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A large, complex market
In 2017, circa 31 million metric tonnes of thermoplastic polymers
will be processed by blow moulding. They will be converted into
bottles, jars, jerricans, plastic drums, IBCs, toys, automotive fuel
tanks, various other containers and technical parts – worth a
total of circa $650 billion. Spread across the globe, blow
moulding is a sophisticated industry, utilising complex technical
and commercial processes. It benefits from continuous
innovation in materials, machinery, process and product design.
It utilises a plethora of channels to market and provides solutions
to the complex requirements of a demanding set of customers.
Blow-moulding is the process of choice for mass-manufacturing
hollow plastic products. These products range in size from 2
millilitre ampules to 1,500 litre intermediate bulk containers.
Blow moulded plastic products can be found everywhere: not
just in supermarkets, but in hospitals, cars, appliances, in
industrial and agricultural packaging, even in construction and
infrastructure. They provide affordable, sustainable hygienic
protection and extend the shelf life of our food and beverages;
they are essential in the secure transportation, storage and usage
of household chemicals, as well as of cosmetic and
pharmaceutical products; they offer inexpensive,
environmentally-friendly and safe ways to supply and store
industrial liquids and powders and so on. It is impossible to
imagine modern life without them.
An innovative, dynamic industry
Few outsiders realise how complex this industry is. It utilises
many various types of thermoplastic resins, often in the same
product, in multi-material, multi-layer structures. These include
PET, PEN, high, medium and low density polyethylenes, PVC,
polypropylene, EVOH, polycarbonate, styrenics, polyamides, bio-
plastics, etc.
There are three main families of blow moulding processes, each
further branching into a number of variations: extrusion blow
moulding, injection blow moulding and injection stretch blow
This is an industry that constantly develops and innovates. There
are advances in additives, raw materials, design, machinery and
process, testing and quality assurance. Further innovation occurs
in response to new market needs and ever more exacting
customer requirements. Many of these innovations, for instance,
provide solutions to the search for improved packaging
sustainability; others address the needs of the customer
industries: faster filling, longer product shelf life, safer, stronger
and more attractive packaging.
A captivating conference
This complex, sophisticated global industry deserves a dedicated
event. Blow Moulding 2018 will bring together in an ideal setting
the entire supply chain: brand owners, retailers, packaging
companies, blow-moulders, preform manufacturers, suppliers of
ancillary components such as labels, caps and closures, handles
and grips, machinery manufacturers, raw material and additive
suppliers, product and mould designers, testing, certification and
research institutes.
The two-day technical programme features presentations
delivered not just by blow-moulders, but by representatives of
brand owners and other supply chain participants. This will
enable attendees to gauge market trends and learn about the
latest developments in this industry.
The conference will start on the evening of 18 June 2018 with a
Networking Cocktail Reception. The presentations programme
will take place on 19 & 20 June (morning and afternoon). The
Conference Dinner will take place on 19 June.
A limited number of table-top exhibition spaces are available in
the foyer directly outside the conference room, where the
Reception and all coffee breaks also take place. The Exhibition
offers brilliant opportunities to highlight a company’s products
and capabilities.
In addition, a small number of sponsorship opportunities are
available. Sponsorships highlight a company’s position in and
commitment to the industry. For further information, please
contact the organisers on: or
+44 (0) 1923 251 949.
1. Review current & future market trends
2. Assess the latest innovations in material,
machinery, process & product design;
3. Learn about relevant developments in customer
requirements & regulation
4. Exchange opinions with key industry participants
5. Network in a relaxed atmosphere with
colleagues, customers & suppliers
is organised by NORTAL, a
business consultancy specialising in the polymers & plastics
industry. The conference will be chaired by Mr. Noru Tsalic. A
polymers and plastics industry
professional with broad expertise and
more than 25 years experience, Mr.
Tsalic has successfully developed and
chaired numerous similar events.
31 Wellsfield, Bushey WD23 2NU, United Kingdom
+44 1923 251 949
Coffee Break
Coffee Break
Coffee Break
Networking Cocktail Reception
17:00 – 19:30 Registration sponsored by
18:00 – 19:30 Networking Cocktail Reception
08:00 – 09:00 Registration, welcome coffee
09:00 – 09:10 Opening announcements
Market Review
09:10 Trends & developments in global blow moulding markets
Keynote presentation: A brand owner’s view
09:40 Challenges and way forward in rigid plastic circularity
Frederic Dreux, Global Packaging Capability Leader Rigid
Plastics, UNILEVER
Session 1: Recycling, circular economy
10:10 ReThink & ReDesign Plastics, Willemijn Peeters, Ocean
Ambassador of The Netherlands, SEARIOUS BUSINESS
10:40 – 11:10 Coffee break sponsored by
11:10 Driving the circular economy with the direct PET flake-to-
preform process, Christoph Wöss, Business Development
Manager Application Bottle, EREMA Engineering Recycling
Maschinen und Anlagen GmbH
11:40 Recycling of post-consumer PET and PO: innovative
solutions for the washing process, Bernd Esmarch,
Product Specialist Plastics Recycling, KRONES AG
Session 2: Innovation in process & machinery
12:10 Increased PET packaging shapes opportunities with
precise and reliable heating processes
Pawel Warszawski, Regional Sales Director, SIDEL GmbH
12:40 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 Stretching the performance levels in Stretch Blow
Paolo De Nardi, SBM Product Manager, SIPA S.p.A.
14:30 PET Extrusion Blow Molding: get a clear handle on this
new opportunity, Gary Carr, Vice President Sales,
BEKUM America
15:00 A new frontier in packaging process efficiency,
integration and optimisation, Iacopo Bianconcini,
Marketing Manager – Beverage, Closures & Containers,
SACMI Imola S.C.
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break sponsored by
16:00 Next innovations in Stretch-Blow Moulding
Arne Wiese, Product Manager Bottles and Shapes,
KHS Corpoplast GmbH
16:30 Vision systems for Industry 4.0;
Roland Nagel, International Sales Manager, INTRAVIS
17:00 Innovative packaging solutions for blow moulded
Danny De Bruyn, Managing Director, DELTA Engineering
20:00 – 22:00 Conference Dinner (speakers & dinner registrations only)
08:30 – 09:00 Registration, welcome coffee
09:00 – 09:10 Opening announcements
Keynote presentation: A retailer’s view
09:10 Post-consumer recycling and other elements of a
strategy for sustainable growth
Paul Earnshaw, Packaging Manager, TESCO
Session 3: Barrier technology
09:40 Fragile formula protection using multi-layer barrier
blow moulding
Derek Hindle, Business Development Director,
RPC Bramlage Division
10:10 Barrier testing of packages and other hollow bodies
Christoph Zerwas, Area Sales Manager, MOCON GmbH
10:40 – 11:10 Coffee break sponsored by
11:10 Innovative use of blow moulding in non-packaging
applications; Dieter Rothe, Key Account Manager - Sales,
KAUTEX Maschinenbau GmbH
Session 4: Speciality materials & additives
11:40 Enhancement of polypropylene performance in
extrusion blow molded applications through
clarification; Bart Gabriëls, Development Engineer,
12:10 The Intelligent Bottle: using hi-tech to protect your
brand, company and customers against counterfeiting
Nadav Goldstein, VP Business Development and
Innovation, KAFRIT Group
12:40 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 Food safety as a roadmap to success
Almudena Dominguez,
Product Development Engineer, REPSOL
14:30 Nanotechnology-based antimicrobial packaging for
enhancing food safety and reducing food waste
Prof. Ester Segal, TECHNION Israel Technology Institute
Expert panel debate, questions & answers
15:00 Recycling, sustainability, circular economy
Q & A session with a panel of experts including:
Frederic Dreux, Global Packaging Capability Leader
RigidPlastics, UNILEVER
Willemijn Peeters, Ocean Ambassador of The
Christoph Wöss, Business Development Manager
Application Bottle, EREMA Engineering Recycling
Maschinen und Anlagen GmbH
15:50 – 15:55 Chaiman’s Prize for Best Question(s)
15:55 – 16:00 Closing remarks
16:00 – 16:30 Farewell coffee
16:30 Conference ends
The conference organisers reserve the right to alter the
programme without notice. The latest programme can be
viewed on the conference website
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