2019 Andresen Elke abstract

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Consumers are becoming more conscious about chemicals in food and food packaging. This has had a big influence on the market. Several substances have come under pressure and industry is working together to develop a common approach. Growing awareness within the market has also been observed globally, particularly in China, where FEICA is actively advocating on the new legislation for adhesives in food packaging to support members and downstream users who sell into this market. In this presentation, Elke will explore industry initiatives on cyclic esters, dioxane and Glymo, and examine the Chinese standard for adhesives for food packaging.

2019 Funk Torsten abstract

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Substances needed as the main basis in a broad range of applications can be considered as ‘critical raw materials’. The possibility to use these substances can be affected by either their availability (e.g. supply shortage, market shifts, etc.) or the regulatory frameworks that impact on their use (e.g. limitations in concentrations, a focus on exposure including new occupational exposure limits, etc.) In his presentation, Dr Funk will show how the regulatory framework (e.g. REACH) can impact the business criticality of some of these relevant substances because they have been restricted, banned or placed on an ‘ECHA list’. Examples include diisocyanates, silicones, microplastics and polymers of concern. He will also explore FEICA’s strategies to manage these risks.

2019 Thys Luc abstract

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Luc’s presentation will describe how FEICA’s OCF Test Methods (TMs) are being transformed into CEN Standards. He will cover the process of CEN inclusion and standards development, as well as the importance of this transaction within the European Standardisation network for the FEICA OCF manufacturers. Luc will provide insights into the importance of CEN Standards within the European Single Market that will be useful to large companies as well as SMEs.

2019 Rogachevsky Vitaly abstract

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Until recently the hotmelt adhesive world was battling raw material shortages. Most shortages related to availability of C5 monomers. Isoprene had often been critically short, affecting SIS block copolymers, and then piperylenes, DCPD and C9 ARO started to disappear from the market, affecting tackifying resins. But about five years ago everything changed. We will chart what happened and why, where the market is today and where it is heading tomorrow.

2019 Bruce Philip abstract

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Philip will discuss how FEICA tackles emerging regulatory challenges. The past year has again proved the need for an agile association as issues potentially affecting your business in food contact, polyurethanes and others have gained momentum. The quality of FEICA’s “European Voice of our Industry“ in dialogue with the authorities depends on the level of support from our members in the Technical Working Groups. Philip will present examples of how FEICA can make a difference with your help.

2019 Soutzoukis Dimitrios abstract

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Dimitris’ presentation will provide an update on the Poison Centres; this is an initiative by the European Commission under Annex VIII of the CLP on emergency health response. The EU COM is gathering feedback from the Member States Competent Authorities and trade associations/industry to harmonise the information and format in the notifications across Europe. As this initiative is still under development, there are several workability issues for industry that need the attention of company experts to ensure a smooth transition to the new format. During his presentation, the audience will get insights into the new required elements, deadlines and  industry efforts on critical pending issues, as well as the next steps leading up to the implementation date for consumer products, namely 1 January 2021.

2019 Jędrzejczyk Maciej abstract

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Imagine if organisations could earn and keep consumer loyalty, not because they asked to be trusted, but because they could prove they delivered on promises. Quality, reliability, authenticity and product safety could be better assured. Supply chain partners could know for certain if an ordered item were on its way. An always-up-to-date performance history of a supply chain partner would be the basis for reputation. As each member in a retail network became instantaneously accountable, blockchain would enable entirely new ways to create value.

The objective of this session is to introduce blockchain to the wider audience and explain how this technology already brings practical business benefits across six supply chain and manufacturing areas: product safety and authenticity, supply chain optimisation, finance, operational processes, promotional strategy management, and customer engagement. We will then analyse the potential and realised business benefits specific to the adhesive and sealant industry, such as time and cost savings or risk reduction, as well as opportunities arising from the creation of new business models or the disruption of the industry.

2019 Brogly Maurice abstract

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What is adhesion? How do you measure it? How do you control it? What are the differences between adhesion and non-adhesion, adhesion and adhesive strength? What is the role of mechanical interlocking, intermolecular forces, and actual contact area between adherents? What are the dissipative and rupture mechanisms activated during the separation of an interface or an interphase? The glass, tyres, wood, metal, ceramics, paints, coatings, cosmetics and medical devices industries are interested in these simple, yet complex questions. The science of adhesion is a multidisciplinary science, bringing together knowledge in the chemistry and physics of polymers, materials, surfaces and interfaces. Moreover, the understanding of adhesion mechanisms often involves the implementation of advanced spectroscopic or analytical methods. As a result, the global understanding of an adhesion phenomenon, and its control, can be only multidisciplinary and multiscalar. Recent advances in chemistry, physics, mechanics, and surface and interface spectroscopy help the understanding of adhesion mechanisms. This science has progressed considerably over the past ten years and this master class aims to deliver, on the basis of practical “business” examples, a current panorama of the concepts and experiences to master in order to control adhesion.

2019 Edsjö Karl abstract

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For Electrolux, the Circular Economy started at the beginning of the 1990s, but we still have some way to go.

The notion of a circular economy has risen several times since the beginning of the 1970s, though under different names each time. Electrolux jumped on the wagon in the 1990s together with The Natural Step and identified a number of the key elements including product as a service, refurbishment, design for recycling and use of recycled materials. But now the whole movement is so much stronger than it has been before. Will we now see some fundamental change in the way we produce and consume? What we certainly see is that awareness about environmental issues is at its highest ever and that the environmental challenges have gone more and more from local to becoming truly global such as climate change, plastic pollution and the extinction of species. With these increased threats and a heightened awareness we see that companies, and by that their suppliers, are expected to deliver more radical action. Electrolux is looking to step up efforts to reduce climate impacts, reduce impacts from resource consumption and offer solutions that goes beyond mere product selling.

2019 Minney Safia abstract

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Sustainability in supply chains covers not only the SDGs and the eradication of modern slavery, but also critical topics of reducing plastic pollution and how business operations must change in the face of climate change and ecological collapse. Pioneers in every industry sector are emerging to show real leadership. Whilst the financial sector, shareholders, citizens (our customers) and employees are using their power to influence corporations. Great leadership from within companies and sectors is becoming the new ‘cool’. This is motivated as much by the need to transform and mitigate risk and survive, as to do the right thing for the future of humanity. With three decades of experience pioneering sustainability and Fair Trade innovation in fashion and food supply chains, Safia talks about leading from the front line and shaping the future.