Raw Material day

– with a focus on recycled and bio-based materials

14 September 2021

Hotel Trinity
Gl. Færgevej 30
7000 Fredericia

The consumer demand for more sustainable products is rapidly increasing and specifically the extensive use of traditional plastics has come under scrutiny. Manufacturers in many industries are therefore looking to use plastic materials with a lower environmental impact.

At this seminar you will get updated on some of the newest developments within this area.

You will learn about:
  • Regulations regarding recycled plastic materials
  • The latest developments within lifecycle analysis
  • New developments within the area of bio-based plastic materials
  • New additives that improve the performance of recycled plastics
  • The option to use recycled carbon fibers for reinforcement
  • How you can increase the amount of recycled plastic in your product without jeopardizing the quality
You will also hear inspiring cases from:
  • DBI Plastics and their process for replacing fossil-fuel based plastic with bio plastic
  • Grundfos and their work with recycling the materials from old pumps
  • Dantoy and their pioneering use of bio-plastics for toys

After a long period with very few physical meetings, we are looking forward to seeing you in Fredericia, where you can meet familiar faces from the plastics industry and also expand your network with potential new colleagues, customers, and suppliers.

08:30 - 09:00
Registration and breakfast
09:00 - 09:10
Welcome and introduction
09:10 - 09:55
Targets and regulations: The boundaries for a circular plastic economy

Jesper Skovby Jørgensen, Technical Advisor, Danish Environmental Protection Agency

Legislations and targets, on both national and European level, set the direction towards a circular plastic economy. An overlook of the political framework defines the boundaries within which recycling has to take place. EU Cosmetics Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 stipulates that a safety report must be created for each cosmetic product, which, among others, includes a safety assessment, where both the packaging and packaging together with the products must be safety assessed. The case study will describe work done to make the initial safety assessment of the use of PCR material for cosmetics packaging.

Jesper Skovby Jørgensen is Technical Advisor at the Danish Environmental Protection Agency and MSc in Environmental Engineering.
09:10 - 09:55
Targets and regulations: The boundaries for a circular plastic economy (continued)

Helle Simon Elbro, Technical Advisor, Danish Environmental Protection Agency

Helle Simon Elbro holds a PhD and is Technical Advisor at the Danish Environmental Protection Agency. She has large industrial experience and is presently working with chemicals in recycled plastic.
09:55 - 10:40
Målbar Climate Screening Tool – calculating the carbon footprint of production

Anders Koefoed, Co-founder, Målbar, Denmark

Carbon footprints are complicated to calculate. Målbar’s tool does the complicated calculations in the background based on quite simple user inputs. In this presentation, we will address the following questions:

  • How do we turn a specialized task like LCA-screenings into something everybody can do?
  • How do we define if a material is truly recycled?
  • How are carbon footprints of recycled materials calculated?
  • Are carbon footprints from recycled materials truly sustainable?
Anders Koefoed is Co-founder of Målbar. Anders is a Mechanical Engineer and LCA expert with +30 years experience from positions in product development, production and CSR managing and as a consultant in green product development. He has held positions in companies like Louis Poulsen, Oticon, Sennheiser Comunications, Paustian and FDB Møbler + consulted numerous other large and small companies in Denmark and abroad.
09:55 - 10:40
Målbar Climate Screening Tool – calculating the carbon footprint of production (continued)

Jakob Aaen, Co-founder, Målbar, Denmark

Jakob Aaen is Co-founder of Målbar. Jakob has +15 years’ experience in commercial roles in the furniture and design-industry as Head of Sales, Head of International Sales in companies like FDB Møbler, Design Letters etc. He has also worked as international growth consultant for a selection of Danish design brands.
10:40 - 11:00
Coffee and networking break
11:00 - 11:45
Light weight design with sustainable carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastics

Dominik Händler, Marketing & Product Management, WIPAG, Germany

WIPAG is a specialist for the preparation and manufacture of injection-moldable carbon fiber compounds. As high-tech plastics, WIC compounds impress with their low weight (i.e. low density) combined with high strength and rigidity. The material is also dimensionally stable and offers excellent electrical conductivity as well as good friction and wear properties.

The basis of our WIC compounds is carbon fiber recycling. The source of the fibers are cuttings from the production of lightweight components that are increasingly being produced in the aerospace industry, medical devices and the automotive industry, for example. With our innovative carbon fiber recycling technology, carbon fiber residues are processed and homogeneously incorporated into carbon-fiber compounds – a sustainable and cost efficient solution in comparison to prime carbon fiber.

Dominik Händler is responsible for the Product Management and Marketing of WIPAG. His professional background is in managing positions in the electronic industry and a degree in Business Management.
11:45 - 12:15
Reactive Recycling

Lars Öhrn, Chief Marketing Officer, Nexam Chemicals, Sweden

Plastic materials lose properties when used and recycled. Reactive Recycling is an efficient concept, developed with Nexam Chemicals innovative chemistry that allows you to improve the performance of recycled polymers directly in your extruder. With a drop in masterbatch you can rebuild, redesign, and improve the recycled polymer to fit the extrusion process and final application.

This presentation will give you examples on how you can increase the value of your recycled plastics to fit applications. We will look at Reactive Recycling of PP, PE, and PET.

Lars Öhrn has worked with business development at Nexam Chemical since 2015. Lars' prior positions include amongst others R&D, marketing and sales within the polymer industry at companies like Ludvig Svensson, Trioplast and Borouge.
12:15 - 13:15
13:15 - 13:50
Biopolymers as part of the circular economy – applications and end of life (online presentation)

Eike Langenberg, Technical Sales Manager, FKuR, Germany

Circular economy and recyclability are widely discussed topics today. Especially recyclability has a high priority when it comes to politics and consumer acceptance. But still most plastics are made from a CO2 one-way source like crude oil and no one is really questioning this status quo. Instead of re-thinking the actual status quo, more and more concerns are being raised about renewable raw materials.
The concepts of compostability and biodegradation for plastics are often misunderstood and easily confusing, as well as seen as a threat for recycling. However, it is essential to close the carbon loop and not only the material loop in order to progress towards a CO2 neutral industry or society.

FKuR is specialized in the development and production of bioplastic compounds for various application areas. Product examples will be shown during the presentation.

Eike Langenberg has worked in the field of R&D and sales at FKuR for almost 4 years and is partially responsible for technical sales in Germany and Scandinavia. He holds a master’s degree in applied material sciences.
13:50 - 14:05
The save transition from producing in traditional plastics to bio-based plastics for the automotive business

Kristoffer Rønsbro, Validation Manager, DBI Plastics A/S

DBI has successfully performed the transition of using traditional fossil-based LDPE to BIO-based LDPE. Throughout the validation process DBI has conducted several successful tests, which verified that the processing conditions and final products are similar to the use of the fossil-based LDPE.

This transition is a great step in the sustainability journey for DBI, which supports us to reach our sustainability goals. DBI are implementing bio-based plastics as first movers in the business and ahead of market requirements. The bio-based portfolio supports the overall sustainability strategy in the market and helps our customers reach their sustainability goals.

Kristoffer Rønsbo has a background as a Chemical Engineer and 3 years of experience at DBI within the Technology department. Today as a Validation Manager he is heading the successful validation and implementation of all new production tools, materials, and production technologies.
14:05 - 14:30
Delivering bio-based toys for children in a first-mover initiative

Marck Mathiasen, CEO, Dantoy A/S

Marck Matthiasen will share Dantoy’s experiences as first mover on bio-based toys for children. He will talk about the journey’s different steps and challenges. Furthermore, Marck will talk about how Dantoy started its work with bio-based plastic and also other environmentally friendly initiatives.

Marck Mathiasen holds a MSc in Business Administration and Auditing and is Co-Founder of JuicOrganic. Marck is now owner and CEO of Dantoy A/S.
14:30 - 14:50
Coffee and networking break
14:50 - 15:20
The start of the Grundfos journey towards more sustainable materials

Morten V. Ørsnæs, Lead Specialist, Polymers, Grundfos A/S

It is deeply within the values of Grundfos to do, what is right. Not only for the company, but also for the world. For many years, reduction of the energy consumed by the products during the use phase has been the main focus, but with that “battle won”, time has come to search for more sustainable materials. But what is actually more sustainable and how do you measure it? To support the concept of circularity, Grundfos has started taking old and used pumps back from the market. But how do you best exploit the parts and materials that has been used for maybe 20 years under unknown conditions?

As always, when you start digging for answers, new questions pop up!

The talk will try to provide an insight into the first parts of the journey toward more sustainable (use of) materials, and some of the key learnings gathered so far.

Morten V. Ørsnæs holds a MSc in Mechanical Engineering. He has been working at Grundfos as a Material Specialist within polymers for almost 30 years, with a main focus on lifetime prediction of thermoplastics.
15:20 - 15:50
Trends, Risks and Solutions: How to successfully integrate more recycled PET content into your packaging (online presentation)

Trevor Van Eerde, Global Sustainability Manager, Husky, Canada

Market demand for more sustainable packaging is here to stay. To deliver on this demand, producers must adopt manufacturing processes that enable the reduced use of virgin resin and increased percentages of recycled material into their packages. With many industry-leading brands already taking the lead, how do you ensure you don’t get left behind while also avoiding the risks of running more recycled material?

  • Global trends driving increased adoption of sustainable packaging
  • Common risks to avoid when running recycled material
  • Tips on how to modify processes to run more recycled material
  • Why a holistic solution is the most effective approach
Trevor Van Eerde is the global sustainability manager at Husky Injection Molding Systems, focusing on improving sustainability through innovation, collaboration and working with customers to help them achieve sustainability goals. Trevor has over ten years of experience in the plastics industry, focusing on sustainability, energy management, reducing waste and improving competitiveness.
15:50 - 16:00
Closing remarks

Registration fee

 DKK 2,300  Members of ATV-SEMAPP and promoting partners listed in the registration form
 DKK 2,925  Non-members
 DKK 975  PhD Students
 DKK 200  BSc and MSc students (Membership is free of charge – register here.)

All prices are excluded of Danish VAT 25 %.

The fee includes talks, breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks and access to speakers’ presentations.

Early bird discount of DKK 300 when registering before 18 July 2021.

Early-bird discount does not apply to BSc, MSc and PhD students.

Binding registration
Registration is binding, however substitutions are accepted at any time.

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