Future of Polyolefins Summit

Antwerp, Belgium

Achieving Sustainability & Circular Economy Objectives through Production, Design & Recycling, to Thrive as an Industry

With the new European directive on plastic waste & circular economy targets, and the investments wave on new production plants, the polyolefins industry is facing changes in the near future. It will not only need to adapt to them, but also work as a whole, with all actors from the value chain involved, to live up to expectations and thrive.

All these changes, and other pressing matters in the industry, will be addressed at our 7th edition of the Future of Polyolefins Summit, taking place in Antwerp, Belgium, on the 16th & 17th January 2019.

Over the two days, the participants will discuss the different factors influencing the polyolefins industry, and of course the impact of the Circular Economy.

The conference will also discuss how to maintain performance whilst aiming for recyclability & degradability of materials; lightweighting; design & application for polyolefin based packaging; converting technologies; as well as recycling & reusing polyolefins.

This new edition will bring together senior executives from petrochemical companies, plastic converters, technology providers, chemical intermediate suppliers, researchers, as well as other influential stakeholders from the value chain.

Join us in Antwerp for two days of exchanging perspectives, learning and excellent networking opportunities with your peers.

Key Topics

  • Factors Influencing Pricing on Feedstock & Polyolefins
  • The Circular Economy Impact
  • Polyolefins Market: Current Outlook & Predictions
  • Optimising Polyolefin Production to Match Circular Economy Goals: LCA, Carbon Footprint, Performance Retention & Recyclability
  • Process & Conversion Technologies
  • Design & Application in Polyolefins Packaging Production
  • Optimising Lightweighting
  • Managing the ever increasing Amount of Plastic in a Sustainable Way
  • Recycling & Reusing Polyolefin based Products

Who Will Attend?

  • Oil & Gas / Petrochemicals / chemicals companies
  • Feedstocks / olefins suppliers
  • Chemical & commodity trading
  • Polymer & polyolefin producers
  • End product manufacturers
  • Plastic converters & compounders
  • EPC
  • Technology providers (catalysts manufacturers etc.)
  • Masterbatch suppliers
  • Chemical intermediates suppliers
  • Research centres and institutes
  • Universities
  • Petrochemical / chemical consultants
  • Policy / regulation / environmental institutions
  • Financial stakeholders: venture capital firms, investment banks, private equity firms

Early Confirmed Speakers

  • Karlheinz Hausmann, Global TS&D Fellow, Packaging and Specialty Plastics, Dow Europe
  • Roberto Ribeiro, President, Townsend Solutions
  • Dorothee Arns, Executive Director, Petrochemicals Europe (Cefic)
  • Bettina Lorz, Team Coordinator for Packaging, Batteries, WEEE & RoHS, Unit B3 - Waste Management & Secondary Materials, European Commission
  • Philippe Diercxsens, Packaging & Environment Manager, Danone Waters Division
  • Krisztina Petrenyine Szabo, Head of Group Petrochemicals Business Developments & Polyol Marketing, MOL
  • Maria Ciliberti, VP Marketing & New Business Development, Borealis
  • Andrea Verazzi, Marketing Director Polyethylene, Versalis
  • Filippo Servalli, Marketing & Sustainability Director, RadiciGroup
  • Martijn Gipmans, Principal Consultant Chemicals & Life Science, Thinkstep
  • Jan Smook, Programme Area Coordinator Polyolefins, DPI - The Polymer Research Platform
  • Morten Lundquiest, Research Director, Norner
  • Bodo Richter, Head of Olefin Polymerization Catalysts, Evonik Resource Efficicency
  • Gerald Rebitzer, Director of Sustainability, Amcor
  • Alexander Van Veen, Vice-chair of PlasticsEurope's Polyolefins Group, Managing Director, Commercial & Technical Development, Braskem
  • Graham Houlder, Project Co-ordinator, Workstream Consultant, CEFLEX
  • Risto Vapola, Technical Manager, Renewable Plastics, Research & Development, Neste
  • Wim De Vos, CEO, Campine
  • Eric de Deckere, Corporate Social Responsability Manager, Port of Antwerp
  • Paolo Glerean, PET rigid film sales Director - Public Affairs, Aliplast
  • Gaelle Nuttall, Environmental Sustainability Manager, Nestle Waters
  • Paula Sanabria Luque, Project Manager, Circular Economy - Global Sustainability, LyondellBasell
  • Richard Cowling, Managing Director, Hellyar Plastics


Venue to be confirmed
Antwerp, Belgium
Event details
Organizer : ACI
Venue : Provided after registration, Antwerp, Belgium
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-19058