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Invitation to ECP4 Annual Conference (21 May 2019 - Alessandria)

Invitation to ECP4 Annual Conference (21 May 2019 - Alessandria)

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We are pleased to invite you to the ECP4 2019 Annual Conference,  co-organized by Proplast - Consorzio per la Promozione della Cultura Plastica, which will be held on the 21st May 2019 in Alessandria (Italy).  

The conference of this year will be the second edition of “Strategic Research Needs for the European Plastics and Composites Industry”, and will be focused on “Research And Innovation For Plastics In A Circular Economy”

Following the outcome of the first conference held in 2016, we are proud to present in 2019 the Plastics Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda in a Circular Economy as a result of a fruitful collaboration with SusChem, PlasticsEurope, and EuPC.     




  • 9:00 Registration

  • 9:30 Welcome and opening

    • Giuseppe Augugliaro, Director Proplast
    • Michele Laus, President AIM – Associazione Italiana Macromolecole,
    • Clement De Meersman, President ECP4
  • 9:45 Strategies, policies and actions for Circular Economy in Piedmont

    • Vincenzo Zezza, Director for Research, Innovation and University, Piedmont Region
  • 10:00 Presentation of the Plastic Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda in a Circular Economy

    • Ms Anne-Chloe Devic, SusChem
    • Mr Bertrand Fillon, Innovation Plasturgie Composites
    • Ms Patricia Vangheluwe, PlasticsEurope
  • 11:00 Coffee break


  • 11:20 Sustainability challenge for a food Brand owner: the Ferrero way.

    • Paola Avogadro, FERRERO
  • 11:40 Strategies toward sustainable polymer solutions in the automotive sector.

    • Vito Lambertini, CRF


  • 12:00 Different ways to close the loop: the perspective of a polymer producing chemical

    • Paolo Lomellini, VERSALIS
  • 12:20 A circular approach to bioeconomy: bio-based and biodegradable materials to close the carbon cycle.

    • Cecilia Giardi, NOVAMONT
  • 12:40 Reinventing wood chemistry for the development of innovative foams.
    • Bruno Trocini, SILVATEAM
  • 13:00 Lunch break


  • 14:00 The new challenges in the recycling of plastic packaging.

    • Antonio Protopapa, COREPLA
  • 14:20 The Chemical Recycling way: an industrial approach.

    • Devis Mazzucco, Garbo
  • 14:40 Resin handling for post-consumer recycled PET resin for Food application.

    • Pierino Martinato, PIOVAN
  • 15:00 Increasing the eco-sustainability of plastics: Proplast experience, Proplast

  • 15:20 Panel discussion: Benefits of the European research program for the plastic and composite industry, chaired by Mr Alexandre Dangis, EuPC Managing Director

  • 16:20 Chairman closing remarks

  • 16:30 End of the meeting

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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