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Annual Conference 2021


Strategic Research Needs for the European Plastics and Composites Industry 2021

ECP4, The European Composites, Plastics and Polymer Processing Platform ( is pleased to announce that the Bi-Annual Conference "Strategic Research Needs for the European Plastics and Composites Industry" will take place on the 21st of April 2021 as a virtual event.

Building upon the success of previous years and after the publication in December 2020 of the “Sustainable Plastic Strategy”, ECP4 is happy to invite you to this conference that focuses on trends and solutions for the circularity challenges of many plastic industrial sectors.

Take the opportunity to learn about the work of renowned plastics research centers in Europe which will present their most relevant projects and strategies to guarantee a sustainable future for plastics.

  •  9:00 Welcome and Opening

  •  9:10 - 9:30 ECP4 presentation

  •  9:30 - 10:00 VTT Plastic Compass, Tuulamari Helaja (VTT)

  • 10:00 - 10:30 Circular Textiles In Europe - Bottlenecks Along The Circle, Guy Buyle (Centexbel)

  • 10:30 - 11:00 Capacities in polymers for multisectoral applications, Dr. Amaya Igartua (TEKNIKER)

  • 11:00 - 11:30 (Recycled) Bio-Polymers for demanding Applications, Jan Diemert (Fraunhofer Institut für Chemische Technologie ICT)

  • 11:30 - 12:00 Circular economy: successful case studies, Ferran Martí  (AIMPLAS)


  • 13:00 - 13:30 A step toward fully sustainable plastic solutions: Proplast’s success stories, Marco Monti (Proplast)

  • 13:30 - 14:00 BioInnovative solutions for packaging circularity, Dr. Margaret Fournet (Athlone Institute of Technology)

  • 14:00 - 14:30 Plastic Scenario Impact Model (PRISM), Esther Zondervan (TNO)

  • 14:30 - 15:00 Innovative polymeric materials and coatings for transport applications, Elena Jubete (CIDETEC)

  • 15:00 - 15:15 Chair closing remarks 

  • 15:15 End of the conference



  • 21st April (9:00 - 15:15 CET)


  • Live webinar


  • Registration required, participation is free of charge.

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