10th Middle East/Africa PET

23-24 Feb, 2009 - Dubai, U A E

JW Marriott Dubai
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About our Event Speakers
We pride ourselves in presenting to you accomplished leaders, authors and advocates with strong track records of achievement and vision in a wide array of backgrounds, professional fields and life experiences. We believe you will benefit from their years of knowledge and experience and also from the latest thinking and innovative processes driving individuals and organizations forward.
Mr. Rohit Maindwal
Rohit Maindwal is a Chemical Engineer with Business Diploma in Marketing. He has more than 18 years of experience in Global Polyester Businesses including indept understanding of largest polyester markets of India & China. He is currently designated as Chief Operatign Officer (COO) of JBF RAK. His roles and responsibilities include managing JBF UAE Operations for PET/BoPET Films, PET Resin expansion project in Belgium (GEEL) & overseeing the group's backward integration projects of PTA in India & Bio MEG in Brazil.

Mr. Rohit Maindwal, COO
Chairman’s Welcome & Introduction
Day 1 [Mon 23, February], at 09:00 AM

Mr. Andrew Noone
Andrew Noone worked in the European PET industry from the early days of the industry's development in a variety of strategic planning, marketing and business development roles, latterly at board level with the largest PET convertor in Europe. He has degrees in economics from the Universities of Manchester and Nottingham, UK. Andrew joined PCI in 1991 to partner the establishment of the Group's consulting activities in the field of PET / RPET market analysis

Mr. Andrew Noone, Chairman
PCI Wood Mackenzie
Good Times, Bad Times - PET in Recession
Day 1 [Mon 23, February], at 09:10 AM

Mr. William (Bill) Metieh ***
-Mr. Metieh graduated in the field of Electrical Engineering from Cranfield Institute of Technology, England and later completed his Masters in Glass Science and Technology from University of Sheffield in 1987. He was working for Delta Glass Plc. in various capacities from 1978 - 2001. Mr. Metieh joined Frigoglass Industries (Nigeria) Ltd. in 2002 as the General Manager for PET Division and currently responsible for both the PET and Crowns Division of the company.

Mr. William (Bill) Metieh ***, General Manager
Frigoglass Industries (Nigeria) Ltd - PET Division
PET Market Outlook in Nigeria & Ghana
Day 2 [Tue 24, February], at 09:40 AM

Mr. Vijay Walia
-Mr. Vijay Walia graduated from Delhi University and in addition has passed a specialised course in pharmacy. He has vast experience in selling and marketing in FMCG and pharmaceutical companies for the past 30 years. He has worked with Merck India Ltd. for almost 2 decades and currently working as the Head of Sales for the PET division for PEARL Drinks. He has been with PEARL Drinks for the past 10 years.

Mr. Vijay Walia, Sales and Marketing Manager
Pearl Drinks Limited
Glimpse of the Bottled Water & CSD Markets – Past, Present & Future Scenario
Day 1 [Mon 23, February], at 11:20 AM
Panel Discussion: Surviving Trying Times - End-Users/Converters Perspective
Day 1 [Mon 23, February], at 11:50 AM

Mr. David Swift

David Swift was educated in UK studying Biochemistry at the University of Manchester and, subsequently, gained a Masters degree in Toxicology from the University of Surrey.


David joined Shell's research laboratory in Sittingbourne, Kent (UK) but moved to Shell Centre in 1980. Several different assignments followed including product management and work in the Chemical Strategy and Planning unit before joining Shell's PET business unit in 1997. During this period David gained an MBA from Henley Management College, part of Brunel University.


David transferred to M&G Group in May 2000 with the purchase of Shell's PET business. He worked as Global Marketing manager for the Resins Business Unit until March 2007.
David now the Managing Director of PCI PET Packaging Resin and Recycling Ltd and based in Derby, United Kingdom.

Mr. David Swift, Managing Director
PCI Wood Mackenzie
Chairman’s Remarks
Day 1 [Mon 23, February], at 02:00 PM
PET in the Middle East – A Time for Change
Day 2 [Tue 24, February], at 09:05 AM

Mr. James Bernard

James Bernard joined the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) as Associate Director Commodities in 2006. James is involved with various commodities and has played a leading role in the development of the DGCX plastics futures contracts which are due to be launched on the Dubai Gold and Commodity Exchange this year.

James brings with him over 15 years of valuable experience within the Commodities Industry and Financial sector as well as having a solid logistical background.
Gaining experience on various global exchanges and trading in several unregulated and regulated physical commodity markets he has a broad range of knowledge and understanding of commodities and financial instruments.  James has worked for several global trading houses providing him with extensive financial and physical trading experience.   

Prior to joining DMCC in 2006, James was Managing Director of Bartizan International Trading and Marketing Director of Wonder International Mg where he was responsible for global trading, marketing, and distribution.

Mr. James Bernard, Director for Business Development & Customer Service
Dubai Multi Commodities Centre DMCC
Plastics Price Risk Management – DGCX Future Contracts
Day 1 [Mon 23, February], at 02:10 PM

Mr. Filippo Pastorini
1Filippo Pastorini joined SACMI Group in Imola, Italy 3 years ago. He is currently directly responsible for all sales activities in the African & Middle East countries connected to the caps and closure business. Before joining SACMI Imola he spent 4 years as Area Manager in packing products field at Smurfit Group, leader in the carton board packaging. He has been responsible for all marketing and sales activities in the Mediterranean countries.

Mr. Filippo Pastorini, Area Sales Manager
New International Trends in Neck Finish
Day 1 [Mon 23, February], at 02:40 PM

Elfriede Hell

Hell Elfriede

Elfriede Hell is General Manager Division of the business unit ‘recycling technology’ since 2007; she has joined Starlinger in 2004 as Product Manager. She looks back at more than 18 years career in plastic technology business. She has profound experience in general management, growth strategies and innovation management for capital investment goods, know-how in packaging and food-contact industry, plastics industry in general and recycling in special.

Elfriede Hell holds a mechanical engineering degree as well as a business degree. Elfriede obtained her MBA at the Brisbane Graduate School of Business, Australia, in 2004. She specialised in Marketing, International Business, and Strategy

Elfriede Hell, General Manager, Recycling Technology
Starlinger & Co. Gesellschaft m.b.H.
Bottle to Bottle Recycling
Day 1 [Mon 23, February], at 03:10 PM

Mr. Wassim Labban
Wassim Labban graduated in 1994 from the American University of Beirut as Electrical Engineer and then received his Master degree from Paris where he started his career in 1996 with Thyssen Krupp France. He held different positions at Thyssen krupp mostly focused on the Middle East markets before moving in 2004 to Husky Injection Molding Systems. Today Wassim is the Vice President in-charge of South East Europe, Middle East and Africa at Husky and based in Dubai.

Mr. Wassim Labban, Vice President, Beverage Packaging - EMEIA, SEA & ANZ
Husky Injection Molding Systems SA
Technology Advances in Preform Manufacturing – From High Productivity Systems to Lightweighted Preforms
Day 1 [Mon 23, February], at 04:10 PM
Chairman’s Remark
Day 2 [Tue 24, February], at 09:00 AM

Mr. Luc Vervynk

-Luc Vervynk graduated in 1993 with an engineering degree in Electro-Mechanics and specialised in Micro-Electronics.

He started his career in the plastic industry with Plastimat NV, at the time a Belgian preform manufacturer, where he was responsible for preform production and implementation of quality control systems.

In 1995, he joined ColorMatrix Europe Ltd as Sales Representative for Northern Europe, progressing to Sales Manager for Northern & Eastern Europe in 1999.

In 2006, he joined the ColorMatrix's Global Market Development Group as Market Development Manager, responsible for driving growth through the introduction of innovative technology solutions within the packaging market. Luc lives in Ghent, Belgium.

Mr. Luc Vervynk, Market Development Manager (Packaging EMEA)
PolyOne ColorMatrix
From Desire to Dairy Bottle
Day 1 [Mon 23, February], at 05:10 PM

Mr. Hemant Gupta
Hemant GuptaHemant Gupta the Head of Sales and Marketing and a graduate in Chemical Engineering. He did his Post Graduation in Foreign Trade, and is a veteran in the PET industry having worked for the biggest and most prominent players. He has over 12 years of experience specifically in the PET industry and has very good rapport with major consumer segment including major FMCG, Mineral Water, Edible Oil, Liquor and others. He also has to his credit establishment of new packaging concept.

Mr. Hemant Gupta, Commercial Director
BariQ (Raya Holding)
New Entrant’s Perspective on the Mideast Recycling Sector Dedicated for PET
Day 2 [Tue 24, February], at 10:45 AM

Mr. Anindya Dasgupta ***
- Mr. Anindya qualified as an aircraft maintenance engineer, but diversified into the field of technical sales in the area of packaging concerning plastics with an experience of over 15 years.  In India, he created the Asian arm of S.I.M.A. Group of Italy in mid 2004. Today SIMA’s Indian operation is poised to represent independently throughout Asia. The company develops extrusion lines to process 100% recycle polymer to finished value added products.

Mr. Anindya Dasgupta ***, Managing Director
SIMA India Extrusion Technologies
RPET to PET Strapping
Day 2 [Tue 24, February], at 11:20 AM