26 - 27 September, 2016

Conference Day One: Monday, 26 September 2016

08:30 - 08:50 Registration, refreshments and networking

08:50 - 09:00 Opening remarks by the conference chairman

09:00 - 09:30 What are the current limitations of the regions plastic industry and how to overcome them?

Hassan Asif, General Manager Operations,Packages South Africa
  • Discussing the lack of availability of rawmaterials such as resins and BOPP locally: How to overcome the sourcingchallenge

  • Maintaining profit margins by securing longterm suppliers and partners

  • Ensuring your longevity and future plans by overcoming today’s challenges


Hassan Asif

General Manager Operations
Packages South Africa

  • · Extended shelf life: How much owners arelooking to extend over the next five years?

  • · Flexible packaging; what is the next fad?

  • · How to setup your infrastructure to meetfuture demand?


Hassan Asif

General Manager Operations
Packages South Africa

Prashant Nath

Packaging Development Manager
Agthia Group

Zahoor A. Hakeem

Head of Marketing & Product Development
Manama Packaging Industry

10:00 - 10:30 How to source the right resins and BOPP supplier for packaging material for long and short term requirements

Abdel Moneim, Manufacturing Manager,Pregis Corporation


  • Discussing the recent advances for resins and BOPP films which can help to increase product performance
  • Find out how yield combination of polymers with high stiffness and optical properties can provide the easy sealing and excellent clarity to the plastic product

Abdel Moneim

Manufacturing Manager
Pregis Corporation

10:30 - 11:00 Case study by Nestle: Discussing the packaging safety and compliance at Nestle

Sarah Divanbeigi, Packaging Safety and Compliance Expert,Nestle
  • Discussing the migration of chemicals of concern from food contact materials
  • Highlighting the perspectives on Bisphenol A, Phthalate, formaldehyde and primary aromatic amines
  • Outlining how Nestle mitigate chemical migration from FCM and Nestle policy on Bisphenol A (BPA)

Sarah Divanbeigi

Packaging Safety and Compliance Expert

11:00 - 11:30 Morning networking break

11:30 - 12:30 Securing multiple suppliers of plastic material to ensure continuous supply chain for consistency

Abdul Basheer, Supply Chain Manager,Al Ahli Plastic Industries
  • Selecting right raw material suppliers which gives maximum shelf life and minimise the climate effect
  • Building sustainable relationships with suppliers to maintain consistency of price and availability

    Abdul Basheer

    Supply Chain Manager
    Al Ahli Plastic Industries

    12:30 - 13:00 Choosing the advanced flexible packaging technologies to diversify your production line for end consumers

    Prashant Nath, Packaging Development Manager,Agthia Group
    • · Discussing new products and technologies ininjection and blow moulding

    • · Exploring global plastic processingtechniques; Masterbatches, additives and polymers to deliver the right productto your customer

    Prashant Nath

    Packaging Development Manager
    Agthia Group

    13:00 - 14:00 Examining the current trend of additives and barrier coatings in plastic packaging: What will set you apart from competition?

    • · Discussing the greater demand for additivesand barrier coated PET bottles; what is your winning formula

    • · Reviewing the technological developments fornanocomposite and sustainable barriercoatings

    14:00 - 14:30 Securing the world-class supply chain and logistics partners to create just in time delivery channel to meet your clients satisfaction

    Chadi Radi, General Manager,Napco Group of Companies Rafael Pires, General Manager Plastic Division,Al Ahli Holding Group
    • · Logistical considerations from petrochemicalcompanies to end users for timely delivery

    • · Analysing challenges faced by eachstakeholder and how other parties can assist


    Chadi Radi

    General Manager
    Napco Group of Companies


    Rafael Pires

    General Manager Plastic Division
    Al Ahli Holding Group

    14:30 - 14:40 Chairman’s closing remarks

    14:40 - 23:59 Networking lunch and end of conference day one