Plasticity Forum attracts international speakers for discussion on transforming plastic waste into a valuable resource

On Tuesday 31 October, the 9th global Plasticity Forum will be held at the Maritime Museum in Sydney’s Darling Harbour. World-renowned experts will discuss the big ideas on innovation, sustainability and business successes driving new plastics circular economies.

The only global conference focused solely on plastic sustainability, a key area of discussion will be Australasia’s recycling efforts, which are under threat from China’s new “National Sword” policy that is disrupting the region’s plastic scrap marketplace. Rather than focusing on the doom, this changed circumstance offers opportunities for existing and new businesses across a range of industries.

Internationally renowned speakers taking part in the ‘TedTalk-style’ forum include Dr Steve Wong, founder and MD of Fukutomi Company Limited and a top player in the international plastic scrap market; Nev Hyman, founder and chairman of Nev House which provides innovative and affordable housing solutions using recycled materials; Stuart Clark, CEO of Foy Group, an Australian company with patented technology to convert end-of-life, non-recyclable waste plastics to road-ready fuel.

Other presenters include Phill White, Co-founder of Circular Economy and creator of Blockcycle, a world first blockchain platform with partner Coca-Cola; Rob Dvorak, Plant Manager of Visy rPlastics one of the leading recycling facilities which recycles PET and HDPE bottles back to food grade pellets; and Dr Karen Raubenheimer, Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, who is currently assessing the effectiveness of relevant international, regional and sub-regional governance strategies and approaches.

Further speakers are set to be announced over the coming weeks.

Plasticity Sydney Forum Details:
Date: Tuesday 31 October 2017
Time: 8:30am to 6:30pm – includes full day conference, refreshments and networking drinks
Address: Maritime Museum, 2 Murray St Darling Harbour, NSW 2000
Tickets: Are limited and can be viewed HERE

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About the speakers
Dr Steve Wong - Founder and Managing Director of Fukutomi Company Limited
Dr Wong has built a highly successful company in Hong Kong with associate operations and affiliates across the globe. Since humble beginnings in 1984, Fukutomi has established itself as a top player in the international plastic scrap market. As President of the China Scrap Plastics Association, Steve is at the forefront of AsiaPac activity. Dr Wong expertise stretches across circular economies, global marketplaces and market disruption due to China's National Sword.

Nev Hyman - Founder and Chairman, Nev House
Nev is the founding partner of Nev House, which takes recycled plastic waste and turns it into innovative and affordable housing solutions being rolled out across the Asia Pacific. This circular economy solution addresses a wide range of important social, environmental and economic issues. With strong ambitions to expand Nev House, Nev has first hand experience in making aspirations with resources. His expertise includes practical application and funding of circular economy projects.

Stuart Clark, CEO Foy Group
Stuart is CEO of FOY Group Ltd, an Australian company with patented technology to convert end-of-life, non-recyclable waste plastics to road ready fuel. With a wealth of management experience - PWC, Global Television and Hoyts, Carlson Companies, Walt Disney Company, Nudie Foods, ComOps Limited, and Dickson & Dickson Healthcare Limited - Stuart is taking this publicly listed company and its unique technology onto the world stage. Mr Clark specialises in combining the vision of protecting the global environment with providing shareholders returns.

Co-founder, Circular Economy, Creator Blockcycle
After 10 years as a senior executive in large organisations, Phill turned his back on the corporate world to start Fungimental, an urban farm growing exotic mushrooms on coffee waste. This got him noticed by Coca-Cola, with whom he co-founded Circular Economy to tackle Coke's biggest global challenges in sustainability - and Circular Economy as a Service (CEaaS) was born. It helps big business identify, prioritise, execute and scale financially viable circular economy solutions in real time, using Blockcycle, a world first blockchain platform he created. True to his motto, it is good for profits, and great for the planet! Mr White specializes in providing entrepreneurial circular economy solutions

Rob Dvorak, Plant Manager, Visy rPlastics
Visy rPLASTICS is one of the leading recycling facilities which recycles PET and HDPE bottles back to food grade pellets; only one of three companies in the world that has achieved 100% recycling in PET bottles. Before joining Visy, Rob was European General Manager for Nextek, consulting on major recycling projects in Europe, the UK, Nth America, Middle East and Australia. Rob is a Polymer Engineer with over 20 years practical experience. He holds degrees in Polymer Engineering, a Masters in Engineering and a Masters in Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Management.

Dr Karen Raubenheimer Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security
Karen obtained her PhD in international and regional policy frameworks, with her thesis analyzing measures to prevent ocean- and land-based sources of plastic pollution. Having impressed the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) she has been commissioned to: assess the effectiveness of relevant international, regional and subregional governance strategies and approaches, along with regulatory frameworks, to combating marine plastic litter and microplastics; and identify gaps and options for addressing them. She will present her findings to the UN Environment Assembly in Dec this year. Dr Raubenheimer spreads her expertise across international relations; trade and policy mechanisms; environmental impact of plastics.

About Plasticity Sydney – the forum for this discussion
The 9th global Plasticity Forum - the only global conference solely focused on plastic sustainability - will be held in Sydney on 31 October 2017. The one day conference brings innovators, entrepreneurs, financiers, plastics recovery experts and brand owners together to share ideas and inspire plastics circular economies.

Since 2012, Plasticity has been held in Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong, New York, London, Portugal, Shanghai, Dallas and Los Angeles.

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