Keynote Speaker

Edward Kosior
Managing Director, NEXTEK Ltd (UK)

Edward Kosior has been an innovator and academic in Plastics and Rubber technology for the past 40 years.
Edward Kosior received a Bachelor of Applied Chemistry and Diploma of Education from Melbourne University and Masters of Engineering Science in Polymer Engineering from Monash University Australia.

He worked at RMIT University Melbourne, Australia from 1975 to 1997, eventually as an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering where he was teaching polymer engineering and supervising PhD and MEng students. He became the Director of the RMIT Polymer Technology Centre that was conducting industry focused polymer research.

He joined Australia’s biggest recycler, Visy Industries between 1997 and 2004 where he was the Senior Research and Development Manager for Visy Recycling. In this role he was responsible for the plant design and business development of markets for recycled plastics.

He is currently the Managing Director of NEXTEK Ltd that was established in 2004 which provides technical advisory services to brand-owners and recycling companies, designing recycling plants for food-grade plastics and developing novel technologies for the plastics packaging industry.

He holds several patents for recycling processes and is Honorary Professor, at the Wolfson Centre for Material Processing, Brunel University London.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: A Future Vision for Sustainable Packaging – Problems, challenges and solutions
The focus of food packaging has always been on the preservation of food in a hygienic manner while allowing the consumer to understand what they are buying and potentially making the product attractive to consumers. Recently the Blue Planet programs have highlighted the problems with the longevity of plastics and the pollution of the oceans by discarded plastics. This has disrupted the thinking of brand owners and supermarkets and created a new focus on the sustainability and recycling of packaging as key attributes. This paper will consider the source of the problems and the challenges created by current short term solutions and the innovations that need to developed in order to transform to a regenerative society.