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Expert speakers confirmed for the Petcore Europe Conference 2018: Petcore Europe is pleased to announce its annual conference in Brussels from 7 - 8 February 2018. Building up on the success of the last years, Petcore decided to expand the 2018 conference edition to two days. The first half day is exclusively dedicated to PET business & strategy, followed by a networking event in the evening. The second day focuses on Trends in collection, recycling & sustainability and features presentations from research, industry and EU decision makers.

The participants include PET resin manufacturers, packaging designers and manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, label producers, brand owners, EPR schemes, waste management organisations, recyclers, recycling machines manufacturers, representatives from the European institutions and European organisations interested in PET.

The topics on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 are:

- 2016 PET market, collection & recycling rates of PET bottles and PET thermoforms & ODR containers

- Perspectives and Strategy from the PET value chain:

>Review of past years
>New markets and tendencies
>Outlook for 2018/2019
> Restructuring in the sector by PET producer, converters and recycler

Topics on Thursday, February 8th, 2018 are:

- European Circular Economy: plastics strategy and new plastics economy

- Trends & solutions in PET post-consumer collection:

>Holy Grail - global recognition project on markers and digital watermarks
>Reverse vending machines, deposit and non-deposit
>View from an eco-agency

Topics of the afternoon: Trends & solutions in PET post-consumer recycling: design for recycling: ecodesign, EPBP, recyclass; Current challenges & opportunities for PET recycling (developments in the recycling of PET thermoforms, opaque & difficult to recycle PET - injection moulding in the automotive industry, labels, and engineered polymers); Chemical recycling (current worldwide state of PET chemical recycling, enzymes to rethink the lifecycle of plastics, DEMETO - modular, scalable and high-performance DE-polymerization by MicrowavE TechnolOgy).

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