ECP4 Annual Meeting 2018 - Check the programme and register now

ECP4 Annual Meeting 2018 - Check the programme and register now

Industry 4.0 and how it can transform the European plastics and composite industry

ECP4 Annual Meeting 2018 will take place in Athlone (Ireland) on the 30th and 31st May 2018. 

The two-day event includes an open workshop about “Industry 4.0 and how it can transform the European plastics and composite industry”, industrial visits to some innovative Irish companies in the field of polymer processing and the ECP4 General Assembly only for its members.

We hope you will all join us in Athlone for a successful event and good networking opportunities.


Wednesday, 30 May 2018

08:30 – 09:00 Registration & Coffee

09:00 – 09:20 Welcome and Opening

  • Dr. Declan Devine,  Director of Materials Research Institute
  • Dr. Clement de Meersman, ECP4  President

09:20 – 09:45 Mark McAuley, Plastics Ireland

09:45 – 10:10 Prof Conor McCarthy, Director Confirm Centre for Smart Manufacturing

10:10 – 10:35 Niall Murray, Software research Institute, AIT

10:35 – 10:50 Coffee Break

10:50 – 11:20 Mike Wilson, ABB robotics (

11:20 – 11:50 David Keily, TSM Controls (

11:50 – 12:30 Fanuc UK ( (tbc)

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break

13:30 – 18:00 Industry Visits and demonstrations of technology advances

17:00 – 18:00 Mullingar to Sean’s Bar Athlone 

18:00 – 18:30 Boat trip along Shannon to Hodson Bay.

20:00 Dinner (only for ECP4 members and speakers) followed by traditional Irish music


Thursday, 31 May 2018

08:30 – 09:00 Shuttle bus from hotel to Athlone Institute of Technology

09:00 – 10:00 ECP4 Board meeting (Board members only)

10:00 – 11:00 ECP4 General Assembly

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00 Project Building Session

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 – 16:00 Tour of Materials Research Institute and Applied Polymer Technologies facilities

16:00 End of the meeting


Registration: Please note that the conference working language will be English and it is free of charge.
To participate, please fill in the registration form no later than the 30th of April, 2018.

       Day 1: Wednesday, 30th May 2018, 9:00 - 16:00  
       Day 2: Thursday, 31st May 2018, 10:00 - 16:00 

        Day 1Hodson Bay Hotel,  Athlone Road, Barry More, Athlone, Co. Roscommon, N37 XR82, Ireland.
        Day 2: Athlone Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Athlone, Co Westmeath, Ireland.

Shuttle bus:
       Day 1: Hodson Bay Hotel - Industrial visits – Sean Bar  (Irelands oldest bar est 900 AD) - Hodson Bay Hotel
       Day 2: Hodson Bay Hotel - Athlone Institute of Technology - Hodson Bay Hotel 

Accommodation -   Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone:
        ECP4 has a limited number of rooms reserved (Code - Applied Polymer Technologies (ECP4))
        Email –

        Phone – 09064 42000

Organisation & Support:
Co-organised by ECP4, The European Composites, Plastics and Polymer Processing Platform and Athlone Institute of Technology’s Materials Research Institute

With the support of the Enterprise Ireland Funded ‘Applied Polymer Technologies’ Gateway Centre and the Science Foundation Ireland, ‘Confirm Centre for Smart Manufacturing’

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About ECP4

About of ECP4

ECP4, The European Composites, Plastics and Polymer Processing Platform is an industry-driven collaboration that unites 25 members from 13 countries amongst the top-level European research institutions, regional plastic clusters, and EU-level industrial organizations of plastics and composites converters.

ECP4 brings innovation partners together to identify opportunities for collaborative Research and Development efforts which yield industrial innovation.

The objectives of the platform are:

  • To provide networking and collaboration among research institutions and the industry.
  • To facilitate the access of the European plastics industry to EU research programs, thus enabling SME’s to innovate, gain competitiveness and fulfil sustainable goals.
  • To communicate on new technologies and their relevance for the plastics converters and the composites industry.

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