26 - 27 September, 2016

Conference Day Two: Tuesday, 26 September 2016

08:30 - 08:55 Registration, refreshments and networking

08:55 - 09:00 Welcome note and chairman’s opening remarks

09:00 - 09:30 Look at the global bio-degradable packaging; industry forecast and trends

Kaunain Shahidi - R&D Manager – Packaging, Almarai
  • · Investigating the developing trends forsustainability in F&B plastic packaging

  • · Anticipating the progression in the Europeanmarket over the next decade

Kaunain Shahidi

R&D Manager – Packaging

09:30 - 10:00 Capitalizing on the evolving market for biodegradable plastics by retrofitting for correct production line

Essam El-Okda - Logistics Project Manager (MENA, Turkey and Russia), Unilever
  • · Reviewing the shift in consumer and corporatebehavior surrounding environmentalissues to align your businesses accordingly

  • · Increase of productivity and optimization ofyour production line by analyzing retrofit or retooling versus new machine

Essam El-Okda

Logistics Project Manager (MENA, Turkey and Russia)

10:00 - 10:30 Sourcing the best bio-degradable raw material for your specialty product

Ahmed Radwan - Regional Procurement Director, Mars Middle East, Turkey & Africa Region
  • · Discussing the increased importance of the developmentof biodegradable plastic additives in the region

  • · Reviewing plant based biodegradable packagingraw materials which can provide you the non-toxic, sustainable specialtyproduct


Ahmed Radwan

Regional Procurement Director
Mars Middle East, Turkey & Africa Region

10:30 - 11:00 Bio-Based resins: Reviewing the growing opportunity for bio-plastics packaging

Abdelaziz Salah - Supply Chain Director, Unilever West Africa
  • · Discussing the growing demand of bio-basedplastics for manufacturing for the effective use of natural resources and wastemanagement

  • · Reviewing latest applications for bio-basedmaterials to achieve the energy efficiency and low emissions

Abdelaziz Salah

Supply Chain Director
Unilever West Africa

11:00 - 11:30 Morning networking break

11:30 - 12:05 Extrusion lamination and coating packaging advances: Shifting from additive environment

Chadi Radi - General Manager, Napco Group of Companies
  • Discussing the advances in properties and characteristics of flexiblepackaging for extrusion coating and lamination

  • Reviewing the shift from additive environment to new chemistry optionsfor coatings in order to increase the product performance


Chadi Radi

General Manager
Napco Group of Companies

Round Table 1

12:05 - 13:00 Convertor’s perspective: Environmental, economic & social impact assessment of increased plastic recycling Abdel Moneim - Manufacturing Manager, Pregis Corporation
  • How does the current economic situation affect plastic converters in the packaging industry?
  • Highlighting the challenges being faced by plastic convertors these days and methodologies that needs to be adopted to overcome them
  • What are the most important factors to the speedy growth of Industries that you need to adopt?

Abdel Moneim

Manufacturing Manager
Pregis Corporation

Round Table 2

12:05 - 13:00 Discussing the cross functional challenges in purchase with regards to forecasting and inventory management Abdul Basheer - Supply Chain Manager, Al Ahli Plastic Industries
  • Challenges to forecasting and production planning practices
  • Highlighting the challenges in safety stock and inventory carrying cost in the supply chain.
  • Future highlights of logistics, warehousing,inventory management

    Abdul Basheer

    Supply Chain Manager
    Al Ahli Plastic Industries

    13:00 - 14:00 Utilising innovative flexible packaging technology to meet the increased customer specifications using advanced injection & blow molding technologies

    Zahoor A. Hakeem - Head of Marketing & Product Development, Manama Packaging Industry
    • · Discussing new products and technologies ininjection/blow moulding

    • · Exploring masterbatches, additives andpolymers to deliver the right product to your customer

    Zahoor A. Hakeem

    Head of Marketing & Product Development
    Manama Packaging Industry

    14:00 - 14:10 Chairman’s closing remarks

    14:10 - 23:59 Networking lunch and end of conference