An Engineer in Printing Technology and Post graduate in Packaging Technology, who has delivered innovations/Patents with Unilever, in the domain of RFID and is currently taking Private label innovations to the next level with Walmart. He leads the artwork development, package design And procurement currently, with an inclination towards innovative technologies, customer convenience and sustainability.
Head of Novel Packaging Developmentat
Alexey Vishtal is working at Mayr-Melnhof Board & Paper as a Head of Novel Packaging Development where his main focus is development of novel fibre-based packaging with barrier functionality to offer a viable alternative to difficult to recycle plastics. He has joined MM in early 2022 and before that spent almost 7 years with Nestlé leading fibre-based packaging in their research organization. Before that he held various positions in paper and related industries. Alexey has a paper engineering background and doctoral degree in paper physics and converting.
Tom is an award-winning innovator with 23 years’ industry experience. Initially working in the consumer products sector with Reckitt, Tom has spent the last 17 years in the paper and packaging industries working for market leading multi-national companies including; UPM, DS Smith and Billerud as well as running his own independent sustainable packaging consultancy for 4 years.
Tom’s experience is wide ranging, from consumer and market insight, mergers & acquisitions and brand owner management to product development and sustainability.
Recently Tom hosted and presented on two international webinars focused on the circular economy and innovations in packaging. In 2022 Tom presented as part of Esko’s Sustainability in Packaging series of webinars and at Smithers’ E-Pack event in the US. Added to this Tom has prior experience of managing multi-market consultancy projects focused on packaging strategy & roadmap development for branded consumer goods.
Tom was awarded the “Think New” award by Billerud at a ceremony in Stockholm in Dec 2017 for his work leading a team that developed 2 new paper grades, and innovative bag designs, that helped break the market for paper based e-commerce mailing bags.
Head of Product Portfolio Management for Flexible Packagingat
Paper & packaging industry professional with focus in products, portfolios, markets and strategy
Combines technical and commercial experience from paper and polymers with 10 years of international experience on paper and packaging field. Master's Degree in Forest Products Marketing and Management from University of Helsinki, Finland. Currently employed by Mondi Group as a Head of Product Portfolio Management for Flexible Packaging.
Associate Professor and Deputy Directorat
Dr. Warren Batchelor is an Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Biore-source Processing Research Institute of Australia (BioPRIA), part of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Monash University. He is also Director of Education in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. He is the chair of the Standards Australia PK-019 committee, which develops standards for the pulp and paper industry and is the Australian representative on the international com-mittee, TC6.
His major research interests are in sustainable materials, with a particular interest in materials from cellulose nanofibers (CNFs), with contributions including:
• Recyclability of CNF films and of paper-polymer laminates.
• Life-cycle analysis of materials and processes
• CNF characterisation methods including developing standards for CNFs.
• Paper mill biorefinery and CNF production.
• Methods for the rapid preparation of CNF sheets by spray coating and vacu-um filtration.
• Development of renewable, recyclable, CNF barrier layers to displace petro-leum-derived polymers in packaging.
• Nanoparticle-cellulose nanofibre composites for barrier applications, ultrafil-tration membranes, antimicrobial functional layers and photocatalytic deg-radation of organic contaminants.