PDM 2018 CONFERENCE PROGRAMME                                    

Tuesday, 19th June 

10:30 Welcome to the PDM Conference 2018

Karen Laird, Editor, Plastics News Europe 

Chairman's Welcome 

Philip Law, Director General, BPF 


10:40 Opening address – where is the plastics industry headed?

Philip Law, Director General, BPF


11:00 The China crisis – the Chinese ban on plastic waste imports, and what it means for the British recycling industry

Roger Baynham, Chairman, BPF Recycling Group

-       • An overview of the situation and an update of the latest developments

      • What this will mean for the UK recycling industry; could it threaten our efforts to recycle more plastic?

      • Is there a solution to the crisis?


11:20 Panel discussion: Facing off the critics – how can we improve plastic’s image?

Chaired by Philip Law, Director General, BPF

Dr. Paul Shipton, Consultancy Director, Smithers Rapra

Roger Baynham, Chairman, BPF Recycling Group

Other participants to be announced 

12:00 “Legacy” additives: how are they treated under the EU REACH regulation?

Dr. Chris Howick, Product Regulation Manager, INOVYN Chlorvinyls

-       • Exploring the clauses in the REACH regulation pertaining to recovery and recycling of materials

-     • How these will apply to plastics, and how can they affect businesses within the industry?

-       • What the issues and actions are. A look at some case studies.

12:20 Striking the right balance with the evolving UK PRN System 

Sarah Foster, Commercial Manager, Comply Direct 

-       • What are the proposed changes to the PRN system?

-     • How could they be implemented?

-       • How will industry stakeholders be impacted?



12:40 Update on Brexit

Terry Scuoler, Former Chairman of the Board, CEEMET

• A general update on the Brexit negotiations

• Wider impacts of leaving the single market and customs union

• A look to the future: what could the British industry face post Brexit?

13:00 – 13:30 Lunch break 

13:30 What will Brexit mean for the plastics industry?

Mike Boswell, Managing Director, Plastribution and Chair of the BPF Brexit Taskforce

• Understanding plastics trade – how each year the UK imports £13bn of plastics material, products and

  machinery and exports £8.4bn.

• The role of EU workers in the plastics industry

• Securing the future in uncertain times 


13:50 Protecting your competitive advantage

Jason Lessard, Partner, HGF

• Why do your customers choose you over the competition?

• Are your margins sustainable?

• Discover how you can protect your competitive advantage in 3 steps


14:10 Adding value by differentiation through circular thinking: what designers need to know about sustainable product design

Keith Freegard, Director, Axion Consulting

-       • The importance of thinking circular – impact of material choices on full product life cycle for durable goods.

      • Putting circular thinking into practice - sustainable, low-carbon polymers and their benefits.

      • Putting materials together into recyclable products in a way that they can then be recovered at end of life.


14:30 Improving confidence in your designs: predicting the lifetime and durability of plastics in their operating environments  

Dr Andrew Hulme, Principal Consultant, Smithers Rapra

-       • How properties of plastic materials are highly dependent on their operating conditions, and failure often occurs as a result of  underestimating changes in performance over time.   

      • Understanding the long term behaviour of the material greatly improves confidence in the performance of the material in its application.

      • A lack of understanding of plastic materials can lead to poor design decisions resulting in unexpected product failures in service.-

      • Find out how to make more informed decisions leading to greater confidence in the performance of your design. 


14:50 ‘Made in Britain’ and the benefits of using the marque to UK plastics manufacturers

John Pearce, Chief Executive, Made in Britain

 Made in Britain – how the marque represents a standard of quality and unity for the British manufacturing sector within the UK and around the world

• Research on how something made in Britain makes a difference to people’s buying habits

• The benefits of using the marque



15:10 Vistamaxx Performance Polymers – engineered to create new possibilities 

Daniel Jarvis, Technical and Business Development Manager, Plastribution Limited

• Introducing Vistamaxx performance polymers, a specialty polymer based on ExxonMobil Chemical´s proprietary technology.

• A look at the benefits of Vistamaxx polymers and the applications in film and sheet, polymer modification, compounding, adhesives and hygiene applications.


15:30 The advantages of using EMS-GRIVORY long fibre technology versus standard reinforced materials.

Nigel Barrow, Technical Services Manager. EMS-CHEMIE (UK) LTD

 High modulus thermoplastics

• Lightweighting

• Higher temperature performance 

• Better ductility

• Low creep


15:50 Topic: Digital Manufacturing & the Industry 4.0 Revolution

Stephen Dyson, Special Operations Manager - Europe, Protolabs

• The Industry 4.0 revolution; systems that support the backbone of industrial processes can now be digitally interconnected

• How Protolabs, both internally and as a supplier, has made a big impact in digital manufacturing  

• A look to the future

16:10 Reprocessing and re-feeding possibilities of glass fibre re-enforced polymer parts changes and risks.

Manfred Dobersberger, CEO, Pureloop 

•      Possibilities for recycling of glass fibre (short or long fibres) with an extrusion system

  - Technical Polymers like PA or PBT or PP materials

  - Special additives in the glass fibre re-enforced parts and components 

• Re-feed possibilities of recycled material 

  - Modification on the polymer 

  - Modification on the glass fibre

  - Possible re-feed rates

  - Impact on mechanical properties 

• Health and safety concerns on the processing of glass fibre re-enforced materials 

• Wear protection on the processing of glass fibre re-enforced materials 

16:30 Closing Remarks

Wednesday, 20th June 

10:15 Chairman’s opening remarks

Karen Laird, Editor, Plastics News Europe 


10:20 World bioplastics technology and markets: future drivers, developments and trends

Dr Terence Cooper, Chief Executive Officer, ARGO Group International

 The current status and trends in the bioplastics industry worldwide

• Advances in biobased and biodegradable polymers, renewable carbon sourcing and end-of-life processes.

• The reasons and drivers behind these developments

• Concepts of sustainability, specifications and certifications for biobased and biodegradable materials monoxide and dioxide

• Bioplastics market projections and economics; a look at future trends and issues, including the impact of low shale gas and petroleum prices.


10:40 How to design your product to maximise resource efficiency

Simon Scholes, Chairman of the Rigids Working Group, BPF Recycling Group, BPF 

 The role of recycling in product design 

• Understanding the whole life cycle

• Designed to allow the recycling of materials at end of life. Re use designed from the start

11:00 Stopping ocean plastics; an agenda for action

Prof Ed Kosior, CEO and Head Consultant, Nextek

• The key problem: plastics, a long-lived material, is typically used for short-term purposes

• How a paradigm shift in the global and national management of this problem is required.

• A look at long-term solutions and how they must involve up-stream as well as downstream waste management strategies.  

• The importance of redesigning packaging, reducing, recovering and stabilising the markets for recycled plastics through mandatory recycled content is paramount.  

11:20 Use of recycled materials and the future

Stephen Mancey, CEO Europe, Logoplaste

• Where are we now?

• Where should we be?

• What's the realistic outlook for the future use of recycled materials?

11:40 Designing for 'end of life' - finding a sustainable solution for non-clear plastic packaging waste

Tony Gaukroger, Director, Colour Tone Masterbatch

 • Proven, market ready near-infrared detectable colouring technology

• Creating added value while reducing the environmental impact of near-infrared absorbing coloured packaging

• 'Barriers' and market challenges to increased recycling of polymer specific coloured waste 

• 'Closing the loop' on waste - a rapid polymer analysis service that tests for 'end of life' recyclability

12:00 Chemical Recycling: economically creating capacity to recycle all plastic. 

Adrian Griffiths, CEO Recycling Technologies

• 'Design-in' recycling rather than 'design-out' functional pack formats- tackling most hard to recycle plastic packaging such as films, coloured trays, crisp packets and food pouches

• The role of chemical recycling in a circular pathway for plastics and providing quality feedstock for use in all applications, including food grade packaging 

• Connecting all stakeholders in the value chain for plastics to unlock new revenue streams and target 90% recycling 


12:20 Innovations in adhesive bonding that enable the Increased use of thermoplastics in new product designs and assemblies

Dr. Antonio Pagliuca, Senior Technical Specialist, Adhesives, Industrial Business Group, 3M Centre

• The key aspects to consider when selecting the right adhesive for your application.

• A review of the influence of product/joint design, types of substrates, environmental factors and the loads the product will be subjected to in service.

• Documenting best practice in joint design to optimize the stress orientation in the assembled part along with an understanding of the effect of loads during the product life cycle.

 Highlighting the key differences between the major adhesive types to help end users make a more informed choice and achieve the best possible result in adhesive bonding applications. 


12:40 Assisted moulding technologies

Raymond Foad, Sales Director, Cinpres

 A look at two process technologies: Gas Assisted Moulding and Rapid Isolation Cooling and Heating.

• A look at the basic “physics” of each process

• The benefits the processes bring to injection moulded parts, the equipment required to carry out the process and some notable applications.

13:00 – 13:30 Lunch break 

13:30 Plastic Failure Analysis: Revealing the Mode and the Cause

Michail Kalloudis, Technical Manager, Impact Solutions

• How plastics could exhibit different types of failures such as fatigue, molecular degradation/oxidation

• The failures might be hidden within the material, processing or environment

• How to help customers identify the mode and the cause of the failures undertaking simple tests and providing typical plastic failure examples  

13:50 Injection moulding processing / validation 

Shaun Ruck, Director, Helix Polymer 

• Cost, quality, time and control

• Using optimisation correctly during the development cycle

• Examples of savings and benefits 

• Considerations and pit-falls


14:10 Design opportunities of the latest rotational moulding manufacturing techniques

Martin Spencer, Managing Director, Uniqueroto

• How rotational moulding offers infinite design opportunities for designers and OEMs

• Freedom in design

• A look at some examples of useage 

14:30 Fear of Failure - why rotomoulders should worry about long-term material properties

Dr Nick Henwood, Rotomotive

• Rotomoulded parts are mostly made for durable applications and are therefore expected to have a working life of a number of years, or even several decades.

• The long-term properties of rotomoulding materials are therefore important factors to consider in product design.

• A reviews of the (relatively limited) information currently available for design calculations

• A look at the challenges in producing useful long-term material properties data.  

• Practical strategies for increasing the reliability of designs and factors of safety.



14:50 The challenges of selecting plastics in the design of medical devices

Dr Paul Shipton, Consultancy Director, Smithers Rapra

• How plastic materials used in medical devices must remain fit for purpose and continue to meet the design specification for the products shelf and lifetime requirements

• The daunting task of selecting the right material for your device, taking into account the full range of long and short term mechanical, physical and environmental conditions experienced by the device during manufacture, assembly, storage, transport and service.

• How the challenges of selecting the right plastic material to meet biocompatibility sterilisation, manufacturing and regulatory requirements can be addressed


15:10 GDPR - Some quick wins 

Marc Davies, Lead Data Protection Officer, CyberCrowd

15:30 Closing Remarks 

Programme may be subject to change