2019 Cabarry Christophe abstract

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Over the past year, digitalisation within B2B companies has taken off with increasing speed.  Top decision makers are now convinced that their business strategy needs to be a digital strategy. But implementing digitalisation is full of challenges.  From designing new organisations and changing well-established processes to assessing the cost and return on investment for digital transformation, the challenges to overcome might feel endless.

Learn how to overcome the challenges that your company is facing, or will soon face, in your digital transformation journey.  These challenges fall under four main categories: organisation, resources, tools & systems, and management mindset.  See a case study on how one material supplier applied a step-by-step approach to digital transformation of their company.

2018 van Hooijdonk Richard abstract

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What does logistics look like in the world of automatic traffic flows? How do algorithms and the Internet of Things ensure a fully automated supply chain? And what is the impact of new production technologies like 3D printing? The future of logistics and transport offers solutions to many of the challenges we face today. Technology causes acceleration in transport and logistics. In the future, self-driving systems will drive through the city like ‘trains’, drones will control transport from the airport and we will all have a self-driving car that effortlessly takes us from A to B. Logistics technology will have a significant impact on production chains and 3D printers will create unprecedented disruption in the supply chain. Logistics and transportation are ready for these changes. Are you?

2017 Dhanaraj Charles abstract

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Innovation is the new normal in business. Digitization, shifting economic power in global markets, growing concern for the environment, changing demographics and other global trends are forcing every business to “innovate or die.”  Yet, driving innovation can be a challenging process for most leaders, and harder still is making innovation a core value of the organizational culture.  Business leaders are constantly challenged to promote innovation without putting business viability and competitive position at risk, or to give employee autonomy without losing organizational control.  Employees, Customers, and Partners are three powerful forces for innovation, yet only a few unleash their full potential.  Learn some effective steps how you can champion innovation in your organization.

2017 Schally Hugo Maria abstract

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The circular economy offers a range of opportunities for European companies and for society as a whole. It presents an opportunity for businesses to position themselves as precursors on the market and therefore to anticipate the necessary changes but it should at the same time enable the company to advance with the necessary changes in consumption patterns. At the end of 2015 the Commission launched a package of measures on the circular economy, covering all phases of the business cycle. The package includes an action plan comprising 54 initiatives covering the entire life cycle of products and services. This means that the circular economy is now an integral part of the EU’s overall economic strategy. Firstly, the Action Plan contains a range of measures over the whole of the value chain — from production to consumption and waste management — that the Commission is implementing.

Moving to a circular economy means switching to more durable, repairable, products and energy economy which does not become waste too quickly. Consequently, in future we will take these aspects into account systematically when developing new products defined in the Ecodesign Directive. The waste legislative package will provide a clear and stable policy framework, enabling the public and private stakeholders in the EU to develop long-term investment strategies focusing on prevention, reuse and recycling. This includes stricter recycling targets for municipal waste and packaging waste plastics. Today, less than 25 % of plastic waste collected is recycled and about 50 % ending up in landfills. Our aim is also to gradually eliminate landfilling and to avoid overcapacity in the management of residual waste, resulting in particular from the incineration and mechanical-biological treatment.

We will deepen the EU’s internal market for secondary raw materials in order to increase demand and supply. More robust quality standards should lead to increased confidence in the materials recovered and complement the actions on request through ecodesign and public procurement. We also propose targeted measures for the sectors of the economy where stakeholders see specific challenges, and where we can have the most impact. These areas include plastics, food waste, critical raw materials, construction and bio-based products.

The package also includes an action plan for “green” public procurement. Public procurement represents almost 20 % of the EU consumption. Therefore, the Directives more effective in this sector could be accompanied by substantial dividends. This is one of the areas in which the European Commission intends to take the lead.

A report on implementation of the actions was presented in January 2017 detailing the actions already implemented and the actions planned for 2017.


The key actions already implemented include:

  • a proposal of revision of the Regulation on Fertilisers to boost the use of organic and waste-based fertilisers. Currently in the Parliament and Council adoption expected in 2017
  • a proposal for a Regulation on consumer protection for online sales of goods. Currently in the Parliament and Council adoption expected in 2017
  • the Communication regarding the role of waste-to-energy processes
  • updating legislation in order to restrict the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.
  • The work plan Ecodesign 2016-2019 — the incorporation of aspects of the reparability, upgradability, durability, and recyclability and use of recycled materials in product design.
  • the revised waste shipment regulation
  • the platform to support the financing of the circular economy (including the EIB) (more information below)
  • stakeholder platform on the circular economy, announced during the conference on the circular economy in Brussels on standing of March (more information below)
  • the stakeholder platform on food waste
  • guidance on the integration of water reuse in water planning and management (published June 2016), inclusion of best practices in relevant BREFs, and support to innovation (through the European Innovation Partnership and Horizon 2020) and investments
  • pilot project for “innovation deals” to address possible regulatory obstacles for innovators
  • Initiative Industry 2020 under Horizon 2020 — which will grant over EUR 650 million for innovative demonstration projects that support the objectives of the circular economy and industrial competitiveness in the EU.


The Commission foresees 4 new key initiatives in 2017:

  • A strategy on plastics in the circular economy
  • A communication on the interface between legislation on chemicals, products and waste — it will facilitate the creation of markets for secondary raw materials
  • The development of a monitoring framework for the circular economy
  • A legislative proposal on minimum quality requirements for the reuse of wastewater

2017 Martin Fagg Roger abstract

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We will look at invention, innovation and the drivers of per capita income growth. The ageing population will require higher productivity from a shrinking workforce; we will look at the data. We will conclude with a look at current economic conditions and short-term forecasts of all the main economic indicators.

The growth of per capita incomes depends on productivity, which in turn depends on innovation. The population of the World enjoyed no improvement in its standard of living until the invention of the printing press around 1475, which led to a small improvement, but it was the agricultural revolution which enabled rising incomes, followed by the industrial revolution and, in the last 20 years, the internet revolution.

The next phase of innovation is designer drugs based on DNA profiling, the internet of things, and, most importantly, automation.

The ageing population requires much higher productivity from a smaller workforce to enable added value to grow, part of which can be taxed to pay pensions. We will examine Germany, France and Italy. We’ll also discuss how labour shortages will drive greater levels of productivity, enhancing capital investment.

Finally, we’ll assess the economic outlook for Europe in the context of the global economy using the key indicators: the PMI index, money supply, exchange rates, inflation rates and interest rates.

2017 George Steve abstract

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Chemical legislation provides a commercial and legislative driver to review material and chemical  portfolios, causing a need to substitute with very little notice. Many customers’ products have lifecycles measured in decades rather than years. Substitution can only take place in many cases if replacement materials exceed the capability of existing ones, irrespective of specification requirements. Development of innovative alternatives therefore takes significant time and customer engagement to enable substitution in existing as well as new products. Without customer engagement, withdrawal of existing materials and chemicals can have a substantially disruptive downstream impact. Engagement of the ultimate customer and their product needs is therefore key to successful innovation.

2017 Funk Torsten abstract

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In March 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) officially started to assess a restriction on the use of diisocyanates, as proposed by the German health and safety authority. When the process is finalised, products with a diisocyanate content above a specified limit will either have to attempt to obtain an exemption, or appropriate training will have to be provided for users of the products.

FEICA has assembled a working group of experts from its member companies to support European industry’s efforts to prepare for the many requirements that will result when the restriction comes into force. The group is actively involved in tasks such as preparing draft exemption dossiers and compiling product uses that will fall under one or other regime according to the restriction. In this presentation, the chair of the working group, Torsten Funk, will describe the actions already taken and set out the next steps in the process.

2017 Hofmann Matthias abstract

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The Commission believes that a shift towards a circular economy will reduce the usage of basic materials and lead to a transformational change for Europe. FEICA’s Sustainable Development Committee is developing a strategy to support adhesives in applications such as electronics and appliances in the new Ecodesign legislation, build better links with recyclers in certain sectors and to respond to the concern that adhesives may hinder recycle. This presentation will explore these concerns and outline the communication needs to ensure we are prepared to support our members.

This is an important subject for all our members and we will have a two-way discussion to better understand your needs so that we can incorporate them into the final strategy and roadmap.

2017 Ross Aleksandra abstract

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The European Commission has been evaluating existing food contact material legislation and will continue its assessment for the first part of 2017 possibly resulting in a review of relevant legislation or additional measures. Pressure on adhesives for food packaging is rising as regulators and NGOs cite adhesives as possible source of contamination in food. The FEICA Paper and Packaging Technical Working Group is committed to building scientific arguments and methods on how to evaluate the food contact status of adhesives in order to protect the consumer and build trust with all relevant stakeholders.

2017 Fuentes Nicolás abstract

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As of 1 January 2020, companies will have to comply with a wide array of requirements to notify substances and mixtures to Poison Centres throughout Europe. These changes will have a serious impact on the internal processes of your company too. Nicolas Fuentes will present the key elements that companies have to be aware of at this point. Nicolas is member of the ECHA working group preparing a guidance paper aimed at helping companies and authorities to navigate these changes.

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