- 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.
Present : Master Expert in cellulosic materials and non-plastic biopolymers at L'Oréal (https://www.loreal.com/en/)
2000-2020: R&D Manager, Functional Products and Surfaces Team at CTP (Centre Technique du Papier)
1997-2000 : PhD in Materials and process engineering, Grenoble INP-Stora Enso
Kiril Dimitrov is a Chemical Engineer by education with over 20 years of extensive experience in the field of packaging development and materials innovation. Professional career across the entire packaging supply chain, working for some of the leading paper and packaging manufacturers and recyclers, with many years in food retail and currently a Packaging Expert at Nestle’s Confectionary Product Technology Centre in York, UK. With specific interest and focus on restorative and renewable solutions, Kiril Dimitrov has been leading the confectionary packaging science & technology R&D portfolio for the past 4 years.
Andrea Glawe has been Regional Sales Director for the Asian / Pacific market at KROENERT since 2015. Prior to that she had roles as Director R&D for the KROENERT group in Hamburg; R&D leader at DRYTEC GmbH & Co KG in Norderstedt; Deputy Sales Director with responsibility for technical sales and project management at Coatema Coating Machinery GmbH in Dormagen. She started her career as scientific assistant for the Textile Research Institute Thüringen-Vogtland e.V. Greiz.
Ms Glawe has a Masters degree in “Technical textiles and process engineering” from the Technical University of Chemnitz.
Daniel has worked within the paper & board industry sector for 25 years and has had positions within Engineering, Sales, and Management. He started his career in Valmet Karlstad in Sweden and joined UMV Coating Systems in 2008. Daniel’s current position is Commercial Director and he is a former CEO and Sales Director of the company.
Daniel has been deeply involved in the strategic decisions to develop technology for better coverage of the fibers and focus on barrier applications which has positioned UMV Coating systems in the center of this field. The work Daniel has made, leading customer projects from idea to implementation on the world market, has given him a profound understanding and knowledge about production units and coating concepts needed to produce optimal barrier products based on surface treatment of paper‐and board.
Started with the mill (at that time Peterson Scanproof) in 1998 as laboratory engineer and after a few years worked as process engineer. In 2002 a PhD project on Barrier coating for grease proof paper was started. During that project the position at the mill was as development engineer. The PhD thesis was finalized in 2007. In the two years 2010-2011 the position was as Product Development Manager covering both business units Kraft and Greaseproof in Nordic Paper. The commercial side was entered in 2012 as an Area Sales Director Greaseproof for Central Europe and Middle East. The current position from 2016 is as Product Manager Greaseproof, which covers the responsibility for the products produced in the two mills Greåker (Norway) and Säffle (Sweden).
21.06.2017 Habilitation in the field “Processing Machines and Processing
Technology” at Technische Universität Dresden, topic: “New
application potentials of natural fibre-based materials through
technology development of the deep drawing process at the
example of packaging”
06.12.2010 Ph.D. at Technische Universität Dresden, topic: “Process control
and possibilities of process monitoring in the three dimensional
forming og paper and paperboard through deep drawing”
14.10.2005 Diploma at Technische Universität Dresden
Since 01.03.2020 Head Department of Packaging and Processing Technologies,
Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging (IVV)
20.09.2018 Appointment as Professor of Packaging Machines and Packaging
Technology at Steinbeis-University
01.11.2010 – 19.09.2018 Initiation and supervision of the scientific group for „Forming of
fibre-based materials“ at the Chair of Processing Machines and
Processing Technology of Technische Universität Dresden
21.10.2005 – 06.12.2010 Ph.D. student at the Chair of Processing Machines and Processing
Technology, Technische Universität Dresden
In 2014, Anna Altner founded The Loop Factory, an innovation hub pioneering sustainable solutions and circular initiatives within materials, products, and technology. Emerging from 10 years of R&D within The Loop Factory, Yangi, a revolutionary manufacturing technology, and next-generation fibre-based solutions was developed and launched in 2021. Anna has over 20 years of experience leading disruptive innovation projects in the forest industry and has since successfully established both companies as international innovation partners for sustainable technologies. She believes that to innovate, you must collaborate.
Dr. Stefanie Federle is Chief Scientific Officer at Kelpi, a materials innovation company developing
novel biomaterials from seaweed and other bio-based resources to replace fossil-based packaging.
As a technical lead on R&D projects, Stefanie is responsible for delivering the development of Kelpi’s
materials to meet client’s needs. This includes tailoring the biomaterials to fulfil specific barrier
properties and performance characteristics while maintaining their recyclability or biodegradability.
Stefanie, who holds a PhD in Sustainable Chemical Technologies from the University of Bath, is an
expert in polymer chemistry with over 5 years’ experience of developing and testing renewable
polymers for a range of applications. Her work has involved collaboration on multidisciplinary
projects in both Europe and the US, where she has worked with a diverse range of bio-based
feedstocks, including seaweed, microalgae, and terpenes
Manuel Milliery, CEO and founder of Papkot, a groundbreaking startup revolutionizing the packaging market with sustainable paper coatings. With a decade of experience in UX design and product development, he has collaborated with well-regarded brands such as Nespresso, Airbus, Zalando, Samsung, and Bayer Pharmaceuticals.
In 2019, Milliery left his position as Head of AI Design Officer for a prestigious multinational corporation to tackle a more significant challenge: the pressing issue of plastic packaging.
Through this endeavor, he won the National Geographic Plastic Pollution Challenge in 2020 with a groundbreaking sol-gel coating solution.
This accomplishment inspired the creation of Papkot, a startup dedicated to revolutionizing the packaging market with sustainable paper coatings. Manuel Milliery has steered Papkot to accolades, including recognition as one of the top 100 startups to invest in France or winner of the CITEO Circular Challenge.
Throughout his career, Manuel Milliery has advised numerous companies across Europe, Japan, and the US. Today, he continues to make a significant impact on the world with his commitment to sustainable practices and innovative solutions, such as Papkot, which develops coatings that provide paper with plastic-like properties without altering its end-of-life characteristics.
Lydia Tempel graduated from the Technical University of Dresden in 2009
with a degree in waste management and contaminated sites. Since then, she
has been working at the Papiertechnische Stiftung in the field of resources,
raw materials and recycling and has already worked on or managed
numerous customer and research projects. In 2019, she took over as head of
the "Raw Materials and Processing" department in the Fibers and
Composites Business Unit. Since 2021, she has headed the Smart & Circular
Solutions business unit.Her topics include classification and evaluation of
recovered paper grades, material flow and potential analyses in the paper
cycle, collection of recovered paper and dry recovered paper processing,
recovered paper management, as well as recyclability and end-of-life
concepts of fiber-based products.
A 25 year career with UPM, last 15 years in different leadership positions mainly dealing with strategy and business development, investments and technology, product offering management and it’s development, previously deeply involved in improvements of release base paper grades, and production management .
Master’s degree from Helsinki University of Technology
Rajesh Koppolu works as a research scientist in the Sustainable Products and Materials research area at VTT. His has experience in rheology and high-throughput roll-to-roll coating processes, especially with bio-based nano-materials. He is currently finalizing his PhD thesis on high-throughput processing of nanocelluloses into biodegradable barrier coatings.
Fleur Rol was born March 15, 1992. She graduated from the engineering school Grenoble INP Pagora (International school of paper, print media and biomaterials) in 2015 and she obtained a Ph.D. in Materials from Université Grenoble Alpes (France) in 2019.
She is specialized in paper, biomaterials and especially microfibrillated cellulose. She has skills in materials characterization but also on materials processing.
Oliver is commercial and strategic lead for water-based coatings at Siegwerk. With over 15 years’ experience in the fibrebased packaging industry working with functional papers and boards, he has dealt with many types of coatings and for a wide range of packaging applications.
Dr. Alessandra Gerli is Corporate Scientist based in the European headquarters of Nalco Water, an Ecolab Company, Oegstgeest, The Netherlands. She is responsible for research projects and global technology initiatives in the area of functional properties of paper and board. She has extensive expertise in wet-end chemistry, papermaking operations and impact on paper properties and is author of several technical articles in these fields. Dr. Gerli holds a MS degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Trieste, Italy and a PhD in Chemistry from Emory University, GA., USA. After the doctoral studies, she carried out postdoctoral research at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, in the field of homogeneous catalysis.
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Based in the UK, Tom is responsible for FiberLean’s Business Development in Paper and Board applications. Tom holds a BSc in Natural Sciences and has over 10 years’ experience working with MFC in paper and packaging.
Since March 2019 Burcak Icli Pollard has been Food Contact Material (FCM) specialist RSA & Safety at Nestle System Technology Center. Her role is to ensure the FCM safety and worldwide compliance (S&C) of all the development and innovation projects on Nestle Systems ( e.g. beverage machines and packaging/capsules) including latest sustainable breakthrough Nestle solutions. From July 2015 to March 2019 she was Continuous Improvement Manager at ROPAC® Packaging, part of Schoeller Allibert Group. Her role included managing projects related to raw materials innovation and process stabilisation for high quality packaging. She validated multiple raw materials for packaging product portfolio using her strong theoretical knowledge on polymer materials and good understanding of FCM legislation. Her technical abilities come from 8 years managing and performing research projects during her PhD (et EPFL, Switzerland) and Post-doctoral (Adolphe Merkle Institute, Switzerland) studies on Chemistry and Materials Science.