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10th European Thermoforming Conference 2016, Sitges (Barcelona)

Conference Programme

The main programme is near completion and promises to be the best ever with a number of eminent speakers already agreeing to participate. The conference agenda will include presentations from experts in the thermoforming industry and lively debates in workshops about technical and commercial issues. Moreover, the conference will offer a unique opportunity to meet colleagues and customers from the industry around the world.

The programme will provide a wide range of topics highlighting production technology, market trends, environmental and sustainability aspects.

Conference Programme - 10th European Thermoforming Conference 2016, Sitges (Barcelona)


March 9th 2016


Training Course for Thin & Thick Gauge

Registration fee: € 275,–


18:00 - 19:00

19:00 - 21:00

Conference Registration

Welcome Reception – A warm welcome to friends and colleagues

The Conference language is English, but we foresee simultaneous translation into Spanish.

Translation into other languages will depend on the number of people requesting it.


March 10th 2016

08:30 - 09:00

Conference Registration


  Moderator: Jeff Pitt

09:00 - 09:15

Welcome to Spain Conference Introductions & Welcome

Marek Nikiforov, ETD Chair & Gabriel Bernar, Conference Chair

09:15- 09:45

Plastics pollution of our Oceans –What is the Solution?

Thomas Drustrup – Danish Plastics Federation, Denmark

09:45 - 10:30


"The Future of Plastics"

Willem de Vos – SPE, USA

10:30 - 11:00

Case Study

Business Case for "Recycling"

Horst Roeder – Erema, Austria

11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:30

3D Developments Session

  Moderator: Hans Lauridsen

11:30 - 11:50

The Latest Update on 3D-TecA technical review of Additive Manufacturing:
When 3D Printing turns a Hyperflexible Manufacturing Method

David Bue Pedersen, Technical University, Denmark

11:50 - 12:10

Tooling in Thermoforming by 3DImprovements on Tooling for the Thermoforming Industry, promoted by the adoption of 3D Printing Fabrication

Djamila Olivier, Voxeled Materials, Spain

12:10 - 12:30

3D Printing in the IndustryThe Sweet Spots of 3D Printing for the Thermoforming Industry

Maarten Valckenaers, Materialise, Belgium

12:30 - 13:00

Creative Design – a Philosophy to help develop Thermoforming Market Potential

How can ‘Design Thinking’ help to create Thermoplastic Material Solutions that differentiate products and stands out in the Market Place?

Elina Kopola, Trendworks, UK

13:00 - 14:30



THIN GAUGE SESSION - (parallel with Sponsors presentations)

  Moderators: Marek Nikiforov & Hubert Kittelmann

14:30 - 15:00

The Thermoformed Coffee Capsules Market 2016
Delivering a great Cup of Coffee!

Reiner Albrecht, Illig, Germany


IML-T - In Mould Labeling Technology Update

15:00 - 15:20

Field Report and New Applications for IML-T for Lids

Jürgen Merbach, RPC Bebo Plastik, Germany

15:20 -15:40

Thermoform or Injection IML?

 Erwin Wabnig, Kiefel, Germany

15:40 - 16:00


Illig, Reiner Albrecht

Ilsemann, Daniel Kapp

Kiefel, Erwin Wabnig

OMV, Norbert Hufnagl

TSL, James Naughton

16:00 - 16:30

Fresh Food Market Latest Trends and how to grow and succeed?

Thomas Tang, Faerch Plast, Denmark


Parallel Sponsors ‘Heavy Gauge’ presentations:


Moderators: Ken Braney & Ray Lewis

14:30 – 16:30

New Technologies presented by:

MAAC: the Rotary Advantage

Plastics Machinery Group Intl


Self: Smart Solutions, different approaches for Success

Siemens: Automation in Thermoform Machines


16:30 - 17:00

Coffee break


Moderator: Henning Sandal

17:00 - 17:30

Thermoforming - a Spanish Experience

Enhancing the Coffee experience with a barrier capsule

Carol Daunert, EDV Packaging, Spain

17:30 - 18:00

3D Barrier Coating Technology

Wolfgang Czizegg, CAVONIC GmbH (Waldorf Technik), Germany


Departure from Melia Hotel for Conference Dinner in splendid Spanish surroundings at ‘Finca Mas Solers’


Conference Dinner and Sponsor’s Awarding


March 11th 2016

08:30 - 08:45



HEAVY GAUGE SESSION  - (parallel with Sponsors presentations)


Moderator: Andy McGarry

08:45 - 09:15

Lean Manufacturing – Proof that the ‘Old Way’ isn’t always the best Way!
A case study of smart Production Techniques

Evan Gilham, Productive Companies, USA


Workshop/Panel Heavy Gauge Thermoforming

09:15 - 10:15

The exciting future of Thermoforming in the USA versus in Europe
The Heavy Gauge Thermoforming Past & Future

Steve Murill, Profile Plastics, USA
Thierry D’Allard, Stylmonde, France


Parallel Sponsors ‘Thin Gauge’ presentations:


Moderator: Reinhold Plot

08:45 - 10:15

New Technologies presented by:

Illig: Next Generation of Pressure RDKP 72k/RDK 80k

Kiefel: Barrier Film applications – Visions for substitution

Marbach: Thermoform Tools and Golden Donkeys

GN: Thermoform Machines for tomorrow

CGP Europe: What is the benefit to use OptiformPlug with recycled material?

Kilde Automation: Robotic Handling and Packaging

OMV Polytype: A novel ‘Revolving Mold’ Thermoforming System RM77

Techno Tool: From Slow Motion to High Speed production

WM Wrapping Machinery: Streamlined and efficient Thermoforming Process, the Way to satisfy Globalization  requirements


Moderator: Ken Braney

10:15 - 11:00

Technology Workshop: Q&A with the Experts
New Developments on Sheet Extrusion

AMUT / Battenfeld-Cincinnati / Senoplast / Sunwell

11:00 - 11:45

Coffee Break


Moderator: Gabriel Bernar

11:45 - 12:30


Future Trends in Automotive Lighting and the Contribution of Thermoformed Materials

 Marta Gutierrez, SEAT Centro Tecnico, Spain

12:30 - 13:00

Presentation of the ‘Parts Competition’ Winners

13:00 - 14:00



Moderator: Cor Janssen

14:00 - 14:20

Optimization of Thermoforming Processes by means of combined in-situ Measurements and Simulations

Bart Van Mieghem, KU Leuven - Technology Campus Diepenbeek, Belgium

14:20 - 14:40

Increasing Material Efficiency by Inline Sheet Thickness Measurement

Kai Landsecker, University of Stuttgart - IKT, Germany

14:40 - 15:00

Heat under ControlNovel Contact Heating Technology for Thermoform Evolutions

 Sascha Bach, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

15:00 - 15:20

Determination of Temperature Profiles across Sheet Thickness during Heating Phase of Thermoforming Processes

Benjamin Neubig, University of Stuttgart – IKT, Germany

15:20 - 15:40

Optimization of the Heating Process during Thermoforming of Thermoplastics

Bart Buffel, KU Leuven – Technology Campus Ostend, Belgium

15:40 - 16:00

Close remarks by
Gabriel Bernar, Chair ETD 2016-2018

16:00 Drinks and iPad raffle