Full Programme: ECP4 Annual Meeting 2017 - Circular Economy and How it connects to Digitisation

Full Programme: ECP4 Annual Meeting 2017 - Circular Economy and How it connects to Digitisation

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017 — ECP4 Annual Meeting 2017 will take place in Tampere (Finland) on the 17th and 18th May 2017 and is co-organized by ECP4 and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. The two-day event includes the ECP4 General Assembly, industrial visits to some innovative Finish companies in the field of polymer processing and a workshop about “Circular Economy and how it connects with Digitization”.

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


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

09:30 – 10:00

Coffee served and registration

10:00 – 10:10

Welcome – Tuulamari Helaja, Vice President, Sustainable energy and chemical technologies VTT

10:10 – 10:20

Opening - Clement de Meersman, ECP4 President

10:20 – 10:40

Video message by MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen

10:40 – 11:05

Finnish Plastics Industry today, Vesa Kärhä, CEO, Finnish Plastics Industries Federation

11:05 – 11:30

Digitalization, an opportunity for the plastics industry, Anu Seisto, Research Team Leader, VTT

11:30 – 11:55

Circular Material as a Method to Create New CircularEconomy Solutions, Sauli Eerola, managing Director, Muovipoli Oy

11:55  – 12:45 

Lunch break

12:45 – 13:10

Fortum Plastics Refinery, Mikko Koivuniemi, Product Line Manager, Plastics Recycling

13:10 – 13:30

ESSI in the first Finnish circular bag, Ari-Pekka Pietila, Head of Sales and R&D, Amerplast

13:30 – 13:45

Wrap up and closing – Clement de Meersman

14:30 – 17:00

Company visits (shuttle bus available)


Dinner at Pavintola Finlaysonin Palatsi (Kuninkaankatu 1, 33210, Tampere)



Thursday, 18 May 2017

09:00 – 10:00

Board Meeting (board members only) 

10:00 – 11:00

General Assembly

11:00 – 12:30

Project Building session  

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch break

13:30 – 14:30

Visit to VTT facilities


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, 2017.

Date: Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 9:30 - 17:00

         Thursday, 18th May 2017, 10:00 – 15:00

Venue: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. Tampere

            Seminar rooms Näsi and Neula, Tekniikankatu 1, 33720 Tampere, Finland

Sokos Hotel Ilves

Scandic hotel Tampere city

Scandic hotel Tampere station

Organisation & Support:
ECP4 – VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland) 

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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