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The 2019 EPDA Annual Conference took place at the IMLAUER HOTEL PITTER Salzburg from 13-15 June 2019.



Thursday 13 June 2019
15.00 – 18.00Registration
Imlauer Hotel Pitter, reception
18.00 – 19.00Welcome Reception
arte Hotel Salzburg
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Friday 14 June 2019
08.00 – 17.00Registration
Imlauer Hotel Pitter, reception
08.30 – 09.00Arrival Coffee & Manufacturer Showcase
09.00 – 09.10Opening Address & Welcome to New Members
Lari Hahtonen, President, EPDA
09.10 – 09.20A Welcome & Introduction ot Salzburg
Dr Wilfried Haslauer, Governor of Salzburg State
09.20 – 09.30New members in the spotlight
09.30 – 10.00Team Building in the Plastic Industry – the Salzburg Way
Thomas Reitsamer, trainer and coach focusing on motivation and team spirit
As a speaker he likes to show the audience how to communicate “the other way”. Thomas has in-depth experience in plastics, having worked in Quality Management, Technical and Colour Laboratories for 11 years as well as a hands-on production manager in a start-up plastic manufacturing company in Mexico.Hosted by Zell Metall
10.00 – 10.45Excellence in Plastic Recycling
DI Alexander Kaiser, Minger Kunststofftechnik AG
Studied plastics technology in Leoben after high school. After obtaining Dipl-Ing he initially worked in the field of masterbatches within the additive sector before changing to the compound area / automotive industry in Germany. Currently active in development and process engineering for Minger Kunststofftechnik in Switzerland.
Hosted by Zell Metall
10.45 – 11.30Coffee Break & Manufacturer Showcase
11.30 – 12.30RETHINKING PLASTICS: The Austrian Way to reach the Circular Economy Goals
Mag Dr Susanne Gfatter, MAS; FCIO (Federal Chemical Association of Austria)
After studying at the University of Vienna and working as a toxicologist, her plastics career started at the raw material supplier Borealis, in the Product Stewardship department, responsible for legal compliance of the products and incoming feed-stock. In 2014 she switched the Austrian Chemical Industry Association as an advisor for chemicals and waste law. Additionally, Susanne is responsible for the manufacturing and converting plastics industry.
12.30 – 14.00Networking Lunch Break
14.00 – 14.45Manufacturer and Distributors Council Meetings
Volunteers for meeting chairs required, please get in touch with shiryn@epda.com should you wish to volunteer.
14.45 – 15.15Coffee Break & Manufacturer Showcase
15.15 – 15.45Environmental Programs – Senoplast
Dr Christian Eisenmann
Is it possible to design a machine to shred all different materials?
19.00 – 00.00Gala Dinner – St Peter Stiftskeller
Dress code: Traditional/national dress of your country.
This year’s gala dinner is located a walk away from the conference hotel, you will begin the evening with a local tour guide to discover the hidden history of Salzburg on the way to dinner. On arrival to St Peter you will be greeted with a drink within the walls of St. Peter’s Abbey. The restaurant is believed to be the oldest existing restaurant in the world. Dinner will be served in Baroque Hall which is famous for Mozart Concerts and you will be enjoy a short performance during dinner.
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Saturday 15 June 2019
09.00 – 09.45EPDA AGM
Chaired by Lari Hahtonen, President, EPDA
10.00 – 11.00The European Plastic Strategy
Alexandre Dangis, Managing Director EuPC (European Plastics Converters)
Our speaker is a key strategist and influencer in Europe and until 2018 was also the MD of Plastics Recycler’s Europe. He makes some astonishing revelations on the fact that the EU plastics recyclers influenced China to ban poor quality imports to support the EU audit certification system for plastics recycling.
11.00 – 11.30Coffee Break & Manufacturer Showcase
11.30 – 12.30Is processing/getting rid of plastic scrap a source of concern to Distribution?
Presentation of and panel discussion on the results of the EPDA Questionnaire 2019
12:30 – 12:40Distributors’ Forum – 2019 DF Manufacturer
Matthias Schlesies CentroPlast – GermanyAre you ready for digitalisation, are you ready to race?  We are proud to welcome you at our plant for the EPDA Forum 2019 concerning solutions in digitalisation for distributors! In order to get you equipped for future challenges in our industry we are very pleased to have the opportunity to present our products and tools to you. To complement the event another outstanding highlight will be the race track “Bilster Berg”.  Do not miss this chance to be ready for the race and save the date: 20-21 November 2019!
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12.40 – 12.45Closing Address
Lari Hahtonen, President, EPDA
13.00 – 14.30Networking Lunch Break
14.30-17.30Optional Tours
19.30 – 22.30Optional Dinner
In the heart of the old town of Salzburg, there is the Stieglkeller. The restaurant offers specialities of Austria, a must for everyone who wants to try Austrian delights and cold, Austrian beer!The beer garden is one of the most beautiful in Salzburg and with the luck of June weather you will be seated outside.Come and join your fellow EPDA delegates for a 3-course meal and included drinks package for the evening for €80. (Pre-booking is required)

Optional Extras

Full day Tour – Friday 14th June €80

A private guided tour of the city starting and finishing from the hotel. On this walking tour, you will see Salzburg’s breathtaking Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque artistry, including the world famous gardens of Mirabell, the house where Mozart was raised and the house where he was born in the shoppping street Getreidegasse. You will also see the Salzburg Dome Cathedral, St. Peter´s Monastery and many other important sights and symbols. Lunch is included in this tour.

Half day Tour – Friday 14th June €65

You will be collected from the hotel and undertake a short walk to Edelweiss Cooking School.. This Cooking Class is perfect to combine your lunch with a fun hands-on experience. Eat one´s fill is guaranteed. In the cooking lessons you will be given the opportunity to cook on your own while being carefully guided by our experienced chef. You will acquire a wealth of culinary knowledge in an extremely fun and relaxed environment. Alongside the lessons you will learn some of the most interesting facts pertaining to the history of famous Austrian delicacies. Guests will attain an acute insight into the history of Austrian Cuisine.

Half day Tour – Saturday 15th June €40

Your tour guide will collect you from the hotel and walk you across the city to the Medieval fortification complex and the later period castle tower majestically above the Salzburg city rooftops representing 900 years of building history.  Some adventurers want to climb the castle on foot, although during this tour you be riding the funicular which is quicker and more comfortable. The view over the Archbishop’s city and the mountainous region is spectacular and unforgettable. It’s worth visiting Fortress Hohensalzburg just for the panoramic vista. Click here for a short video

Half day Tour – Saturday 15th June €40

Salzburg, a “beery” great place! Right from the start brewing was an entirely woman’s matter here in Salzburg! Why did Salzburg develop such a great and varied brewing tradition, how did it all begin and why beer became so important, how Salzburg’s traditional “Stiegl” brewery got its name, why the Müllner Bräu brewery has become a magnet for beer enthusiasts, who were the “Untersberg water horsemen” and what role did they play in Salzburg’s beer history – this and much, much more can be found out on this 3-hour historic walking beer tour. An informative and amusing guided tour of Salzburg in which we demonstrate the city’s brewing competence, explore its entire beer brewing culture and enjoy a stop-off for refreshments in one of the city’s oldest public houses.

Optional Dinner – Saturday 15th June €80

In the heart of the old town of Salzburg, there is the Stieglkeller. The restaurant offers specialities of Austria, a must for everyone who wants to try Austrian delights and cold, Austrian beer!

The beer garden is one of the most beautiful in Salzburg and with the luck of June weather you will be seated outside.

Come and join your fellow EPDA delegates for a 3-course meal and included drinks package for the evening. (Pre-booking is required)


Salzburg may be small at first glance, but it is actually a metropolis of cultural happenings. Theatres, museums, galleries, concerts and festivals, Salzburg has something to offer for every taste! Best of all, the attractions, concert halls and theatres can easily be reached from the hotel by a short walk.

You will arrive into Salzburg’s only airport (W.A. Mozart Airport) which is located just minutes from the city centre and the conference hotel. Short distances are just one of the advantages of this modern airport. There are many direct flights to major European cities and hubs, such as to Frankfurt, Cologne, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Vienna and London, are ideal when travelling to Salzburg. The city is only a 90-minute drive from Munich International Airport, where international and trans-continental flights arrive.

Imlauer Hotel Pitter

The 4-star superior hotel combines all the amenities of a grand hotel with modern technology and flexible service. The excellent location ensures a convenient arrival. The historic old town of Salzburg with all the important sights is just a few steps away.
A preferential rate has been booked for the conference, available from 13-15 June 2019. Prices are per room, per night including breakfast, taxes and service charge.

Standard Room:
Single occupancy = €148
Double occupancy = €169

City tax of €1,55 per person is not included in the rate and will be paid on check out.
Bedrooms can be reserved by email pitter@imlauer.com or telephone using the code “EPDA” when booking.
Check-in is guaranteed from 3pm and check-out is from 11am.


A number of sponsorship packages are available at, Gold, Silver and Bronze levels.

Contact Victoria Armstrong for further information +44 (0)7968 448365.


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