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Event Overview


There is momentum behind initiatives to drive circularity. However, the current trajectory is unlikely to be sufficient. We urge for radical actions in redesign through innovation in polyester plastic packaging to replace less sustainable packaging into polyester monomaterial alternatives, to the extent that the problem demands. Sukano will showcase technology to support these initiatives to replace end applications made from non-recyclable or less sustainable materials and compositions, into applications made from PET through an innovative and dedicated RPET Masterbatch Portfolio.

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Learning Objectives

  • Get a common understanding of the current RPET market situation
  • Find out how to be part of the solution through collaboration and innovation that contributes towards circular economy goals
  • Explore the latest Sukano innovations to learn how they radically improve economics and recyclability of your products
  • Accelerate the changes in the packaging plastic market needed to deliver environmental impact benefits to the extent and with the urgency needed

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Meet your Speakers and Host


Alessandra Funcia
Head of Sales & Marketing - Sukano

Alessandra Funcia is Global Head of Marketing and Head of Sales EMEA at Sukano AG, where she is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of marketing strategies and communication activities, with a focus on polyester resins, recyclability and bioplastics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of São Paulo (USP), an Executive MBA at Fundação Dom Cabral (member of EMBAC) and a Post Grad in Innovation, Design and Strategy in the Packaging Market from the Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (ESPM, member of EMBAC). Alessandra has 20 years’ experience working in leading global & regional roles at multinational companies focused on the colour and additives masterbatches business.

Michael Kirch
Global Head of R&D - Sukano

Michael Kirch holds a master’s degree in material science from the ETH in Zurich and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from PHW, Zurich. Mr Kirch joined Sukano in 2007. Since then, he has played a leading role in the company´s development of functional and optical masterbatches and compounds for the plastics industry. He has managed a global group of engineers and technical specialists, as well as the global R&D technical center, providing outstanding services to specialty customers worldwide that manufacture polyester resins. Prior to Sukano, Mr Kirch worked for 12 years at Geberit as Head of Materials Technology. He had the opportunity to gain broad experience in plastic materials engineering and materials selection, while also managing strategic projects in materials development and in sanitary technology applications.

Elisabeth Skoda (Host)
Editor - Packaging Europe

Coming from a background of translation and online news editing, Elisabeth has been with Packaging Europe since 2006, and in this time has developed a broad understanding of the packaging industry and an appreciation of the numerous innovations and developments that have come up over the years. As editor of Packaging Europe’s new magazine Touchpoints, she has a keen interest in packaging functionality and the consumer experience.