Plastic Free World Conference & Expo 2020 announced – bigger in every way

Plastic Free World Conference & Expo 2020 announced – bigger in every way

October 22, 2019
Lloyd Fuller

2019 will be remembered as the year that many of the world’s largest companies started getting serious about tackling plastic pollution and plastic waste. Many of them were present at Plastic Free World Conference & Expo in June. In 2020, this influential event is back by popular demand – and is twice the size with twice the technology and solutions. And we’ve had to find a bigger home…

Following on from the enormous success of Plastic Free World Conference & Expo 2019 – which got off to a flying start in Frankfurt this June – 2020’s much-anticipated sequel is promising more speakers, more topics, more conference tracks, more exhibitors and even more attendees. The organizer, Trans-Global Events, is certain this will result in more progress on the road to a world free from plastic waste.

Taking place on 16-17 June 2020 at the Cologne Messe, Germany, the larger exhibit area is already 80% sold out and with more than 230 requests to speak submitted as of mid-October, including from some of the biggest brands in the world, even at this relatively early stage in the planning, the follow-up looks set to be 2020’s must-attend forum for companies looking for new materials innovations, technologies and circular economy solutions to end waste plastic.

We were proud and pleased to be involved. There was an extraordinary level of speakers taking part. Everybody was so engaged, showcasing some excellent materials and pioneering ideas that we can all learn from

But you shouldn’t take our word for it. Let’s leave that to the exhibitors, speakers and delegates on the ground who were unanimously happy that they took two days out of their busy schedules to be in Frankfurt for the launch. “We were proud and pleased to be involved,” reflected Siân Sutherland, CEO of the campaign group, A Plastic Planet. “There was an extraordinary level of speakers taking part. Everybody was so engaged, showcasing some excellent materials and pioneering ideas that we can all learn from.” Confirming the opinion that Trans-Global Events achieved what it set out to do by developing a holistic platform to engender real change, Sutherland added, “the world is going to have a very different future if we all embrace these technologies”.

Two of those companies included sustainable materials specialist Sappi and chemical recycling champion ReNew ELP. “It was an excellent event to showcase our state-of-the-art solutions and innovations and a great opportunity to make business contacts focusing on sustainable solutions,” reported Ana Luisa Matoz Vaz, technical product manager at Sappi. “Under one roof, we met all the potential buyers, converters, raw materials suppliers and they had access to new products and technologies, with live demonstrations, product launches, touch and feel of the products and great networking opportunities to generate further sales.”

Under one roof, we met all the potential buyers, converters, raw materials suppliers and they had access to new products and technologies, with live demonstrations, product launches, touch and feel of the products and great networking opportunities to generate further sales

“Attendees were varied, which kept debates challenging and open, with anti-plastic speakers from one end of the spectrum through to plastics manufacturers looking for environmental solutions to their recycling and production models,” added Kim West, marketing manager of ReNew ELP. “The presentations were excellent and well curated, and it wasn’t focused on out-and-out trade – people weren’t there to sell, they were there to find and offer answers to questions around plastic pollution,” West assessed. “Aside from attendees, the show itself was superbly run. As a company we felt looked-after and valued – the team went above and beyond to help us.”

The companies attending had the common goal of offering sustainable solutions to reduce plastic waste and that’s the perfect environment for us to present our initiatives in renewable plastics and circular economy

The success of this inaugural event, in a calendar packed with exhibitions and conferences focusing on many facets of the plastics sector, was warmly welcomed by others. “Plastic Free World Conference & Expo 2019 was a pleasant surprise,” noted Martin Clemesha, technical account manager at Braskem. “The organization was impeccable and the set-up quite clever. The companies attending had the common goal of offering sustainable solutions to reduce plastic waste and that’s the perfect environment for us to present our initiatives in renewable plastics and circular economy.”

And, of course, the overall networking opportunities offered by the conference proved invaluable for exhibitors from a business perspective. “Exhibiting at Plastic Free World enabled us to meet large organizations not only from the UK but on a global perspective, to uncover potential opportunities,” enthused Hannah Farmer, sales and marketing director from Viscose Closures. “It also enabled us to have conversations with like-minded suppliers and manufacturers to develop our network in the plastic-free arena.”

Exhibiting at Plastic Free World enabled us to meet large organizations not only from the UK but on a global perspective, to uncover potential opportunities

The conference program itself was so well received by delegates that it prompted global giants Unilever and Nestlé Waters to Tweet about their attendance and participation. Indeed, positive reaction to proceedings was widespread on social media over both days. “I discovered that we can make textile fibers out of milk [Q-Milk] and orange peels [Orange Fiber], so I’m pumped!” tweeted enthusiastic delegate Stephanie Lasalle. “If I had a bus or private plane I’d be coming back with a whole team of amazing people [next year]. This conference is just the bomb!”

I have been to many different conferences and I have to say that this was one of the most productive I’ve ever been to

However, perhaps the best testimonial sums up why Trans-Global Events created Plastic Free World Conference & Expo in the first place. “I have been to many different conferences and I have to say that this was one of the most productive I’ve ever been to,” concluded Christian Kemp-Griffin, CEO of CelluComp. “I got the sense that the group assembled was there to learn, were entrepreneurial and were ready to have constructive conversations. I was also encouraged to see a good mix from parties within the value chain. This point is very important.”

Plastic Free World Conference & Expo 2020 will take place at Cologne Messe, Germany, on Tuesday 16 June and Wednesday 17 June. To register for this highly focused, solutions-driven event, please click here. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please email peter@trans-globalevents.com

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This