South/Central America, Andean and Caribbean PET Resin Trade, Applications & Recycling

06-08 Jun, 2017 - Medellín, COLOMBIA

Hotel Dann Carlton Medellin
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About our Event Speakers
We pride ourselves in presenting to you accomplished leaders, authors and advocates with strong track records of achievement and vision in a wide array of backgrounds, professional fields and life experiences. We believe you will benefit from their years of knowledge and experience and also from the latest thinking and innovative processes driving individuals and organizations forward.
Mr. Carlos E Lotero

Carlos graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor science in Business Administration. He started his career in the plastic recycling near 20 years ago as a Latin American Sales Manager for a local company. Currently he is Houston Operation Manager for Custom Polymers, Inc. He has over 15 years of experience in the PET market, not only in Mexico and Latin America, but in Europe and Asia as well. He has attended different plastic training and seminars. He has been a speaker at many plastic exhibits and conferences through Latin America. With his experience in the international market, he has contributed to his company growth. Also, he has been able to assist and support many PET recyclers in the region getting better quality of the final product.

Mr. Carlos E Lotero, Houston Operations Manager
Custom Polymers Inc.
Chairman’s Introduction
Day 2 [Wed 07, June], at 09:00 AM
Chairman’s Introduction
Day 2 [Wed 07, June], at 02:00 PM

Mr. Sebastian Devis Rueda

Sustainability expert and shared value practitioner. With a Bachelors in Economics, a Masters in Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Management and an MBA. Currently the Head of Shared Value at Postobon SA, the largest beverage company in Colombia, leading projects that contribute to the development of Colombia and the competitiveness of the company.

Mr. Sebastian Devis Rueda, Head of Shared Value
Postobon SA
New Plastics Economy and the Shift in Packaging Design, Recycling and Recovery
Day 2 [Wed 07, June], at 09:10 AM
Panel Discussion: Packaging to Enhance Consumers Experience
Day 2 [Wed 07, June], at 03:05 PM

Mr. Jaime Hernández Rivillas

Mr Hernandez is Industrial Engineer with a degree in Marketing and Sales. He has been involved with the PET industry for 17 years. He worked fpr 15 years with Husky, PET injection molding equipment provider, as Sales Regional Manager.

In this position, Mr Hernandez was responsible for the development of the regional PET market working with the main PET preforms and bottles manufacturers. Since 2016, Mr Hernandez joined SMI Colombia, one of the biggest producers of PET preforms and bottles in Latin America. Mr Hernandez is Country Manager in SMI Colombia and he is leading the strategy of market development of SMI in the country.

Mr. Jaime Hernández Rivillas, Country Manager Colombia
San Miguel Industrias PET S.A. - (SMI PERU)
New Directions in PET: San Miguel's Journey
Day 2 [Wed 07, June], at 09:40 AM

Mr. Donnie Wickham

Mr. Donnie Wickham has extensive experience in performing feasibility studies for several major global manufacturers of both petrochemical and biochemical derivatives. He is versed in due diligence evaluations of prospective merger and acquisition targets, as well as financial modeling, cost of production modeling, and market dynamics analysis geared towards furthering producer competitiveness. In recent years, Mr. Wickham has also assumed an advisory role as independent engineer for multiple major chemical projects looking to obtain financial backing from potential investors. Donnie received a BSc in Chemistry from Morehouse College and a BE in Chemical Engineering from The City College of New York.

Mr. Donnie Wickham, Consultant
Nexant Inc
PET and Intermediates Markets: Past – Present – Future
Day 2 [Wed 07, June], at 11:10 AM

Mr. César G. Valencia Aboytes

Cesar Gabriel Valencia Aboytes is an Industrial Chemical Engineer graduated from Instituto Politecnico Nacional in 2007.


Currently he lives in Mexico City and works for DAK Americas Mexico as technical service supervisor where he has been in this position for 4 years. Previously, he worked as service commercial operations representative for the logistic department in the same company for 2 years.


Before joining DAK Americas Mexico, he worked in a company dedicated to produce PVC and PET sheet where he was in the R&D department for 2 years.

Mr. César G. Valencia Aboytes, Technical Service Supervisor
DAK Americas Mexico S.A de C.V
Special Applications for PET Resins
Day 3 [Thu 08, June], at 11:05 AM

Mr. Christoph Niederhuber

Christoph Niederhuber joined viscotec in 2012 as Area Sales Manager for Latin America. Mr. Niederhuber passed a technical degree and a degree in economic sciences at the Johannes Kepler University 2011. Since 2016 Mr. Niederhuber is Regional Sales Director for Latin America, Europe and Asia. He is responsible for Strategic Market Development and Marketing for viscotec.  

Mr. Christoph Niederhuber, Head of Sales & Marketing
Starlinger & Co. Gesellschaft m.b.H.
100% Thermoformability – The No Compromise rPET Sheet Solution
Day 2 [Wed 07, June], at 02:05 PM

Ms. Maria Paula Ruiz Ordonez

Experta en desarrollo de nuevos productos y empaques, como líder para iniciativas locales y regionales (COL, VEN, ECU & USA), con experiencia gestionando proyectos con diferentes objetivos: innovación, ahorros y sostenibilidad. Investigación y entendimiento de la interacción producto, empaque y proceso incluyendo materiales y tecnologías de llenado para definir y aumentar vida útil. Con experiencia en el liderazgo de ideación y prototipado para diseño de producto y procesos.


Experienced in product and package development R&D, acting as packaging leader for local and regional initiatives (COL, VEN, ECU & USA), as a strategic packaging resource managing initiatives at different levels: innovation, cost savings and sustainability. Investigation in interaction between food and packaging, including materials and filling technologies to define shelf live. With experience in ideation and prototype process for product design.

Ms. Maria Paula Ruiz Ordonez, R&D & Packaging Devt Manager
Alpina Productos Alimenticios S.A
Evolution of Packaging Designs for the Milk & Dairy Sector
Day 2 [Wed 07, June], at 02:35 PM
Panel Discussion: Packaging to Enhance Consumers Experience
Day 2 [Wed 07, June], at 03:05 PM

Mr. Michael Flood

Michael Flood is Director of Beverage Solutions, at Husky Injection Molding Systems where he is responsible for ensuring Husky’s closure products meet the evolving needs of closure manufacturers. With a professional background rooted in engineering and technical project management, Michael has been managing new product development projects with Husky for the past ten years. Prior to joining Husky, he spent more than ten years in the food manufacturing industry in various engineering and operations management roles. Michael holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, is a licensed Professional Engineer

Mr. Michael Flood, Director of Beverage Solutions
Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd
Growth Opportunities for PET in the Consumer Sector
Day 2 [Wed 07, June], at 04:05 PM

Mr. Edward Kosior

Edward Kosior has been involved in Plastics and Rubber technology for the past 35 years. In 2004 he established NEXTEK to provide new technical solutions to the environmental and recycling challenges facing the polymer industry. Currently he is the Managing Director Nextek Limited, Technical Director of Closed Loop Recycling - London's first plastics recycling plant making Food Grade HDPE and PET.

Mr. Edward Kosior, Managing Director
Nextek Limited
PET Thermoform Recycling: Not Just for Bottles Anymore!
Day 2 [Wed 07, June], at 11:40 AM

Mr. Jordi Foguet

Jordi has been deeply involved in all the technical, manufacturing and economic fields of the PET industry
His experience includes special PET product development and their end-use applications, recycling and up-stream raw materials technologies, energy efficient systems, cost benchmarking and production process improvements, among others.

Currently, he is the Managing Director of K-PET Consulting, a company he co-founded at the end 2013, together with other PET Industry experts. .

Mr. Jordi Foguet, Managing Director and Co-owner
K-PET Consulting, S.L
New Look into Highly Modified Co-polyesters: Properties and Applications
Day 2 [Wed 07, June], at 04:35 PM

Phil Yin

Phil Yin was educated in Shanghai studying Chemical engineering at Donghua(China Texitile) University,later he got a master degree of Science from China University of Geosciences.Phil joined CRC in 2010,currently he is developing and handling business in Latam market for CRC.

Phil Yin, Senior Merchandiser Polyester Sales Division
China Resources Packaging Materials Co., Ltd
China’s PTA Capacity & PET Supply – Impact on Global Trade & Market Dynamics
Day 3 [Thu 08, June], at 09:05 AM

Mr. Rudy Flores

Mr. Flores graduated from New Mexico Highlands University with a Degree in Chemistry. He has worked for Indorama in the Polyester field for 25 years, with main responsibilities in the Development of Specialty Polymers.  Most recently his activities have been in Applications Development, working closely with customers in the Americas.

Mr. Rudy Flores, Applications Devt Mgr - Specialty PET Polymers
Indorama Ventures
PEN/PET Blend & Copolymers for Heat Resistance Applications
Day 3 [Thu 08, June], at 09:35 AM

Mr. Filippo Pastorini

Filippo Pastorini joined SACMI Group based in Imola, Italy 11 years ago. Nowadays is one of the shareholders

of the company and currently directly responsible for all sales activities in Mexico, Central and Latin America connected to the caps, containers and preform business. Previously he was in charge for Africa and Middle East Market.


Before joining SACMI Imola he spent 4 years as Area Manager in packing products field at Smurfit Group, leader in the carton board packaging. He has been responsible for all marketing and sales activities in the Mediterranean countries.

Mr. Filippo Pastorini, Area Sales Manager, Closures & containers Div.
Sacmi Imola SC
Focus on the New IPS Range of Machines that Combine Performance with Flexibility
Day 3 [Thu 08, June], at 10:05 AM

Mr. Felipe Parra Encinales

Mr. Parra is currently the general manager of APROPET, the PET bottle-to-bottle recycling plant of the San Miguel Industrias group in Bogotá, Colombia. He joined San Miguel Industrias three years ago as Financial and Administrative Manager of the inyection and blowing plant in Tocancipá. Prior to joining San Miguel Industrias, Mr. Parra held several positions in corporate finance in Valrex and Johnson & Johnson. Mr. Parra is an industrial engineer from Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá) and holds an MBA from ESADE Business School (Barcelona).


Mr. Felipe Parra Encinales, General Manager
Digging into Demand: What’s Next for Colombia’s PET Recycling Market?
Day 2 [Wed 07, June], at 10:10 AM

Mr. Omar Estrada

Ingeniero Químico graduado de la Universidad Nacional de Medellín y posgrado en Procesos de Transformación del Plástico y del Caucho ICIPC-EAFIT.  Posee el título de Maestría en Ingeniería de Procesamiento de Polímeros con la Universidad EAFIT y el ICIPC.  Trabajó 3 años en la empresa SUQUIN de Medellín, empresa dedicada al suministro de resinas plásticas, como gerente de la sucursal. Laboró en el ICIPC en la División Técnica, específicamente en el área de extrusión, de 1997 a 2006. Laboró como  Director operativo de una empresa del sector en Medellín hasta febrero de 2009 y actualmente se desempeña como Subdirector de Procesos Continuos del ICIPC.

Mr. Omar Estrada, Head of Continous Process Dept
Foundation Institute for the Plastic & Rubber Research and Training (ICIPC)
Thermoforming New Trends & Challenges
Day 3 [Thu 08, June], at 11:35 AM

Mr. Luis Rodolfo Arévalo Pliego

Luis Arevalo is the Head of Packaging Engineering and Design for Latin America. He majored in Industrial Designer with master degree in Marketing and has 22 years of experience as Industrial Designer and Packaging engineer. Luis isresponsible for Packaging engineering Graphic design, Industrial design, Innovation and sustainability for all the Latam region. Prior to this, he was with Kimberly Clark / Alberto Culver.

Mr. Luis Rodolfo Arévalo Pliego, Head of Packaging Engineering and Design for Latin America
Grupo Colgate Palmolive
Panel Discussion: Packaging to Enhance Consumers Experience
Day 2 [Wed 07, June], at 03:05 PM