Expert speakers confirmed for the Petcore Europe Conference 2018

Expert speakers confirmed for the Petcore Europe Conference 2018

Don't miss this essential PET event and guarantee your place now!

Petcore Europe is pleased to announce its annual conference in Brussels from 7 - 8 February 2018.

Building up on the success of the last years, we decided to expand the 2018 conference edition to two days. The first half day is exclusively dedicated to PET Business & Strategy, followed by a Networking Event in the evening. The second day focuses on Trends in Collection, Recycling & Sustainability and features presentations from research, industry and EU decision makers.

This essential PET event brings together experts and leaders from the complete PET value chain in Europe and beyond. So don't miss your opportunity to network and gain an insight into the latest developments of our industry. Guarantee your place now!




Petcore Europe Conference 2018 - PET Business & Strategy

Day 1: Wednesday, 7 February 2018, BLUEPOINT Business Centre

11:00 - 13:00 Petcore Europe General Assembly (for members only)
12:30 - 13:30 Registration & Welcome Coffee
13:30 - 13:45 Welcome
13:45 - 14:45

2016 PET market, collection & recycling rates

  • PET bottles
    - Helen McGeough, Senior Consultant, PCI Wood Mackanzie
  • PET thermoforms & ODR containers
    - Alessandra Funcia, Head of Marketing, Sukano
14:45 - 17:30

Perspectives and Strategy from the PET value chain

- Review of past years
- New markets and tendencies
- Outlook for 2018 / 2019
- Restructuring in the sector

  • PET Producers
    - Antonello Ciotti, President, Committee of PET Manufacturers in Europe (CPME)

  • PET Converters

    • PET thermoforms - Helene Roberts, Global Marketing and Innovation Director, Kloeckner Pentaplast

    • PET bottles - Paulo Correia, CTO, Logoplaste

  • PET Recyclers
    - Casper van den Dungen / Herbert Snell, Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE)

  Conclusion & Closing
17:30 - 19:30

Networking Event

for all conference participants in the BLUEPOINT Business Centre

Petcore Europe Conference 2018 - Trends in PET Collection, Recycling & Sustainability

Day 2: Wednesday, 8 February 2018, BLUEPOINT Business Centre

09:00 - 10:00 Registration & Welcome Coffee
10:00 - 11:15

European Circular Economy

  • New Plastics Economy
    - Sander Defruyt, Project Manager, New Plastics Economy, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
  • The Plastics Strategy - an overview
    - Eric Liégeois, Team Leader Plastics and Wastes Recycling, European Commission - DG GROW
11:15 - 12:45

Trends & solutions in PET post-consumer collection

  • Holy Grail - global recognition project on markers and digital watermarks
    - Gian de Belder, Principal Scientist, Procter & Gamble
  • Deposit versus Non-Deposit
    - Clarissa Morawski, Managing Director, Reloop
  • View from an eco-agency
    - CITEO
12:45 - 13:45 Networking Lunch
13:45 - 18:00

Trends & solutions in PET post-consumer recycling

  • Design for Recycling: Ecodesign, EPBP, Recyclass  

    • Antonino Furfari, Managing Director, Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE)

  • Current challenges & opportunities for PET recycling

    • Developments in the recycling of PET thermoforms
      - François Lagrue, Plant Manager, WELLMAN France Recyclage
    • Opaque & difficult to recycle PET - injection molding in the automotive industry
      - Jean Luc Lavergne, President, Lavergne Group
    • Don’t get too wrapped up and miss out on recycling! Concerns over growth in full body sleeves affecting PET recycling
      - An Vossen, Executive Manager, PLARABEL / EPRO (European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisations)
    • Engineered Polymers
      - DuPont
  • Chemical Recycling

    • Renewable PET from Plastic Waste:
        - Back to monomer recycling
        - Solution for ODR and PET trays?

      - Wim Hoenderdaal, Technical Marketing Manager, Indorama Ventures Europe
    • Enzymes to rethink the lifecycle of plastics
      - Martin Stephan, Deputy CEO, CARBIOS
    • DEMETO - modular, scalable and high-performance DE-polymerization by MicrowavE TechnolOgy
      - Maurizio Crippa, CEO, gr3n
  Conclusion & Closing


With the kind support of our

  • Sponsors:


  • Exhibitors:

GNEUSS, Kamadur Industrial Knives, Starlinger

  • Media Partners:

EPPM, EUWID, PETplanet, PIE - Plastics Information Europe, Plastech, RECYCLING magazine



The Petcore Europe Conference is sponsored by organisations or individual companies, and we invite you to contact us should you wish to join this growing list.

As sponsor, your company's name and logo will be displayed on all our communications material (including invitations, agendas, press releases and website) as well as promoted during the event.

To view the sponsorship package, please click here.



Are you interested in promoting your company and products by exhibiting during our conference? Please note that the amount of exhibitor spots is limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

To view the exhibitor package, please click here.



To view the delegate rates and to register, please click here.



The participants include PET resin manufacturers, packaging designers and manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, label producers, brand owners, EPR schemes, waste management organisations, recyclers, recycling machines manufacturers, representatives from the European institutions and European organisations interested in PET.


Date & Venue

  • Conference - Day 1: Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 13:30 - 17:00
  • Networking Event: Wednesday, 7 February 2018, from 17:30 - 19:30
  • Conference - Day 2: Thursday, 8 February 2018, 10:00 - 18:00

BLUEPOINT Business Centre, Auguste Reyerslaan 80, 1030 Brussels, Belgium

The BLUEPOINT Business Centre is located in the north part of the city, with easy access from the airport, by car with underground parking facilities, and by public transports from the train stations. For more details, please see attached the direction plan.


We are looking forward to welcoming you to our conference.

Your Petcore Europe team


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About Petcore Europe

Petcore Europe is the association representing the complete PET value chain in Europe since 1993.

Its mission is to ensure that the entire PET industry is well aligned to enhance its value and sustainable growth, to represent the PET industry before the European institutions and other stakeholders, to ensure that PET is positioned as an outstanding packaging material and recognised as environmentally sound, to support and validate innovative packaging solutions from a recycling perspective, and to work with all interested parties to ensure a continuous increase of PET post-consumer collection and recycling.

PET (PolyEthylene Terephthalate) is a strong but lightweight form of polyester. It is used to make containers for soft drinks, juices, drinks, water, edible oil, fresh food and dairy as well as household cleaners and other non-food applications. PET bottles and food containers, such as sheets and trays are perfectly recyclable while they help to reduce CO2 emissions and food waste.

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