15th LAPET
Latin America PET Packaging, Applications & Recycling

28-30 Nov, 2017 - Mexico City, MEXICO

Marquis Reforma Hotel & Spa
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.
Ms. Marisabel Dolan
Based at Nexant's White Plains (New York) office, Marisabel has participated in several world-wide studies involving market research and cost of production estimates for a series of chemical products. She has also authored several reports that analyze technological and commercial trends and developments (including new processes that employ renewable feedstocks) in areas of interest to the chemical and allied industries. Marisabel, a Honduran native, obtained her Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College

Ms. Marisabel Dolan, Consultant
Nexant Inc
Current Situation of Polyester Intermediates in Latin America
Day 2 [Wed 29, November], at 12:10 PM

Ms. Maritza Ramirez

Ms Maritza Ramirez is based in Mexico, with over 30 years experience in Research and Development and Commercial roles in Packaging for the Food and Consumer Good Products Industries. She has an extensive background in Research and Development of Packages, including PET and PEN Bottles for Coca-Cola in Atlanta, GA and Mexico City. Also worked for different material packages with P&G, Kraft Foods, Alsea, Phoenix Packaging Group in Mexico and for Latin America regions.

Her commercial roles in Packaging and Food ingredients companies include i.e. Huhtamaki and McCormick for Mexico and Latin America. Ms Maritza is a member and Board of Directors participants in Professional Associations such as Mexican Association of Packaging (Treasurer), Mexican Association of Executive Women (Member at large), Institute of Food Technologies/ Packaging Division (Member at large), Centro Politecnico de Proyeccion (Board Advisor) 

She joined in 2017 the PET team for PCI Wood Mackenzie. She has an B. Sc. in Food Engineering from the UAM Mexico and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde, UK. 

Ms. Maritza Ramirez, Senior Analyst (PET)
PCI Wood Mackenzie
Are Changes in Global Supply and Demand Helping or Hindering the Latin American PET Industry?
Day 2 [Wed 29, November], at 11:10 AM

Mr. Lobel Baotic

Lobel has been working in the packaging industry for the last 20 years.  Since 2015, Lobel is Director of Packaging Development at Coca-Cola’s Latin American R&D Center, based in Mexico City.   

Prior to assuming his current role, Lobel served as Packaging Development Sr. Manager in Coca-Cola FEMSA, where he was responsible for generating and leading packaging development initiatives in 10 countries.  Lobel joined FEMSA in 2004. 


Before joining the Coca-Cola System, Lobel also worked in various packaging and purchasing positions in M&M Mars (2001-2004) and Unilever Canada (1997-2001).  Lobel studied Packaging Management & Technology at Mohawk College.  He also occupied the Technical VP position in the IoPP – Ontario Chapter (1998-2004).

Mr. Lobel Baotic, Director, R&D Packaging Latin America
Coca Cola Company
Beverage Packaging Development: Trends and Challenges
Day 2 [Wed 29, November], at 10:05 AM

Mr. Felipe N. Briseño Valencia

Ingeniero Químico, con especialidad en petroquímica, tesis desarrollada en el estudio calorimétrico de una mezcla extruida de Polietileno de Alta Densidad y Polietilenterftalato, estudios de posgrado en empacotecnia. 19 años de experiencia en la industria, principalmente en el mundo del empaque plástico, conocimiento de los diferentes procesos de transformación del plástico, participación en patentes de nuevos diseños de envases y empaque así como en proyectos con Conacyt. En lo particular para el mundo del PET, desarrollo de proyectos para el uso de rPET al 100% en extrusión para termoformado.


Chemical Engineer, with specialty in petrochemical, thesis developed in the calorimetric study of an extruded mixture of High Density Polyethylene and Polyethylene Phthalate, postgraduate studies in packaging. 19 years of experience in the industry, mainly in the world of plastic packaging, knowledge of the different processes of transformation of plastic, participation in patents of new designs of packaging and packaging as well as in projects with Conacyt. In particular for the world of PET, development of projects for to use 100% rPET in extrusion film for termoforming.

Mr. Felipe N. Briseño Valencia, General Manager
Sonoco de Mexico
Advances & Trends in PET Thermoform’s for Food Packaging & its Recycling Concerns
Day 2 [Wed 29, November], at 09:05 AM

Mr. Eric Penicka

Eric Penicka joined Euromonitor International in 2014 as a US research analyst.  He provides insights within the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, packaging, and tobacco industries. His research includes analysis on market sizes, brand/company shares, product distribution, consumer interest and trends, and government policy. Prior to his role at Euromonitor, Eric obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and spent time researching infrastructure development initiatives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Mr. Eric Penicka, Research Analyst
Euromonitor International
Latin American Beverage PET in Context
Day 2 [Wed 29, November], at 02:00 PM

Mr. Jorge Maquita

He has worked as a strategic manager with experience in innovation, optimization and packaging development in companies such as PepsiCo, Unilever, Bestfoods, Kraft and as a consultant in Mars, Master foods, ACH, Bimbo and Del Valle juices with a deep knowledge of technologies packaging and packaging, in all formats for food, beverages, dairy, cosmetics, etc., reduction of packaging costs and innovation, with experience in capital projects, leading crosfunctional teams at Mexico and Regional level in Latin America composed of areas purchasing, marketing, engineering, product development, quality assurance

He has managed highly complex projects, producing a saving of USD 20 million, and successful launches for prestigious brands such as Gatorade, Pepsi, 7 Up, Hellmann's, Knorr, Bestfoods, with a high success rate in the market, and a impact on the environment.

He has won several national and international awards and recognitions.

He has 9  patents in the packaging area

Mr. Jorge Maquita, Packaging Innovation Senior Manager Latin America
Mead Johnson de Mexico
Technologies and Techniques for light-weighting of PET Containers
Day 2 [Wed 29, November], at 02:30 PM

Mr. Luis Rodolfo Arévalo Pliego

Industrial Designer degree from Universidad Anahuac
Master degree in Marketing from Universidad Anahuac
Master degree in Innovation from Universidad Autónoma de Queretaro

Luis has been working in global Companies as Kimberly Clark, Alberto Culver and Colgate Palmolive for the last 24 years, passionate about Innovation, Design, Production and sustainability to elevate Design and Packaging Engineering as a strategic value add for the company incorporating technical and Design expertise always focused in production efficiency. 

Mr. Luis Rodolfo Arévalo Pliego, Head of Packaging Engineering and Design for Latin America
Grupo Colgate Palmolive
Impact of E-commerce on Packaging Designs
Day 2 [Wed 29, November], at 03:00 PM

Mr. Arturo Parra Zapata
50 years’ experience in the plastic industry
Advisor for the Herdez group in the plastic factories
Pet containers factory
Injection factory for caps
17 years ago herdez group initiated with an important investment on machinery  and equipment in order  to reduce cost and to have a safe and reliable supply for the different PET containers mainly containers for spices , squeezable ,juice hot filling, tea hot filling, gallon, and half gallon.
All the equipment used for this propose are Japanese last generation, and so are the molds, at present time in our factory in zumpango we produce 25 million containers per year,
And at the cap factory at San Luis Potosi produces 300 million caps with Canadian equipment.
My function in the group has been to advise and help them decide about acquisition of equipment, initiate operations of the factory, preventive and corrective maintenance  for all the equipment and supervise all the new containers and caps development.
Supervise the day to day production and advice personal with any current problem.
The resins used are PET for the containers and POLIPROPILENE for the caps.
The factories work 7 days a week with programed maintenance.
Our five containers lines and four caps lines work totally in automatic mode so that nobody touches the products in the whole process, this way we guarantee the innocuousness of our products. 

Mr. Arturo Parra Zapata, PET Operations Manager
Grupo Herdez SAB de CV
Panel Discussion:
Day 2 [Wed 29, November], at 04:35 PM

Dr. Frank W. Embs

Frank Embs has been driving product development and commercialization of specialty PET resins for Auriga Polymers Inc. a company of INDORAMA Ventures that was formerly owned by INVISTA since 2004.

In his role as Business Development Director he is responsible for developing and executing the global business strategies for the INDORAMA’s Barrier and Extrusion Blow Molding resin platforms and markets. 

He has driven the commercialization and managed the worldwide business growth of PolyShield® resins for beer packaging and initiated, facilitated and executed  the development and product launch of OxyClear™ barrier resin for packaging oxygen-sensitive foods such as juice, beer, wine and ketchup and has develop first commercial applications. 

More recently he is executing the commercialization of PolyClear® EBM PET, a new PET resin from Indorama Ventures for extrusion blow molding that can be recycled with PET. 

Throughout his career, Frank has directed new product and business and development initiatives including driving commercialization of SilGuard® high-barrier packaging films at Hoechst Celanese from idea stage to initial sales.

Frank holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Mainz Germany and MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona.   

Dr. Frank W. Embs, Director New Business Development
Auriga Polymers Inc. of Indorama Ventures
New Developments on PET at Indorama
Day 3 [Thu 30, November], at 11:35 AM

Mr. George Xue Jinliang

Mr George XUE graduated from Nankai University with a Degree in Chemical Science. He has worked in Jiangsu Sanfangxiang Group around 29 years. He is in charge of the foreign business of this group more than 20 years

Mr. George Xue Jinliang, General Manager
Jiangsu Sanfangxiang International Trade Co. Ltd. -Jiangsu Sanfangxiang Group Co., Ltd
Asia/China PET & RPET Market Outlook and Trends
Day 2 [Wed 29, November], at 11:40 AM

Mr. Javier Shiffino Sole

Javier is currently the project manager for Central America of Pet Packaging Network, and resides in San José de Costa Rica. He has 20 years of combined experience in industry and consulting. It has served in different areas such as pharmacy, food, textiles, bottling and plastic. It is in this last area that is specialized, when he was hired by Coca-Cola FEMSA at its plant in plastics in Costa Rica. As plant manager, he contributed to the alleviation of preforms and had the opportunity to address the leading program in Costa Rica of recycling of packaging PET, Misión Planeta, whose primary purpose is to recover the PET post-consumer. Their knowledge and experience has been shared with students of the Universidad de Costa Rica, Universidad Latina de Costa Rica and University Fundepos, in which he has taught.

Mr. Javier Shiffino Sole, Central America Projects, PET Packaging
PET Packaging Network
Outlook PET Markets in Costa Rica & Guatemala
Day 3 [Thu 30, November], at 09:35 AM

Mr. Amit Miglani

Total years of experience  - 13 years ( 3 years in India , 2 years in UAE and 8 years in Mexico)


Mr. Amit Miglani is a International marketing executive by profession. He also holds Master degree in Business Management and has been associated with the UFLEX group since 2004. He has vast experience in the field of flexible packaging buisness.

He is currently Comercial Director of  Flex Americas Mexico and responsible for sales, marketing and development of Mexico region.

Mr. Amit Miglani, Deputy General Manager
Flex Americas S.A. de C.V ( Flex Flims )
Latest Applications on PET films
Day 2 [Wed 29, November], at 09:35 AM