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Market Development Through Innovation

October 16 – 17, 2024

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Market development through INNOVATION

On behalf of ECVM, the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers, we have the great pleasure to invite you to attend the PVC4Cables and PVC4Pipes Conferences to be held, respectively, on 16 and 17 October 2024 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Addressing the common theme MARKET DEVELOPMENT THROUGH INNOVATION, both conferences are open to all actors of the PVC cable and PVC pipe industries. They aim to present and discuss trends and opportunities in both sectors, with a particular focus on sustainability and innovation.

Day 1: 16 October 2024 - PVC4Cables Conference

Programme headlines

  • PVC cables market trends in 2024 and beyond
  • European regulations impacting PVC cables
  • PVC cables standards in Europe and beyond
  • Innovation and circularity along the PVC cables value chain
  • Sustainability certifications for PVC cables
  • International regions roundtable

PVC4Cables is the ECVM's platform dedicated to the PVC cables value chain, acting as a driver for environmentally responsible innovations in the PVC cables sector. It brings together the producers of PVC resins, stabilisers and plasticisers, and PVC compounders.

Day 2: 17 October 2024 - PVC4Pipes Conference

Programme headlines

  • European PVC pipes market update
  • Regulatory challenges and opportunities for PVC pipes and additives
  • Addressing sustainability challenges with PVC pipe networks
  • European standardisation developments promoting the recycling of PVC pipe systems
  • Readiness of PVC pipes for the hydrogen economy
  • Sustainable innovations along the PVC pipes value chain

PVC4Pipes is the ECVM's platform dedicated to the PVC pipes value chain, promoting the acceptance and utilisation of PVC in piping systems. Our partners come from all parts of the PVC value chain and beyond (PVC resin producers, pipe manufacturers, additive suppliers, downstream equipment manufacturers, associations, communications bodies and institutes).

Participation to the conferences is free of charge. Registration is mandatory.

The organisers reserve the right to accept or reject any registrations. 

The conference language is English. 

Contact Laurine Biver for any additional information.

Details

Start: October 16, 2024
End: October 17, 2024
ECVM

Clarion Congress Hotel Prague, Freyova, Prague 9-Vysočany, Czechia

Freyova 945/33
190 00 Prague Hlavní město Praha
Czechia

Speakers

Ralph Beuken

Scientific researcher, Water Infrastructure
KRW - Water Research Institute
Ralph Beuken
  • Ralph Beuken

    Ralph Beuken works as a researcher on the Water Infrastructure team. His expertise is in asset management of underground infrastructure, with a focus on knowledge building of pipe conditions, setting up information systems, and the performance of and risks to the pipe network. In addition, Ralph is the Asset Management theme coordinator of the Joint Research Programme of KWR and the water utilities. In this capacity he is responsible for the coordination of the theme, tasked with vision formulation, drawing up project plans, client contacts, secretary meetings, and drawing up progress reports. Moreover, Ralph is co-responsible for various research projects in knowledge development within the theme. The subjects he worked on in 2018 and 2019 were decision-making processes, client wishes and expectations and asset management, a glance ahead to 2030 and 2050 regarding assets, and knowledge exchange and stimulation with the IAM research. As theme coordinator, Ralph is responsible for vision formulation in the area of integrated asset management for drinking water utilities, and maintaining a national and international network. Lastly, he is also secretary of the Water Utility Standardisation Contact Group, an organisation that represents the interests of the drinking water utilities in the area of standardisation and certification.

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Maurizio Bragagni

Chief Executive Officer
Tratos Group
Maurizio Bragagni

Camillo Cardelli

Senior Technologist
IPOOL srl
  • www.ipoolsrl.com
  • Camillo Cardelli

    Since 2017, Camillo Cardelli has been the promoter and co-founder of MOPI srl, an R&D and consultancy company in Pisa, Italy, focusing on materials recycling and bitumen applications. In 2011, he co-founded IPOOL Technology Company for Materials Design, a spin-off of the Institute of Chemical and Physical Processes of Pisa.

    Camillo Cardelli graduated in Industrial Chemistry from Pisa University in 1997, with a thesis on the catalytic polymerization of olefins. He also earned a degree from Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa in 1997, specializing in the properties and characterization of polyolefins (PE, PP, PE copolymers, and EPR/EPDM rubber). In 2000, he completed a PhD postdoc at Pisa University with a thesis on polymeric blends and composites.

     

     

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Alessio Boscolo

Researcher
Phoenix RTO
Alessio Boscolo

Sarah Debbiche Krichen

Public Affairs Senior Manager
The European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM)
Sarah Debbiche Krichen

Ludo Debever

General Manager
TEPPFA
Ludo Debever
  • Ludo Debever

    Ludo Debever has served the plastics industry >35 years in various international management
    functions including in operations, marketing, risk management, communication and finance. From 2001 until 2003 Ludo was general manager of the newly founded association EPPA. He held Board seats in EPPA (European Plastic Window profiles Association: 2007-2015) and Federplast.be (The Belgian Federation of Plastic Converters: 2011-2017) and Recovinyl (2019-2021). Ludo joined TEPPFA as General Manager in April 2017. In 2019 TEPPFA introduced its new visual identity and in 2021 the new TEPPFA vision 2025 with a strong focus on circular economy and sustainability. Ludo holds a Master of Arts in Multilingual Communication from the University of Ghent (Belgium).

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Roland Dewitt

Manager
ACCIPIS
Roland Dewitt
  • Roland Dewitt

    Roland Dewitt got his PhD in chemistry in 1984 at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He started his career with Solvay as a researcher in polyethylene catalysis, then as technical support for PE pipes. He has been in charge of the organisation of standardisation monitoring for the plastics sector of Solvay, being himself involved in a series of CEN, ISO and IEC standardisation committees, including the chair of CEN TC 249 on Plastics.
    He is now a consultant and is involved with PVC4Cables and PVC4Pipes regarding standardisation of PVC cable and pipe products.

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Stefan Fokken

Head of Research and Development
Baerlocher
Stefan Fokken
  • Stefan Fokken

     

    Dr. Stefan Fokken, born on 25th January 1969, finished his studies of chemistry in 1994. He stayed at the University of Mainz /Germany for a PhD-Thesis on organo-metallic chemistry on the field of titanium based catalysts for olefin polymerisation in co-operation with the company BASF.

    In 1997 he joined the R&D-department of Baerlocher GmbH starting his work in basic chemical research on different PVC stabiliser systems. In 2000 he took over responsibility for the development of new alternative stabiliser systems based on Ca/Zn and Ca-organics designed for application in pipe extrusion and injection moulding. Subsequently he became global Head of R&D of Baerlocher in 2006 and is now responsible for basic research as well as for product development of PVC stabiliser one-packs in conjunction with the application labs and regulatory affairs departments of all Baerlocher affiliates worldwide.

     

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Magdalena Garczyńska

Project Leader
PVC4Cables
Magdalena Garczyńska

Eric Grange

Marketing Director
Benvic
Eric Grange

Zdenek Hruska

Consultant
VinylPlus
Zdenek Hruska
  • Zdenek Hruska

    Zdenek Hruska holds an engineering diploma in Plastics Technology from the Prague Institute of Chemical technology and a PhD in Polymer Chemistry from IMC in Prague.

    Since joining Solvay in 1991 he held various management positions in Belgium, Germany, and France. In 2013 he moved in Brussels, first at Solvin and later at Inovyn as an Advocacy Manager.

    In January 2016 Zdenek joined the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM) as a Public Affairs Senior Manager.

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Sjoerd Jansma

Consultant Materials
Kiwa
Sjoerd Jansma

Joaquin Lahoz Castillo

Plastic Pipes Specialist
CEIS
Joaquin Lahoz Castillo
  • Joaquin Lahoz Castillo

    Joaquín Lahoz is bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at Zaragoza University. Currently Product Manager SBU ‘Plastics’ at CEIS, he has more 30-year experience in plastic pipe and fitting industry. His experience includes quality control, research and development, pipe and fitting production, polymer purchase, marketing and customer relationships, standardization and certification procedures and failure analysis.

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Miguel Angel López Ameyugo

Responsible of Materials
REVI Group
Miguel Angel López Ameyugo

Laura Mazzocchetti

Associate Professor
University of Bologna
  • www.unibo.it
  • Laura Mazzocchetti

    Laura Mazzocchetti is Associate Professor at the University of Bologna, Department of Industrial Chemistry “Toso Montanari”, were she works in the Polymer Science Group focusing on structure-properties correlation in polymer-based systems. 
    Her research focusses on advanced composites production and (nano)modification, as well as on the end-of-life valorization of complex and hard-to-recycle materials (thermosets, composites, tyres) via thermal processes. She also teaches in International Master degrees, as well as in the Master program in Composite at Faenza (MaCoF). 
    She Authored more that 80 papers in peer reviewed journals and 5 patents.

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Catherine Michel

Technical Service and Product Liaison Manager
Shin-Etsu PVC b.v.
Catherine Michel

Rajesh Ranjan

R&D Director
Weld On Adhesive
Rajesh Ranjan
  • Rajesh Ranjan

    Dr. Rajesh Ranjan is Director of R&D at a leading solvent cement company Weld On Adhesive where he is working to develop health and environment friendly formulations for PVC pipe bonding. Dr. Ranjan is a distinguished expert in polymers. He had led advanced material research for GKN Aerospace, Church & Dwight and Saint-Gobain. Dr. Ranjan has authored many publications in reputed journals and hold several patents. Dr. Ranjan earned his PhD from renowned polymer science program at university of Akron (USA) and MBA from Stern Business School at New York University (USA).

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Eric Romers

Head of Project Circle, Sustainability Business
INEOS Inovyn
Eric Romers
  • Eric Romers

    Eric holds a degree in chemical engineering with a background in petrochemicals, refining, and polymers. He began his career in 1985 at Shell in Amsterdam, conducting fundamental research on heterogeneous catalysis. In 1989, he moved to Belgium and spent over 30 years at Total Energies, gaining extensive experience with pilot plants, demonstration units, and industrial units. During his last 2.5 years at Total Energies, Eric focused on pyrolysis projects for polyolefins within the Polymer Business Department.

    In May 2021, Eric joined INEOS Inovyn, where he began developing dissolution, pyrolysis, and gasification technologies for non-mechanically recyclable PVC. The dissolution technology is being developed internally, with two pilot plants installed in April this year. The other two technologies are being developed in collaboration with external partners.

    Since May, Eric has been serving as the Director of Project Circle, working on the first industrial unit, which is scheduled to start up by 2030.

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Marco Secchiari

Technical Manager
Sica SpA
Marco Secchiari
  • Marco Secchiari

    Marco Secchiari is the Technical Manager at SICA S.p.A, a privately owned company that designs and produces automatic machines for the plastic pipe industry.

    He was born in Lugo, Ravenna in Italy. After obtaining a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, he started working in SICA at 26 years of age as a mechanical designer of belling machines and robotized cells. In 2017 he was appointed head of the technical feasibility team supporting the commercial department; at the beginning of 2022, he was named Technical Manager with responsibility for product safety.

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Vincent Stone

Project Leader
PVC4Pipes
  • pvc4pipes.com
  • Vincent Stone

    Vincent Stone graduated in Plastics Engineering at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, where he also earned a PhD. He later earned a part-time MBA degree from the Solvay Brussels School Economics & Management. He joined UCB Group (later Cytec Industries) in 1998, where he led several resin and additive development projects for coatings, inks and adhesives applications. He joined in 2010 ArcelorMittal, where he developed and managed a portfolio of pipe coating technology development and testing services for a range of clients along the oil and gas value chain. He then joined in 2015 the Ferro’s Polymer Additives business (later Synegis) where he led the customer and manufacturing support activities, as well as the global product stewardship activities for the benzoate and polyadipate plasticizers portfolios. Since May 2018, he has joined the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM). ECVM delivers a broad range of technical, sustainability, advocacy and communication services to the leading European PVC resin manufacturers. As Technical and Environmental Affairs Senior Manager, he is mainly in charge to develop the activities of the PVC4Pipes platform. He is also actively involved in the Additives and Sustainable Product Label activities of VinylPlus®, the association managing the voluntary sustainability commitment of the PVC value chain.

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Roberto Vagheggi

Chief Executive Officer
Altair Chimica
Roberto Vagheggi

Media Partners

Polimerica

Recycling Industry

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