Find out more about the experts that will be speaking at the Specialty Papers Europe Online Workshop
Dr George Kellie | Director at Kellie Solutions Ltd.
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.
Daniel Haslinger | Key Account Manager at KIEFEL Packaging
Kiefel Packaging since 2019
Education and Qualifications
Apprenticeship as a mechanical engineer
Peter Ralten, Chief Commercial Officer at Sirane Group
I started work in the packaging industry in the early 2000’s and worked as a Sales & Marketing Director for a UK Flexible Packaging Producer. The company became part of a UK based Packaging Group. The products I worked with included labels and packaging systems beside the flexible packaging.
Around 7 years ago I moved to a UK convertor of materials where I worked hard with the team to diversify the product range and bring new products on the market. In 2018 this company became part of the Sirane Group, the innovation and diversification continued. In my day to day role I am working with many great members of the team to expand Sirane as a group. Both geographical and product range expansion. Sirane invests heavily in product innovation which is something I am personally passionate about, if you have any new products or raw materials that you think should be part of our range, please contact me!
Sanna Fager, Chief Commercial Officer at Swedish based R&D and IP company PulPac AB.
Sanna holds a master’s in mechanical engineering and has a background and profound experience within business and market development. With a passion for viable sustainable solutions, she leads the commercial team that helps global clients implement PulPac’s patented technology for dry forming of cellulose. Dry Molded Fiber is a groundbreaking technology for producing affordable and truly sustainable fiber-based packaging that can replace single-use plastics g
Sebastian Roos, Chief Technology Officer at Swedish based R&D and IP company PulPac.
Sebastian holds a master’s in mechanical engineering and has a profound background within Innovation, product development and R&D. Sebastian leads the PulPac R&D team, working with continued innovation and development of the Dry Molded Fiber, a technology for dry forming of cellulose, making fiber-based products a competitive and viable alternative to single use plastic.
Mark Geerts, Director at PaperFoam
Mark Geerts studied applied mathematics at Twente University and Groningen University (The Netherlands). After his graduation in 1984 he worked several years at the Institute for Environmental Studies of the University of Groningen. By developing models of the national electricity grid, simulations studies were performed to investigate the possibilities for sustainable energy sources like wind, solar and biogas. He also did evaluation studies on the risks of nuclear energy.
After several years at the university he started with some colleagues an IT company GRIP were a.o. software was developed for environmental modelling. He continued the working in the IT sector for many years in a larger company Vertis , formerly subsidiary of the potato starch company Avebe. In this environment the present company PaperFoam was born as a follow up of an Avebe research project.
PaperFoam is a company developing , producing and selling PaperFoam packaging: low carbon footprint, bio based packaging for electronics, medical products, cosmetics and food applications. Mark joined PaperFoam in 2008 as the CEO. At present PaperFoam, headquartered in the Netherlands, is present with production locations in three continents: Europe (Netherlands + Czech Republic), Asia (Malaysia) and United States (North Carolina). PaperFoam has sales offices in the Netherlands, San Francisco, Brooklyn, Penang and Berlin.
PaperFoam® has become known as a new material and is used by a variety of customers all over the world. It is especially used due to the perfect fitting properties as well as the ultra low carbon emission.
Since 2021 Mark stepped back as CEO and is focusing on PaperFoam’s long term research as well as on the environmental aspects of PaperFOam.
Joe Grygny, Founder/Board member USA at International Molded Fiber Association - IMFA
Retired Product Development Manager for the Menasha Corporation
Past President of the International Safe Transit Assoaciation – ISTA
Fellow and Life member of the Institute of Packaging Professionals - IOPP
Executive Director IMFA now semi-retired and IMFA Board member
Packaging and Molded Fiber Consultant to Multinational Corportions and the United Nations,
Marquette University – Engineering