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A holistic approach to product stewardship in specialty paper & packaging online workshop
Workshop Introduction
Today’s specialty paper and packaging industry is at a time of dynamic change. Largely driven by the single use plastic directive, European green deal and other environmental issues phrases such as “sustainable”, “carbon neutral”,  “plastic free” and “plant based” are now embedded in the industries present and future objectives.

This workshop will explore the opportunities that are being created in sectors such as barrier packaging and plastic-replacement products. What are the challenges in the market today? How best to deliver carbon neutral targets? How to deliver sustainable products and overcome challenges? What are the solutions for reducing packaging waste and food waste? What are the sustainable alternatives to flexible packaging?
Dr George Kellie | Director, Kellie Solutions Ltd.
Paper & Fiber based solutions - championing a new order
  • The post pandemic world and impact on society and packaging
  • What is the new order about ?  Drivers, Regulations, Industry , Consumers and more
  • The plastic substitution jigsaw  puzzle
  • Emerging opportunities around paper, fibres and coatings - new substrates , renewable sources , recyclability
  • Remodelling our business and our approach

Sekh Venkataraman | Executive Vice President - Marketing & Commercial, ITC PSPD
Development of new generation sustainable solutions for Food2Go packaging
A short history and background of the food to go sector, the convenience, hygiene (especially now with Covid 19) the amount of people living in cities (which is increasing). The old traditional grease barriers, PFA's and paraffin waxes and their effects on health and the environment. The next generation of food2go packaging and its requirements to combine, sustainability, food safety and hygiene, recycling and if heavily contaminated with food, compostable to EN13432 industrial compostability. The next generation of food2go packaging needs to be developed to be fit for purpose and fit into the circular economy so the food waste issue can be reduced, and the packing components can be re-harvested and made back into new food contact packaging again if possible.
Alister Farmer | Research & Development Consultant, EcoPack Consulting
Engineering new generation paper straws..a small product, but a mighty challenge
  • History of the product and the shift to paper - no paper straw for nearly 50 years - no significant European production but an evolving brand preference for sustainability led by paper and evolving regulation
  • Creating specialty paper - working with industry leading mills to create the right paper for the straw
  • Receiving food approval - modifying the original formulation to get the mix right
  • Improving standards - joint industry effort between converters, paper mills, adhesive suppliers, and machine manufacturers to create a European Charter of Trust for Drinking Straws
  • Continuous innovation and improvement - new formats, paper innovations, production specs and technology evolution with paper leading the industry forward in multiple sustainable product categories

Lorenzo Angelucci | CEO, Transcend Packaging Ltd
Earth Packaging. Great solutions reducing both packaging waste and food waste
This presentation will detail the latest technology and the associated recent commercial products for the packaging market.
The ability of sophisticated plastic packaging to extend shelf life has created a global food market with considerable economic, social and humanitarian benefits. Non-plastic alternatives are unlikely to succeed unless they provide similar or additional benefits. Furthermore, plastic is cheap, light, easy to process, transparent, flexible and available with a wide range of physical and chemical properties. Non-plastic alternatives have a tough act to follow. Recent technical developments offer a family of solutions and a viable way forwards.
Rachel Mckenna | New Product Development Leader, Sirane Group
Sustainable barrier packaging for food – Metsä Board view of the roadmap
  • Regulatory pressure increases
  • Brand-owners & retailers are making strong sustainability commitments
  • Sustainable Packaging – what it is
  • MetsäBoard Prime FBB EB, a dispersion barrier board

Markku Leskelä | Vice President, Research and Product Development, METSÄ BOARD CORPORATION
Paptic's innovative Sustainable Alternatives to Plastic Flexible Packaging
  • Potential and justification of replacement of plastics with fiber based materials.
  • Comparison of biopolymer and fiber based alternatives to oil based plastics
  • Sustainability mission of Paptic
  • Examples of success stories where Paptic materials are replacing plastics

Tuomas Mustonen | Co-Founder, CEO, Paptic Ltd
Development of compostable barrier flexible packaging - overcoming demanding challenges
All speaker panel session
Workshop conclusions and end of workshop
Smithers' welcome and chair's opening remarks
Session 1: Global market trends and legislation in specialty paper
Session 2: Sustainable solutions, recyclability and circularity
Keynote: Closing the loop with Retailers on Packaging Waste - A case study of Circularity with Tesco
Sándor Kettinger, CE Buying Manager Stationery – General Merchandise, Tesco
Elisabeth Schwaiger, R&D and IP Director Kraft Paper, Mondi AG
Marco Macoratti | Head of Sustainable Business Solutions, Mondi AG
Networking Break
From Resource to Recycling
Lee Henderson, European Director Sustainability & Stakeholder Engagement, Asia Pulp & Paper
Dr Liz Wilks | UK & European Sustainability Director, Asia Pulp & Paper
Session 3: Pulp, paper and materials
Abaca Plantation, Fiber Processing and Pulp Making for Open Supply and Made-to-Order Manufacture to All Specialty Paper Makers in the World
Discover PureBarrier™, an innovative fiber-based gas barrier material
Wrapping Goods With Stretchable Paper Instead Of Plastics
Chair's closing remarks and end of day one
Chair's welcome day two
Session 4: Packaging: New opportunities and plastic alternatives
Fibre based food containers as an alternative to plastic packaging
Powerdrop: enabling paper to replace plastic in food packaging
Panel session: Paper replacing plastic - where is the industry now? Views from across the industry
Moderator: Alexey Vishtal, Packaging Specialist Paper & Board, Nestlé
Dr Will Connolly, Head of Packaging Innovation & Sustainability, The Body Shop
Guy Newcombe, CEO, Archipelago
Henrik Kjellgren, Product Manager, Nordic Paper
Raphaël BARDET, Head of Business Food Packaging & Technical Solutions, AHLSTROM-MUNKSJÖ
Networking Break
Session 5 - Barrier developments and barrier coating innovation
Development of all-cellulosic packaging materials using the MFC wet lamination process and the chromatogeny grafting – CelluWiz project
Microfibrillated Cellulose – Applications for Sustainable Barrier Papers and Boards
The way towards a starch-based barrier coating
Polyolefin Dispersion Derived Coatings for Paper Based Flexible Packaging: Barrier Properties and Processability
Session 6 – New application technologies
Multilayer Barrier Paperboard Based on Nanocellulose and Biodegradable Thermoplastics
Chair’s closing remarks and end of of event

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Online Conference Agenda (28-29 September)                   

 Pre-conference Workshop Agenda (13 September)