The Greener Manufacturing Show

The Greener Manufacturing Show is the must-attend event for any sustainability focused company looking to design and manufacturer their products from more sustainable materials, limit and eliminate the use of toxic chemicals, and reduce the impact of their industrial and manufacturing processes on the environment and global climate change. 

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Time for a live event? An event for the process engineering community in the Netherlands? Yes, we are proud to announce to you the next Netherlands Process Technology Symposium NPS17, where the needs, challenges, and solutions for a sustainable world and the role of process engineering will be conferred. 
NPS17 was postponed last year due to COVID-19. But we were glad to provide a series of webinars on the theme ‘sustaining the future’ which created a platform to connect and exchange ideas.  In line with this, the theme of NPS17 is ‘Together more sustainable’. The goal of the conference is to highlight academic research in sustainable process technology and connect it with needs from society, SMEs, and industry. Therefore, this will be a great opportunity to share and absorb sustainable ideas by meeting process engineering enthusiasts from these sectors in the Netherlands and beyond. 
NPS17 will be held on April 4th and 5th 2022 on the campus of Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Save the dates now! 
More information will follow after the summer break. We hope to see you all in Delft in April 2022!  

The industry is in transition. How can current employees find their way in a changing environment? And what is expected of the future generation of smart employees? During Deltavisie we want to gain more insight into this through talks and discussions.

At ISPT we believe that radical change can be achieved through technological innovation and cooperation. An important part of our work is supporting and promoting SMEs and startups by connecting them to the industry. This with the goal to stimulate the breakthrough innovations that are desperately needed to transform to a CO2-neutral industry.

Funding opportunities

For SMEs and startups the funding opportunities are enormous, whereas the application procedures and expectations are often unclear. To aid SMEs and startups in the process we are organizing an exclusive online workshop on the 24th of June from 11:00 – 12:00. During the workshop we will provide hands-on guidance on grant schemes and successful applications, regulations and subsidies. Experts Tjeerd Jongsma (ISPT) and Rob Kreiter (TKI) will be present for a discussion about expectations from grant providers, the ISPT network and the TKI.

How can I register?

Send an email to Dewi Mooij at to register. You will receive a link to participate on Wednesday June 23 the latest.

Sign up before June 18. This is a small-scale webinar and have set a maximum of 30 participants. Participation in the workshop is free of charge. No-shows are not appreciated.

ADCHEM 2021 will bring together researchers and practitioners from all over the world, to facilitate discussions of recent developments in the control and modeling of chemical, biomedical, and other process systems.

Hemp chair collection made from hemp fibers and thermoset bio-resin is awarded The
Renewable Material of the Year 2021

Huerth, 21 May 2021 – Furniture manufacturer Vepa and Plantics Superior Natural Materials won the prestigious Innovation Award during the international Renewable Materials Conference on 19 May. The Hemp chair collection was awarded Renewable Material of the Year 2021. The jury was particularly impressed by the unique composition
of the product. The seat shell is made of hemp and resin that is completely organic, plant-based and recyclable. Something that was not possible before. The collection is designed, developed and produced entirely in the Netherlands and consists of chairs and bar stools with various bases. Production absorbs more CO2 than it emits. The chairs are also designed in such a way that parts are easy to separate and materials can be reused

Renewable Material of the Year 2021

The Renewable Materials Conference, organizes by the nova-Institut GmbH, is the successor to the International Conference for Biomaterials. During the three-day (online) conference, with more than 400 participants from 31 different countries, the focus lies on sharing knowledge and solving issues in the field of renewable, bio-based and recycled materials. The Renewable Material of the Year award is for the most innovative, renewable and “trend-setting” product and/or material. In the finals, which consisted of six nominees from different countries, including India, the United States and France, the Hemp chair collection was chosen as the winner.

A seating shell of hemp and bio-resin

The fibers of the hemp plant serve as raw material to make the seating shell of the chair. Plantics’ unique biological resin has been used as a binding agent. Dr. Wridzer Bakker, CEO Plantics: “The secret of the biomaterial developed by Plantics lies in combining our unique biological resin with the hemp fibers. Just like these hemp fibers, the resin is made from pure

This biomaterial formed the basis on which Plantics and Vepa set to work for the development of the chair collection. “For years we have been looking for a biomaterial in which both the raw material and the binding agent are organic, plant-based and recyclable. Only then could we really develop a sustainable product. We are extremely proud that we have been able to realize this after years of research and that we are the first in the world with furniture made of this
material ”, says Gertjan de Kam of Vepa. The Hemp chair collection is only the beginning of a real material revolution. “We are sure that our unique material forms the basis for many other products that we can create together” concludes Bakker.

For more information on Vepa the furniture factory click here.

Are you a start-up or small and medium-sized company in the energy sector? And are you looking for the financing instrument that best suits your company? After several successful editions, together with New Energy Coalition, the Topsector Energy will organize another Masterclass Finance this year on Thursday April 15.

The Circular Plastics Conference 2021 offers a series of online sessions, diving deeper into specific subjects. During the second conference day, there were two parallel sessions that went more into detail about specific aspects that are important in making plastics fully circular. Researchers, regulators as well as key plastic producers took the lead in the sessions. Their main conclusions? The European Union should pick up the ball to implement new regulations. Furthermore, the development and implementation of new technologies still have a long way to go to achieve a fully circular system.

Contaminants determine options for recycling

During the session Thermo chemical depolymerization, the current developments and directions were presented by Kevin van Geem, Full Professor at Ghent University, André Heeres, Professor Biobased Chemistry at Hanze University of Applied Science, Jean- Paul Lange, Principal Research Scientist at Shell, and at last, special guest Walter Kaminsky, the retired professor whose famous research dwells in olefin polymerization and plastic recycling. The session was moderated by Prof. Dr. Sascha Kersten, Full professor Sustainable Process Technology at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Twente.

Speakers session Thermo chemical depolymerization

Kevin van Geem

Ghent University

Jean-Paul Lange


André Heeres


During the panel discussion there was a clear consensus among the speakers that contaminants and how they can be dealt with, will determine the options for recycling all types of different plastics. Additional measures are needed in the pre-processing steps (including design). Research is being conducted into new developments in the separation of contaminants in combination with thermochemical processing and (catalytic) upgrading. The general view was that the development and implementation of technologies, like pyrolysis, are necessary. However, much work remains to be done to achieve a fully circular system.

Regulatory needs vs regulator’s expectations

In the other session the regulator’s perspective on the use and application of recyclates was being connected to regulatory needs in industry. Juan-Manuel Bañez Romera, Sustainability Advocacy Lead at Amcor, lead an active discussion among panel members Silvia Freni Sterrantino, Senior Legal, Regulatory Affairs & Packaging Division Manager at EuPC, Gerard Haagh, Product Manager Food Contact Materials at Triskelion, and Erwin Annys, Head of Unit Support and Enforcement at ECHA. The consensus was that the EU should pick up the ball to ensure a full and harmonized implementation of the regulations. Once Europe adopts effective regulations quickly, the EU can become the frontrunner and most important player in the world when it comes to plastic recycling.

Speakers session Regulatory needs & developments

Silvia Freni Sterrantino


Gerard Haagh


Erwin Annys


The Circular Plastics Alliance (CPA) will play an important role in providing input from the industry to the European Commision in how to achieve the 10 million tonnes of recycled content. However, there is still work to do in creating consensus around concepts and definitions key for the full circularity of plastics. Moreover, climate neutrality is the overarching goal, and the recycling of plastics is only a small part of it.

Another key conclusion of this session was that companies are turning to chemical recycling options because regulations for mechanical recycling are complex as every new mechanical recycling process needs to have its own permit. In addition, new EU legislation for the use of recycled content for food contact materials (food packaging) is delayed. This all slows down the development of a new plastic value chain. In this context the input from Dr Annys was clear: creating a circular plastics chain cannot go without creating safe plastics recycling. To reach this, chemical recycling would be the preferred option.

Don’t miss out: upcoming sessions and networking at the Circular Plastics Conference 2021

Up until May 20 the Circular Plastics Conference will dive deeper into the different challenges, we face in realizing circularity in plastics, with sessions organized by CEFLEX, PlasticsEurope, TNO and other experts from our community. As the Conference is set in Networkapp, it also offers participants the possibility to network with each other, engage in break-out sessions set up in a virtual network room, visit the digital exhibition and collaborate in formulating the steps forward continuously during the coming months. Join us now!

Op de InnovatieExpo 2021 zie je wat ons land allemaal in huis heeft, word je creativiteit geprikkeld en ontmoet je toonaangevende spelers die jouw idee verder helpen.

The year is almost over. It was an unusual year in which we learned that our capabilities are beyond what we ever thought.

We can simultaniously work from home, teach our children and maintain contact with our network. Admittedly, it was not easy. But it has made us realize that we are capable of more than we sometimes think.

Due to this strange time, digitization has accelerated. We started with online meetings, and shortly afterwards we initiated the online panel discussion Industrie in Gesprek. Little did we know at the time that we would be hosting many more major events later this year – all fully online.

The annual ISPT Conference, the GigaWatt webinar and the NPS17 webinar series are a few examples of how we have been able to connect with you, our network. We really enjoyed that and we want to thank you for your involvement. We hope to continue this contact in 2021 and hopefully soon there will be opportunities to see each other in person once again.


14h30 to 17h00 (CET)February 4 | February 25 | March 18 | April 8 | April 29 | May 20

Research and developments on the recycling of plastic are evolving rapidly. It is time to come together and share our experiences and perspectives. It is time to join forces and identify the relevant steps needed to come to a 100% circular system in 2050.

Join the Circular Plastics Conference 2021 to share and discuss research, developments and opportunities related to the recycling of plastic applications.


May 20: Lessons learned, steps to take

14h30 – 17h00

Join the last concluding session where we will formulate concrete next steps to make circular plastics reality. It sums up and relfects on the previous sessions and will build the foundation for the transition to a circular plastics economy. This last session of a long series of events will contain of two parts which are both moderated by Hans Wiltink.

In the first part we will reflect on the previous sessions which will consist of three separate 20-minute discussions on where we reflect on the previous sessions. During the second part of the session, a panel discussion takes place including three representatives from the Circular Plastics Initiative and three opinion makers and NGO representatives.

Part 1: Reflection and roadmap

Technical challenges

Kim Ragaert

Assistant Professor | Ghent University

Sascha Kersten

Full Professor | University of Twente

Martine Brandsma

Director | NTCP

Development of the chain

Gert Jan Kramer

Professor Sustainable Energy Supply Systems | Utrecht University

Thor Tummers

Public Affairs | Unilever

Graham Houlder

Managing Director | CEFLEX

Legislation, harmonisation, standardisation

Anne-Gaëlle Collot

Senior Manager Consumer & Environmental Affairs | PlasticsEurope

Juan Manuel Bañez Romero

Sustainability Advocacy Lead EMEA | Amcor

Part 2: Panel discussion

NGO representatives

Harmen Spek

Manager Innovations & Solutions | The Plastic Soup Foundation

Marc Pruijn

Advisor Circular Economy | MVO Nederland

Janek Vahk

Programme Coordinator | Zero Waste Europe

Representatives from the Circular Plastics Initiative

Jaap den Doelder

Research Scientist | Dow and TU Eindhoven

Sanjeev Das

Global Packaging Director | Unilever

John Vernooij

General Director | Omrin

Past sessions

April 29

14h30 – 17h00

Session 5.A – Progress in chemical depolymerisation and solvolysis

Connecting the circular plastic community

In a series of online sessions, the latest technological, regulatory, and socio-economic developments and outlooks will be presented by top experts. Participants are involved actively to share their expertise and the hurdles they face.  

Next to the online sessions, the Circular Plastic Conference connects the community through an online platform with Q&A sessions, networking facilities, and short pitches on the latest research by PhD and Post-Doc researchers. On the platform, companies also have the opportunity to feature their products and innovations on the online marketplace. 

If you are a ISPT or DPI partner, you are eligible for a 50% discount. Use the discount code ISPT-DPI2021


In this session, which will be moderated Jan Jager, there will be a lively interaction between the moderator with the industry and knowledge institute experts on the current state and the way ahead related to different polycondensates like PET and Polystyrene.

Jan Jager

Groningen University

Josse Kunst

Cure Technology

Fabian Lambert

IPFEN/ Axens

Dirk Verdoes


Norbert Niessner

Ineos Styrolution

Session 5.B – Product stewardship; the way ahead

Organized in collaboration with PlasticsEurope

Moderated by Anne-Gaëlle Collot

In this session, which will be moderated by Dr Anne-Gaelle Collot, Senior Manager Consumer & Environmental Affairs, PlasticsEurope, we will emphasise the need to take a value chain approach to the circular economy. There will be examples from R&D, environment best practices as well as waste management. This session will build on previous sessions and will discuss gaps and priorities for future R&D projects.

Anne-Gaëlle Collot

Senior Manager Consumer & Environmental Affairs | PlasticsEurope


Irene Mora Barrantes

Sustainability and Environment Manager | PlasticsEurope

Laure Baillargeon

Policy Officer Chemicals & Plastics | DG Internal Market and Industry (GROW)

Kamal Azrague

Senior Research Scientist | Sintef

Rob Rutjes

Manager Environmental Issues | LyondellBasell

April 8

Session 4.A – Mechanical recycling (including dissolution): food grade focus ahead

Organized in collaboration with Eindhoven University of Technology

Partner logo - TU Eindhoven

The session will provide key examples of current scientific progress in mechanical recycling of polymers in Western Europe, and link it to practical applications.

Moderated by Jaap den Doelder

The session is moderated by Jaap den Doelder. As professor in Physical Chemistry of Polymers Den Doelder shares his industrial knowledge about structure, rheology and modeling of polymer materials. In his academic research he approaches the circular economy from a materials and technology point of view, in particular regarding bulk polymers PE and PP.

Jaap den Doelder

Full Professor – TU Eindhoven


Jan Bruys

Sales Representative – KrausMaffei

Ruben Demets

Doctoral Researcher -Ghent University

Mark Roelands

Researcher -TNO

Jan Kolijn

CTO – Tusti

Session 4.B – Developing sustainable EPR systems for tomorrow: minimum criteria for circularity

This session is co-hosted by CEFLEX & TNO

Partner logo - TNO

Ideally, all packaging materials can be collected, sorted, recycled, and competitively redeployed in the economy. To facilitate this, the EPR system needs to evolve. The session will explore the “criteria for circularity” needed in the EPR systems of tomorrow.

Moderated by Graham Houlder

This session is moderated by Graham Houlder. Project coordinator & managing director at CEFLEX.

Graham Houlder

Managing Director – CEFLEX


Mike Jefferson

Workstream Consultant – CEFLEX

Feliks Bezati  

Global Sustainable Packaging Manager – Mars

Joachim Quoden

Managing Director – EXPRA

March 18

14h30 – 17h00

Session 3.A – Design for recycling; roles played and impact for each value chain part

This session is co-hosted by CEFLEX & TNO

Partner logo - TNO

This session provides insight in how design for recycling enables the development of sustainable packaging and impacts resin and film producers, converters, sorters, recyclers, and brand owners.

Moderated by Graham Houlder

The session moderator is Graham Houlder. Graham is the Managing Director of SLOOP Consulting B.V. which has been offering consulting services and tools in the field of packaging and sustainability since 2009.

He is the founder & project co-ordinator for CEFLEX (a Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging), which is a collaborative initiative by over 150 companies and associations from across the flexible packaging value chain to make flexible packaging even more relevant in the circular economy.

He is recognised as one of the industry thought leaders for sustainable packaging and is one of the 13 founding members of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) and has served on the boards of EUROPEN & SPC.

Graham Houlder



Gerald Rebitzer

Director Sustainability – Amcor

Toon van Harmelen

Senior Researcher – TNO

Clemens Pues

Sales Director EPR-Systems International, PreZero

Thor Tummers

External affairs – Unilever

Session 3.B – Progress in sorting and characterization

Organized in collaboration with Nationaal Testcentrum Circulaire Plastics.

Partner logo - NTCP

This session provides an overview of the current challenges in sorting towards recycling, including pitches of four new sorting and characterization technologies. Furthermore, the session also covers a practical example of what is needed to implement new sorting and recycling strategies is discussed.

Moderated by Martine Brandsma

The session is moderated by Martine Brandsma, the result-driven Director of the National Test Center for Circular Plastics (NTCP). As a goal oriented professional with experience in (new) business development, R&D and innovation, and the development of (international) business networks, it comes as no surprise that Brandsma plays a crucial role during this conference. With her broad network in industry, government, and research she is able to empower people by means of innovation in technology, processes and organizations.

Martine Brandsma

Director – Nationaal Testcentrum Circulaire Plastics


Marjorie Darcet

CEO/ Co-founder – Lixo

Gian de Belder

Technical Director R&D Packaging Sustainability – Procter & Gamble

Lucy van Keulen

Commercial Director – Umincorp

Ulphard Thoden van Velzen

Sustainability & Packaging expert – Wageningen University & Research

Martin Bender

Executive partner – HTP Engineering

Dana Mosora

Circularity Consultant -CEFLEX

February 25

14h30 – 17h00

Session 2.A – Thermo chemical depolymerization

In this session short presentations and a lively interaction will be set up by and with top-experts in the field of research and application of thermo-chemical recycling of plastics. The session will be moderated by Prof. Sascha Kersten and as a special guest we have Prof. Walter Kaminsky, who will give a historic perspective of this field.

Moderated by Prof. Dr. Sascha Kersten

Prof. Dr. Sascha Kersten is full professor Sustainable Process Technology at the Department of chemical engineering, University of Twente. He is specialized in pyrolysis, oils, water, biomass and wood. As chair of the Academic Advisory Board of ISPT he advocates closer cooperation between academic institutions and industry. With his knowledge he also contributes to different projects of the Circular Plastics Initiative.


Jean-Paul Lange

Principal Research Scientist – Shell

André Heeres

Professor Biobased Chemistry – Hanze University of Applied Science

Kevin van Geem

Professor – Ghent University

Session 2.B – Regulatory needs & developments

In this session, the discussion on regulatory needs will be connected to the perspective from a regulator (ECHA; European Chemistry Agency) in terms of regulatory developments on the use and application of recyclates and the industry (EuPC; European Plastics Converters). Next to that the current and  future situation in testing and dossier preparation will be discussed by Triskelion.

Moderated by Juan Manuel Baňez Romero

With a Multidisciplinary background, Bañez Romera has a clear preference for challenges that can make a difference in people’s lives and society. He currently works as Sustainability Advocacy Lead EMEA at Amcor and is based in Brussels.

Juan Manuel Baňez Romero

Sustainability Advocacy Lead EMEA – Amcor


Silvia Freni Sterrantino

Senior Legal, Regulatory Affairs & Packaging Division Manager – EuPC

Gerard Haagh

Product Manager Food Contact Materials – Triskelion

Erwin Annys

Head of Unit Support and Enforcement – ECHA

February 4: Setting the stage – The ambitions of the Netherlands and Europe

The Circular Plastics Conference brings together regulators, influencers, industry and knowledge institute experts and initiatives on research on circularity in plastics in Europe. The aim is to share technological progress and challenges and to identify technical and societal questions that exist in this area and jointly formulate answers and next steps to take. In this first session the stage is set for the whole series, with representatives from industry, government and the academic world.

Moderated by Hans Wiltink

It is a challenge to capture Hans in one paragraph. He is a fast thinker with a technical and business background who is committed to strengthen the relationship between economics and ecology. Passionate and connecting. Pragmatic at the same time. As a partner at De Gemeynt, he is involved in a multitude of sustainable initiatives, including the Springtij forum. One thing is certain: with Hans we are moving forward and fast too. Do you keep up with the pace?

Events - Moderator - Hans Wiltink

Keynote speakers

Kestutis Sadauskas

Director Circular Economy Eropean Commission’s department for environment

Gerald Rebitzer

Director Sustainability Amcor

Prof. dr. Kim Ragaert

Associate Professor Ghent University

Special guest: Emmo Meijer

Emmo Meijer is the former R&D leader of respectively DSM, Unilever and FrieslandCampina, and emeritus parttime professor of the Eindhoven University of Technology. He served numerous institutions/organizations in the public domain and was closely involved in different capacities in the development of the Dutch innovation policies. Currently he is a member of the board of several innovation/venture funds and companies. Furthermore he is the chairperson of the EIT Raw Materials/ERMA and the Dutch top sector Chemistry.

We welcome Emmo to reflect on how the academical, industrial and government activities in the Netherlands are organised. What are the challenges to come to an effective collaboration throughout the plastic value chain?

This event is initiated by the partners in the Circular Plastics Initiative, boosting circularity in plastics on an industrial scale. The Initiative is founded by the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology and DPI – The Polymer Research Platform. Co-organizers of the Conference are Ceflex, PlasticsEurope and TNO.

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