact Solutions
•  How ESC is one of the most common cause of brittle failures in plastic caps and closures. Contact with chemicals makes ESC more prominent
•  How ESC is usually a slow crack growth which develops over time; the need therefore for accelerated, consistent and accurate QC methods
•  Why assessment of ESC should be applied both in the resin development and in the caps and closure production stages
•  A review of current accelerated ESC standard testing methods, focusing on the full notch creep test and its challenges
•  A brief description of novel techniques and their relevance to ESC mechanisms will be presented
17.00   Impact of torque and application angle on the consumer felt beverage packaging quality (packaging usability and functionality impressions)
Johann Angres, General Manager, Steinfurth Inc
•  Assessing the pack/closure for consumer function and useability
17.20   Chairman’s closing remarks
            Evening Networking drinks reception
Programme Day Two
8th November 
8.30   Welcome refreshments and networking
9.00   Welcome and introduction to the day
Michaël Nieuwesteeg, Managing Director, NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre
9.15   Packaging for a new era of e-commerce and he internet of things
Dave Rose, Director, David Rose Packaging Solutions (Former Project Manager, Packaging Development, Britvic)
•  How packaging has almost exclusively been developed for traditional supply chains:
•  Palletised goods shipped to distribution depot
•  Traded units are then broken down into mixed loads for shipment to store
•  Consumer picks pack and takes home
•  In what ways packaging has traditionally been developed to meet the demands of this supply chain, both primary packs and secondary/tertiary packaging
•  How the e-commerce supply chain is significantly different
•  Packs not always upright
•  Often will experience multiple drops
•  The effect of hydraulic shock on the closure/seal can be severe
•  Compressive loads in all orientations
•  What it all means for the packaging / caps and closures industries
9.45   Speaking the customer’s language and improving communication between suppliers and brand owners / retailers

Speaker TBC
•  Brand owners: focussing purely on customers needs - how its important that the plastics industry is on the same page
•  What consumers care about: ease of opening and waste
•  Retailers and brand owners wanting to talk to engineers rather than supplier sales people about their needs
•  What brands and retailers want addressing by suppliers – last minute product differentiation, innovation for brand advantage, cost

10.15   Standards and best practice – sharing to advance
Nicholas Harris, Secretary General, Cetie
Standardisation – identifying common ground
Industry reference documentation and expert groups
Contribution to cost reduction for the value chain
Basis for “open innovation” in caps and closures
10.35   Organoleptic coloration concept for beverage closure market
Alessandro Dulli, Global Head of Market Segment Packaging, Business Unit Masterbatches, Clariant Plastics and Coatings
•  Organoleptic issues can damage brand image and have financial impact on the beverage industry
•  To limit the risk, brand owners are asking for commitment along the value chain to the different stakeholders
•  An innovative holistic approach to this business can offer masterbaches devised for this sensitive industry
11.00   Refreshment break and networking
11.30   The ‘science of interference’; the need for the packaging industry to work in coordination
Stephen Mancey, Managing Director, 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
12.00   Pouches; building partnerships to overcome the problem of leaks
Alex Hoffer, Vice President of Business Development, Hoffer Plastics Corporation
•  The reality of the problem of leaking pouches in HFFS manufacturing
•  How Cap and fitment design are critical to this extent
•  Avoiding the blame game; how true partnership between film, machine and closures suppliers can help solve the problem
12.30  How the combination of a product centric approach with a versatile technology can enhance cap manufacturers’ benefits and market advantage
Iacopo Bianconcini, Closures & Containers Marketing Manager, SACMI
•  1 mould for 2 caps design, made possible by the intrinsic characteristics of compression technology
•  Sacmi closure research centre, to deliver the more effective cap design, personalized to each customer
•  CASE STUDY: a 1881 cap design to be moulded at different weight according to target application (water or CSD)
13.00   Lunch and networking
14.00   Product protection. A deeper look into the product protection range to serve the growing demand in this market 
Derek Hindle, Division Business Development Director, RPC Bramlage Division
•  Airfree - not just for product protection 
•  The process behind the technology
•  Moving towards anti-bacterial protection
•  The new RPC pump  
14.30   Tooling optimization for lower cost of ownership, improved part quality and increased productivity
Thomas Lanher, Beverage Closures Solutioning Lead, Husky Injection Molding Systems 
•  How the injection molding process for closures is multifaceted, and requires increasingly complex tooling in order to achieve the best part quality and productivity
•  A look at recent trends and innovations in tooling optimization that allow for improved part quality, increased productivity and a lower total cost of ownership 
•  A look at various factors for tooling optimization including thermal management, ease of maintenance, and  anti-contamination features
•  How these factors contribute to increased value for the customer
15.00   Refreshment break and networking
15.30   Exploiting new industry trends: Why intellectual property matters
Jason Lessard, Partner, HGF
•  Industry trends aimed at addressing consumer or business issues generally results in competing suppliers offering similar solutions
•  Conflicts often arise in these situations, whether or not such products are developed independently
•  With over 1,400 patent applications filed for cap and closure technology in 2016 alone, failure to navigate the IP landscape can be detrimental
•  Exploring the most effective ways of protecting novel solutions and of identifying and mitigating freedom to operate risks
15.50 Servo Driven Molds for Custom Closures
 Philippe Mafille, EMEA Representative, StackTeck
• Faster cycles and greater precision
• In Mold functions for closures
• Ideal for clean room molding
16.10   Innovating to respond to global beverage closure market trends
Mark Smith, Technical Director, Universal Closures
•  Global Beverage Closure trends: what is impacting the  market, prices, light weighting, demand
•  Beverage Closure trends in different regions: Latin America, SE Asia, China, Australasia, Europe etc
•  UCL’s closure solutions to deal with the trends on a global basis and in certain regions
•  Lightweight CSD and water closures plus new hinged sports closures
16.40   Additives and effects to add value to your closures
Maryann Wilcox, Manager, Silvergate / President, Society of Plastics Engineers
•  Current additives commonly used and what benefits they provide
•  New additives and what they can provide
•  Effects to create your brand to stand out
17.00   Chair’s closing remarks and end of conference


*Programme may be subject to change

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