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GPCA PlastiCon 2016
Evolving GCC Plastic Conversion | Technology meets Business

Held under the theme ‘Evolving GCC Plastic Conversion | Technology meets Business’, the 7th edition of GPCA PlastiCon, the leading GCC conference for plastic producers and converters, resin manufacturers and plastic moulding suppliers, will provide attendees with an up-to-date view on trends and development in the regional and global plastics industry. World class experts will share their knowledge about markets, polymers, the latest conversion technologies and current issues including the production of resins from shale gas. Local plastic converters will describe their highly exciting success stories.

For the technical program in the afternoons, GPCA has partnered with the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) ANTEC Dubai to host peer-review technical presentations. A highlight of the conference is an exciting awards ceremony, which will celebrate the winners of the 2016 edition of the GPCA Plastics Excellence Awards during a glamorous gala dinner.

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Day 0 – SUNDAY, 10 JANUARY 2016

12:00 – 19:00 | Registration Opens

Seminar: Improving Performance – Case Studies from the GCC

14:00 – 14:10 | Introduction to Seminar

14:10 – 14:35 | New Novelties in Blown Film Extrusion” – How we can improve film quality – Case Study
Kurt Freye, Director, Reifenhäuser

14:35 – 15:00 | Nebulizer Head using Polystyrene Solution
Eng Faisal Al-Malik, PS Technical Marketing, SABIC

15:00 – 15:25 | Creating Value Through Improved Additives
Dr. Brian Burkhart, Global R&D Director, Milliken & Company

15:25 – 15:50 | Case Study: Customer & Technology: Going Back to the Basics
Faisal Rashid Al-Hajri, Senior Expert – Polymer Marketing, Orpic

15:50 – 16:15 | Q&A Session

17:30 – 18:30 | Welcome Reception

Day 1 – MONDAY, 11 JANUARY 2016

08:00 – 09:00 | Registration

Welcome Coffee Break
Sponsored by PIC

09:00 – 09:10 | Opening Remarks

Dr Mohammad Al Mulla, Managing Director & CEO, QAPCO & Chairman Plastics Committee, GPCA

09:10 – 09:30 | Key Note Session:

GCC Plastics Industry – The TASNEE View
Mutlaq Al-Morished, CEO, Tasnee

Session 1: International Trends in Plastic Conversion

09:30 – 09:50 | Outlook and Overview of Turkish Plastic Conversion
Yavuz Eroglu, President, PAGEV

09:50 – 10:10 | Building Up International Markets from Turkey – Case Story
Kurt Kuruç, General Manager, Farmamak

10:10 – 10:30 | New opportunities for plastic converters: First Polyacetal Plant in the Middle
Saleh Al-Zahrani, Sr. Manager Polyacetal/Business, SABIC

10:30 – 10:40 | Q&A session

10:40 – 11:10 | Networking Break

Sponsored by PIC

Session 2: The Future of Plastic in Food Packaging

11:10 – 11:30 | Reduce, Recycle, Rethink.. New Trends in Packaging towards more sustainability and resource efficiency
Dr Karlheinz Hausmann, Senior Fellow, DuPont Performance Materials

11:30 – 11:50 | Flexible Packaging in Middle East & India
Jonathan Fowle, Head of Business Development Emerging Markets, Constantia Flexibles

11:50 – 12:10 | Dates Packaging in Middle East
Stephan Zieroth, Sales Director – VF Packaging, Vacuum Films

12:10 – 12:30 | Q&A session

12:30 – 14:25 | Networking Lunch

Sponsored by Borouge


20:00 – 22:00| Plastic Excellence Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner

Sponsored by Sabic

Day 2 – TUESDAY, 12 JANUARY 2016

Welcome Coffee Break

09:00 – 09:20 | Key Note

Evolving the Plastic Downstream Industry
Musab Al-Mahrouqi, CEO, ORPIC

09:20 – 09:40 | Key Note

PlasChem: a Platform for Downstream Manufacturing Growth in Saudi Arabia

Mohammad Al-Azzaz, Director Value Parks Department, Sadara Chemical Company

09:40 – 10:00 | Key Note

US Shale Gas: Increased Resin Capacities- Consequences for ME Plastics Industry
Sanjay Sharma, VP, IHS

10:00 – 10:20 | Q&A Session

10:20 – 10:50 | Networking Break

Session 3: Recycling of Plastic – The Business Opportunity

10:50 – 11:10 | Commercially Profitable “Renew” Process Converting Post-Consumers PET-Bottles
Vivek Tandon, CEO, perpetual, UK

11:10 – 11:30 | Preparation and Re-Selling of Recycled Plastic – A Business Model
Dr. Michael Scriba, CEO, mtm plastics

11:30 – 11:50 | Recycling Processes – Opportunities for SME
Manfred Hackl, CEO, Erema

11:50 – 12:10 | Q&A session

12:10 – 14:10 | Networking Lunch

Sponsored by Chemoplast


Speaker Lineup
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Dr. Mohammed Al Mulla

Managing Director & CEO, QAPCO

Dr. Mohammed Yousef Al Mulla is the Managing Director & CEO of Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) Q.S.C. and of Qatofin Limited Company. QAPCO is the pioneer in petrochemical production in the Middle East. Dr. Al Mulla joined QAPCO in 1988 and held strategic positions in the company. In 2007, he was appointed Vice Chairman and CEO….

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Mutlaq H. Al-Morished


Mr. Mutlaq H. Al-Morished is the Chief Executive Officer, CEO of TASNEE, one of the largest Saudi diversified industrial companies having investments in several fields. Prior to his present post, he was Executive Vice President of Corporate Finance, (CFO) at SABIC, Vice President of Metals SBU, EVP Shared Services, President of SADAF and HADEED, consecutively….

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Musab Al-Mahrouqi


Musab Al-Mahruqi is the Chief Executive Officer of Orpic, the integrated Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company LLC. Orpic owns and operates two oil refineries and an integrated petrochemical complex (polypropylene and aromatics) with annual revenue exceeding USD 9 bn. In addition, Orpic is progressing with an ambitious growth plan for the next five…

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Faisal Rashid Al-Hajri

Senior Expert – Polymer Marketing, Orpic

Faisal Al Hajri, is the Senior Expert in Orpic’s Polymer Marketing Department situated in Sohar.  Faisal is responsible for Special Assignments, Business Development, Europe,  Americas & Africa Sales. After graduating from Saint Mary’s University in Canada with Degree in Economics in 2000, Faisal was appointed at the Higher College of Technology in Muscat as an…

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Sanjay Sharma

Vice President, & Middle East and India, Chemical Consulting

Sanjay serves as the Vice President for Middle East and India based in our Dubai Office. He has over 24 years of experience in the industry with extensive consulting, project management, commercial and manufacturing experience. He has actively participated in developing strategic direction, improving business performance, developing and managing joint ventures and alliances and engaging…

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Yavuz Eroglu

President of PAGEV

Mr. Yavuz Eroglu was born in 23 January 1973 in Istanbul. He  graduated from Istanbul Technical University Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering. He is managing partner of SEM Plastik A.S. Also, Mr. Eroglu has founded and is the Chairman of the Board of SEM Global A.S. and Credoy Polimer A.S. He founded and is partner of “Elite for Plastic”…

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Dr. Michael Scriba

CEO, mtm plastics

Dr. Michael O.E. Scriba (54) is Managing Partner of mtm plastics GmbH and mtm compact GmbH. With an overall processing capacity of 100 kt/y mtm Group is one of the most important players in the European mixed plastics recycling market with two plants in Germany, one near Göttingen and one near Berlin. Scriba has studied…

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General Manager, Farmamak

Since 2010  he is  the General Manager of Farmamak, the leading rigid foil producer in Turkey. Before, he has worked in the flexible packaging industry for 20 years. He was the president of the Turkish Packaging Manufacturers Association (ASD) for 5 years and served many other non-profit industrial organisations in Turkey over the years. He…

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Manfred Hackl

CEO, EREMA GmbH, Austria

Since 2010  he is  the General Manager of Farmamak, the leading rigid foil producer in Turkey. Before, he has worked in the flexible packaging industry for 20 years. He was the president of the Turkish Packaging Manufacturers Association (ASD) for 5 years and served many other non-profit industrial organisations in Turkey over the years. He…

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Dr Karlheinz Hausmann

Research and Technology Fellow, DuPont

Research and Technology Fellow with DuPont de Nemours International Sàrl is holding a doctoral degree in Material Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland and  has more than  26 years of experience in ethylene copolymers. He joined DuPont in 1987 and has been in a number of R&D and Technical…

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Faisal Almalik

Engineer, Market Development & Technical Support, SABIC

Mr. Almalik, has graduated from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) with a bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering. In 2010, he did his internship as a Process Engineer at JGC Corporation in Yokohama, Japan. Since 2011, he worked for SABIC as a Technical Marketing Engineer for Polystyrene. As of January 1st 2016,  he…

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Willem De Vos

CEO, Society of Plastics Engineers

Willem De Vos became CEO of the Society of Plastics Engineers in January 2012. SPE is a Knowledge and Networking organisation active in the plastics industry world wide, SPE is active in 30 countries and has about 30 divisions and 70 regional sections with members in 84 countries around the world. He is Master in Chemical…

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Mohammad A. Alazzaz

Director, Sadara Value Parks Department Sadara Chemical Company

Alazzaz began his career with Saudi Arabia Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) in 1990 as a Project Engineer. Since then, he has taken on various professional and management roles in Projects Management, Joint Venture Development & Coordination, Corporate Project Finance and New Business Development. He was named Director, Value Park, Sadara Chemical Company in November 2011….

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Jonathan Fowle

Head of Business Development Emerging Markets, Constantia Flexibles

Jonathan has spent 40 years in the packaging industry, more than 25 at senior management level. Previously Group Innovation Director at Amcor Flexibles. He has assisted Constantia in its transformation from a European to a global player, having been involved in several acquisition processes, including Turkey, India and South Africa.

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Dr. Brian Burkhart

Global Director of Research and Development, Plastic Additives Business, Milliken Chemical

Brian Burkhart became global Director of Research and Development in 2011. In this role, Burkhart is responsible for developing overall research direction in Plastics Additives as well as managing technical service and applications development. Prior to his current position, Burkhart was the global market manager for Milliken Chemical’s Plastics Additives Business in 2008, responsible for…

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Dr. Vivek Tandon

Chairman of the remuneration committee, Greenko Group

Dr. Vivek Tandon is an experienced international entrepreneur with an extensive background in growing technology companies.  He is the Founder and General Partner of Aloe Private Equity, an international group which invests into environmentally sustainable companies with a particular focus on India, China and other South East Asian countries. Vivek is currently the Chairman of…

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Stephan Zieroth

Sales Director - VF Packaging, Vacuum Films

Since 2012 as Sales Director for VF Verpackungen GmbH (Kempten, Germany) leading European producer of flexible PA/PE films (AMILEN Films) using latest 11 layer co-extrusion technology for vacuum and MAP applications in the food industry.  Over 25 years sales experience in the food packaging sector.

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Hasan Al-Chab

Saudi Mais Company for Medical Products(SMMP)

Mr. Hasan has graduated from Aleppo University of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Collage with a bachelor degree in Automation and Control Engineering In 1999,. Since 1999, he worked for SMMP as a Maintenance Engineer then Production Manager and currently Position is VEM, His total working experience is 16 years.

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