• Ponentes MeetingPack 20222


We introduce you the speakers of the next MeetingPack event.


Irene Mora, Plastics Europe

April 20  – 9:30
Global overview of packaging legislation in Europe

PhD in Chemical Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid, Master in Polymer Science and Technology from CSIC and Postgraduate in Public Affairs Management from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas ICADE.  For 10 years she worked at the Institute of Polymer Science and Technology of CSIC.

Since 2013 she is Head of Public Affairs and Sustainability at PlasticsEurope Spain. She collaborates in several interest groups in the industrial sector, as well as speaker in several university masters and congresses on Circular Economy.

Philippe van Damme, Lyondellbasell

April 20  – 10:00
Advancing Circularity: LyondellBasell’s Advanced Solutions Masterbatch Portfolio

Application Development & Technical Service Engineer Flexible Packaging

Philippe Van Damme has more than 20 years’ experience in Product & Application Development and Technical Support in the masterbatch industry, previously with A. Schulman and now LyondellBasell. He has a Master’s Degree in Chemistry.

Bárbara Franch, UBE

April 20  – 10:20
Myths and truths about nylon recycling

Bárbara Franch Salvador holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Castellón in Spain and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from INSA Lyon in France with a specialisation in Design. After graduating, she enrolled in the training programme of the UBE group in Castellón.

Sergio Escuriet, LUBRIZOL

April 20  – 10:40
Coating solutions to improve paper packaging recyclability

Since 2008 I have been global technical director of the printing and packaging business within the performance coatings division of Lubrizol Advanced Materials. We develop solutions for the packaging industry and since 2015 we focus on improving the sustainability of packaging. I joined Lubrizol in 2005 as technical market manager for the Graphic Arts market.

Between 1989 and 2005 I worked for Coates Lorilleux (Sun Chemical since 1999) first in Badalona as Water-based Inks Development Manager and then as R&D Manager. In 1996 I moved to Coates Lorilleux headquarters in Buenos Aires (Argentina) as Industrial Manager (both technical and production). In 1999 we moved to Coates Lorilleux International Technical Centre in Rochdale (Manchester) as Solvent Based Product Development Manager for the Coates group and after 2000 for the Sun Chemical Europe group. In 2002 I returned to Sun Chemical Spain based in Badalona as Technical Manager for the Coates Lorilleux brand. Between 1986 and 1989 I worked as a polymer chemist for Stahl Ibérica (part of the ICI group).

Michel Vanhems, SUNCHEMICAL

April 20  – 11:10
Sustainable solution in packaging: Sealing & Protecting

Michel Vanhems manages, among other portfolios, the functional coatings portfolio for EMEA at Sun Chemical. Michel has held various positions in business, technical and product management throughout his career. He has been with Sun Chemical since 2001, after working for the TOTAL Group in heat stabilisers for plastics. He was global sustainability leader at Sun for 6 years before taking charge of the functional coatings product portfolio, which has a strong focus on solutions with enhanced environmental credentials.

Rui Marinho, FKUR

April 20  – 12:30
Biopolymers in food packaging

Co-founder and Sales Manager of Polymer Solutions, a division of Mentha Sylvestris.

Polymer Engineer from the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal and MBA in International Trade from the Business School of the Catholic University of Porto.

Working with polymers and additives since 1994, with sales and technical support responsibilities for products manufactured by several multinational companies such as Dow, Evonik, 3M, Honeywell, Kafrit or Polieco. More than 10 years working with FKUR biopolymers.

Federico Faiella, NOVAMONT

April 20  – 12: 50
New Mater-Bi solution for compostable barrier food packaging in a circular economy perspective

With a Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering (University of Milan Bicocca), Federico Faiella started working at Novamont in 2010 as a research chemist in the polymer synthesis department, studying the synthesis of new bio(co)polyesters from green chemicals and renewable sources. During the years in the R&D department, he developed the industrialisation of one of the main (co)polyesters used for the preparation of Mater-bi products and contributed to the filing of part of Novamont’s patent portfolio, of which he is co-inventor.
In 2015, Federico joined the company’s Technical Assistance and Application Development department, starting to work on polymer engineering studies, designing tailor-made products in collaboration with customers and generated supply chains, specialising in rigid and paper-based solutions in the areas of Food Packaging and Foodservice. Between 2019-2020 he co-authored and published studies on compostable rigid food packaging for fresh food preservation. He is currently responsible for the development of rigid and paper-based applications.

Jean Matthieu Brouillat, LEYGATECH

April 20  – 15:00
New design & applications in recyclable barrier blown film

After some technical studies, I graduated with a Master’s degree in Packaging in 1997.

I joined LEYGATECH in 1999 in the R&D department and became Director of Innovations in 2001 during the LMBO, where I also became a shareholder.
For more than 20 years, I participated in positioning LEYGATECH as an independent leader in barrier film in France.

In 2019, I initiated a major change to comply with the circular economy by developing many recyclable structures and entering the ISCC+ scheme for renewable and chemical recycling.

Annalisa Nissola, TIPA

April 20  – 15:20
Next generation of food packaging

Annalisa comenzó su carrera de ventas en el sector de la automoción y los electrodomésticos justo después de graduarse en la Universidad Alma Mater de Bolonia. En 2010, comenzó su siguiente aventura como directora de ventas en Gualapack S.p.A. y trabajó en la expansión del mercado de las emblemáticas bolsas de alimentos para bebés de la empresa en Europa Oriental y Central. La carrera de Annalisa en Gualapack como “experta” abarcó varias funciones, incluida la gestión de ventas en varias regiones y el apoyo a la implantación estratégica de nuevos productos, siendo pionera en soluciones más sostenibles para las bolsas de alimentos para bebés.

Creyendo en la sostenibilidad y en un planeta más sano, Annalisa se relacionó con la misión y los valores de TIPA para cambiar la historia de los residuos plásticos. En 2020, se unió a TIPA para aprovechar su experiencia en envases flexibles, convertidores italianos, marcas de alimentos y minoristas y ayudar a nutrir las soluciones circulares en su país.

Thomas Bak Thellesen, FAERCH

April 20  – 15:40
Tray to Tray: a systemic approach

Over the past 15 years, Faerch has moved from a product-oriented to a solution-oriented approach, with a key focus on the circular economy.
At our tray recycling facility in the Netherlands, Faerch/4PET processes the food trays it receives from collectors, sorters and customers (closed loops) across Europe. We recycle the packaging into food grade material, which we use to manufacture new food applications in our pan-European network of production sites. This enables us to offer food packaging with up to 100% recycled content and to fully recycle it into food grade products.

Our mission is to create a circular economy, where food packaging is made from recycled post-consumer food packaging and recycled again at the same quality level, time and time again.

Pedro Zomeño, AINIA

April 20  – 16:50
Fibtray: development of cellulosic packaging for MAP packaging as a strategic move for the food sector

Industrial Engineer. He has been working in the packaging area of AINIA for more than 11 years, collaborating in the execution of R&D projects related to the development of new packaging and materials. He also works to improve environmental management, participating in national research projects related to sustainability and the environment. He has participated in several inventions and patents related to the packaging sector. He has also collaborated as a speaker in numerous courses and conferences on these subjects.


April 20  – 17:10
Do you know which will be the packaging of tomorrow?

Dr. Mari Pau Balaguer has a passion: “Using packaging to protect food and our planet”. She is a Chemical Engineer, Master in Food Science and Engineering and PhD from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. She started her research on packaging at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Spain, spending time as a visiting researcher at the School of Packaging in Michigan (USA) and at the University of Montpellier (France). She has participated in several European projects and scientific publications related to active packaging and biodegradable materials. He was responsible for the creation of the Compostability Laboratory at the Institute of Packaging, Transport and Logistics (ITENE), the first one recognised by TUV Austria and DIN-Certco in Spain. Now, with more than 10 years of experience in the packaging sector, she works at Constantia Flexibles as Strategic Product Manager Sustainability, leads a working group specialised in biodegradable and bio-based materials and collaborates in the working group dedicated to mono-PE structures.

Carles Lapeña, GRUPALIA 4.0

April 20  – 17:30
Less plastic, some protection

Carles holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the UPC and has more than 20 years of experience in packaging for the food industry. As Technical Director of the VEMSA Group he patented several dispensers for liquids, and contributed to the internationalisation of the Group by developing projects with multinationals in the sector; Nestle, Danone, Procter&Gamble.

After 10 years in the family business, he joined the multinational SEALED AIR, where he was Sales Director for Iberia for 9 years. During this period, the company led the introduction of Case Ready through Mercadona’s inter-suppliers.

In 2015, he took over the commercial management of FAERCH in Southern Europe, contributing to the implementation and consolidation of the Danish group in these markets.

Since November 2018, Carles is a shareholder partner of GRUPALIA PACK, agents of G.MONDINI, SACCHITAL and other represented companies for the Iberian Peninsula. At GRUPALIA, his goal is to implement the technologies that will change our fresh produce shelves towards more sustainable models.

Silvia Oliver, ITC

April 21  – 9:00
New Circular Solutions. GUACAPACK: barrier, bio-based, compostable packaging

Chemical Engineer, specialising in polymers. She has spent her entire professional career at ITC Packaging, where she has held different responsibilities. She currently forms part of ITC Crea, the Innovation and Sustainability Centre, where she is Head of Sustainability and New Materials. In this new position, she has coordinated the incorporation of new sustainable materials into the company’s portfolio, as well as ITC’s participation in different European projects with a sustainable purpose.

Antonio de molina, PLASTIPAK

April 21  – 9:20
Sustainability and new functionalities in PET packaging

Industrial Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Master in Project Management.

For 11 years working at Plastipak, he currently develops his functions as Technical Director and complementarily leading the establishment of a recycled PET plant for Plastipak Iberia. Additionally, he participates as a Professor during the last 5 years in the Master of Industrial Engineering at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC).

Enrique Benavent AIMPLAs

Enrique Benvent, AIMPLAS

April 21  – 9:40
Circular economy in rigid packaging: strategy and success stories

Materials Engineer by the Polytechnic University of Valencia in January 2005. From 2005 to 2019 I have worked as Senior Researcher in the Design and Injection Moulding Department at AIMPLAS and now I work as Senior Researcher in the PACKAGING group at AIMPLAS. He develops projects for Spanish private companies and in close collaboration with other national and international research centres (VTT, Fraunhofer, D APPOLONIA, CSIC-IATA, ANFACO …). Researcher specialising in the processing of polymeric materials by injection, especially in the transformation of polymeric materials (conductors and biopolymers), by means of different injection technologies (conventional, co-injection, overmoulding, bi-injection, gas injection, etc.). Our field of work related to injection moulding is dedicated to consultancy and technical evaluation of injection moulding technologies, process optimisation, configuration and testing of new materials and composites. Training experience (more than 1000 hours in courses related to plastic manufacturing processes, injection moulding technologies, process optimisation, etc.). He has participated in different international projects, focused on biotechnologies, materials from renewable sources and sustainability such as COBAPACK, BIOSTRUCT, CUSTOM-IMD, ECOSAM, BUGWORKERS, BRIGIT, PHBOTTLE and DOLFIN.


Laura Benedito, ALCION

April 21  – 10:00
Alternative technology for sustainable rigid packaging

With a degree in Chemistry from the University of Valencia, she has more than 26 years of experience working in the field of Quality, Environment and R&D&I in different industrial sectors such as ceramics, phytosanitary, detergency and food.

The fact that most of his professional career has been spent in multinational or large companies has allowed him to be trained in the working method based on excellence.

For the last 3 years, she has been using all her expertise in the company ALCION PACKAGING SOLUTIONS S.L. as Director of the Quality and Environment Department.

As a company committed to Sustainability and the Environment, ALCION is making a strong commitment to developing these areas and together with the company’s R&D&I, is working on the development of sustainable solutions for the market in the field of packaging.

Jenifer Mità, Total Energies Corbion

April 21  – 11:20
PLA chemical recycling including a case study

Jenifer Mitjà, has an Industrial Technical Chemical Engineering Degree by University Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and Materials Engineering Degree by Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). She has worked in different companies in the field of packaging and plastics in the roles of application engineer, R&D films responsible, among others. In 2015, Jenifer joined Corbion as an application engineer for bioplastics. In 2017 when the joint venture Total Corbion PLA bv was created, she joined as Application Engineer for PLA, focused in extrusion coating and powder applications. Since 2018 Jenifer is combining her job as an Application Engineer with the role as an Account Manager for Iberia.

Véronique Guillou-Yermia, TPL

April 21  – 11:40
Food pack with high post-consumer recycled content

Master in foreign languages (Spanish and English) applied to economic and legal sciences from the University of Clermont Ferrand France. And Salford University. England 1987.

In the world of packaging and in Spain since 1988 with Polypropylene, Cellophane and Polyethylene from the hands of Courtaulds Films (English Multinational Shorko /BCL) and since 1998 in TPL with PET, OPA and Aluminium material.

Mathias Mazurelle, TPL

April 21  – 11:40
Food pack with high post-consumer recycled content

Graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Industries Agricoles et Alimentaires (ENSIA) in France, he has spent his entire career in the world of flexible packaging and for more than 20 years in the field of polyester films. He is currently Business Development and Sustainability manager at Transparent Paper Ltd.

Gian de Belder, P&G

April 21  – 12:00
Digital watermarks initiative HolyGrail 2.0 – Pioneering digital watermarks for smart packaging recycling

Gian is a technical director and packaging technologist at Procter & Gamble (P&G), one of the world’s largest consumer packaged goods companies.

In his 20+ year career at P&G, Gian has helped drive sustainable packaging R&D across the company. With expertise in sustainable resin technologies and EU funding projects, Gian has been involved in developing key partnerships across the value chain and managing P&G’s Connect & Develop open innovation.

To help drive cross-sector collaboration, Gian is a board member of Petcore Europe (the association representing the entire PET value chain in Europe), as well as being very active in Recyclers Europe’s Plastic Recyclass platform (chairman of the advisory board and board member). He is also a regular speaker at conferences and conferences.

Sergio Collado, SULAYR

April 21  – 12:40
Challenges in recycling post-consumer trays

Sergio Collado Cañas (Granada, 1982), is a Chemical Engineer from the School of Engineering of Seville. He has worked for 5 years developing the technical documentation of packaging lines at Krones, in research and development of processes for the extraction of high added value compounds (terpenes and phenols) from agro-industrial waste, and since 2016 in the development and implementation of specific PET tray recycling processes at Sulayr GS, where he is the technical director.

José Javier Celdrán Gimeno

José Javier Celdrán Gimeno, VEOLIA

April 21  – 12:20

Veolia: the green transformation

Senior Mining Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, specializing in Treatment Plants and Materials Engineering. His professional career has been developed in environmental services, within the Veolia group in an initial stage of approximately 4 years focused on treatment plants. Later he went through the Uralita group for 5 years. For the last 15 years he has developed his activity at Veolia, with different responsibilities and in different geographical areas, with the aim of offering sustainable solutions based on the circular economy for industry.

Francisco Pitaula

Francisco Pitalua, PASCUAL

April 21  – 15:10
Pascual strategy on sustainable packaging

Degree in Chemical Sciences from the Autonomous University of Madrid, specializing in materials. After starting his professional career as a Quality technician in different companies in the metallurgical and energy industry, he has spent the last 12 years at Pascual, holding positions as a container and packaging analyst technician, packaging engineering and container and packaging project manager, and for 4 years Manager of the Department of Development and engineering of materials of Packing and packaging of Pascual, where he participates in the design, development and execution of the environmental strategies on containers and packaging of the company.

Fabian Barthel, VYTAL

April 21  – 15:30
Why deposit is not an efficient way to organise a reusable packaging system

Dr Fabian Barthel is co-founder and CEO of Vytal, the world’s largest digital system for reusable ready-to-eat and takeaway packaging. Vytal partners with supermarkets, canteens and restaurants to fight single-use packaging waste. Since October 2020, Vytal has prevented more than 2.7M single-use packaging. At Vytal, Fabian is responsible for Operations and Business Intelligence. Fabian has a background in Business Administration and holds a PhD in Economic Geography from the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). Prior to founding Vytal, Fabian worked for eight years at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).


April 21  – 15:50
Circular economy strategy

Currently a Circular Economy specialist technician in the Corporate R&D&I Department of the Nueva Pescanova Group.

My professional career is developed in the Packaging and sustainability sector, with more than 14 years of experience. She is currently working as a Circular Economy specialist in the Nueva Pescanova Group. Previously she worked as an eco-design specialist at Ecoembes and Tetra Pak where she held different positions in quality, production, environment, technical service and communication.

She holds a degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Salamanca and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering and Management from the Escuela de Organización Industrial EOI.

Mila Pelaez, INTERAL

April 21  – 16:10
Development of a line of ready meals in sustainable retort-resistant barrier packaging

Technical Agricultural Engineer in Food Industries and Graduate in Food Science and Technology. Master’s degree in evaluation and prevention of occupational risks. Master’s degree in Integrated Quality, Environment, R&D&I and Occupational Risk Management Systems.

Development of new products in different fields of the food sector. Adaptation of new products at industrial level, continuous improvement and process optimisation. R&D&I Director and Head of Projects and R&D&I.


AINIA/AIMPLAS associates: €490
Non-associated: €600

Groups 5-8 people (10% discount):*
AINIA/AIMPLAS Associates: €441
Non-associated: €540

Groups +9 people (20% discount):*
AINIA/AIMPLAS Associates: €392
Non-associated: €480

All amounts are WITHOUT VAT

Dinner: €60 + 10% VAT
*Group rates applicable to members of the same company with simultaneous registration.