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Zdenek Hruska

Project Manager
PVC4cables
Zdenek Hruska
  • Zdenek Hruska

    Zdenek Hruska holds an engineering diploma in Plastics Technology from the Prague Institute of Chemical technology and a PhD in Polymer Chemistry from IMC in Prague.

    Since joining Solvay in 1991 he held various management positions in Belgium, Germany, and France. In 2013 he moved in Brussels, first at Solvin and later at Inovyn as an Advocacy Manager.

    In January 2016 Zdenek joined the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM) as a Public Affairs Senior Manager.

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Stefan Eingärtner

Technical Director
VinylPlus
Stefan Eingärtner
  • Stefan Eingärtner

    Stefan started his professional career in the chemical and plastic business of Hoechst AG Frankfurt. After assignments in Japan, France and the US he joined Kalle, a producer of rigid films for packaging and technical applications as sales director. After a joint venture between Kalle and Klöckner formed in 1996 he held a number of key senior management positions before taking over as Managing Director of the technical films division of Klöckner Pentaplast, a leading global rigid film business. In 2007 he decided to set up his own consultancy business. Stefan is involved in the European VinylPlus program since 2010.

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Gianluca Sarti

Representative of the Compounds for Cables Group
PVC Forum Italia
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  • Gianluca Sarti

    Gianluca Sarti received a graduate degree in chemistry at University of Bologna and he is coauthor of three papers. He has 22 years of experience in R&D, QMS, EMS, production and formulation of additives for plastics, particularly stabilizers, flame retardants and smoke suppressants for PVC. In the last 7 years, he has focused his activities on the study of flame retardants and smoke suppressants, their performances in vinyl formulations and their impact on the main characteristics of PVC articles. Moreover, part of the research has been dedicated to the study of the smoke acidity and to the mechanism of scavenging of HCl at high temperatures. His employment history is as follows: Titanstuc S.p.A., Faetano, San Marino, 1997 to present, Head of R&D department.

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Alessandro Marangoni

CEO
Althesys, IT
Alessandro Marangoni
  • Alessandro Marangoni

    Economist, is specialised in strategy and corporate finance in the energy and environmental industries both at an academic level and at a professional one. Graduated with honors at Bocconi University, he was researcher at Space Bocconi, since its establishment in 1990, in joint venture with Boston Northeastern University. He started teaching “Ecology&Safety in Industrial Enterprises”, the first academic course in Italy about environment management.


    Professor of “Technological and market profiles of the environmental services” in the Master in Economy and Management of Public Utility Services at Bocconi University. He teaches or has taught in various academic and master classes, including: “Economy and Management of the Utilities”, “Management of Network Services and Marketing of Services” and “Accountancy and Environmental Evaluation” at the Master in Economy and Management of Environmental Services at Bocconi University.

    He is the scientific Director of Irex Monitor, a think tank on the renewable energies industry, he is the Director of WAS – Waste Strategy, research centre on waste management and recycling sector and of Top Utility, observatory on top public utility.

    With a wide experience in strategic management, Marangoni has been one of the first in Italy to deal with accountancy and environmental reports, sustainability and cost-benefit analysis, becoming one of the main expert in business and financial issues on environment.

    He is specialised in energy industry, utilities, waste management and recycling. He is author of several publications, above all on environment, energy, public utilities and infrastructures.

    He is a member of scientific committees or referee of various magazines, including Journal of Investor Relations, Management delle Utilities and Waste Management.

    Member of the Renewable Industry Advisory Network of IEA, the International Energy Agency in Paris, member of REN21 of the ONU the International Association for Energy Economics and the Italian Association for Energy Economics and Shared Value Initiative.

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Josè M. Baldasano,

Full Professor of Environmental Engineering
Technical University of Catalonia (UPC)
Josè M.  Baldasano,
  • Josè M. Baldasano,

    JOSÉ M. BALDASANO is Bachelor (1973) and PhD (1983) in Chemistry from the "Universidad de Barcelona" (Spain), Chemical Engineer (1976) from the "Institut National Polytechnique" of Toulouse (France) and Master on Science in Chemical Engineering (1979) from the Sherbrooke University (Canada).

    He is Full Professor of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). He was the founder and director of the Ph.D. program in Environmental Engineering: 1986-2006 (first in Spain of this specialty), and founder and co-director of the Master in Environmental Engineering: 2006-2011. He has been founder and director of the Department of Earth Sciences at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC): 2005-2014.

    He was responsible for the legislative development on industrial waste in the Generalitat of Catalonia: 1981-1984. Member and president of the Advisory Council for the Management of Industrial Waste of the Generalitat of Catalonia from 1991-1995, and advisor from 2004 to 2010; and since 2011 advisor to the Experts Council on Air Quality. He was a member of the Environmental Advisory Council of the Spanish Ministry of Environment from its creation in 1994 to 1997. Member of the "Working Group on Hazardous Wastes" of the ISWA; member of the "Steering Group on Ambient Air Quality" of the DGXI of the European Union; and member of the “Scientific Steering Committee” of PRACE HPC European Initiative from 2010 to 2012. He is a member of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).

    He has been director of 33 PhD theses. Author of more of 382 publications in scientific and technical journals, more than 445 communications and 241 invited lectures, 102 conferences and co-editor and author of 25 books in environmental topics. Co-chairman of 9 environmental international conferences, and has been advisor of more 90 companies and administrations.

    Award “Rey Jaime I” in Environmental Protection, 1997. Diploma of IPCC for the contribution to NOBEL PEACE PRIZE, 2007. Academic Member of the Royal European Academy of Doctors (RAED), 2017.

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Camillo Cardelli

Senior Technologyst
IPOOL srl
  • Camillo Cardelli

    Degree in Industrial Chemistry from Pisa University (Italy) in 1997 with thesis on Catalytic polymerization of olefins.

    Degree from Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa in 1997 with studies in Properties and characterization of polyolefins (PE, PP, PE copolymers and EPR/EPDM rubber).

    On 2000, PhD post doc from Pisa University with thesis on Polymeric blends and composites

    On 2008, MBA from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa for “Management of Innovation”.

    His employment history is as follows:

    Until 2003 - Contract researcher at the National Council of Research of Italy for studies about halogen-free, flame retardant polymeric materials for cables.

    Since 1997 Chemical consultant for European small-medium enterprises involved in the cable production chain (raw material producers, compounders, cable makers), mainly regarding Flame Retardancy.

    2011 - Promoter and co-founder of IPOOL Technology Company for Materials Design, spin-off of Institute of Chemical and Physical Processes of Pisa (ITALY).

    2017 - Promoter and co-founder of MOPI Technology Company for Circular Economy, R&D and consultancy company in Pisa (ITALY) for materials recycling and bitumen applications.

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Marco Piana

Director
PVC FORUM ITALIA
  • Marco Piana

    Marco Piana graduated in Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino, and after attended the Master's degree at Energetics Department of the Politecnico di Torino in energy saving and acoustic sectors.

    Now he is the coordinator of PVC Forum Italia - Centro di Informazione sul PVC.  He is a member of the UNI, UNIPLAST, CTI Commissions and CEN, as well as of national committees for thermal insulation, acoustic, fire behavior of materials for civil and industrial purposes.

    He takes part in courses and conferences in Italy and Europe; moreover, he writes specialized technical articles and issues for didactic and formative purpose.

    He is a designer for innovative components for civil and industrial buildings.

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Enrico Boccaleri

Professor
Università del Piemonte Orientale
Enrico Boccaleri
  • Enrico Boccaleri

    Dr Enrico Boccaleri received his degree in Chemistry cum laude in 1996, and Ph.D. in 2001, both from Torino University. At the end of the same year he became researcher in the field of Inorganic and Materials Chemistry at the Università del Piemonte Orientale—Faculty of Science, in Alessandria, and since April 2016 is Associate Professor at the Department of Science and Technological Innovation in the same Academy. His research interests are focused on the synthesis, characterization and functionalization of inorganic and organic/inorganic hybrid nano-structured materials and their use and application as functional materials and additives. In detail, his studies concern one-dimensional (layered inorganic materials, e.g. layered double hydroxides, or synthetic clays), two-dimensional (e.g. carbon nanotubes, CNTs) and three-dimensional (e.g. polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes, POSS).

    During his work, he has worked in collaboration with several institution, research centres and companies interested in basic and applied research and innovation.

    In 2009 he founded with other colleagues Nova Res, a company born as a spin-off of UPO University, focused on viable applications of innovative materials at the industrial scale.

    He is co-author of more than 60 research papers on international journals and of 6 industrial patents.

    His employment history is as follows:

    Università del Piemonte Orientale – DiSIT, 2001 to present

    Associate professor, teacher and researcher in Material Chemistry and Material Science

    Nova Res S.r.l. 2009 to present

    Founder and President, responsible for sustainable solutions for innovative materials

    Centre for Plastic Materials – Alessandria ITALY – 1996 to 2001

    Researcher on basic knowledge and application of nanostructured materials in plastics, technical and academic teaching

    Università di Torino – Turin  ITALY 1997-2001 Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences

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Erica Lo Buglio

Communications
PVC4Cables
Erica Lo Buglio
  • Erica Lo Buglio

    Erica Lo Buglio received an Honours Degree in Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Pavia (Italy), and post-university qualifications in Communications (ISFORP, Milan) and Marketing (SDA Bocconi, Milan).

    She has nearly 30 years’ experience in communications, with an in-depth experience in the PVC industry, for which she has been working since the mid-nineties. Over the past 18 years, Erica has been involved in strategic consulting and communications regarding Sustainable Development and Green Economy, actively participating in the development of the Partnerships for Sustainable Development of the United Nations Commission for Sustainable Development from 2005 to 2012. She represented the European PVC industry at the Rio+20 Summit, and contributed to the development of the UN SDGs through the Major Group Business&Industry.

    As a member of the PVC4Cables Management Team, she contributed to the platform’s launch in 2017.
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Ingrid Verschueren

General Manager
Recovinyl
Ingrid Verschueren
  • Ingrid Verschueren

    Ingrid became the General Manager of Recovinyl in 2017, after being the legal director of EuPC for 12 years. During that period, she worked for several association and European projects as either general manager or legal counsel. Prior to Ingrid’s involvement in the plastics industry, she was a lawyer for 8 years at Brussels Bar, specialising in corporate and criminal law. Ingrid gained her law degree from KU Leuven and has a DEA in criminal sciences at Paris II, Panthéon-Assas University. 

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Gerald Aengenheyster

Managing Director
SKZ
Gerald Aengenheyster
  • Gerald Aengenheyster
    Dr.-Ing. Gerald Aengenheyster studied mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University, specializing in plastics technology. Thereafter, until the end of 1994 he worked as a research associate at the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University in the department Part Design/Materials Technology. 
    From 1995 to 1997, he headed the Injection Moulding/PU department at IKV and was also involved in academic teaching. 
    In 1997, Dr. Aengenheyster became project manager in charge of the development of vehicle windows made of plastic at an international automotive supplier. In 2001, this project led to a joint venture of which he was responsible as Managing Director.
    In the middle of 2007, Dr. Aengenheyster took over as head of the Research and Development Division of a leading producer of household products. 
    As of 1 October 2010, Dr.-Ing. Gerald Aengenheyster joined the SKZ as Managing Director with responsibility for testing, inspection and certification of plastic products as well as for further comprehensive services for the plastics industry, such as failure analyses and product optimization. 
     
     
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Chris Howick

Production Regulation Manager
INOVYN
Chris Howick
  • Chris Howick
    Dr Chris Howick received his BSc in chemistry from The City University, London and his PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of Nottingham.
     
    He joined ICI in 1989 and worked on fundamental aspects of PVC additives and the development of low migration plasticisers. He moved to the European Vinyls Corporation in 1992 and worked on emulsion PVC resin developments and then regulatory aspects of PVC formulations for packaging and indoor applications. After EVC was taken over by INEOS in 2000 he then took on the lead role for technical service for emulsion PVC polymers.

     With the advent of the REACH regulation in 2006, he was given the responsibility for the development of registration dossiers for chloralkali and PVC businesses in INEOS and this was extended on the formation of INOVYN in 2015 when he was appointed head of product regulation.
     
    He is based in Runcorn, UK, and is a chartered chemist and fellow of the UK Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), a fellow of the UK Institute of Materials (IOM3) and a Chartered Environmentalist. 
     
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Carlo Ciotti

Spokesman
PVC4Cables
Carlo Ciotti
  • Carlo Ciotti
    Carlo Ciotti, engineer, is the President of the PVC Forum Italia. He lived all his working experience in the PVC value chain working for leading chemical industries, manufacturers of PVC resin.
    Carlo began his career as a Project and Process Manager and became Head of Research and Development and later Site Manager in EDC / VCM / PVC production plants. Prior to becoming President of PVC Forum Italia he continued his experience in the PVC industry as a SHE (Safety Health Environment) and Environmental Affairs Manager.
    He also worked in the field of PVC processing and in particular in compounding. Carlo represents the Italian PVC Forum in the European PVC Network.
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Astrid Aupetit

Senior Research Analyst
Applied Market Information Consulting (AMI Consulting)
Astrid Aupetit
  • Astrid Aupetit
    Astrid Aupetit has a MBA degree from UCLA, Anderson school of Business. 
    She has 5-year experience in the market research industry and has joined AMI in the Energy and Infrastructure unit in February 2018.
     
    Since joining she has worked different area starting with plastic pipes and earlier this year she worked on the first edition of “Polymeric material in the global cable industry” published in February 2019 and has published in July the third edition of Polymer demand in Africa.
     
    She has given papers and chaired at 2 conferences on polymer in cables this year.
     
    Her employment history is as follows:
     
    AMI, Bristol, England, Feb 2018 to present
    Senior Research Analyst
    Member of Energy and Infrastructure unit
     
    Miller Research, UK, 2015 to 2018
    Research Consultant
    Social researcher in evaluation of public funded projects; feasibility studies, public consultations, consultancy.
     
    GoCompare, UK, 2014 to 2015
    Market researcher
    Responsible for customer satisfaction survey, suppliers survey, advert and brand tracker.
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Ingo Fischer

Head of Application Technology Thermoplastics Processing
VESTOLIT GMBH
Ingo Fischer
  • Ingo Fischer
    Ingo Fischer, Chemical Engineer, Head of Application Technology Thermoplastics Processing of the PVC manufacturer VESTOLIT based in Marl, Germany. 32 years of professional experience. In addition to this activity, there are other tasks such as participation in DIN working committees and organizations as the Working Group PVC and Environment (AGPU, workgroups “Knowledge” and “Recycling") and the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers.
     
    VESTOLIT is part of the Polymer Solutions group in the globally operating Mexican company Orbia with further PVC manufacturing sites in Mexico, Colombia and the USA.
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Roland Dewitt

Manager
ACCIPIS
Roland Dewitt
  • Roland Dewitt
    Roland Dewitt got his PhD in chemistry in 1984 at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He started his career with Solvay as a researcher in polyethylene catalysis, then as technical support for PE pipes. He has been in charge of the organisation of standardisation monitoring for the plastics sector of Solvay, being himself involved in a series of CEN, ISO and IEC standardisation committees, including the chair of CEN TC 249 on Plastics.
    He is now a consultant for ECVM, the PVC sector of PlasticsEurope, covering standardisation matters related to fire safety and PVC products for construction. He is involved with PVC4Cables regarding standardisation of PVC cable products.
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Piero De Fazio

Senior Researcher
ENEA
Piero De Fazio
  • Piero De Fazio
    Eng. Piero De Fazio is a Senior researcher of ENEA, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development. He is head of Head of "Tools for Eenrgetic Applications" Section, inside the  Energy Technology Department of ENEA. His research activity is principally focused  on:
    • Development of innovative bio-based composite materials in particular for the building industry, also using by-products and waste from the production of forest and agricultural biomass and natural organic and inorganic  waste.
    • Characterization of composite materials and innovative components, with particular reference to mechanical, thermal, chemical-physical characterization, accelerated aging, non-destructive tests and inspections tests
    He has carried out scientific coordination activities of national and international research projects.
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Daniel Martinz

Technical Marketing & Development Manager, Specialty Vinyls
Inovyn Belgium SA
Daniel Martinz
  • Daniel Martinz
    Daniel Ortiz Martinz graduated as a Chemical Engineer from the University of São Paulo (Brazil) in 1998 and joined Solvay Indupa in 1999. For ten years he was involved with Customer Technical Services in South America in different flexible vinyl markets, especially compounds, sheets and paste PVC. 

    In 2009 Daniel was transferred to SolVin SA in Brussels as a Technical Marketing & Development for Paste PVC. In 2015 he joined Inovyn as Head of Technical Marketing & Development for Specialty Vinyls. 

    Daniel holds both Belgian and Brazilian citizenships, speaks four languages, has a Master Degree in Marketing (2004) and a Master Science Degree in Nanosciences and Advanced Materials (2009).
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