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Registration and welcome refreshments
Smithers welcome, Sabine Prack, Head of Production, Smithers
Chair's opening remarks
Session 1 - Market trends and new developments
A specialty paper industry: a practical perspective on current trends and future opportunities
  • Recent capacity trends in specialty papers
  • Specialty papers trade trends
  • Outlook and trends on the specialty paper market, opportunities, risks, supply/demand, raw materials etc.

Luis Norton Sampaio | VP Business Development Europe, Fisher International
PPWR impact on the specialty papers
Ulrich Leberle I Raw Materials Director, Cepi and Alexey Vishtal I Head of Novel Packaging Development, MM Group, 4evergreen
Networking break
Session 2 - Big brand perspectives and discussion panel
Cellulosic fibre-based primary packaging
  • Introduction to L'Oréal and to L'Oréal for the future, the group’s environmental strategy through 2030
  • Some specific requirements of primary packaging for cosmetics
  • Examples of launches and scientific challenges associated to the development of fibre-based primary packaging for cosmetics

Dr. David Guerin | Master Expert in Cellulosic Materials and Non-Plastic Biopolymers, L'Oréal
Paper packaging innovations for quality street and kitkat
  • Following in the footsteps of the 2021 successful and multi-award winning global transition of Smarties to recyclable paper packaging, Quality Street, one of Nestlé's most popular confectionery brands in the UK and across the world, is the second Nestlé confectionery brand to make the move to paper. This landmark transition from dual foil and cellulose to recyclable FSC-certified paper packaging for its twist-wrapped sweets worldwide will remove almost 2.5 billion individual pieces of packaging material from its supply chain globally. This major step will contribute to Nestlé's commitment to reach 100% recyclable packaging by 2025.
  • In January, 2023, KitKat, one of the world's most popular confectionery products, introduced recyclable paper packaging as a pilot test for the brand in Australia. The challenge was to find the right paper packaging solution with a high level of barrier properties to adequately protect the chocolate and to maintain the perfect balance between the iconic crispy wafer and smooth chocolate that people know and love, whilst at the same time ensuring the packaging is recyclable in the paper stream. This pilot is another positive step in Nestle's commitment to use innovation to meet its packaging commitments. Nestlé has set a goal to reduce the use of virgin plastics by a third by 2025, which includes using less plastic, recycled plastic, and alternatives to plastic packaging.

Kiril Dimitrov | Packaging Expert, Nestlé
Brand discussion panel
  • Giacomo Canali I Research, Development and Quality Packaging Research and Sustainability Manager, Barilla G. e R. Fratelli S.p.A.
  • Dr. David Guerin I Master Expert in Cellulosic Materials and Non-Plastic Biopolymers, L'Oréal
  • Kiril Dimitrov I Packaging Expert, Nestlé
More panellists to be announced
Session 3 - Innovative production processes and technologies
Paper the new favourite packaging material? Challenges from side of a machinery supplier for coating and laminating machines
  • Thanks to newly developed coating media for barrier paper applications, paper is becoming increasingly popular for flexible packaging in the food industry.
  • Furthermore, one trend is the replacement of extruded PE with barrier layers for paper cups.
  • Machine suppliers need to offer sustainable machine solutions with a low carbon footprint for the new paper coating application.
  • The aim here is also to apply efficient, resource-saving coating methods and to develop energy-efficient drying and curing solutions.

Andrea Glawe | Regional Sales Director, KROENERT GmbH & Co KG
Networking lunch
Cost effective upgrade of existing coating stations to also enable manufacturing of fibre based barrier products
  • How you can adapt your existing production line for new products or as a guidance for new installations
  • A case study explaining the most optimized ways to produce barriers on a high porosity untreated paper
  • Comparing coating layer composing with different coating formulations
  • A broad compilation of lab results useful as a guideline for both new manufacturers and well established producers

Daniel Ragnarsson | Commercial Director, UMV Coating Systems AB
Optimisation of barrier properties and dewatering in production of natural greaseproof paper
  • Natural greaseproof
  • Refining
  • Dewatering
  • Grease barrier

Henrik Kjellgren | Product Manager, Nordic Paper
Melt flow and heat supply control during sealing of paper-based materials
  • Analysis  of melt flow at the triple point of bags
  • Presentation of influencing factors on the local material deformation
  • Alternatives in heat supply based on induction at metallization’s

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hauptmann | Head of Department of Packaging and Processing Technologies, Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV, Steinbeis-Hochschule
Session 4 - Moulded pulp - is it a new specialty for pulp and papermakers?
Dry forming –a disruptive technology with the potential to replace plastic packaging, at scale
  • Key environmental benefits of dry forming technology and why this new technology is so disruptive
  • Current applications, limitations, and challenges of dry forming technology
  •  How the dry forming process differs from other sustainable packaging solutions currently on the market​

Anna Altner | Founder, Yangi
Networking break
Latest in pulp/fibre forming
Past and today, what is in the future and what are the trends?
Kent Johansson | Director, Global Sales & Marketing, Taiwan Pulp Molding Co., Ltd.
Session 5 - Start-up innovations
Seaweed-derived biomaterials as barrier coatings for sustainable packaging
  • Developing novel bio-based barrier coatings from seaweed
  • Biomaterial coatings provide enhanced barrier performance for paper/card/fibre packaging, especially long term water resistance
  • Suitable end-of-life options for coated substrates such as recyclability or biodegradability offer a promising solution to reduce plastic waste and promote sustainability in the packaging industry

Stefanie Federle | Chief Scientific Officer, Kelpi
Enabling a sustainable packaging transition: Innovative coating technology as an industry game-changer
  • Unique sol-gel coating as an eco-friendly alternative to dispersion coatings, waxing or lamination
  • Maintaining both the original recyclability and original biodegradability of the paper or board without compromising on performance
  • Addressing the challenges and opportunities faced by the packaging industry, especially on the packaging lines
  • The role of innovation in driving sustainable change and the future of packaging

Manuel Milliery | CEO, Papkot
Seaweed to replace plastic - an alternative future for packaging?
  • How seaweed is emerging as a powerful alternative to many single-use plastics
  • Seaweed is one of nature’s most renewable resources, and it has the potential to create packaging materials that can truly, and sustainably, break down at end-of-life
  • A growing industry, seaweed is already used in many products that we consume on a daily basis, and its ongoing cultivation offers a wider set of benefits to us all

Sebastien Bregeaud | Head of Manufacturing, Notpla
Start-up panel discussion: Why do you believe in special paper as a packaging material?
Stefanie Federle, Chief Scientific Officer, Kelpi
Manuel Milliery,
CEO, Papkot
Speaker to be announced, Notpla

Chair’s closing remarks and end of day one
Networking drinks reception
Registration and welcome refreshments
Chair's opening remarks
Session 6 - Recycability and sustainable solutions
Recyclability of barrier papers
  • CEPI recyclability laboratory test method
  • 4evergreen Fibre-based packaging recyclability evaluation protocol
  • Challenges for recyclability of barrier papers

Marie Geißler | Project Staff, Business Unit Smart & Circular Solutions, Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS)
Drivers for increased sustainability in self-adhesive and flexible packaging materials
  • Systemic shift in creating a more circular business model
  • Design for recycling guidelines
  • Case: release liner recycling

Mikko Rissanen | Director Technology, UPM Specialty Papers
Panel discussion: Recyclability of flexible packaging papers - collection, sorting and recycling
  • Alexey Vishtal I Head of Novel Packaging Development, MM Group, 4evergreen
  • Mikko Rissanen I Director Technology, UPM Specialty Papers
  • Nils De Rybel I Product Development Engineer, Amcor
  • Marie Geißler I Project Staff, Business Unit Smart & Circular Solutions, Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS)
Networking break
Session 7- Barrier coating and new developments
Multilayer barrier packaging paper based on cross linkable pla and biobased hybrid nanomaterials
  • Multilayer coatings on paper based on bioORMOCER® and PLAX
  • bioORMOCER® is biodegradable lacquer made from inorganic/organic structures stabilized by modified biopolymers, used for oxygen barrier
  • PLAX is a water-based dispersion based on crosslinkable polylactic acid (PLA), used for water vapor barrier
  • Both suspensions were applied using roll-to-roll reverse gravure coating method

Rajesh Koppolu | Research Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
All cellulose barrier materials for the development of recyclable and biodegradable food packaging solutions
  • All cellulose barrier materials for packaging
  • MicroFibrillated Cellulose wet lamination process
  • Fully recyclable and biodegradable food packaging

Fleur Rol | Project Engineer, Centre Technique du Papier
Collaborative solutions to enable fiber-based packaging
  • Role of coatings and inks in package
  • Speed enabled by value chain position
  • Challenge of product safety and responsibility

Oliver Waddington | Head of Business Development, Waterbased Coatings, Siegwerk
Novel bio-based barrier for paper and board packaging
  • Novel plant-based technology for the surface treatment of paper and board.
  • Focus is on the development of sustainable packaging materials with oil and grease resistance that are fully recyclable and biodegradable.
  • Alternative to fluorocarbon and fossil-based programs

Alessandra Gerli | Corporate Scientist, Nalco Water - An Ecolab Company
Networking lunch
Water soluble PVOH and EVOH in barrier coatings and recycling streams
  • Introduction to PVOH / water soluble EVOH
  • Influence of chemical structure upon barrier properties
  • Adds on to enhance the barrier performance
  • Outcome of water soluble EVOH and PVOH upon repulping process

Dr. Samuel Michel | Senior Manager Waterborne Systems, Kuraray Europe GmbH
Advancements in the industrial up-scaling of MFC coating at the paper machine wet-end
  • Coating MFC at the wet end of the paper machine
  • Tailored MFC properties for applicator rheology and performance
  • MFC coated papers for sustainable barrier applications
  • MFC-mineral composites to convert linerboard to white top
  • Up-scaling experiences: Full-scale paper machine trials

Tom Larson | Head of Business Development, Paper & Board, FiberLean Technologies Ltd
Session 8 - Food contact material and safety
Regulatory and safety challenges for sustainable packaging solutions
  • Importance of harmonisation to unlock the global use of novel materials
  • Material specific Regulations adapted to the needs of novel materials

Burçak İçli Pollard | Food Contact Material Specialist, RSA & Safety, Nestlé System Technology Center (NSTC)
Chair’s closing remarks
End of conference