EVENT

European Polyamide Conference 2024

13 March 2024 - 14 March 2024

Day One 13:00 - 18:00 | Day Two 08:00 - 17:30

Kap Europa Congress Center, Frankfurt, Germany

Early Bird tickets are €895 + 19% VAT per person. Save €300 when you book by 23 February 2024

Is 2024 the year that the polyamide segment looks to emerge from the crisis tunnel? 

The Wood Mackenzie European Polyamide Conference takes place at the Kap Europa Congress Center in Frankfurt, Germany on 13-14 March 2024, combining integrated analysis across the polyamide value chain.  Discussion is focused on feedstocks, polymers, key application markets, with deep dives into emerging trends and technologies.

Topics under discussion over the two days include:

  • Outlook for feedstocks and how they are impacting European competitiveness
  • Is there a future for the competitive production of CPL and PA6 in Europe?
  • China's polyamide outlook and export threats
  • Can downstream applications be the salvation of polyamide value creation?
  • Is there a future for polyamide fibres in Europe?

Organizations attending include:

Aptiv
Aquafil Deutschland GmbH
Ascend Performance Materials
Bada AG
BASF
Beaulieu International Group
Belgotex International NV
Biesterfeld Plastic GmbH
Cargill
Chevron Phillips Chemical
Covestro Deutschland AG
CPH Chemicals BV
DOMO Chemicals
Durmont GmbH
EMS-CHEMIE
Enneatech AG
Envalior
Epsan Plastik
Essity
Eurotec Muhendislik Plastikleri San. Tic A.S.
EXPRA (Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance)
Fibrant BV
Forbo Flooring BV
Freudenberg Performance Materials Service GmbH
Genomatica
GrupaAzoty ATT Polymers GmbH
Hailide Fibers Europe A/S
Heathcoat Fabrics Ltd
HellermannTyton GmbH
Indorama Ventures Mobility Obernburg GmbH
INVISTA
Itochu Deutschland GmbH
ITW Construction Products Italy srl
Monosuisse AG
Nexis Fibers a.s.
NILIT Ltd
Nippon Electric Glass Europe GmbH
Norma Group GmbH
Nurel
Nylon Corporation of America
PENTAC Polymer GmbH
Politem
Radici Group
Renault
Shenzhen WOTE Advanced Materials Co Ltd
SOGEFI Group
Sojitz Solvadis GmbH
SOLVAY
Technoform Bautec Holding GmbH
Toyobo Co.,Ltd.
UBE Corporation Europe SAU
Universal Fiber Systems
Versalis S.p.A.
Visscher Caravelle NL

Early Bird tickets are €895 + 19% VAT per person. Save €300 when you book by 23 February 2024

Discounted rates for Wood Mackenzie clients / subscribers and group bookings for two or more people from one company are available.

Contact Laurence Allen, Customer Manager on events@woodmac.com for more details

A ticket to attend includes:

  • Exclusive and inspiring insights from the Wood Mackenzie team of subject matter experts and industry leaders
  • Peer to peer networking opportunities where you can make essential connections and have crucial conversations
  • Access to the event app: Manage your time to gain the most from the agenda and venue over the two days
  • Refreshments and lunch
  • Re-cap on the essential information with speaker presentation downloads (where permission has been given) post-conference
  • The conference is taking place at the Kap Europa Congress Center. View directions

Would your organisation like to sponsor this conference?

Commercial partnership opportunities include; Thought Leadership, Brand Awareness, Exhibiting, and Hospitality. To discuss further, please contact Heena Kaur in the sponsorship team on sponsorship@woodmac.com

 

 

Highlighted Speakers

This event not only provides an unrivalled platform to network and do business, but also leverages Wood Mackenzie’s expertise, thought leadership and contacts at the world’s leading polymer and chemical companies to provide a forum where the industry can assess the needs of the markets, the challenges to overcome and the next steps for a sustainable industry.

 

 

 

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Registration

Find out more about discounted tickets to attend the European Polyamide Conference 2024

Discounted rates for Wood Mackenzie clients / subscribers and group bookings for two or more people from one company are available. Contact Laurence Allen, Customer Manager on events@woodmac.com

Agenda

1:00 PM

CET

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Main Conference: Registration and refreshments

2:00 PM

CET

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Welcome and introduction to main conference

Robert Gilfillan

Head of Polymers & Fibres

Wood Mackenzie

Quentin de Carvalho

Head of Thermoplastics

Wood Mackenzie

2:15 PM

CET

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Wood Mackenzie Insight: Outlook for feedstocks and how they are impacting European competitiveness

Emma Howsham

Research Analyst, Short-Term Refining and Oils Markets

Wood Mackenzie

Mauro Chavez

Research Director, European Gas and LNG Markets

Wood Mackenzie

Quentin de Carvalho

Head of Thermoplastics

Wood Mackenzie

3:15 PM

CET

3:15 PM - 3:25 PM

Joint Q&A with speakers

3:25 PM

CET

3:25 PM - 4:10 PM

Panel: Strategic questions for the European polyamide industry

Robert Gilfillan

Head of Polymers & Fibres

Wood Mackenzie

Marco Agosti

Strategic Raw Material Procurement Manager

Radici Group

Vedran Kujundzic

Chief Commercial Officer - Polymers & Intermediates

DOMO Chemicals

Mark Krüger

President of Polymers & Engineering Plastics

Aquafil

4:10 PM

CET

4:10 PM - 4:50 PM

Networking coffee break

4:50 PM

CET

4:50 PM - 5:45 PM

Wood Mackenzie Insight: Is there any hope to restore PA66 and intermediates margins in 2024?

Quentin de Carvalho

Head of Thermoplastics

Wood Mackenzie

Timur Zilbershteyn

Consultant – Chemicals, Polymers & Fibres

Wood Mackenzie

5:45 PM

CET

5:45 PM - 5:50 PM

Closing remarks of main conference and close of day one

Quentin de Carvalho

Head of Thermoplastics

Wood Mackenzie

8:30 AM

CET

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Registration and refreshments

9:00 AM

CET

9:00 AM - 9:05 AM

Welcome and introduction

Robert Gilfillan

Head of Polymers & Fibres

Wood Mackenzie

9:05 AM

CET

9:05 AM - 9:55 AM

Wood Mackenzie Insight: Is there a future for the competitive production of CPL and PA6 in Europe?

Quentin de Carvalho

Head of Thermoplastics

Wood Mackenzie

Timur Zilbershteyn

Consultant – Chemicals, Polymers & Fibres

Wood Mackenzie

9:55 AM

CET

9:55 AM - 10:30 AM

Wood Mackenzie Insight: China's polyamide outlook and export threats

Anna Zhao

Managing Consultant - Thermoplastics/Nylon

Wood Mackenzie

10:30 AM

CET

10:30 AM - 11:10 AM

Networking coffee break

11:10 AM

CET

11:10 AM - 11:50 AM

Wood Mackenzie Insight: Can downstream applications be the salvation of polyamide value creation?

Alexei Sinitsa

Fibres Consultant

Wood Mackenzie

11:50 AM

CET

11:50 AM - 12:35 PM

Panel: Is there a future for polyamide fibres in Europe?

Alexei Sinitsa

Fibres Consultant

Wood Mackenzie

Miguel-Angel Caballero

Managing Director

Nurel

Volker Siejak

Managing Director Indorama Ventures Mobility Obernburg GmbH

Indorama Ventures Group

Olivier Vandecasteele

Independent Consultant

12:35 PM

CET

12:35 PM - 12:55 PM

Fireside chat: Packaging films

Robert Gilfillan

Head of Polymers & Fibres

Wood Mackenzie

Nicola Bucchioni

Chairman of Steering Committee

Advanced Packaging Association (in formation)

12:55 PM

CET

12:55 PM - 2:10 PM

Networking lunch break

2:10 PM

CET

2:10 PM - 2:30 PM

Wood Mackenzie Insight: Risks and opportunities from a transforming automotive industry

Egor Prokhodtsev

Senior Research Analyst, Transportation & Mobility

Wood Mackenzie

2:30 PM

CET

2:30 PM - 3:05 PM

Panel: E-mobility requirements and the changing demands on polyamides

Egor Prokhodtsev

Senior Research Analyst, Transportation & Mobility

Wood Mackenzie

Laurent Gervat

Technical Polymers and Composites Expert

Renault Group

Vincent Duval

Materials & Technologies Manager CS EMEA

Aptiv

3:05 PM

CET

3:05 PM - 3:35 PM

Networking coffee break

3:35 PM

CET

3:35 PM - 4:05 PM

Wood Mackenzie Insight: Is sustainable development a blessing or a curse for the polyamide industry?

Husam Taha

Principal Analyst - Plastics Sustainability

Wood Mackenzie

4:05 PM

CET

4:05 PM - 4:50 PM

Panel: Sustainability: recycling, recycled content and the circular economy

Husam Taha

Principal Analyst - Plastics Sustainability

Wood Mackenzie

Mark Krüger

President of Polymers & Engineering Plastics

Aquafil

Joachim Quoden

Managing Director

EXPRA (Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance)

Thomas Gröner

Director

TG PACK SOLUTIONS

4:50 PM

CET

4:50 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing remarks and close of conference

Robert Gilfillan

Head of Polymers & Fibres

Wood Mackenzie

Quentin de Carvalho

Head of Thermoplastics

Wood Mackenzie

Speakers

Be part of the conversation by sharing your most recent findings and challenges to industry peers. Unveil your thought leadership expertise and distribute your latest white papers to a crowd of targeted individuals.

For more information, contact Sean Manson, Content Manager on events@woodmac.com

Sponsors

Would your organisation like to sponsor the European Polyamide Conference 2024?

As a commercial partner, your company will be mixing with the industry decision-makers and influencers, seeking investment, partnerships, and the latest business enhancing-technologies.

European Polyamide Conference Audience Profile

  • Demonstrate thought leadership

The European Polyamide Conference 2024 is a key channel for high-profit business transactions. Position your brand in front of international delegates and explore new business opportunities.

  • Launch your products & showcase innovation 

The conference will be a great opportunity to connect with the entire value chain while gaining exclusive insights from our team of subject matter experts and leaders in the industry.

  • Host one of our networking functions

Connect your company with the industry's most important stakeholders, enabling you to forge new partnerships and demonstrate your business strength, innovation, and expertise.

  • Online presence

Wood Mackenzie event sponsorships provide a comprehensive digital marketing strategy to reach a wider audience beyond the physical event. Your company will receive dedicated exposure on our event website, social media platforms, email marketing campaigns, ensuring maximum visibility and engagement among our online community.

Contact Heena Kaur in the sponsorship team on sponsorship@woodmac.com to find out how you can get involved.

Venue details and accommodation options

Kap Europa Congress Center

Osloer Str. 5, 60327 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

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The location combines sustainable construction with first-class conditions for successful events, incentives and cultural events. Kap Europa is the first convention building worldwide to be awarded Platinum Certification by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) for its green concept.

Just a few steps away from Kap Europa are the Frankfurt exhibition grounds, the Skyline Plaza shopping centre and various categories of hotels. The central location and ideal transport connections make it easy to arrive and depart quickly.

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The following accomodation options are a short walk to the Center:

Movenpick Hotel Frankfurt City - View website  

Citadines City Centre Frankfurt - View website  

NH Collection Frankfurt Spin Tower - View website 

NHow Frankfurt  - View website 

Join us at the European Polyamide Conference 2024

Meet the key leaders in the polymer and chemical industry, gain insight into the polyamide industry landscape, forge new partnerships and be part of the candid conversation that is not reported in papers or research.

Connect with the most important stakeholders. Take the opportunity to network with 200+ like-minded industry professionals and Wood Mackenzie experts from across the polymer and chemical value chain to exchange ideas and form new business relationships.

Polyamide Conference Attendees

Stay up-to-date on the different market, investment and corporate dynamics shaping the industry, and advancing polyamides towards economic sustainability and meeting circular economy requirements.

The agenda will also take a closer look at:

  • The growing emphasis on sustainability and recycling concerns
  • Regulations and standards related to recycling, waste management, circular economy
  • The competitive global market
  • Volatility in raw material prices
  • Polyamide and intermediates cost curves analysis

Early Bird tickets are €895 + VAT per person. Save €300 when you book by 23 February 2024

Discounted rates for Wood Mackenzie clients / subscribers and group bookings for two or more people from one company are available.

Contact Laurence Allen, Customer Manager on events@woodmac.com for more details

A ticket to attend includes:

  • Exclusive and inspiring insights from the Wood Mackenzie team of subject matter experts and industry leaders
  • Peer to peer networking opportunities where you can make essential connections and have crucial conversations
  • Access to the event app: Manage your time to gain the most from the agenda and venue over the two days
  • Refreshments and lunch
  • Re-cap on the essential information with speaker presentation downloads (where permission has been given) post-conference
  • The conference is taking place at the Kap Europa Congress Center. View directions

Robert Gilfillan

Head of Polymers & Fibres

Wood Mackenzie

Rob leads our research into regional and global markets for fibres, films and flexible packaging, providing short-term monitoring and long-term strategic outlooks. Rob joined the Chemicals division in 2017. Prior to this, he spent two years on our Research Operations team, working on the delivery of upstream oil & gas valuation tools. Before joining Wood Mackenzie, he spent 10 years working in the financial sector with an actuarial consultancy.

Husam Taha

Principal Analyst - Plastics Sustainability

Wood Mackenzie

Husam is a Principal Analyst focusing on sustainability topics of plastics, with a background in industry and field experience in waste management and waste value chains. His experience includes the development of sorting applications in the waste industry globally using optical sorting and artificial intelligence. His experience in this sector is essential in understanding circular economy value chains enabling him to analyse and predict trends and shifts in the global material transition, especially plastics. His work focuses on understanding market dynamics including legislation and drivers that impact the development of a circular economy. Husam joined Wood Mackenzie in 2023 and has worked on organizing and publishing the Recycled Polyolefins service. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie Husam was a Business Development Manager for TOMRA Sorting GmbH in Germany.

Laurent Gervat

Technical Polymers and Composites Expert

Renault Group

Laurent Gervat, PhD, is the Expert for Technical Polymers and Composites at Renault, an international automobile manufacturer headquartered in France. He also leads the Upstream Strategy Material Team, which is composed of buyers and engineers. Together they define the strategy for selecting and prescribing plastics and composites for Renault. For more than 10 years, Dr Gervat has also been supervising the merger of Renault and Nissan design methods for plastics parts. Prior to this, Dr Gervat had worked for over 20 years in the chemicals industry. He held various positions, with both technical and marketing implications for many polymers and additives. Earlier in his career, he was a Scientist at ESPCI (Paris), where he obtained his Ph-D, specializing in mechanical properties and processing of semi-crystalline polymers.

Vincent Duval

Materials & Technologies Manager CS EMEA

Aptiv

Vincent holds a degree of Chemical Engineer (specialty “Organic Materials”) from the National Engineering School of Chemistry of Clermont-Ferrand (France – 2003). His first experience was at Valeo Wiper Blades as an R&D Intern but after that he never went away from automotive for a long time with most 2 significant experiences for company Robert Bosch (Belgium, in the field of Wiper Blades, from 2004 to 2014, as Material Engineer in charge of anti-friction coating, rubber surface treatment and vibroacoustic phenomena modelling) and for company Aptiv (ex-Delphi) Connection Systems (France, since 2016 originally as Polymer Materials Expert and now as European Innovation Manager for Materials and Electronics since 2022). He supervised a PhD on “PBT Embrittlement caused by Injection moulding” between 2018 and 2021 in partnership with PIMM. Lately, he has been involved in many challenges and opportunities triggered by the growth of e-mobility and the enforcement of new sustainability targets.

Anna Zhao

Managing Consultant - Thermoplastics/Nylon

Wood Mackenzie

Anna joined Wood Mackenzie Chemicals in 2021 as a senior analyst for nylon value chains. Before that, she had been as a senior consultant at a petrochemical consultancy for more than ten years and worked on a series of commodities ranging from olefins, aromatics and polymers & intermediates. As a chemical engineering major, she started her career in sales & marketing roles for specialty chemicals and has experience in many industries including textiles, electronics and automobiles.

Marco Agosti

Strategic Raw Material Procurement Manager

Radici Group

A professional specializing in purchasing process management, planning, scheduling and optimization of industrial services. Always projected towards Improvement of efficiencies, introduction of new products and development of processes, after graduating in chemistry and after the university executive master on Innovation, Design & Project Manufacturing Management in Milano, he began his activity in Radici in 1997. The first experiences in this important Italian industrial chemical company, leader in the production of polyamide and related products, are intense and cover all aspects of corporate management, like control of production processes, technical materials, specifications for purchases and relations with suppliers, logistics planning and programming, including plant start-ups. Since 2005 he continues his experience at the company headquarter, in the area of technical industrial services and since 2008 as strategic raw material procurement manager. In this period, he develops and, actively, he takes part of commercial and extraordinary operations for companies in the chemical industry at international level. Currently he lives in Bergamo with his family, in harmony with the sparkling atmosphere of the mountains that surround the city, passionate about sports, always inclined to meet people in a multilingual and multi-cultural context.

Mariana Moreira

Principal Research Analyst, Chemicals of the Energy Transition

Wood Mackenzie

Mariana is a Senior Research Analyst within Wood Chemicals; she joined the team in 2020. Mariana's research focuses on regional and global markets for Films & Flexible Packaging, providing short-term supply, demand and price monitoring and long-term strategic outlooks. Prior to this, Mariana was a Senior Research Analyst at IHS Markit where she was the regional expert for the South American chlor-alkali market while also covering bleaching chemicals markets in Europe and South America. Mariana holds an MSc in Chemical Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon.

Olivier Vandecasteele

Independent Consultant

Olivier Vandecasteele started his career in 1993 as export manager for Beaulieu of America, a carpet flooring group based in the USA. From 1997 to 2000, he was responsible for Beaulieu of Australia. From 2000 onwards, he entered into the trenches of the nylon 6 industry, being responsible for the Belgotex International nylon 6 activities since 2006.

Mauro Chavez

Research Director, European Gas and LNG Markets

Wood Mackenzie

Mauro has more than 14 years of experience in energy markets and is a recognised specialist in the natural gas and LNG industry. He is responsible for Wood Mackenzie's European gas and LNG market coverage, and is based in London. Previously, Mauro headed the Latin American gas markets team and in that role he supported LNG-to-power projects, new gas supply agreements, gas monetisation strategies and M&As of gas infrastructure in Latin America. Mauro advises companies at the executive level, as well as being a regular speaker at international industry conferences, and is quoted in various print and broadcast media outlets. Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie, Mauro spent time as visiting researcher at Imperial College London, the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research in Portugal and the Center on Energy and Environmental Economics in Brazil. He has worked in the Ministry of Mines and Energy and National Environmental Fund in Peru. He has many publications in scientific international journals on energy and environmental topics and is a reviewer of the Energy Policy Journal, Energy (Oxford) and Energy Strategy Reviews.

Quentin de Carvalho

Head of Thermoplastics

Wood Mackenzie

Quentin has over 30 years’ experience in the chemical industry in both France and Brazil, most recently with Rhodia, part of Solvay Group. Having held positions in marketing and market intelligence processing and tools, he has extensive project management, chemical process management and R&D experience. A Chemical Engineer graduation from UNICAMP (Campinas State University), Quentin holds an MBA from Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil.

Vedran Kujundzic

Chief Commercial Officer - Polymers & Intermediates

DOMO Chemicals

Vedran Kujundzic has been named Chief Commercial Officer for Polymers & Intermediates effective as of January 2023. Previously, Vedran spent 20 years at BASF in various executive and operational roles in Marketing and Sales for Polyamides and Intermediates. In 2016, he joined Borealis, where he served as Vice President Global Sales Polyolefins, being a member of the Polyolefins Board. As CCO of Domo he is responsible for Domo’s Polyamide and Intermediates business for PA6 and PA66 solutions. As a member of the Executive Committee, he reports to the CEO, Yves Bonte.

Emma Howsham

Research Analyst, Short-Term Refining and Oils Markets

Wood Mackenzie

Emma joined Wood Mackenzie in 2021 as a Research Analyst in Downstream Oils Market Research to initially focus on Russian short-term and long-term markets, as well as refinery modelling and benchmarking analysis. She now specialises in short-term refining markets for both Europe and Russia markets in our Commodity, Trading, Data and Analytics segment. Prior to Wood Mackenzie, Emma worked for an oil and gas contractor as an Equipment Engineer. Emma holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Birmingham.

Timur Zilbershteyn

Consultant – Chemicals, Polymers & Fibres

Wood Mackenzie

Timur joined Wood Mackenzie’s Chemicals team in 2015, following the acquisition of PCI Group by Wood Mackenzie. He started at PCI in January, 2015 as a Business Analyst, responsible for preparing cost models, analysis of price tendencies and market situation in the nylon chain from petrochemical feedstock to fibres and engineering plastics. Prior to PCI, Timur was 7 years with SIBUR petrochemical company as a leading researcher, responsible for exploring business opportunities and leading in-house and collaborative R&D teams. He participated in feasibility studies, market analysis and chemical process evaluations. Timur graduated from the Moscow State University with a Specialist’s degree in Chemistry, and earned his doctor degree in Petroleum Chemistry from the Institute of Petroleum Chemistry, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Science.

Egor Prokhodtsev

Senior Research Analyst, Transportation & Mobility

Wood Mackenzie

Egor is a senior research analyst responsible for battery raw materials demand modelling. He has more than five years’ experience in metals and mining industry research and market intelligence departments, focused on the electric vehicle, battery and downstream supply chain markets. Egor holds an engineering degree from Bauman Moscow State Technical University in the field of aerospace technologies.

Joachim Quoden

Managing Director

EXPRA (Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance)

Joachim Quoden has extensive experience in packaging waste management, dating from 1992 when he spent 4 months in the German Federal Ministry of Environment working on packaging issues including the Packaging Ordinance. From 1993 to 2006, Mr Quoden worked with Der Grüne Punkt as Syndicus, and head of International Affairs in 2001. Between 2001 and 2013, he also became Secretary General and later Managing Director of PRO EUROPE, an umbrella organisation of 35 PROs. Since 2013, Mr Quoden has been the Managing Director of EXPRA, an alliance of 32 non-profit and industry owned PRO’s from 30 countries from all over the world. Besides the above, Mr Quoden is working since 1995 as independent lawyer in Germany specializing in international EPR legislation, chairperson of ISWA’s EU group, and has served as an expert in ISO global standardisation project SIS/TK 165/AG 10 Packaging and Environment, chair/co-chair of ISWA’s Governance WG and EU Group, member of the OECD EPR expert group and several other value chain initiatives like CEFLEX, HolyGrail 2.0, Close the Glass Loop and 4EverGreen.

Mark Krüger

President of Polymers & Engineering Plastics

Aquafil

Mark Krüger has been in the industry since the mid 90'. He was with Ube for 20 years, where he was responsible for raw material purchasing, caprolactam and polymer sales. Currently, Mark is President of Polymers & Engineering Plastics at Aquafil, where he heads up strategic raw material purchasing, as well as the development of special projects, such as bringing the ECONYL® success story into EP applications.

Alex Amin

Analyst

CRU Group

Alex Amin Joined CRU’s Nitrogen team in the summer of 2021. Previously the editor of the Ammonia Market Outlook, he now leads CRU’s new Low-Emissions Hydrogen and Ammonia Market Outlook, contributing to analysis across the wider company.

Alexei Sinitsa

Fibres Consultant

Wood Mackenzie

Dr Alexei Sinitsa has over 20 years experience in chemical industry, starting his journey with Rhône-Poulenc/Rhodia, and spanning technical, commercial, executive and consulting roles in the nylon chain, including intermediates, polymers, fibres and downstream applications. He graduated as organic chemist with honours from Kiev University, and did his doctoral research with Institute of Organic Chemistry, NAS Ukraine.

Thomas Gröner

Director

TG PACK SOLUTIONS

Dr. Thomas Gröner is an R&D and Sustainability professional with entrepreneurial focus, with more than 30 years of experience in packaging and film production and a large exposure to the entire value chain. In 2021 he founded successfully his own company TG PACK SOLUTIONS, an independent consultancy to the packaging value chain focusing on Sustainability and Innovation. Prior to that he was Director R&D and Sustainability @ RKW SE a global packaging and film producer. He drove and coordinated the global R&D program of RKW SE for all three divisions (Packaging, Hygiene and Industrial, Agriculture) and managed RKW’s internal and external Sustainability activities. Before Dr. Thomas Gröner worked for four years for the global paper and packaging company Mondi as Head of Innovation and R&D at Mondi Consumer Good Packaging, responsible for the worldwide R&D and Innovation activities for the flexible packaging business. Prior to that, he worked in the FMCG industry (Quaker, Pepsico, Nestlé) in various R&D positions, most recently at Nestlé Purina PetCare as Packaging Manager Europe.

Miguel-Angel Caballero

Managing Director

Nurel

Dr. Miguel-Angel Caballero holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and has received an extraordinary doctorate award from the University of Zaragoza and University Complutense of Madrid. He also has postgraduate education in business from IESE Business School, University of Navarra. Since the year 2000, he has served as the Corporate Business Director of R&D&I in SAMCA Group, overseeing a team of 70 researchers and technicians. During this time, he has been instrumental in managing and implementing numerous research projects and industrial innovations on an international scale. The focus of his work spans various areas such as nanotechnology, polymer science, nanopigments, nanostructured materials, microencapsulation of cosmetic compounds, biopolymers, and the development of new absorbent materials. Starting in 2008, he has also taken on the role of Managing Director at NUREL SA. Under his leadership, the company has undergone a significant transformation through a process of reinvention and general innovation. As a result, NUREL SA has become a leading company in the sector of technical polymers, biopolymers, and synthetic fibres. Highlighting his academic contributions, he has published 33 scientific articles in high-impact international journals and holds the co-inventor credit for 55 international patents.

Nicola Bucchioni

Chairman of Steering Committee

Advanced Packaging Association (in formation)

Since 2010 at UBE Corporation Europe in Spain (which is part of the UBE Corporation in Japan) and presently Head of Sales for the UBE NYLON products (PA6 and Copolyamides) in the Atlantic Area (EMEA & Americas). From 2002 to 2009 he was active as International Sales Manager at Remmers (Germany), a family company producing chemicals products for the construction sector.

Volker Siejak

Managing Director Indorama Ventures Mobility Obernburg GmbH

Indorama Ventures Group