Main Stage

The ‘Main Stage’ programme will take place in a purpose-built auditorium, new for 2017, that will provide a space  for thought leaders and revered industry figures to deliver insights, information and updates that will be beneficial to business. The conference, free to enter, will cover a variety of key topics over the course of the three show days, including the manufacture and supply of plastics into the automotive and medical industries; advancing plastics manufacturing in the UK; and supporting sustainability, recycling and the move towards a circular economy.


26 September

10:30 - 11:00
Meeting the challenge of future headwinds: What JLR wants from its plastics manufacturers and parts suppliers - Ian Ray, Lead Materials Engineering - Jaguar Land Rover
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

Ian will take to the stage to give plastics manufacturers crucial insight into what JLR wants from its supply chain and parts suppliers. He’ll address the use of plastics in the company’s light weighting and CO2 journey, as well as giving an overview of the current headwinds affecting the business.

Ian Ray
Materials Lead Engineer
Jaguar Land Rover
11:00 - 11:30
Future challenges for the polymer industry when supplying to the UK automotive industry - Mark Ellis, Manager Materials Design & Test - Nissan Europe
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

Suppliers to the UK automotive industry will not want to miss this insightful presentation in which future challenges for the automotive industry, including changing customer requirements, legislation, global material and energy availability, sustainable use of resources, and new powertrain technologies, will be discussed.

Mark will highlight current material utilisation and future trends, as well as the importance of weight reduction, particularly for electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles.
The opportunities for the polymer industry in future vehicle designs will be highlighted, as well as the challenges to
deliver the most appropriate materials based on current
production technologies.
11:30 - 12:00
Combining Thermoplastic Composites and Injection Moulding – The Best of Both Worlds - Craig Norrey, Head of Design - Dupont
Location:  Main Stage

Thermoplastic composites offer a step change in properties compared to standard short fibre reinforced polymers. Combining continious fibre composites with injection moulded thermoplastics extracts the benefits from both technologies and materials to enable metal replacement in applications not considered before.  Never the less the adoption of any new material in the market place requires complete certification and approval by the OEMs and tier 1s. The presentation addresses the key challenges in addition to;

  • Defining the ’Drivers’ to material change
  • Composite definition and the different types found in the market place
  • Features and Benefits of Thermoplastic composites
  • Key differences to short glass reinforced injection moulding polymers
  • Designing with Thermoplastic composites
  • How to predict performance using Computer Aided Engineering
  • Processing composites
  • Assembly considerations
  • Selecting an application


Craig Norrey
Head of Design
12:00 - 12:30
Automotives: Opportunities for the UK, Plastics Industry - Richard Logan, Supply Chain Engagement Manager - SMMT
Location:  Main Stage


Richard Logan
Supply Chain Engagement Manager
13:30 - 14:00
Advances in Adhesive Bonding - Increasing design options and product performance for light-weighting speciality vehicles - Antonio Pagliuca, Senior Technical Specialist - Application Engineering - 3M
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

There are many different assemblies and structures that are used in the construction of speciality vehicles. The use of adhesive bonding either as a replacement for more traditional mechanical fixing techniques or as part of a new design can greatly enhance the design options, increase performance while also reducing the weight of many applications. This presentation will highlight the new bonding technologies that are available outlining all the key advantages that such technology offers to designers, engineers and manufacturing explaining the key aspects to consider when selecting the right adhesive for your application.  It will also highlight the key differences between the major adhesive types to help the end users make a more informed choice and achieve the best possible result in their adhesive bonding applications. This seminar will also expand on how adhesive technology can be an enabling technology, helping engineers and designers to replace heavy gauge steel with lighter metals, plastics, thermoplastic composites etc., to assist in light-weighting. It will also review the influencing factors of product  design, environmental conditions and mechanical loads on long term performance and durability.

Dr Antonio Pagliuca
Senior Technical Specialist - Application Engineering
14:00 - 14:30
How AGC’s Fluon ETFE is Evolving to Meet the Demands of Future Automotive Systems - Carley Kent, Technical Service Manager - AGC Chem
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

Automotive demands have increased: engines are hotter, coolant systems need to be robust. Lightweight polymers and barrier performance are crucial to reduce emissions. Fluon modified ETFE provides options for these challenges. Adhesive ETFE provides multilayer solutions for chemical, thermal and barrier performance. New HT grade with stress crack performance makes an ideal material for the LV112 market and also ultra-thin cables, contributing to Gram-Strategy and reducing carbon footprint.

Carley Jane  Kent
Technical Service Support
ACG Chemicals Europe
14:30 - 15:00
Long-Fibre Reinforced Structural Materials for Automotive Design - Nigel Barrow, Technical Services Manager UK - EMS-Chemie
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

Within this presentation, Nigel will explain to the audience how to create a unique, web-like fibre structure within an injection-moulded component in order to manufacture structures with very high requirements. Thes include properties such as high impact and exceptional notched impact strength, little change in the properties under the influence of high temperature or moisture, low tendency to creep, excellent permanent strength and low warpage.

Nigel Barrow
Technical Service Manager UK
EMS Grivory
15:00 - 15:30
Advances in Megawatt scale Combined Heat and Power (CHP) driving energy savings and CO2 reductions in plastics manufacturing - George Fowkes, Co-Founder and Director - BasePower
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

In a post-referendum UK the lower pound should be a boon to manufacturers seeking growth in export markets. However, energy-intensive industries face rapidly rising costs due to increases in both wholesale and pass-through components of power prices. Concerned about this and decades of underinvestment in UK energy infrastructure, manufacturers are increasingly looking at energy sources that are cost-effective, resilient and sustainable.

Large industrial energy users have used on-site power generation, in the form of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) for decades. But a combination of technical and business model innovation is now making CHP viable for smaller users across a wide range of industries. This is steadily increasing the update of CHP and its contribution to the UK’s energy mix.

In this seminar George Fowkes will discuss recent improvements in generation efficiency, absorption chilling and finance models at the Megawatt scale. Energy users can now access fully financed, build-own-operate CHP that deliver power, heat and cooling without any requirement for capital investment from the end user.

The session will use case studies from the automotive and other industrial sectors. This will include a recent BasePower project at a Tier 1 automotive supplier to give significant reductions in energy costs and carbon emissions. The ‘trigeneration’ scheme supplies 2MW of baseload power, heat for temperature control in the paint shops and chill to the site’s injection moulding tools.

George Fowkes
Co-Founder and Director

27 September

10:30 - 11:00
Brexit and the British Plastics Industry: A Perspective - Mike Boswell, Chairman of Brexit Taskforce - British Plastics Federation
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

What is being done to both mitigate the risks associated with the United Kingdom leaving the European Union and maximise the resultant opportunities for the second largest employer in the UK’s manufacturing sector?

Following the outcome of the UK referendum on EU membership at the end of June 2016 there is increasing awareness of the challenges that the decision to leave the world’s largest trading block will create. Not least of all are these felt in the plastics industry where there is a significant interdependence with Europe in terms of trade, employment and legislation.

In the immediate aftermath of the referendum outcome the British Plastics Federation formed an ‘EU Taskforce’ subsequently dubbed the “BREXIT Committee”, with the objective of ensuring that the interests of the UK plastics sector is properly considered by Government as part of the negotiation process. Key priorities include:

  • Easy access to the EU market
  • Sufficient availability of labour in a sector where 1 in 10 employed are
    currently non-UK EU citizens
  • A legislative framework compatible with the EU.

This presentation will tackle the issues affecting the plastics sector and look at what actions the BPF is taking to ensure that the needs of the UK plastics sector are properly addressed.

Mike Boswell
Chairman of Brexit Taskforce
British Plastics Federation
11:00 - 11:30
Industry 4.0: Beyond the Hype - Alec McCullie, Associate Director and UK lead for Industry 4.0 - KPMG
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us. And some manufacturers are already taking the lead. The
pressure on executives to adapt and compete is tremendous. In this environment, executives at manufacturing companies need to separate hype from reality. They need a clear picture of the current risks and opportunities. And they need to understand what their peers and competitors are doing to drive value and capture competitive advantage.

In thistalk we will discuss the findings from KPMG's recently released report, ‘Beyond the hype:
Separating ambition from reality in Industry 4.0’, which offers valuable insights into what the leaders
are doing and key takeaways that organisations can start executing tomorrow, based on a recent series of Industry 4.0 benchmarking exercises conducted globally by KPMG’s Industrial Manufacturing professionals.

Alec McCullie
Director - UK Lead for Industry 4.0
11:30 - 12:00
How Invoice Finance can help the UK plastics industry grow - Paul Walsh, Regional Head of Sales - Siemens Financial Services
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

The UK plastics industry is growing, due to increasing success both domestically and abroad. The sector’s exports are valued at £7.5bn with more than 30% of plastic and plastics products being exported.1Global expansion is therefore the logical next step for companies in the plastics sector looking to achieve future growth and maintain competitiveness. Additionally, the recent fall in the pound presents an opportunity to be more competitive.   A key concern for plastics manufacturers, however, is access to working capital and preserving cash-flow.2 Invoice Finance is one method that is rapidly gaining popularity amongst manufacturers, particularly SMEs. Members of the Asset Based Finance Association (ABFA) reported that in the quarter ending in December 2016, export discounting increased by 30% (compared with the same quarter the previous year).  Paul Walsh, from the Invoice Finance team at Siemens Financial Services in the UK explains how invoice finance can enable plastics manufacturers of all sizes to expand their business into global territories while minimising restrictions on cash flow.

12:00 - 12:30
Brexit: The Supply Chain Challenge - Mike Josypenko, Senior Director of Special Projects - Institute of Export and International Trade
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

With the looming deadline for Brexit, and little clarity on the nature of the UK’s future relationship with the EU and beyond, Mike Josypenko considers issues of importance to the modern plastics supply chain. Subjects will include:  

  • The nature of future trade with the EU; tariffs, regulatory customs procedures. 
  • Trading beyond the EU, and the impact and implications of current and future Free Trade Agreements   This presentation will consider how businesses can start to plan for the future.
Mike Josypenko
Senior Director of Special Projects
Institute of Export and International Trade
13:30 - 14:00
Recovering Single Use PVC Medical Devices from Hospitals in the UK - Jane Gardner, Head of Consulting Services, Axion Consulting
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

RecoMed -  Recovering Single Use PVC Medical Devices from Hospitals in the UK RecoMed is a recycling scheme for single use medical items from Hospitals in the UK. The project is funded by VinylPlus, the voluntary sustainable development programme for the European PVC industry and focuses on the collection of oxygen masks, tubing, IV fluid bags and anaesthetic masks. The scheme is a collaboration between Axion, a resource efficiency consultancy based in Manchester and the British Plastics Federation (BPF).

A British Medical Journal article, published in 2009, highlighted the issue of waste in operating theatres (Hutchings D, White SM. Coming round to recycling.  British Medical Journal 2009; 338: b609). The article written following an audit of waste from 6 operating theatres concluded that 40% of the waste (~2.3t/year) could potentially be recycled. RecoMed is helping hospitals increase recycling and reduce waste costs in theatres by implementing a recycling scheme for single use PVC medical devices.

It is based on a successful Australian scheme and was launched as a proof of concept trial in the UK in 2014. The RecoMed team has worked closely with clinicians, hospital waste management teams and infection control supervisors to identify the volumes of oxygen masks, anaesthetic masks, tubing and IV fluid bags that are used by healthy patients who have undergone elective surgery and are therefore suitable for recycling.

These items are usually disposed of via clinical waste bins or in post-operative recovery units. RecoMed places bins in the recovery units to capture the items for recycling. The RecoMed team provides training sessions and communication materials so that it is clear to all staff which items can
be recycled. The RecoMed recycling bins are emptied during the hospital’s normal waste collection
rounds. The RecoMed team then arrange the delivery of the waste plastic items to the recycler.  The PVC, is currently recycled into 100% recycled products for the horticultural industry.


Jane  Gardner
Head of Consulting Services
Axion Consulting
14:00 - 14:30
Getting your medical device NHS ready - Professor Dan Clark, Chair - Centre for Healthcare Equipment and Technology Adoption (CHEATA)
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

Prof Dan Clark leads the Clinical Engineering service at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, one of the largest Trusts in Europe, and holds an honorary chair in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham. He has considerable experience of evaluating new technologies and medical devices and introducing them into the healthcare setting.

Clarkis a director of both the Centre for Healthcare Equipment and Technology Adoption (CHEATA) and the Centre for Healthcare Technologies (CHT).

CHEATA is part of Clinical Engineering at Nottingham University Hospitals offering contract - based support to clinical, academic and commercial medtech developers including regulatory compliance and to gather evidence for NHS adoption. CHEATA also forms part of the CHT, a collaborative venture between Nottingham University and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust specialising in the acceleration of curiosity driven science into adopted medical technology. Clark also chairs the NUH NHS Trust’s Medical Devices Group, sits on a number of trust - wide risk committees and is an expert member of NICE’s Medical Technology Advisory Committee.

Professor Dan Clark
Head of Clinical Engineering
Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust
14:30 - 15:00
The next generation of plastics for biomedical application will be based on carbon-based nanomaterials - Professor Alexander M Seifalian, Director & Professor of Nanotechnology & Regenerative Medicine - The London BioScience Innovation Centre
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation 

Previously we have developed a nanocomposite material (POSS) inspired by nature by studying butterfly wings, using this material number of organs were developed and implanted in patients including the world’s first synthetic trachea with stem cells. However its lack integration with the surrounding tissue, therefore we moved to carbon based materials. Graphene is 200 times stronger than steel and has superior chemical and  mechanical properties. In addition, it is conductive. Using carbon - based nanomaterials, we developed a new family of plastic for biomedical application. Currently this new generation of the plastic undergoing extensive biocompatibility and toxicology test at preclinical trial.

Professor Alexander Seifalian
Director of nanotechnology & regenerative medicine commercialisation centre
The London BioScience Innovation Centre, London
15:00 - 15:30
The Fundamentals of Cleanrooms in design and operation - Rebecca Smith, National Territories Manager and Oliver Barker - Territory Account Manager - Connect 2 Cleanrooms
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

The title of our seminar topic is The Fundamentals of cleanrooms in design and operation and we
will be focussing on automation, localisation, risk management approach and how cleanrooms can
help to alleviate challenges within the plastics industry. We will bring in elements of Cleanroom Training conducted by Connect 2 Cleanrooms and refer to canopy automation and discuss examples and case studies showcasing direct clean air to tools, risk management, this is a prominent topic in the industry today.

Oliver Barker
Territory Account Manager - North & Nordics
Connect 2 Cleanrooms Ltd
Rebecca Smith
National Territories Manager
Connect 2 Cleanrooms Ltd

28 September

10:30 - 11:00
“Eco Design” for a Circular Economy - Neil Rogers, Packaging Development Technologist - Procter and Gamble (P&G)
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

The presentation from the Procter & Gamble Company will focus on “Package Eco -Design” with specific emphasis on Flexible Packaging. It will review P&G’s current and emerging sustainability targets, fundamental design principles & strategies for sustainable flexible packaging and an example of cross industry partnerships.”



Neil Rogers
Packaging Development Technologist
Procter and Gamble
11:00 - 11:30
Options for Wales’ future waste policy for plastics - Dr Andy Rees, Head of Waste Strategy Branch - Welsh Government
Location:  Main Stage


Dr Andy Rees
Head of Waste Strategy
Welsh Government
11:30 - 12:00
Sustainability, Recycling and the Circular Economy - Tony Hancock, Chairman - The Independent Packaging, Environment and Safety Forum
Location:  Main Stage

Why you shuold attend this presentation

In his presentation, Tony Hancock will look back at the introduction of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PWD) almost a quarter of a century ago and ask how successful it has been with regards to the prevention of used plastics packaging going into landfill. He will look at the involvement of EU member states and call into question what he sees as a lack of a level playing field. Tony will also review the of the future for packaging and the environment now that the UK has voted to leave the EU, looking at areas including recycling targets, the PRN and PERN system, end user markets for post-consumer recyclate materials and the implementation of ‘Design to Recycle’ initiatives, amongst others.

Tony  Hancock
The Independent Packaging - Environment and Safety Forum
12:00 - 12:30
Designing plastics for a circular economy – the challenges and the trade-offs - Dr. John Williams, Former Government Advisor and Director - Aquapak Ltd
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

Designing plastic packaging that is fit for the circular economy was never
going to be easy.  As new, innovative materials begin to enter the marketplace this presentation will explore what trade-offs are being made in terms of cost, functionality and sustainability, and what needs to change to help support the drive to a new plastics economy.   


Dr John Williams
Former Government Advisor and Director
Aquapak Ltd
13:30 - 14:00
Preventing plastics leakage to oceans, Facts, Figures and Actions - Edward Kosior, Director - Nextek Limited
Location:  Main Stage


Edward Kosior
Managing Director
Nextek Ltd
14:00 - 14:30
Overview of World Bioplastics Technology and Markets: Future Drivers, Developments and Trends - Dr Terence Cooper, CEO - ARGO Group International
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

The current status and trends in the bioplastics industry worldwide are reviewed, with major emphasis on advances in biobased and biodegradable polymers, renewable carbon sourcing and end-of-life processes.  The reasons and drivers behind these developments are described along with concepts of sustainability, specifications and certifications for biobased and biodegradable materials, and the rationale for the ongoing development and adoption of both “new-molecule” renewably-based plastics (such as PLA, PHAs, PEF and polyamides) and renewably-sourced “drop-in” conventional plastics (such as PE and PET).  The rapidly expanding development of biological-, catalytic-, and thermal-based routes to chemicals, monomers and polymers from renewable feedstocks, including food and non-food crops, agricultural and other wastes, lignocellulosic, cellulosic and algal biomass and bio-methane, and non-biological feedstocks such as carbon monoxide and dioxide, is surveyed.  Examples are described of developmental and commercial partially- and wholly-biobased polymers for packaging, consumer goods, automotive and other durable applications, including polyesters, polyolefins, polyamides and novel barrier-layer materials.  Bioplastics market projections and economics are discussed together with future trends and issues, including the impact of low shale gas and petroleum prices.

Dr  Terence Cooper
ARGO Group International
14:30 - 15:00
Sustainable Materials for Circular Product Design - Keith Freegard, Director - Axion Consulting
Location:  Main Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

  The main points would be :-

  • Why designers should think circular & how they can put that into practice.
  • Impact of material choices on full product life cycle for durable goods.
  • Sustainable, low-carbon polymers and their benefits.
  • Primary ‘urban mines’ as sources of materials – e.g.  primary waste streams  ELV, WEEE.
  • Putting materials together into recyclable products  in a way that they can then be recovered at end of life.
  • Where to access high-quality recycled plastics.

Keith Freegard
Axion Consulting

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