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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General Manager
Johann Angres is General Manager at Steinfurth with main focus on strategic new business development. Steinfurth is German based engineering company active in the area of quality control on beverages, closures and containers. He received a Bachelor of Technology Diploma from the Senior Technical College in Bochum, Germany in 1992. He began his career with Steinfurth in October 1992 as a development and technical support engineer. Since 2005 he acts as president of Steinfurth In...more
Founder and CEO
Gizmo Beverages Inc.
Walter D. Apodaca Jr. is the Founder and CEO of Gizmo Beverages, Inc. (“GB”).  GB holds the worldwide exclusive rights to the globally patented Vessl™— a pressurized closure and delivery device, that upon opening, automatically propels and instantly mixes its tank content into a base container, providing an exciting visual display and confirmation of product activation.Mr. Apodaca has been involved in hundreds of innovative product marketing, supply chain,...more
Application Development/Technical Support
Basell Polyolefine GmbH
Hans-Juergen Bach graduated in Chemistry and holds a Doctorate in Polymer Chemistry from the University of Bayreuth (D). After prior experience in PET material development for rigid packaging, Hans-Juergen Bach is since 2006 with Basell / LyondellBasell. Prior to his current field on application development for medical / pharmaceutical packaging and closure applications, he took responsibility on application development and technical service of polyolefin materials for food and technical f...more
Marketing Manager
Mr. Iacopo Bianconcini joined SACMI Group in Imola, Italy, 16 years ago. He graduated in Management Engineering at Greenwich University in London and Master Educated in Key Account Management and Marketing at SDA Bocconi of Milan and Columbia University of NY. As a Manager in SACMI Imola Headquarter, he is directly responsible for worldwide marketing activities within the Packaging Division, which is grouping both the Beverage and Closures & Containers Business Units. His forme...more
Project Leader
Clean Seas, The North Seas Foundation
Born in Den Helder, the navy “capital” of the Netherlands, daughter of a navy officer, the sea has always played an important role in my life. The stories my father would bring home about what he seen under- and above the water, have inspired me to pursue a career in environment and resource management. After my studies, I worked as an environmental consultant at Royal HaskoningDHV, advising companies i.e. on cooperate social responsibility- and environmental issues. Since 2016...more
Global Head of Market Segment Packaging - BU Masterbatches
Clariant Plastics and Coatings
Alessandro Dulli graduated in Chemical Engineering at the University of Padua, Italy and earned a IDIC in Advanced Chemical Engineering at the Imperial College of London, UK. Acquired a broad experience in the additives for plastics and has occupied several positions in product management, sales and marketing in the specialty chemicals market for the plastics industry, specializing on the Packaging market segment.   Today he holds the position as Global Head of Market Segment ...more
Secretary General
Nicholas Harris is General Secretary of Cetie, the Paris-based inter-professional organisation publishing reference documentation for the bottling industries worldwide, a position he has held since 2010. Previously he worked for more than 30 years in Saint-Gobain Verallia (glass packaging) in R & D, industrial investments, product conformity and environment/sustainability. In his role in Cetie he ensures support to the Chairs for all the expert Working Group meetings held to collective...more
Divisional Business Development Director
RPC Bramlage Division
After gaining B-Eng degree in Polymer Engineering at the University of North London, Derek Hindle spent his early career as a product designer in FMCG packaging.  In 2001, he moved away from packaging, to the World of CAD software. There he trained highly skilled engineers to use Pro/Engineer and Catia Computer Aided Design software, dealing with large companies such as Visteon, TRW, BAE systems, Airbus and Caterpillar to name but a few. In 2004, Derek came back to packaging, taki...more
Vice President of Business Development
Hoffer Plastics
Alex Hoffer earned a Liberal Arts Degree from Purdue University. He also completed graduate work at DePaul University studying post-secondary Education. Alex’s most proud accomplishment is his next one as his focus is always on the future. His most rewarding professional experiences have been on projects that have helped customers’ increase their productivity and profitability. These experiences have connected Alex to his professional “why” by showing him that m...more
Head of Polymer Science
Impact Solutions
Michail Kalloudis received Honours Degree in Material Science at University of Crete followed by a PhD degree in interfacial interactions of polymers at Edinburgh University   He has approximately 6 years of experience in the research, testing and development of plastic-based materials for use in packaging, oil/gas, automotive and other industries. Whilst Head of Polymer Science at Impact Solutions Michail has supported customers with material testing and development as well as cr...more
Senior Consultant
Pöyry Management Consulting
Ania is a Senior Consultant in the Global Packaging Practice of Pöyry Management Consulting. She has over 17 years of track record in leading business and market intelligence projects focusing on packaging, including rigid and flexible plastics packaging, bio-based materials, as well as specialty chemicals used in packaging converting. She has been involved in a number of projects with focus on packaging, corporate strategy development, commercial due diligence and competitive adv...more
Director, Sales Support EMEA & SAARC
Thomas Lanher is the Director of the Beverage Closures Sales Support Team, covering Europe, Middle East, Africa & SAARC, responsible for building a strategy of new products in applications portfolio and driving business activities. With a professional background in engineering and sales, Thomas has held various roles during his nine years at Husky, including Project Manager and Market Manager. Thomas holds a Masters of Mechanical Engineering degree from Institut Francais de M&e...more
Marketing Manager
Mathieu Lecomte holds an engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris (ENSCP) and a post graduate degree from IFP-school (Institut Français du Pétrole). He held different roles in LyondellBasell in application development and business development. More recently, he was senior business analyst for the Olefins & Polyolefins European business. Since August 2017, he is marketing manager polyethylene healthcare, caps and closures.
HGF Limited
Jason is a Partner at HGF, a leading European firm that delivers world class intellectual property (IP) services to its global client base. He helps his clients secure, develop and exploit their IP and extract value from their IP portfolio. Jason has a unique background, having spent over 5 years in PET preform and closures in project engineering and sales roles at a global supplier of plastic injection moulding equipment. This experience, coupled with his legal qualifications as a Europea...more
Senior Manager for Polyolefins
IHS Markit
Kevin Longworth joined CMAI, now IHS Markit, in the spring of 2009 and is currently Senior Manager for Polyolefins. IHS Markit is a leading consultancy in the petrochemicals space and Kevin is responsible for developing the polyolefins market outlook for the EMEA region. He works with a broad range of clients across the petrochemicals value chain from convertors, traders, polymer distributors to producers to give them a deeper understanding of the market and help them make strategic planni...more
EMEA Representative
Philippe has almost forty years of experience in the international plastic industry. He graduated as Plastic engineer from Oyonnax (France) and spent the majority of his career in the development of the international market, in the packaging industry He started to work in production and in mold engineering, then he moved as technical sales, developing liquid color for BASF for French market.He was then recruited by Ewikon to develop from scratch, the French market of hot runners and re...more
Managing Director
Stephen is a Polymer Engineer and experienced senior executive with a strong track record of success. Having experienced many senior global roles with Gillette, P&G, Dow, Revlon and Logoplaste.  Recognised in a recent list of the most influential people in the UK plastics industry.  Stephen sits on the governing council of the British Plastics Federation an active member of the Society of Plastics Engineers, Institute of Materials, and Institute of Packaging.  He has var...more
Waste Free Oceans
Bernard is a plastics material expert with a focus on sustainability. Former president of the Plastic Recyclers Europe, he has a detailed understanding of the intricacies of upcycling ocean waste. 
Polyolefins, IHS Markit
Kaushik joined IHS Markit as the Director of Polyolefins EMEA.  In his new role he is steering the Polyolefin Insight business for Europe, Middle East & Africa. Kaushik has more than twenty years of experience in the Petrochemicals business, working in top global companies like Reliance and SABIC leading various functions like Business Management, Market Development, Market Intelligence and Strategy in leadership roles. In his last job with Petrochemicals giant SABIC he wa...more
Managing Director
NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre
Michael Nieuwesteeg MSc MEng (1959) is managing director of NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre. NVC (founded in 1953) is the association of companies addressing the activity of packaging throughout the supply chain of packaged products. Michael is a trainer for the NVC Training and Education department on sustainable innovation in packaging, accessible (inclusive) packaging design and Web Retail Packaging.  Before joining the NVC (1997) Michael was business unit manager within a maj...more
Application Specialist Food Contact
Job Ridderbecks B. ASc. (1985) was educated as a Materials Science-specialized Chemical Engineer and started his career testing polymer materials at Intertek in the Netherlands. He has since moved on to the Food Contact group within the company where he serves as an Application Specialist for Food Contact Materials. In this role he provides consultancy, designs compliance programs, and coordinates projects for Interteks clients, cooperating with Intertek teams globally, to verify the compl...more
David Rose Packaging Solutions
Starting in the Britvic Soft Drinks factory QC department, then after 10 years moved to a central role within the Packaging Development team where I worked for over 28 years. I have now retired from Britvic Soft Drinks, now working as an independent packaging development consultant. While at Britvic I was deputy Chairperson of the BSDA Technical Packaging Committee, sat on the packaging committee of CETIE and chaired the CETIE sports closure working group. A Fellow of the Packaging Soc...more
Technical Director
Universal Closures
Mark recently returned to Universal Closures as Technical Director after a 5 year period working for Dyson, where he led the UK engineering team on the development of the Supersonic Hairdryer. During his time at UCL, Mark was instrumental in the design, development and commercialisation of the 1881 CSD Sylon closure, which at the time was the lightest and fastest produced CSD closure in the market. Returning to UCL, energised and with broader experience, Mark will help lead UCL through an ...more
Head of R&D BU Recycled-Resource
INTERSEROH Dienstleistungs GmbH. ALBA Group
Dr. Manica Ulcnik-Krump holds a PhD in chemical science. As Head of R&D “recycled resource “ business unit at INTERSEROH Dienstleistungs GmbH is as Head of R&D of BU recycled reseource responsible for the technical development of recycled plastics for the leading European recycling company ALBA Group. In 2007, she was also appointed as a consultant for the IFC World Bank, for the Recycling Linkages programme for Southern Europe. She is plastic material modification ...more
Senior Scientist
Procter & Gamble
Filip Vangeel works as a Senior Scientist for Procter & Gamble’s packaging development department. Born in Belgium in 1967, Filip Vangeel graduated as a chemical engineer (Msc) in 1992. Following his military service as a non-commissioned officer in the Belgian army, Filip joined Procter & Gamble in 1994. During his 22-year career, he played a leading role in various regional and global packaging projects. Filip’s efforts as a packaging expert have led to the filing of ...more
Inclusive Design Team
Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge
MEng (Hons), Mechanical Engineering, UMIST (now University of Manchester), 2002; PhD, Structural Engineering, Cambridge University, 2006; Sam Waller is a researcher within the Inclusive Design Group at the Cambridge Engineering Design Centre. Sam championed the Inclusive Design Toolkit website, together with a website for e-commerce image recommendations, Vision and Hearing Impairment Simulator software , Cambridge Simulation Gloves and Cambridge Simulation Glasses. &nb...more
Society of Plastic Engineers UK/Ireland Division
Over 20 years in the colour masterbatch and additive business.  Specializing in a variety of sectors such as blow moulding, injection moulding, extrusion and rotational moulding.  I have worked globally in different markets, medical device, food packaging, cosmetics, building, and consumer products.  Providing innovative solutions in manufacturing efficiency, product appearance and product optimization. Silvergate Plastics is the UK largest producer of masterbatch and ad...more
Child Safe Packaging Group
Stephen  was appointed Chief Executive of the Child-Safe Packaging Group upon its formation in 1995 and has driven its activities since then. The Child-Safe Packaging Group has been responsible for the design and development of numerous new child resistant packaging designs, both flexible and rigid packs. Stephen Wilkins advises manufacturers on the development of CR packaging, on the need for that packaging and in more general terms he advises clients on strategic marketing issues, u...more
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