Annual Polymer Conference
Thursday, 20th April 2023
Stay Ahead of the Industry
APR 20th 2023
‘Delivering sustainable growth; navigating environmental and labour constraints’ Fergal O’Brien, Director of Lobbying and Influence, IBEC
‘Female Leaders in the Polymer Industry’ Panel Discussion facilitated by Dr. Sinead Keogh, Director of the Irish MedTech Association. Joined by Jessica Whyte, Johnson & Johnson, Liga Grzibovska, West Pharmaceutical Services and Lorna O Gara, Ultrapolymers
Circvet – EU Project on the Circular Economy of Plastics Update- resources to support our industry.
Polymer Technology Ireland Update – Mark McAuley
Controlling Energy Use in Plastics Processing’ Dr Robin Kent, Tangram Technology
Polymer Research at the Technological University of the Shannon - Dr Sean Lyons, TUS
‘Increasing uptime due to modular automation systems’, Giuliano Pappalardo, Product Account Manager, Waldorf Technik GmbH
Summary and Close
Keynote: ‘Building the Factory of the Future- Semi-Conductor Fab’, Hugh O’Hara, MCIOB, Project Manager, Intel
‘The Role of Renewable Energy Systems (RES) in the decarbonisation of industry’ Diana Vaz - Renewable Research Technologist, IMR
’ The Application of Data Analytics to deliver value in manufacturing, Dr. Fergus Quilligan - Director of Digitisation & Analytics, IMR
Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
Hodson Bay Hotel has proudly hosted thousands of conferences throughout the years and is known nationally for its warm welcome and attention to detail. The Hodson Bay Hotel has hosted the annual polymer seminar for over twenty years !
Central location just one hour from Dublin or Galway
Complimentary WiFi and car parking
Ph: (090) 644 2005
Meet The Speakers
Dr Robin Kent has a B.Eng. (Hons.) in Materials Engineering from Monash University (Australia) and a Ph.D. in Polymer Physics from the University of Surrey (UK). Robin has been involved with plastics processing since 1971 in sectors ranging from extrusion to injection moulding. Since 1995 he has specialised in energy and sustainability management for plastics processors and has carried out energy surveys and assessments on over 500 companies.
Jacqueline is co-owner of Embankment Plastics, one of Ireland’s largest and leading injection moulding specialists. She worked in global tourism marketing before joining Barry Armstrong at Embankment Plastics in 2007. Since then, their team has grown to 45 staff who sustain 24hour manufacturing, satisfying international clients across production areas of injection moulding, blow moulding and assembly.
Drawing from more than 30 years of automation expertise at Waldorf Technik, Giuliano has been the Product Account Manager for Pharmaceutical-, Eyecare- and Oralcare - disposable polymer products for the last three years, which all demand sophisticated demolding automations. He is established as an expert for COC/COP Prefilled Syringe based automation processes and is constantly developing efficient and reliable automation concepts matching the trends in the polymer industry.
After graduating with a B.Sc. in Polymer Technology, Lorna started her career working with Irish Customer Extruders, then spent time working in the UK and Europe in Technical sales roles for Polyurethane systems and Conductive Coatings for plastics. She then worked for Trend Technologies as Key Account manager before joining the Ultrapolymers team in 2015. Her current role is European Business Development Manager for Healthcare.
Mark McAuley is Director of Polymer Technology Ireland. PTI is the national representative organisation for the polymer industry within Ibec. PTI supports the entire polymer supply chain and polymer converters. It runs the polymer technology apprenticeship and the First Polymer Skillnet in Athlone. Ibec is Ireland’s largest lobby and business representative group. Our purpose is to help build a better, sustainable future by influencing, supporting and delivering for business success.
Tânia Mendes has a MSc Chemical Engineering degree from University of Coimbra and a postgraduate degree in Lean Six Sigma at Black Belt Level by IPLeiria. Working at the Innovation & Prospective area at CENTIMFE, she manages national and international projects, cooperates in R&D projects and supports companies, mainly SMEs, in the gathering of national and international funding opportunities.
Dr Seán Lyons is the Dean of Faculty of Engineering & Informatics on the Midlands campus of the Technological University of the Shannon. The Faculty provides polymer programmes spanning NFQ levels 7-10 encompassing apprenticeship, undergraduate & postgraduate taught programmes and significant applied Research activities through the PRISM Institute and APT Gateway. Dr Lyons is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Ireland.
Sinead is the Director of the Ibec’s Medtech and Engineering Sectors , which includes the Irish Medtech Association. A number of Government Funded Skills Networks (Skillnets, Apprenticeships and Springboards) fall under her remit. Sinead currently sits on a number of boards including the Advisory Industry Board for BioInnovate Ireland and the Governance Board for the Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC). She is a member of the National Executive Committee at Medtech Europe.
Fergus is a Director of Digitisation & Analytics at Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR). Fergus received a PhD in astrophysics in 2001, and spent time working onsite in NASA. He then spent 14 years working in Intel in California and Ireland in data analytics before transitioning to IMR, where as well as participating in research, he engages with companies of all shapes and sizes on their data analytics journeys.
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