Dr George Kellie is chairman of KellieTechnologies™, a leading UK marketing and technology company. Dr Kellie’s businesses have been in existence for nearly 20 years and have a strong reputation and expertise in composites nonwovens, plastics, and sustainability strategies.
In the field of nonwovens materials, KellieTechnologies™ has been particularly active, working on specific applications and generating detailed market assessment and new concepts. Recent work has included submissions on nanotechnology to the UK House of Lords Science & Technology Committee.
George is the editor of “Advances in Technical Nonwovens, 1st Edition” published by Elsevier.
In the packaging field, Kellie Solutions have been very active in areas such as biodegradable and “plastics free” packaging as well as the development of advanced recyclable barrier coatings
George Kellie has also published a series of ground-breaking reviews on Nonwovens in Packaging.
“Venky” as Mr.S.N.Venkataraman is fondly called has a career spanning over 25 years with ITC’s Paperboards & Specialty Papers Division (PSPD). He has worked in field sales, key account management, international sales and as the head of domestic sales. His portfolio now includes Materials and Plantations & Raw Materials in addition to Sales & Marketing. He is a member of the Divisional Management Committee of ITC PSPD – the apex decision making and executive body for the business
During this long period, ITC PSPD has steadily expanded its business and is today a dominant player in packaging and graphic paperboards, communication papers and in specialty boards and papers. Venky and his team have worked closely with FMCG, Pharma, Food and other packaged goods companies in meeting brand packaging requirements by bringing world-class products to the Indian market and propelling ITC PSPD to a leadership position.
He has piloted the sustainability initiatives of the business and initiated the membership of ITC into WWF-GFTN India and further FSC certifications for products and the wood plantations. Further, he played a key role in development of CII Greenco and recently the GreenPro standards for paper packaging.
Venky’s other passions include: finding out what makes teams tick, travel, exploring the digital world and building the necessary connections to further sustainable packaging.
Alister Farmer started his career in Packaging in 2000 for a major poultry supplier developing different formats and substrates for high speed packing lines supplying the British retail chains. Key project management of plastic reduction in all substrates and moving from multiple plastic substrates to recycled PET trays to enhance shelf-life and recycling abilities. Other projects involved the development of heat sealing PE free aluminium foil trays with modified atmosphere lidding films and weight reduction projects to replace hand packed sleeves with high speed labelling. From 2009 Alister managed the Research and Development for a Northern Ireland based carton board converter suppling many global brands in the food service and retail cartons. Working with ink and coating manufacturers Alister developed fluorochemical free cartons for a global brands. These cartons were certified to EN13432 (industrial compostability) and certified for direct food contact, yet still maintaining grease barrier functionality and recyclability. Recent developments were plant based adhesive for cartons and paper straws and global certifications of food products for the fast food markets and many other polyethylene replacement projects in carton board. Alister now operates his own consultancy business from Northern Ireland striving to increase the functionality of paper and carton board and the recyclability of plastic products to meet the needs of the growing circular economy.
As the CEO of Transcend Packaging Ltd, Mr. Lorenzo Angelucci has over 25 years of experience managing complex packaging operations, increasing sales, leading manufacturing expansions, developing brands and utilising high-technology manufacturing techniques. His management career has been highlighted by a 21 year tenure with a large international packaging group, an industry leader in the manufacture of folding cartons, drink cups and other flexible packaging solutions. He is the former Managing Director of both the UK and North America divisions, raising a combined sales turnover of $200 million annually and helped achieve significant sales growth throughout his tenure. He holds a Doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Milan.
Currently holding the position of Vice President, Research and Product Development at Metsä Board
Key competence areas: R&D, packaging and fibre based packaging materials, strategy, leadership
PhD Paper physics
Long experience in forest and packaging industry in various R&D leader roles as well as heading expert organisations
Mr. Tuomas Mustonen is Co-Founder and CEO of Paptic Ltd, a renewable materials start-up focusing on replacement of plastics in flexible packaging applications.
Prior to Paptic, Mr Mustonen has worked as Vice President, Sales at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, and has an industry background from the packaging industry in several roles ranging from business development to technical marketing.
He is specialized in commercialization of new biobased material technologies with special focus on packaging applications. Mr. Mustonen has an MBA degree from the Aalto University and Master of Science degree in Paper Physics from the University of Jyväskylä.
Mark Shaw has worked in packaging for over 33 years and has been fundamental in the development and accreditation of Parkside’s home compostable packing utilising his experience in inks, adhesives and substrates. Mark is also involved in the development of paper recyclable, plastic recyclable, easy open and re-closable flexible packaging.