The current coronavirus pandemic is highlighting the need for a fundamental global rethink. With the cancellation or postponement of international trade fairs, conferences, in-house events and the like, manufacturing industry has lost major venues for showcasing new technologies and innovative ideas. The global economy has largely shifted online and virtually as a result of homeworking during lockdowns, international travel restrictions or simply due to a personal and perhaps altruistic sense of safety consciousness. Professional cooperation between the mechanical engineering and end-user industries therefore needs alternative fora for traditional events which are still due to take place this year. And even once the crisis is over, experts already agree that these gatherings should continue, albeit organised in a different way and more digitally.
Our PETplanet team is therefore introducing a new feature starting this month called “PETinars”, i.e. webinars created specially by and for our sector! We will be bringing together experts and key figures from across the sector for a series of annual online and interactive sessions consisting of technical presentations and discussions, information about products and systems, together with news from suppliers and end-users. Topics will be chosen based on particular PETplanet Insider focus themes, with participation free of charge for our readers.
The theme of our first PETinar to be held on 28th May 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CEST is “rPET in stretch blow moulded bottles”. Mr Christoph Wöss from Erema and Mr Arne Wiese from KHS will discuss the effects of rPET on the design and production of preforms and PET bottles and how the associated bottle to bottle recycling might look. You will find the recording of the PETinar on our website after the event.
In our upcoming PETinar in June we will be discussing “Caps and closures manufacturing – injection versus compression moulding and tethered caps”. Participation for PETplanet readers is again free of charge. You can register for the PETinars via