PP for packaging – transparent, rigid and expandable solutions

Sponsored by: LyondellBasell

Focused on:

  • Polypropylene
  • Packaging Industry

Date: 26 January


Time: 2PM London/3PM CET

Introducing Polypropylene as an alternative to Polystyrene in rigid packaging

Currently, a lot of rigid food and industrial packaging is made from Polystyrene. It can be transparent, rigid polystyrene for sweets or salads, expanded polystyrene (EPS) trays for meat packaging that can be found in supermarkets or boxes for fast food and cups for hot drinks.

Polystyrene contains styrene which has been under scrutiny from quite some time. In addition, the recyclability targets, which have been established by national and supranational authorities, call the packaging industry to react. The number of various plastics in the recycling stream has to be rationalized to make recycling more effective. Therefore, fast food packaging, polystyrene cups, as well as other “single use” food packaging made of polystyrene will be banned in the EU soon.

It is therefore time to look for an alternative material now. Polypropylene has made great improvements in becoming a polystyrene replacement and offers many amazing characteristics. As one of the world market leaders in Polypropylene, LyondellBasell advances innovation by expanding our Polypropylene property portfolio to meet the most demanding requirements of the packaging industry.

This webinar will provide you with insights when considering Polypropylene for your alternative solutions in packaging. We welcome your participation and look forward to receiving your registration.

Presented by

Emanuele Burgin,

ADTS and Innovation Manager,PP Europe

Emanuele Burgin received a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Chemistry in 1984 from the University of Bologna. He is presently Application Development, Technical Service and Innovation Manager, PP Europe. The segments he is currently dealing with are Consumerand Rigid Packaging, Healthcare, Caps & Closures as well as Pipes and Sheets. He started his career in 1987 at the Research Center Giulio Natta, Ferrara, Italy (LyondellBasell and predecessors), where he carried out several assignments in R&D PP Product and Applications Development, then in Additives and Formulations and finally in the Polybutene-1 Product Development. Between 2004 and 2014 he was appointed Deputy President of the Province of Bologna and delegated to Environment and Green and Circular Economy.

Giansiro Prini,

ADTS and Project Portfolio Admistrator,PP Europe

Giansiro Prini was granted a Master of Science Degree in Chemistry in 1995 and a PhD in Organometallic Chemistry in 1999 from the University Ferrara. He is presently in Application Development and Technical Service for Italy and Greece as well as Project Innovation Portfolio Administrator for PP Europe. The segments he is currently focusing on are Consumer and Rigid Packaging, Healthcare, Caps & Closures, Pipes and Sheets. He started his career in 1999 at the Research Center Giulio Natta, Ferrara, Italy (LyondellBasell and predecessors), where he carried out a number of assignments in R&D Catalyst Fundamental Research, then moved on to technologies dealing with Catalyst Applications and Technical Service for various polyolefins technologies, responsible for East EU, Middle East and Africa.

Marcel van der Poel,

Marketing Manager Rigid Packaging

Marcel van der Poel has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, sales and product development functions in the food as well as the chemical industry. With a bachelor degree in Management, he has been working at LyondellBasell for the last 8 years. His target is to make a difference in the industry with smarter and better solutions.

Martine Mechelaere,

Technical Service Engineer Consumer & Industrial, Advanced Polymer Solutions Europe

Martine Mechelaere finished a technical higher education, chemistry department in Belgium. She started her career in 1991 at International Bio-Synthetics. In June 1991, she continued her career at the Research Center, Shell Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (LyondellBasell and predecessors), where she carried out several assignments in R&D, PP Product and Application Developments. In 2001, she proceeded her career with LyondellBasell in Germany, where she took up an assignment of technical service Engineer in Automotive. With the growing concerns on climate change and environmental degradation, sustainability became a main part of her objectives. In 2020, a foamed lower trim part for exterior, visible applications, has been successfully launched, advancing sustainable mobility for a major German car manufacturer. At present, she is working in the consumer and industrial department. Her target is to implement and multiply the knowledge in other regions.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Get to know LYB as innovative solutions provider for the packaging industry
  • Introduce our range of PP materials for the packaging industry
  • Learn how the replacement of PS in packaging can work successfully
  • Learn about the upcoming rules and regulations that make the replacement of PS necessary in some applications


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  • Quality Manager
  • Technical Service Manager
  • Application Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Sustainability Manager
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Sourcing Manager
  • Designer
  • Packaging Designer
  • Public Affairs Manager
  • Packaging Media
  • Innovation Manager
  • R&D Manager
  • New Business Development