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Lisbon, the capital and largest city in Portugal is a full of history and stories to tell, where the sun shines 290 days a year and the temperature rarely drops below 15°C.  Lisbon is recognised as a global city because of its importance in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts, international trade, education and tourism. It is one of the major economic centres on the continent, with a growing financial sector and one of the largest container ports on Europe’s Atlantic coast.

Discover Lisbon, a city full of authenticity where old customs and ancient history intermix with cultural entertainment and hi-tech innovation. Lisbon is famous for its hospitality and the family-like way it welcomes visitors. Discover the legacy left by the civilizations that inhabited the city throughout the centuries and the homage paid by artists. Enjoy the local cuisine which boasts many traditional dishes and a vast choice of Portuguese wines and the fruity sangria.


Thursday 15 June

16.00 – 18.00Registration [Hotel lobby]
18.00 – 19.00Welcome Reception [Sky Bar & Terrace] sponsored by

Friday 16 June

08.00 – 17.00Registration & Help Desk
08.30 – 09.00Arrival Coffee & Manufacturer Showcase
09.00 – 10.45Opening Address & Welcome to New Members –  Lari Hahtonen, President, EPDA
Lisbon Past & Future –  
Miguel Graça, Playwright and Professor, Teatro Experimental de Cascais
New Member Spotlight –  
Alessandra Cavallo, B&B SYSTEMS SNC di Bisignano Nicola & Co
Keynote SpeechVicky Pryce, Chief Economic Advisor, Centre for Economics and Business Research [Click for PRESENTATION]

Vicky Pryce is a leading economist working on UK, global and Eurozone issues. Having worked in senior positions in business and government, she is now Chief Economic Advisor at CEBR where she considers both the economic situation, and the policy implications for business.

In presentations Vicky addresses the continued likelihood of crises in the Eurozone. She is broadly optimistic for the UK economy, but cautions that as well as policy issues (the deficit is increasing, not shrinking), links to developing economies are very much long-term investments: in the short-term the country needs a healthy Europe. Vicky also offers a broad economic overview for business, the trends to watch, and the impact of policies from immigration to regulation.

Vicky retains many links in the City, business and government offering a broad view of the economy. She works with many industries and government departments, including advising on the economic cases for proposed new airports and runways in the south east. She is the author of Greekonomics, an analysis of the Eurozone crisis and the implication of a Greek exit from the currency.

 10.45 – 11.30 Coffee Break & Manufacturer Showcase
 11.30 – 12.30Future development in high performance plastics – Wolfgang Funke, Sales Development Manager, Solvay [Click for PRESENTATION]

As Sales Development Manager at Solvay Specialty Polymers, Dr Wolfgang Funke is in charge of business development globally for both KetaSpire® PEEK (polyetheretherketone) and Avaspire® PAEK (polyaryletherketone). Filling various Marketing and Sales roles at Solvay Specialty Polymers, Funke has developed a passion for transferring high performing plastic materials into applications that push the limits of metal replacement within a variety of markets

 12.30 – 14.00 Networking Lunch Break
 14.00 – 15.00Ready to jump? The gap between Industry 3.0
and Industry 4.0
IoT-ready processes without restructuring the company from scratch! – 
Michael Kaiser, Senior Sales Manager, Kathrein Solutions GmbH [Click for the PRESENTATION]Michael will present AutoID Turnkey Solutions including hardware, software, services and support. From the first proof of concept up to the go-live implementation, Kathrein supports customers in applications for logistics, industrial automation, retail, and vehicle identification. The possibility of offering all necessary components and tools from a single source provides powerful solutions.
 15.00 – 15.45 Tea Break & Manufacturer Showcase
 15.45 – 17.00The Champion’s Code: Building Relationships Through Life Lessons of Integrity and Accountability from the Sports World to the Business WorldRoss Bernstein

The best-selling author of nearly 50 sports books, Ross Bernstein is an award-winning peak performance business speaker who’s keynoted conferences on four continents. Ross’ program is based on a series of books he wrote in which he was able to interview more than 500 professional athletes and coaches that all had one thing in common — they were all members of championship teams. In his research he concluded that the same metrics and characteristics that were common among champions in sports, were also common in peak performers in business. As he learned, champions have a very unique DNA — and his goal in this keynote session is to get audience members thinking about their own DNA — and about the differentiators they possess which would ultimately lead customers to choose to do business with them. At the core of his message is the simple fact that we like to do business with people who we trust, who we like, and who just “get it” — champions. In an engaging, provocative, and visually entertaining style, Ross will use inspirational stories and poignant life lessons from the world of sports to show attendees how to:

  • Create a “culture of excellence” by giving extraordinary customer service
  • Generate momentum by utilizing the “currency of karma”
  • Follow their moral compasses to win “the right way,” with respect and integrity
  • Be better leaders and create more “buy-in” by embracing change and failure
  • Evolve from “order takers” to “trusted partners” by enhancing the quality of their relationships
 19.00 – 23.00Gala Dinner, Palacio Foz

Dine in truly elegant surroundings at the Palacio Foz, an ornate palace built in the 18th century. The interior is lushly adorned with decorative arts, elegant marble, detailed painted ceilings and walls, intricate iron balconies, and mirrors. You won’t be disappointed.

Charity auction in aid of Medecins Sans Froniteres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

sponsored by

Saturday 17 June

 09.15 – 09.45EPDA AGMChaired by Lari Hahtonen, President, EPDA
 09.45 – 10.30 Ignite Sessions

Ignite sessions are fast-paced sessions designed to generate awareness and stimulate discussion.  Ignite sessions are designed to provide an engaging platform for speakers to exchange their ideas based around a specific topic. At the end of each session a chair will encourage and facilitate a question and answer session.

  • Using Paneltim panels at swimming poolsChristian Sundberg, Managing Director, Oy Fluorotech Ltd [Click for the PRESENTATION] How to use Paneltim panels when fixing concrete pools. What type of machinery one needs to fabricate the pool.
  • Industry 4.0 at Poly LanemaSusana Marques, Technical Manager, Poly Lanema, Lda [Click for the PRESENTATION] To better understand the industry 4.0 context as applied at Poly Lanema, main elements and results and get to know Poly Lanema a little more.
 10.30 – 11.15 Coffee Break & Manufacturer Showcase
 11.15 – 12.00Developments in the European Plastics MarketDaniel Stricker, Head of Market Research, KI Group, Plastics Information Europe
In the last years European plastics markets have been facing huge challenges. The production of standard polymers, especially PE, has come under pressure by the vast low-cost capacities in the Middle East. This wave is now followed by the impacts of the US shale revolution. The presentation gives an overview of the global shifts in feedstock markets, the ever growing demand in Asia and the implications for midterm polymer supply and markets in Europe.
 12.00 – 12.45The future is now – the robot as a tool in our process
Collaborative robots – advantages for the plastic industry
– Jordi Pelegri, Sales Development Manager, Universal Robots Spain S.L.
Universal Robots is the world’s no. 1 in collaborative robots. Robotic solutions for the sake of precision, speed, optimization or ergonomics now come at a price that will take you by surprise with an average payback time of just 195 days, which makes them the most favorable on the market and within reach of most companies.
 12:45 – 12:55Distributors’ Forum 2017
 12.55 – 13.00Closing Address  – Lari Hahtonen, President, EPDA
13.00 – 14.30Networking Lunch Break


Friday 16 June [10:00 – 15:00]

Experience Lisbon in a unique way on this wonderful walking tour hosted by a local guide. You’ll be amazed by the beauty of the city, seeing some of its hidden gems as well as the most popular highlights.

Start at the famous Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara viewpoint and enjoy the breathtaking sights, while listening to unique local stories from your guide. Find out how the city has changed in time and learn about the great mysteries and insights of the notorious 1755 earthquake. Go past the beautiful Carmo church as you get to know about its past. Be amazed by the San Roque golden chapel and the story behind it.

Enjoy a two course lunch at a local restaurant as well as an authentic snack of cheese and chorizo along with a glass of wine. You’ll also stop at the oldest Ginjinha Bar in Lisbon to try out the most traditional liquor of Portugal, the famous sour cherry liquor.

From a secret elevator to take you to an amazing viewpoint to an unknown amphitheatre – you’ll see real Lisbon with a local.

Saturday 17 June [14:30 – 17:00]

Fall in love with the amazing food Lisbon has to offer you. All the food and drink tastings have been carefully selected, from must-try bites to unique tastes you’ve never tried before, you’re in for a treat!

Head to the Miradouro de Sta Catarina viewpoint, known as the most relaxing social spot for the locals. Pass by the oldest Ginjinha liquor shop in the city and find out its unique story. Right at the end, enjoy your Pastel de Nata on a terrace in the famous Alfama district. What can be more perfect that that?

Your local food journey includes authentic Moelas, pastel de bacalhau and the world famous pasteis de nata. And that’s just the beginning! Try out the marinated sardines and indulge in the traditional sour cherry drink called ginjinha.

You will also get to see beautiful places in the city and enjoy the local vibes. You’ll get insights in the Portuguese lifestyle while eating and living like a local.


OPTIONAL DINNER [1900 – 2359]

Come and enjoy one of the best restaurants that Lisbon has to offer. A Travessa is housed in a former 17th century convent, situated in the city centre between the traditional neighbourhood Madragoa and the elegant neighbourhood, Lapa. The restaurant offers a refined yet informal environment that plays host to a cuisine of international recognition, in a harmonious fusion with traditional Portuguese gastronomy.

During the evening, you will be welcomed with a drink upon arrival and then spoiled with a selection of hot and cold starters, followed by a delicious main course and dessert. Wine, soft drinks and coffee are included.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to spend informal time with your fellow delegates in fantastic surroundings.


The auction at the gala dinner raised €5950 for MSF. Thank you to all who donated prizes:


The Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa Hotel is the Grande Dame of hotels in Lisbon, offering 5 star facilities the hotel has just completed a major refurbishment. A true landmark, the hotel has been delivering exceptional hospitality since 1933. Today, as ever, it is the place to see and be seen, a natural meeting point for celebrities, heads of state, actors and royalty alike.

Discover Lisbon’s best kept secrets from a city centre location, or simply unwind  by the oasis of the hotel’s unique swimming pool,  amidst the fronds of its semi-tropical garden. Wining and dining are paramount, in the best European tradition – join in the thriving and bustling ambience of the Cervejaria Liberdade or head towards the stately calm and exclusive Terraço rooftop restaurant for more gourmet offerings, to discover the best in contemporary Portuguese cuisine.

Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa Hotel, Av. da Liberdade, 185 1269-050, Lisboa, Portugal

Phone: (+351) 21 319 89 00 Email: patricia.silva@tivolihotels.com

The negotiated, preferential rate is no longer available.

To book direct with the hotel, please download and complete the hotel booking form and email or fax it to the hotel.   Check in is from 15:00, check out is before 12:00.