Event Overview


Our value chain has been using intrinsically circular food grade polystyrene (PS) with a low carbon footprint and has been scaling-up multiple recycling technologies. The next step is navigating the new EU Regulation 2022/1616 on recycled plastic food contact materials and articles (FCM), which entered into force last October. It permits the use of PS recycled with so-called novel technologies as FCM, e.g. in food packaging – as soon as and as long as certain conditions are met. 

Our online event will discuss how recycled polystyrene (rPS) can be safely used as FCM behind a functional barrier and in direct food contact under this EU Regulation.

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In this webinar, you will learn:  

  • Where does the styrenics value chain stand today in terms of its circularity mission? What has been and needs to be done to further scale-up the use of food grade rPS?
  • What are the options available under EU law to use rPS as FCM in packaging, also beyond ‘novel technologies’?
  • How do scientific studies confirm the safe use of mechanically recycled PS in direct food contact and behind a functional barrier?
  • What do the novel technology notifications for rPS signify for the value chain?

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Webinar Agenda:

  • Introduction – Elisabeth Skoda and Chrissi Schoenfelder
  • State of play circular PS for food contact applications – Jens Kathmann, Secretary General, Styrenics Circular Solutions
  • Confirmed safe use of rPS in packaging both in direct food contact and behind a functional barrier – Dr. Frank Welle, Fraunhofer Institut für Verfahrenstechnik und Verpackung IVV
  • Novel technology notifications for rPS – Jens Kathmann, Secretary General, Styrenics Circular Solutions
  • Panel discussion: Benefits for the value chain – Speakers to be announced
  • Questions from the audience

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Meet Your Speakers




Chrissi Schoenfelder  

Chair Advocacy & Communications, Styrenics Circular Solutions

Chrissi Schönfelder is Chair Advocacy & Communications at Styrenics Circular Solutions, since mid-2018. Previously, she served as INEOS Styrolution in 2011 as Vice President Corporate Communications, Investor Relations, Advocacy and Change Management at INEOS Styrolution and held several managerial positions at BASF SE in the Americas and Europe. Chrissi studied at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, and Universitad Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, and holds a master’s degree in business administration.



Jens Kathmann

Secretary GeneralStyrenics Circular Solutions

Jens Kathmann is Secretary-General of Styrenics Circular Solutions, a role he took on in October 2018. Previously, he served as Vice President Standard Products EMEA for INEOS Styrolution with over 30 years of experience in the chemical industry, including BASF, in several managerial assignments in Asia and Europe.


Dr. Frank Welle

Head of Department Product Safety and Analytics
Fraunhofer Institut für Verfahrenstechnik und Verpackung IVV

Frank Welle is a chemist who received his doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) from the University of Freiburg, Germany. In 1997 he moved to the Product Safety and Analytics Department of the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging (IVV). In 2005 he was promoted deputy head and in 2019 head of the department. The focal points of his professional activities include the evaluation of post-consumer recyclates in direct contact to food or behind functional barriers. Determination of the cleaning efficiencies and the food law compliance approval of recycling processes is also part of his work.


Dr. Axel Hannemann

Head of Business Unit Fibers and Pellets, Gneuss Kunststofftechnik GmbH

Dr. Axel Hannemann graduated in Engineering and Plastics Processing in Germany in 1995. He obtained his doctorate in Mechanical Process Engineering in 1999. Currently, he holds the position Head of Business Unit Fibers and Pellets and serves as the Manager Technical Sales at Gneuss Kunststofftechnik GmbH. He has been with Gneuss for the last 24 years, initially starting as a Regional Sales Manager. Prior to joining Gneuss Kunststofftechnik GmbH, he led a technical center at a manufacturer of reactive injection molding machines in Germany.

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About Styrenics Circular Solutions


Discover more about Styrenics Circular Solutions:  styrenics-circular-solutions.com

Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS) is the value chain initiative to make the circular economy a reality for styrenics through innovative recycling technologies and partner-driven solutions, improving resource efficiency and contributing to climate neutrality.