13th GE (Greater Europe) PET

30 May-01 Jun, 2012 - Strasbourg FRANCE, FRANCE

Hilton Strasbourg
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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.
Antonello Ciotti

Antonello Ciotti

Antonello Ciotti is a graduated engineer from the University of Florence  with a MBA degree from the Bocconi University in Milano acting as the Commercial Director of Equipolymers, and Amministratore Unico of Equipolymers SRL. Equipolymers is a fully owned subsidiary of MEGlobal B.V., Netherlands.

He is based in Milano, Italy

Before joining Dow Plastics organization in several locations and positions , he was working for Mobil Oil Mobil Oil in the Strategic Planning Dept,

Antonello Ciotti has served as the Commercial Director for Equipolymers since the formation of the company in 2004 and is Vice Chairman in CPME the European association of the PET manufacturers

Antonello Ciotti, Commercial Director
Chairman’s Introduction
Day 2 [Thu 31, May], at 08:30 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
How Low Could PET Operating Rates Go in Europe?
Day 2 [Thu 31, May], at 08:40 AM

Mr. Hans Heijkoop ***

Hans Heijkoop

Hans is since January 2009 Commercial Director for MEGlobal Europe, a 50-50 Joint Venture between DOW, USA and PIC, Kuwait. He is based in Horgen (near Zurich), Switzerland, and is steering MEGlobal’s commercial interests in MEG and DEG for Europe, Turkey and South Africa.

Hans has a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering from HTS Amsterdam and a Masters Degree in Business Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Having worked for BP OIL, REXAM, NORIT and AKZO NOBEL before joining MEGlobal, he has over 20 years international management experience in both developed and emerging economies in marketing, sales and business development, covering oil downstream, contract manufacturing, and both specialty and commodity chemicals sectors, while serving a wide variety of end-industries.

Mr. Hans Heijkoop ***, Commercial Director Europe
MEGlobal Europe GmbH
Outlook for MEG & Availability for Increased PET Capacities in the Region
Day 3 [Fri 01, June], at 09:10 AM

Mr. Nicolas Massardo

Nicolas MassardoNicolas Massardo has a degree in Economy at Bocconi University (Milan). He has 10 years of experience in business to business sales activities in different fields.


He has been the sales manager of G.S.I. French office for last 4 years. From Paris he is responsible for the northern countries of Europe including France, Uk and Germany.


G.S.I. was founded in 1993 and represents the interest of several Petrochemical Producers located in all the Continents selling more than 400.000 MT of PET every year and playing an important role in Polyester Intermediates and Synthetics Fibers.

Mr. Nicolas Massardo, Sales Manager
GSI France
2012-2013 European Trade Flows taking into account the latest developments in Anti-Dumping and Anti-Subsidy regulations
Day 2 [Thu 31, May], at 10:20 AM

Mr. Francois Desfretier

Francois Desfretier

François graduated from the French National School of Engineers and MBA ICG. He is involved in PET business since 1997 and he is now the CEO & marketing manager of PDG PLASTIQUES which is specialized in the development and production of PET preforms and bottles.

Mr. Francois Desfretier, CEO
PDG Plastiques
Day 2 [Thu 31, May], at 02:00 PM

Christian-Yves Crepet


Christian .Y . Crepet.  A  citizen  of  France,  aged  58,  is  the  Managing  Director  of  Sorepla Industrie.S.A, among the largestEuropean PET recycling  company . He has been with the company for over 15 years. As regards  his activity for the PET industry he was at  the beginning of Valorplast as a director.  Christian is also amember of the Board of Petcore, Vice President EUPR, (EuropeanPlastics Recyclers)   industry  associations  regrouping  all  plastic  recyclers  in  Europe.  He  is also  a  co­ founder and member of EPBP (European  PET Bottle Platform). He started his career working for Dow Chemical in France, UK and Ireland  and was also a seniormanager of Eni Chern France and U.K. Christian is the holder of a degreein law and an executiveMBA from   Haute Etude Commerciales (HEC), Paris, France.

Christian-Yves Crepet, Managing Director
State of the European r-PET market
Day 2 [Thu 31, May], at 02:30 PM

Mr. Nicholas Mockett

Nicholas Mockett

Nicholas Mockett is a corporate financier and has focussed on the packaging industry for 20 years. His experience includes leveraged buy-outs (including MBOs/MBIs), mergers, acquisitions and disposals, public company takeovers and public to privates, refinancings and restructurings. He has worked on dozens of deals, around the globe, worth over €5bn, and has been active in every substrate from rigid packaging to flexible to fibre and in consumer and industrial applications ranging from pharmaceutical packaging to food and beverage to bulk chemicals.

Mr. Nicholas Mockett, Corporate Financier
Moorgate Capital
European Debt Crisis - Is it all doom and gloom for the packaging industry?
Day 3 [Fri 01, June], at 08:40 AM

Mr. Jordi Foguet

Jordi Foguet

Jordi joined La Seda de Barcelona in 1985 responsible for developing technical projects, maintenance and environmental strategies.

In1995 he became Managing Director of Processes, Plant Maintenance and Health and Environment at Catalana de Polimers, S.A. During this time, he was responsible for coordinating a new PET plant in the company.

From 2006 to 2010 Jordi was the Plant Manager at Spain and Deputy General Manager of Artenius.

With more than 25 years of experience involved in Engineering, Technology, Safety, Health and Environment, Research and Development, Operations and Plant Management,   Mr Foguet  is currently the PET & Recycling Technology and Development Manager, for the PET & Recycling Division of La Seda .

Mr. Jordi Foguet, Technical and Operations Manager
La Seda de Barcelona (LSB)
Bridging the gap between Virgin PET and rPET - Artenius New Green PET Resin
Day 2 [Thu 31, May], at 11:40 AM

Peter Hartel

Peter Hartel

Peter started working for Krones as Sales Director for PET Recycling worldwide since 2009.

Previously he had been working for a Reinsurance company in Munich for 18 years where he led the IT department. He also led the IT department of a huge medical laboratory. He also had some years of sales experience  in Germany with a Belgian software company specializing in medical laboratory software.

Peter Hartel, Sales Director PET Recycling
Krones AG
Super PET
Day 2 [Thu 31, May], at 03:30 PM

Andreas Hunold

Mr. Hunold graduated as Engineer in machine building. A sales study followed, after which he worked  as deputy production manager in an international blow moulder company.

Mr. Hunold has over 12 years of experience as technical sales manager of plastic machines;  he has been working for Gneuss for 8 years now.

Andreas Hunold, Technical Sales Manager
Gneuss Kunststofftechnik GmbH
Food Packaging from recycled PET – New processing possibilities
Day 2 [Thu 31, May], at 03:50 PM

Mr. David Balhuizen

David Balhuizen

David joined Belu in 2009, forming part of the team that brought a new dimension to the business. Currently as Head of Operations he oversees the manufacturing and distribution of the products. Additionally he is leading the ongoing NPD programs and is responsible for Belu’s carbon reduction strategy.

Working on several key new product development projects, like the introduction of the new rPET bottle made from 50% recycled plastic and Belu’s new green glass bottles, have given him a keen interest in resource management. Currently he is overseeing the new product launch into Sainsbury’s.

Mr. David Balhuizen, Head of Operations
Belu Water Ltd
End Users/ Brand Owners Perspectives
Day 2 [Thu 31, May], at 04:10 PM

Dr . Michael Okoroafor

Michael Okoroafor

Dr. Michael Okoroafor is currently the Vice President, Global Packaging Innovation and Execution at the H.J. Heinz Company.  In this role, he is responsible for setting overall global strategy and direction for the packaging organization, as well as implementing packaging innovation across various business units. In addition, he leads the External Innovation Organization across North America. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the H. J. Heinz Foundation. Under his leadership,  Heinz has launched several major packaging initiatives including; Dip N’ Squeeze, the first major change to the condiment pouch in the foodservice industry in over 40 years, which won the 2011 DuPont Award for Packaging Innovation.  Most recently, he led a strategic partnership with Coca Cola to launch PlantBottle™ , that is a revolutionary plastic which is 30% derived from plant. This partnership between Coca Cola and Heinz is a model of collaboration in the CPG industry.   His work also culminated in Heinz being named the 2011 Food Packager of the Year.

Dr . Michael Okoroafor, Vice President Global Packaging Innovation & Execution
Kraft Heinz Company
Chairman’s Introduction
Day 3 [Fri 01, June], at 08:30 AM
Keynote Presentation - Packaging Opportunities from Renewable Materials - Delivering Innovative & Sustainable Solutions that Drive Consumer Value
Day 2 [Thu 31, May], at 09:10 AM

Mr. Yuya Kobayashi

Yuya Kobayashi

Yuya Kobayashi is Assistant Manager for Base Chemical Group at Toyota Tsusho Corporation in Japan. He has wide experienced in chemical trading for past 8 years including in MEG/PET. After setting up new scheme for Bio-MEG/PET with total of

8 team members, he is now in charge of Bio-MEG/PET sales in EU market

Mr. Yuya Kobayashi, Assistant Manager
Toyota Tsusho Corporation
First global bio-PET integrated supply chain from production of Bio-MEG to marketing of bio-PET
Day 3 [Fri 01, June], at 09:40 AM

Mr. Vojkan B. Terek

Vojkan TerekVojkan attended Sophia University, Tokyo and Belgrade University, FON and holds the BA Econ. and BSc IT.

Vojkan has 14-year history of experience encompassing all aspects of Polymer Raw Material, Plastic Conversion Methods, and Venture Development. He has coordinated successful ventures in the plastic converting industry, and assisted in the launch of two plastic converting manufacturing plants.

Before joining Borverk Vojkan held the positions of project Manager at IBM in Palo Alto, California and the Comp. Analyst at Dalhousie University, Halifax Canada.

Mr. Vojkan B. Terek, Special Counseller
Borverk Eurotrade d.o.o
Day 3 [Fri 01, June], at 12:00 PM

Mr. Sami Morina

Sami Morina

Sami has been the consultant for BAS Tuti Fruti for the last 18 years. Presently he is the Senior Consultant and new market researcher for the company.

Mr. Sami Morina, Senior Consultant
BAS Tuti Fruti
Day 3 [Fri 01, June], at 12:30 PM

Robert Dvorak

Rob is currently the Technical Business Development Manager for Visy rPLASTICS, based in Sydney. He was previously the European General Manager for Nextek based in London for 7 years during which time he was a lead project manager on major recycling projects in Europe, the UK, Nth America Middle East and Australia. Robert has also held process engineering and quality roles with Amcor, Owens-Illinois, Nylex and Visy.


Rob is a Polymer Engineer with over 16 years experience in the recycling, packaging and polymer processing industries and has experience with plant design and use of recycled plastics in a variety of applications and a thorough understanding of current trends and new developments. Robert has authored key reports on recycling technologies and sustainable packaging developments and has co-authored a special edition paper on recycling of plastics for the Royal Society in the UK.


He holds degrees in Polymer Engineering, a Masters in Engineering and a Masters in Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Management. Robert was the President of the Society of Plastics Engineers in Australia-New Zealand (SPE-ANZ) in 2012 and is currently acting as the Vice-President of SPE-ANZ.

Robert Dvorak, Technical Business Development Manager
Review of Leading PET Recovery & Recycling Technologies
Day 1 [Wed 30, May], at 08:00 AM
rPET Quality
Day 1 [Wed 30, May], at 08:45 AM

Design for Recyclability Guidelines for PET Bottles & Thermoforms
Day 1 [Wed 30, May], at 09:50 AM

rPET Food Contact Considerations
Day 1 [Wed 30, May], at 10:30 AM

Recent Material Developments
Day 1 [Wed 30, May], at 11:00 AM

Ms. Joanna Stephenson

Joanna Stephenson

A graduate of the University of Manchester Institute of Technology (UMIST), Joanna joined Dow Chemical in 1992 as a Commercial Trainee, progressing through various plastics commercialroles in the UK & Europe, culminating her career as Product Director, Polystyrene Films based in the European Headquarters in Horgen, Switzerland.

Joanna then joined RogenSi as a Senior Consultant where for two years she worked with Blue Chip Organisations including Google, Barclays Capital & National Australia Bank in coaching and developing senior leaders. Joanna moved to Sun Chemical in 2007 as Packaging Marketing Director, Europe and recently joined LINPAC Packaging as Vice President Marketing & Innovation.

Ms. Joanna Stephenson, VP of Marketing & Innovation
LINPAC Packaging (Head Office)
Sustainable R-PET Trays for Fish & Meat Product Packaging
Day 3 [Fri 01, June], at 11:30 AM

Mr. Torsten Schmidt ***

Torsten Schmidt

Torsten is currently Invista's business director for PET Packaging Resins for Europe/ Asia/ Middle East/ Africa. He started his professional career in 1992 at Hoechst AG Engineering

He went into the Polyester businesssince 1996 at the time at Hoechst Celanese then 1998 at KoSa and since 2004 at INVISTA. He has wide experience in Polyester industry including Engineering, Operations, Product Development, Strategy and Business Development. In 2009, he took over responsibility for PET Packaging Resins Business for the company

Mr. Torsten Schmidt ***, Business Director Packaging Resins
INVISTA Resins & Fibers GmbH
Developments on New PET Resins for EBM ( Extrusion Blow Molding) and other differentiated applications
Day 2 [Thu 31, May], at 12:10 PM

Mr. Frederic Blanchard ***

Frederic Blanchard

Frédéric Blanchard started his career in 1989 in the Continental PET preform business (Dunkirk – France).

After several projects and activities in the PET injection and PET blowing processes, he moved to Beaune, France in 1997 to develop the PET Recycling activity for Schmalbach Lubeca.

Since 1997, the plant based in Beaune has developed the PET recycling process for use in direct food contact applications (closed-loop PET recycling). The product “Supercycle” is a well-known brand name in the PET packaging business worldwide., The plant is now the largest RPET (for direct food-contact) producer in Europe with a capacity of 35,000 tons recycled PET resin.

In addition to the recycling activity, the plant has also implemented a PET injection platform with a nominal capacity of 800 million preforms.

Mr Blanchard is currently managing the recycling and preform manufacturing plant based in Beaune,  which is one of ten APPE plants serving the PET packaging market in Europe and North Africa.

He holds a degree in engineering and a Master’s degree in strategic and business management.

Mr. Frederic Blanchard ***, Plant Director
Plastipak France
APPE - Leading Preform Producer's Perspective on the Greater Europe PET Growth & Major Applications
Day 2 [Thu 31, May], at 10:40 AM

Mr. Jose Maria Solana


Jose MareJosé María Solana graduated in Industrial Engineering in Madrid in 1997. Since 1998 he has worked in the petrochemical industry in CEPSA. CEPSA is large Spanish multinational company with activities in oil exploration and production, refining, marketing, electrical power, gas, and petrochemicals. Since 2011 he leads a commercial team in Cepsa Quimica Spain and Montreal responsible for the global sales of PTA, PIA and PET that CEPSA produces in Spain and Canada. He has 12 years of experience in the polyester market.

Mr. Jose Maria Solana, Sales & Marketing Director, Polyester - RM Business Unit
Cepsa Quimica S.A.
CEPSA PET & Our vision as a new integrated player in the market
Day 3 [Fri 01, June], at 10:40 AM

Ms. Clover Abbott

Clover Abbott

Clover is responsible for the development of all plastic beverage packaging under the Innocent Drinks brand. Working predominantly in rigid plastics, her work covers new product development, product re-development, sustainability and cost projects, supplier management and component quality management. Clover works closely with component suppliers and the filling sites, and is in her element when she's hands-on at a production line. Clover's has worked for manufacturers (Boots), retailers (Home Retail Group) and brands (Innocent), and immediately prior to Innocent she worked at the government agency WRAP where she consulted on the important role packaging can play in reducing waste. Clover originally trained and worked in product design before falling into packaging, and has never looked back."

Ms. Clover Abbott, Packaging Technologist
Innocent Drinks Ltd
End Users/ Brand Owners Perspectives
Day 2 [Thu 31, May], at 04:10 PM