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PVC AUS 2024 Speakers

PVC AUS 2024 Speakers

PVC AUS 2024 will feature a range of local and international expert speakers on various key themes and topics across the industry.


Check out the key confirmed speakers below!


Eddie Kok

OPIS, a Dow Jones Company

Executive Director - Chemical Market Analytics

Presentation: "PVC Market Outlook - Shifting Trends and Disruptors That Will Define the Market Over the Next Decade"

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Stephane Content


Senior Technical Advocacy Manager Plastics Europe

"ECHA investigation on PVC and its additives: analysis and outlook"


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Eddie is currently the Sr. Director in the Inorganic Group, Asia, at IHS Chemical. He has responsibility in managing a team of analysts and product experts in Asia that provide market coverage and analyses on the chlor-alkali and vinyls industry in the region. Eddie has a good grasp on the global chlor-alkali and vinyls sector dynamics and is the go-to person for data and market intelligence in Asia. In his current role, Eddie has worked on numerous chlor-alkali and vinyls projects around the Asia-Pacific region, providing analytical and planning support to client. He is a regular speaker at the World Petrochemicals Conference in Houston.

Eddie has over 20 years of working experience in the chemical industry, holding various responsibilities, ranging from regional sales & marketing, business development to product management role. Eddie received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Campbell University, North Carolina in 1988. 

Stéphane has joined the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM) and VinylPlus in December 2021, where he is in charge of the Environmental Footprint Committee and the Additives Committee.

Previously, Stéphane worked in Cefic (2011-2021) and supported the Silicones sector group and the Plasticisers sector group. He was also a manager of Product Stewardship working on communication in the value chain.

He also worked for 11 years at Procter & Gamble (2000-2011) in analytical, product design and process development department for liquid detergent development.

Stéphane graduated in Chemistry and got his PhD in the field of photochemistry in 1998 from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He also did a post doctoral stay at UCSD in the field of sensors (1998-2000).  

Ashton Bishop

Step Change

Chief Executive Officer

Presentations: "Predatory Strikes Back" and "Next Horizon"

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David Baggs

Global GreenTag International

Chief Executive Officer

Presentation: "The Future Circularity of PVC"

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Ashton has spent over 20 years working internationally on some of the world’s biggest brands, running million-dollar campaigns for billion-dollar brands specialising in Predatory Marketing — pinpointing how brands can grow by outsmarting their competitors. He’s a business owner and serial entrepreneur, always challenging, often controversial, and always focused on what gets results.

Ashton’s path to the stage was a somewhat unusual one. After graduating with a commerce/law degree, he turned his hand to street performing, TV presenting, stand-up comedy, film directing, and even literally ran away with the circus. Now that he has found his niche, he uses these past life skills to develop presentations that are a mix of theory, workshop, and Whose Line Is It Anyway — always relevant, topical, and entertaining.

Ashton has won the coveted Speaker of the Year Award from the world’s #1 CEO network three times. He has received film awards, guest-lectured at leading universities, won creative and strategic recognition from his peers, and was instrumental in developing Australia’s first mobile app. 

A renowned sustainability and materials expert, a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and recently named as a Green Star Champion by the Green Building Council of Australia, David has led Global GreenTag International to become one of the most advanced product certification services and green label marks in the world, particularly for the sustainable building and design industries. 

As a co-founder of Global GreenTag as a certification business in 2010, David also served as Program Director of the Global GreenTagCertTM Product Certification Program, until May 2023, developing it to become a leading ‘Beyond LCA’ based product ecolabel and Certification Mark that has since championed the work of progressive manufacturers and supported the advancement and uptake of healthy, ethical and environmentally conscious products throughout Australia and globally. 

Voted one of Australia’s Top 50 Green Leaders and Top 100 Sustainability Leaders Globally, David is also a multi-award winning, green building architect, a GBCA Materials Expert Panel member and Past President of the Australian LCA Society. 

Craig Rispin

Future Trends Group


Presentation: "The Future of Your Vinyl Industry"

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Kurek Ashley

Success international


Presentation: "The Transformer"

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Craig Rispin is one of the world’s leading futurists -  he is an expert in emerging business, people and technology trends – and how companies can profit from them.

Craig’s keynotes and strategic planning are powered by Artificial Intelligence research of over 1 million data sources - revealing the future of any industry or major topic. 

He has over 35 years of experience working where the future has been created – with some of the most innovative organisations in the world.

Kurek is recognized as one of the premier experts in personal and professional development, self-discovery and peak performance.

For over 30 years, Fortune 500 companies and major corporations around the world, such as Apple, The Australian Royal Airforce and Carlton United Brewery, have hired Kurek to teach them tactical success strategies that have produced awe-inspiring results.

Kurek Ashley is the #1 international best selling author of “How would Love respond?”.

Peter Bury

Chemistry Australia

Director – Circular Ecnomy and Future Industries, and Company Secretary

Presentation: "Eliminating Plastic Pollution via a Balanced UN Treaty"

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Melissa Skidmore


Senior Research Scientist

Presentation: "Improving PVC Recycling Project"

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Peter joined Chemistry Australia in 2001 and is responsible for supporting sustainable industry growth, circular economy, and critical chemicals development. He provides specialist strategy, policy and technical advice on the chemicals and plastics sector for governments, industry, research, academia and communities.

Peter works with the global and Australian plastics industries to help end plastic pollution by accelerating circular economy outcomes to support the UN Treaty process. He represents industry on the National Reconstruction Fund Value-adding to Resources Working Group, Standards Australia Circular Economy Committee and the Australian Packaging Covenant Collective Action Group.

Peter has a diverse background of over 40 year’s experience in the automotive, materials handling, industrial and agricultural polymer films, association management and emergency services sectors. His responsibilities have included: manufacturing engineering; marketing and sales; plant management; environment, health and safety, research and development, recycling, and global/national issues management.

Dr Melissa Skidmore is a senior research scientist with over 20 years’ experience in polymer, synthetic and computational chemistry and polymer analysis and characterisation.

Melissa is Work Package Lead for Waste Innovation for the CSIRO Ending Plastic Waste Mission and is a leader in the CSIRO Circular Economy research initiative.  

Melissa combines her expertise to investigate the redesign, reuse and recycling of plastics. Melissa’s current research includes new polymer development- “recyclable-by-design”, the management and processing of problem plastics and the promotion of circular economy principles to turn plastic waste into a resource.  Melissa co-authored “The recycled plastics market: global analysis and trends” CSIRO report.

Gary Krishna

Queensland State Government

Minister for Environment

Presentation: "Accelerating Decarbonisation across Queensland"

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Nicole Sullivan


Head of Strategy and Impact Australia

Presentation: "Embodied Carbon and EPDs - What are they?"

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Gary Krishna is a Regional Director at the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Gary has over 25 years’ experience in the Queensland Public Sector, during this time he has led economic development, industry development, investment attraction and stakeholder engagement activities across several State Agencies.

He is currently responsible for leading the industry development and regional programs that align with the Departments’ strategic plan, and for developing and driving the execution of industry roadmaps and strategies for priority industry sectors and place-based developments. This includes initiatives that develop and promote the international competitiveness and capability of Queensland’s defence, aerospace, space, superyachts, hydrogen, biofutures, biomedical, mining equipment, technology and services, and resource recovery industries.

He is a strong advocate for Queensland Businesses ensuring the delivery of initiatives such as departmental programs and workshops, which help grow business, supply chains and productivity. In addition, he is collaborating with local councils and businesses to assist with economic transition to become decarbonised, ensuring their sustainability in an international environment increasingly concerned about environmental, social and governance (ESG) credentials.


As the Head of Strategy and Impact Australia at thinkstep-anz, Nicole supports a wide range of companies to evolve their sustainability strategy, improve their impacts, and effectively communicate with the market. With a degree in chemical engineering and 18 years of process engineering experience, Nicole understands manufacturing at the ‘hard-hat level’. Her deep experience with LCA, EPDs, the building products industry, and green buildings bring practical and pragmatic insight to her holistic focus.

Prior to joining thinkstep-anz Nicole’s role as the Senior Manager of Green Star Solutions at the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) saw her manage the delivery of Green Star certification of buildings, fitouts and communities for over 4 years. She also led the development of the GBCA's new Responsible Products Framework and has a particular interest in empowering the building products industry to be ready for the challenges of the future. She believes that a combination of industry education, collaboration and commercially focused communication can provide the foundation for change.

Nicole’s passion is to inspire, empower and enable people so that together we can address the challenges of tomorrow, today. She is dedicated to supporting industry to find business excellence and commercial success in a sustainability context. She is a sought-after conference speaker, facilitator, and moderator.

Sarah King

Circular Economy GHD

Sustainability Technical Director

Presentation: "Circular Economy - Business, Supply Chain and Industry"

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Tim Reardon

Housing Industry Association (HIA)

Chief Economist

Presentation: "Economic Outlook"


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Dr Sarah King is a national leader in circular economy, with 20+ years of experience as an accomplished professional in both public and private sector roles. Sarah’s specialist expertise lies in circular economy (CE), recycling, innovation, policy development, corporate sustainability management, and sustainable industry transition. Sarah invented ‘ASPIRE’, Australia’s first CE matchmaking marketplace, and delivered Australia’s first national CE roadmap. Sarah is a results-driven leader with a proven record of establishing and driving innovation projects, managing major projects, securing commercial investment, managing teams and influencing national policy. Prior to joining GHD, Sarah established CSIRO’s (Australia’s National Science Agency) Ending Plastic Waste Mission as Work Package Leader for Waste Innovation.

Sarah has delivered research on advanced recycling of plastics, battery recycling opportunities and supply chain options for remote recycling of problematic waste streams. Sarah has expertise in designing CE pilots including Australia’s first trial of recycling disposable nappies using anaerobic digestion. Sarah is also an Adjunct Associate Professor with Swinburne University of Technology.

Tim Reardon joined HIA in 2004 as the Executive Director Government Relations working on the Housing Affordability summit in the lead up to the federal election. Tim then took on the role of Executive Director Tasmania until 2007. During this time a builder’s licensing regime was introduced including reforms to home owners warranty and HIA warded off an increase in energy efficiency standards in new homes.

After leaving HIA, Tim then represented the automotive manufacturers during the industry review of 2008 gaining $4.8 billion in industry assistance. He represented the electricity generators through the introduction and repeal of the carbon price in 2012 and also worked as a consultant for a number of other industry groups and companies on federal policy matters.

Tim re-joined HIA as Chief Economist in 2017, heading up the HIA Economics team.

Elizabeth Rose

Ernst & Young


Presentation: "Modern Slavery in Australia"

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Tapas Strickland

National Australia Bank (NAB)

Head of Market Economics

Presentation: "Australian Economic Update"

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Elizabeth Rose is a Partner with Ernst & Young’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services team based in Brisbane. Elizabeth has 20 years’ experience in sustainability and climate change, working with organisations in manufacturing, mining, energy and resources to navigate the evolving landscape of non-financial risks, including climate change, biodiversity loss, social performance, human rights and modern slavery. In recent years, this has included a focus on understanding these risks within organisations’ supply chains, and to design and implement strategic approaches to risk mitigation and pursuing opportunities. Tapas is Director of Economics at NAB and provides commentary and insights for clients on the economy and financial markets, including regularly kicking off the working day with key overnight updates on NAB’s Morning Call podcast. Having recently spent the past couple of years in the London office, he continues to work with NAB’s diverse range of clients, from SMEs to institutions, both in Australia and abroad. Prior to NAB, Tapas spent six years at the Reserve Bank of Australia and worked as an economic adviser in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, advising the Gillard, Rudd and Abbott governments.  

Cara McNicol

Office of Circular Economy - Department of Environment and Science Queensland

Policy and Legislation Manager

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Clinton Skeoch


Executive Director and CEO

Presentation: "The NCC 2022 7-Star Housing Changes and the Impact to Window Selection"

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Cara is a policy and legislation Manager within the Office of Circular Economy, in the Queensland government. Cara has worked within the government for nearly 30 years in various roles, from running national environmental pest and disease eradication programs to her current role developing and implementing state environmental strategies and legislation. Cara’s team delivered the Queensland Organics Strategy and its supporting Action Plan and works across addressing Plastic Pollution and Waste Management reforms and circular economy initiatives.  Clinton Skeoch is the Executive Director and CEO of the Australian Glass and Window Association which has run the Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS) for nearly 30 years. He is also the Chair of the Australian Fenestration Rating Council. With more than 25 years’ experience across building products, research and development and member services industries.  Known for his passionate collaborative style when it comes to working with industry stakeholder groups and aligned partners Clinton is keen to lead the team at AGWA to help identify and build a growing  and sustainable window and glass industry.

Scott Matyus-Flynn

Edge Impact

Head of Built Environment, Sustainability Transformation

Presentation: "Maximise Value of EPDs"


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Cindy Bray


Executive General Manager

Presentation: "How We Communicate Positioning PVC Pipes in the Circular Economy"

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Scott is an experienced and passionate social impact and sustainability leader, and heads up Edge’s Built Environment Sustainability Transformation team. He has worked with many of Australia’s largest and most ambitious property and construction companies to build their approach to sustainability. Scott is a board member for the Living Futures Institute of Australia, previously co-owned pioneering sustainability consultancy Republic of Everyone (2010-2020), was Social Impact Lead for global fintech, Zip Co, and worked for 10+ years for global marketing and communications giant Dentsu.


Cindy Bray is the Executive General Manager of Plastics Industry Pipe Association of Australia Ltd - PIPA; the peak industry body representing the interests of Australia’s plastics pipe, fitting and resin suppliers since 1999.

Prior to joining PIPA, she was the Product and Category Marketing Manager, responsible for the technical marketing and product development functions for Iplex Pipelines Australia Ltd, one of Australia’s largest manufacturers of PVC (-U, -M, -O), PE, PP, PE-X, PB and GRP pipeline products. Her plastics pipe career spans more than 18 years in a variety of hands-on technical marketing, product management and communications functions.

Cindy holds an Executive Master of Business Administration degree and has a strong focus and passion for sustainability now and into the future – continuing to share the industry’s sustainability story through advocacy, education, technical data, and science. 

Dr. Amir Razmjou Chaharmahali

Edith Cowan University (ECU) - Mineral Recovery Research Centre - School of Engineering


Presentation: "Recycling of PVC Cable"

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Gandi Kuswandi

PT Asahimas Chemical

PVC Division Manager

Sponsor Presentation

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Dr. Amir Razmjou is currently a Lecturer in the School of Engineering at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, Australia. He is also the board director of the Membrane Society of Australasia (MSA), founder and leader of the Mineral Recovery Research Centre (MRRC) at ECU, and an editorial board member of the Journal of Desalination.

Dr. Razmjou has published over 180 peer-reviewed articles in top-tier journals related to his research, accumulating over 7300 citations. With a remarkable achievement of securing a staggering AUD 8 million in research funding, including AUD 1 million as the lead chief investigator and an additional AUD 7 million as a Co-CI, he stands at the forefront of technological advancements.

Dr. Razmjou has pioneered the integration of bioleaching with cutting-edge membrane processes, ushering in a new era of purifying and concentrating lithium ions extracted from minerals. His expertise in developing advanced ionselective membranes, backed by fundamental studies using MD simulation and DFT calculation techniques, promises a sustainable and efficient future for the industry.

For over 20 years, Gandi Kuswandi has been a noteworthy leader in the PVC resin industry. With a chemical engineering background, he built his career at PT Asahimas Chemical since 1998. As a PVC Division Manager, his goals are not limited to ensure the PVC resin product always meet customer specification including quantity and quality aspects but also determine to attempt improvement in production process to contribute PVC sustainability. Micro plastic management and PVC’s circular economy development are his main focus.

Before devoting to PT Asahimas Chemical, Gandi served at PT Dwi Sakti Mulya as Technical Service Ceramic Industry and PT Sarana Teknik Abadi as Chemistry Analyst of Water Treatment.

In addition to being a professional in PVC resin industry, Gandi also committed in professional membership. He is a member of Vinyl Council of Australia (VCA) since 2018. Since 2015, he actively being a coordinator for Indonesian Members at ASEAN Vinyl Council (AVC). He also in charge as Chairman of Asia Pacific Vinyl Network (APVN) since 2023.

Hulusi Bulduk

Haffner Machinery


Sponsor Presentation

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Jade Meredith


Employment Relations Advisor

Presentation: "Workplace Relations - Recent Trends/Watchouts for Employers in Australia"

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Hulusi Bulduk is the current Director of Haffner Machinery. After studying mechanical engineering at Technische Hochschule Koblenz University, he returned to Turkey in 1993 and became a partner in Elumatec, where he worked for 20 years.

In 2003, he expanded his activities by forming a partnership with Murat Makina and in 2011 acquired Haffner Makina, further strengthening his presence in the PVC and aluminium window and doors sectors. Hulusi Bulduk has become a well-known figure in the industry over the years, making significant contributions to the business world. His entrepreneurial spirit and successes in the business world reflect his contribution to Turkey's construction sector and innovative technologies.

Jade Meredith is an Employsure Employment Relations Advisor, based in Queensland who has gained human resources experience by working in generalist roles across diverse industries, including Aviation, Sporting and Hospitality.

This experience has assisted Jade to provide timely, practical and commercial advice to employers on day-to-day employment relations issues and compliance with employment legislation.

Rifai Rachmat


Founder and Managing Director

Sponsor Presentation

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Sophi MacMillan


Project Director - ResiLoop

Presentation: "ResiLoop Project"

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Rifai Rachmat is the Managing director and founded Primaplas in Australia in 1989. He began selling PT Asahimas PVC into Australia in 1992, and today Asahimas and Primaplas are a major supplier of PVC resin to the Australian PVC industry.

Rifai has always been interested in Polymer materials, and obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science (Materials Engineering) from Melbourne University majoring in Polymers and started his career at Shell Chemicals in Indonesia. He is experienced in a wide range of polymers including PVC, Polyolefins, Polystyrenes, PET and many others.

Over 40 years he has built up a strong network of industry contacts in Asia and helped Australian plastics customers buy their raw materials competitively from world class suppliers in the region.

Following an early working life in the finance industry in London and Hong Kong, Sophi followed her curiosity to understand how to embed environmental sustainability in economic development. She qualified as an environmental scientist in the early 1990s, bringing her to Melbourne, and has spent over 20 years implementing industry-wide strategies at national and global levels to drive sustainability and transformation, mostly in the plastics and chemicals sector. With a focus on encouraging and supporting collaboration along supply chains, she has initiated strategic sustainability improvement through responsible sourcing, product stewardship and recycling. 

She is now working with major global brands in the Australian resilient floorcovering industry to design a national product stewardship scheme and develop onshore reuse/recycling solutions for their products. 

Sophi is an experienced association executive, company secretary and NFP director and has contributed on advisory panels for initiatives such as Green Star and Global Green Tag. 

Matthew Hoyne

Welvic Australia

Director and VCA Chairman

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Dr Chris Cooper

Allunga Exposure Laboratory


Presentation: "Testing and Evaluating Durability"

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Matthew Hoyne is the current VCA Chairman and Director of Welvic Australia, a manufacturer of PVC compounds, dryblend and recycling based in Melbourne. Matthew joined the plastics industry in 1994 and has had roles with different companies prior to joining Welvic where he has been for the past 15 years.   

After completing a B.Sc. and M.A. at James Cook University, Chris Cooper worked in electron microscopy and technical writing/publishing for 12 years.

Following that for the last 30 years or so he has worked with Allunga Exposure Laboratory focussing on durability testing and other aspects of materials testing, with particular regard to coatings, plastics, and composite materials. He has also led collaborative programs with other materials testing laboratories across the globe and worked with regulatory bodies.

Nigel Jones

Australian Vinyls Corporation -

Representing Formosa Plastics Corporation

Technical Manager

Presentation: "Developments in PVC – Learnings from the International PVC 2024 Conference"

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Collaboration towards a circular economy for PVC, the journey towards net zero carbon and safe and sustainable additives will be among key topics discussed by a host of global experts at PVC AUS 2022, Australia’s premier vinyl conference, in Queensland from 7 to 9 June 2022.

Organised by the Vinyl Council of Australia at The Hilton, Surfers Paradise, the two-day conference brings together Australasia’s vinyl value chain to discuss key trends, issues and sustainability challenges influencing the region’s PVC sector.

The comprehensive two-day program themed around ‘Shared Horizons’ will feature policy, technical and case-study presentations along with panel discussions from a range of local and international expert speakers, as well as opportunities to network with key decision makers across the industry.

Supporting the event are headline sponsors Formosa Plastics Corporation, a vertically integrated supplier of plastic resin, fibre and petrochemicals, plastics extrusion technology leaders Battenfeld-Cincinnati and Greiner Extrusion GmbH, and powder handling specialists Idealtec. Gold sponsors are Akdeniz Chemson, Baerlocher, Deceuninck and Sun Ace.

Announcing the comprehensive program, Vinyl Council Chief Executive Sophi MacMillan says: “Following its postponement in 2020, our third biennial PVC AUS conference will bring the Australasian PVC industry together for the first time in four years.

“With close to two years of disruption to supply chains, working patterns and in-person events, the PVC industry has never before had more reason to come together to build new connections and discuss the latest in technical innovations, opportunities for sustainable industry development and planning for what is on the horizon.”

Key themes include collaboration with industry, government and stakeholder groups to find solutions to PVC circularity and reinforce the material’s role in a circular economy. This includes the challenge of transitioning to lower carbon PVC products, avoiding substances of high concern and shifting local uPVC window production to the next level.

The business case for addressing sustainability will be covered by Andrew Petersen, CEO of the Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia, Jorge Chapa, Head of Market Transformation, Green Building Council of Australia, Rob Coombs, Managing Director, ANZ, Interface and Gihan Perera, a Futurist and author, sponsored by Australian Vinyls.

Delegates will be updated on policies and government initiatives for Australia’s future use of plastics as well as hear from international guest speakers Jane Gardner of the European Resilient Flooring Manufacturers’ Institute, Inna Jeschke from Inovyn and Jay Thomas, from the US Vinyl Sustainability Council on their latest initiatives driving progress towards a circular economy for vinyl.

Sophi continues: “Inspirational insights and discussion with our range of expert speakers will provide invaluable opportunities for exploring industry examples of strategic initiatives and leadership, increasing understanding of current policy settings and gaining key information on vinyl sustainability to share with customers and end markets.”

Australia’s PVC manufacturing industry consumes more than A$1 billion of raw materials annually and over A$3 billion of products containing PVC are sold in Australia.

Sophi adds: “From technical and case study presentations to informed debate, our PVC AUS 2022 event offers participants an unmatched opportunity to join in-person over 150 industry peers from across the Asia Pacific region and collaborate towards a shared horizon: a sustainable, resilient society and circular economy. We look forward to welcoming you to the first vinyl industry-wide event in four years!”

For more information and to register for the event, please visit

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The Vinyl Council of Australia rescheduled its PVC AUS 2021: Shared Horizons biennial conference as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to May 24-26 2022 in the same location at the Hilton Surfers Paradise, Queensland.

Vinyl Council CEO Sophi MacMillan says that the decision to delay the event, originally scheduled for May 2020 and then postponed to March 2021, was taken due to understandable restrictions and concerns about travel and in the light of current government and health authorities’ advice.

Sophi says: “The reality is that travel and joining mass gatherings remains largely restricted because of COVID-19 and the situation is unlikely to be fully resolved until 2022. Although some events have moved to online delivery, a key purpose and attraction of PVC AUS conferences is the opportunity to connect in person with peers across the vinyl supply chain.

“This is why we have taken this strategic decision together with our major sponsors to postpone PVC AUS, an event that attracts at least 150 local and international people, to next year.”

Supporting PVC AUS: Shared Horizons as platinum sponsors are resin producer Formosa Plastics Corp, plastics extrusion technology leaders battenfeld-cincinnati, powder handling specialists Idealtec and Austria-based Greiner Extrusion GmbH. Gold sponsors include Baerlocher, Chemson Pacific, Deceuninck, Polyflor and Sun Ace. The Opening Night is sponsored by AGC Group PT Asahimas Chemical and PrimaPlas.

Sophi adds: “We have an exciting program lined up that will explore how industry might collaborate to find solutions to PVC circularity, reinforcing the material’s role in a circular economy, as well as delving into issues and trends relevant to our industry, such as Building Code product conformance, certifications and Industry 4.0.

“In the coming months, we will continue to finalise a stimulating program within a safe environment for people to meet. Although it is disappointing to have had to postpone our event until 2022, we believe industry participants will welcome the chance to reconnect and network after a long period of travel and meeting restrictions.”

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PVC AUS 2022 Speakers

PVC AUS 2022 Speakers

Meet some of the local and international speakers joining us for PVC AUS 2022: Shared Horizons on the Gold Coast, Queensland:


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Andrew Petersen

CEO, Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia

Andrew has spent over 20 years helping businesses understand and develop their capacity to respond to the reality that environmental and sustainability issues have moved from the fringes of the business world to the top of shareholders' agenda. His extensive experience includes identifying and managing environmental and sustainability risks and helping businesses to foresee and maximise the value of opportunities arising in the rapidly changing environment.

As a respected leader on sustainability, Andrew has held multiple legal and advisory roles advising clients on emissions trading, environmental compliance frameworks, environmental markets, renewable energy project development and corporate social responsibility stakeholder engagement. He has also been an industry delegate to the Australian Government's representation at the UN Conference of Climate Change and is currently a Director of APCO.


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Gihan Perera

Futurist, online presenter, speaker and author - sponsored by Australian Vinyls

Gihan Perera is a futurist, conference speaker, online presenter and author who shows you how to be fit for the future in a fast-changing world. For 25 years, he has worked with organisations and leaders throughout Australia, as well as in New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, Europe, Asia and the US - helping them to thrive in a fast-changing world. Since the pandemic, he has helped people lead in uncertainty, and act with clarity and confidence through crisis, recovery and growth. As well as being the author of "The Future of Leadership", "Disruption by Design" and multiple other books, Forbes magazine rated him the #5 social media influencer in the world (and #1 in Australia) in his area of expertise.

Click below to view Gihan's video preview for his keynote futurist presentation:

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Jane Gardner

Managing Director, European Resilient Flooring Manufacturers’ Institute - sponsored by Australian Resilient Flooring Association

Jane has been the Managing Director of the European Resilient Flooring Manufacturers’ Institute (ERFMI) since 2018, where she is actively involved in standardisation and is the Chair of ISO TC 219 textile, resilient and laminate floor coverings. She is also actively involved in the Circular Plastics Alliance, an Alliance set up by the European Commission which aims to turn millions of tonnes of recycled plastics into new products.

Prior to joining ERFMI Jane was Head of Consulting for Axion, a UK based resource efficiency consultancy, where she focused on the collection and recycling of resilient floor coverings and carpets, as well as other plastic construction products. As well as helping to set up Recofloor, the national collection and recycling scheme for vinyl flooring, Jane managed Carpet Recycling UK and was the UK Regional Representative for Recovinyl, the pan-European PVC recycling scheme.

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Cindy Bray

Executive General Manager, Plastics Industry Pipe Association of Australia

Cindy Bray is the Executive General Manager of Plastics Industry Pipe Association of Australia (PIPA); the peak industry body representing the interests of Australia’s plastics pipe, fitting and resin suppliers since 1999. Prior to joining PIPA she was a Product and Category Marketing Manager, responsible for the technical marketing and product development functions for Iplex Pipelines Australia Ltd, one of Australia’s largest manufacturers of PVC pipeline products.

Her plastics pipe career spans more than 18 years in a variety of hands-on technical marketing, product management and communications functions. Cindy holds an Executive Master of Business Administration degree and has a strong focus and passion for sustainability now and into the future – continuing to share the industry’s sustainability story through advocacy, education, technical data, and science.

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Rob Coombs

Managing Director, Interface Australia & New Zealand

In his role as Managing Director Rob leads Interface’s business operations in Australia and New Zealand, a significant and growing business within the wider Interface group. Rob has been with the company for over 25 years and his passion for sustainability ensures Interface continues to be a leading proponent of sustainable business development via its Climate Take Back® commitment. He is also a former long-serving member on the Board of the Green Building Council of Australia and he continues to advocate for the need to create a built environment in harmony with nature. Rob frequently speaks to trade associations, manufacturers, businesses, universities and media to provide a manufacturer’s insight on how making the strategic shift to a business model that focuses on creating a climate fit for life leads to better business results.


Shane Walden

Managing Director, ANL Container Line Pty Ltd

Shane graduated from Monash University in 1999 with a degree in International Business and soon joined ANL Container Line, an international shipping and logistics operator servicing the Oceania region which moves more than 1.3M TEO per annum with a turnover of 1.5B USD annually. During his 22 years with ANL to date Shane has spent time working in the CMA CGM Group Global headquarters in Marseille, and from 2006 until 2010 he was ANL’s Regional Director for Asia based in Hong Kong. During the last 10 years Shane has held a number of trade, commercial and management positions in the ANL head office in Melbourne, and his passion for global issues and international trade along with his dedication to customer experiences resulted in Shane’s promotion to ANL’s Chief Executive Officer in 2020.




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Tapas Strickland

Director, Economics, Markets, Corporate & Institutional Banking, NAB

Tapas is Director of Economics at NAB and provides commentary and insights for clients on the economy and financial markets, including regularly kicking off the working day with key overnight updates on NAB’s Morning Call podcast. Having recently spent the past couple of years in the London office, he continues to work with NAB’s diverse range of clients, from SMEs to institutions, both in Australia and abroad. Prior to NAB, Tapas spent six years at the Reserve Bank of Australia and also worked as an economic adviser in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, advising the Gillard, Rudd and Abbott governments.


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Andrea Wilde

Senior Experimental Scientist, CSIRO Manufacturing

Andrea is a team leader in the Materials Characterisation and Modelling Program at CSIRO Manufacturing and has over 25 years of experience in vibrational spectroscopy. Her research, in the area of physical and analytical chemistry, focuses on the use of spectroscopic techniques for materials characterisation, and she has applied her knowledge to a wide range of samples including carbon nanotubes.

In recent years she has focused on using spectroscopic analysis to understand, characterise and resolve problems in various aspects of carbon fibre production, including polymer synthesis, polyacrylonitrile (PAN) fibre production, stabilisation of PAN and carbonisation. Andrea is excited to be a part of CSIRO’s mission to end plastic waste and is currently working on a project to understand and explore PVC recycling and develop capability to improve the recyclability of PVC.

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Jorge Chapa

Head of Market Transformation, Green Building Council of Australia

As the Head of Market Transformation, Jorge is responsible for ensuring the GBCA's product and service offerings deliver healthy, resilient and positive places for people and nature. This includes setting the vision for Green Star, Australia’s leading rating system for the built environment. He is the chair of WorldGBC’s Global Commitment for Net Zero Carbon Buildings Taskforce, and is also a member of Climate Bonds Initiative’s building standards working group.


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Alireza Ashtari

Manager, Global Plastic Services

Alireza has worked in the PVC industry since 2007 and assists sectors in the Middle East, Russia, India, Turkey, and Australia to develop the requirements for the right formulation and cost-reduction solutions for raw materials. He has performed more than 400 industrial trial tests to improve and design the formulation for different PVC applications of pipe, window profiles, panels, cable, blown films and plastisol for more than one hundred companies globally.

He has also served as an employee and consultant in R&D and technical services for various market leaders in PVC additives including Baerlocher, Omya, Deceuninck, Goldstab and Rushimset. As a material engineer with a focus on PVC additives, over the past 15 years Alireza has helped support the market shift from heavy metal additives to environmentally friendly options.

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Jay Thomas

Executive Director, Vinyl Sustainability Council

Jay serves as the Vice President of Sustainability for the Vinyl Institute and the Executive Director of the Vinyl Sustainability Council, where he is responsible for developing and implementing the strategies and tactics that support the sustainability mission and policies of the Vinyl Institute. He has more than 25 years of vinyl industry experience in the wire and cable, roofing and flooring industries having worked in various capacities at Tyco International and Sika Corporation. Jay is also an emeritus director of the Green Building Initiative and is a certified Green Globes Professional. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Northeastern University and an M.B.A. from University of Massachusetts.


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Alexander Scott

PVC Stewardship Manager, Vinyl Council of Australia

In his role as the VCA’s Industry Sustainability Officer, Alexander aims to advance the sustainability of the PVC industry through his management of the PVC Stewardship program as well as a variety of other industry sustainability initiatives. Through this work, Alexander works closely with Stewardship Signatories to help them better understand their supply chains and raw materials, and assist them in taking action to address issues around waste, recycling & PVC recyclate use, 'chemicals of concern', and energy and carbon emissions. Alexander strongly believes that understanding the origin and nature of manufacturing materials and the organisations involved allows businesses to make smarter, more sustainable decisions for their company in the short and longer term.

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Bryn Buckley

Technical Sales Manager, Deceuninck Australia

Originally from the North of England, Bryn has worked in the uPVC windows industry for over 30 years and has held a wide range of positions across glazing and installation, production management, fabrication, sales and training. Bryn transitioned from sales and customer liaison roles earlier in his career into helping oversee fabricator training and product development throughout South-East Asia for one of the major players in the uPVC windows market. Bryn has worked with Deceuninck since 2019, where he continues to support fabricators and installers while promoting allied industries such as hardware and software suppliers, machinery manufacturers and the glass industry. Bringing his range of knowledge and experience within the industry, Bryn is in full support of the Windows Alliance and helps support the ongoing inclusion of uPVC products within the construction industry.

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David Morehouse

Managing Director, AFRC Lab - presenting on behalf of OptiSeal Australia

Having been involved with windows and doors since 1998, David is currently the Managing Director of AFRC Lab, which specialises in consulting and performance reporting on window, door and façade products for overall thermal and acoustic values. David is a strong advocate for the adoption of double-glazing standards and pushing window regulations to higher-performance numbers, and he is passionate about using world-leading solutions to assist in ensuring increased air tightness, waterproofing and fireproofing of buildings. David is also the Technical Director of e2 Environments Engineered, which specialises in raising awareness and supplying higher performance products to the built environment, as well as the Performance Solution Consultant for OptiSeal, a company that specialises in pressure-sensitive tape products in the windows and construction industries.

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Gerhard Hoffmann

Head of Product Design & Innovations, Greiner Extrusion

Gerhard was originally born in Johannesburg and studied a Masters in Mechanical and Production Engineering and Product Management. In the years since, Gerhard has held multiple roles working as a toolmaker for Oli OMW, Manufacturing Supervisor at Engel Automatisation and Head of Project Management at Technoplast. Gerhard has held his current role as Head of Product Design & innovations at Greiner Extrusion for over 20 years, and has a wide range of knowledge and expertise in profile extrusion and window manufacturing.


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Nigel Jones

Technical Manager, Australian Vinyls - presenting on behalf of Formosa Plastics Corporation

Nigel has worked in the plastics industry for over 30 years, most of which has been spent working with PVC. His career started in research and development of polymers used in telecommunications, before moving into technical service roles in the Australian PVC industry, then to business and marketing roles. He has been with Australian Vinyls since its formation in 1997 and has presented around the world on the benefits of PVC products, particularly on the many advantages of PVC pipe. Nigel was involved in the establishment of the relationship between Australian Vinyls and Formosa Plastics Corporation (FPC) over 20 years ago and has visited FPC headquarters many times. Nigel is also a member of the VCA’s Technical Steering Group, and has a degree in Chemistry from Monash University with postgraduate studies in polymer processing.

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Tabor Akman

Director, Product Stewardship, Waste Regulation and Stewardship Branch, Environment Protection Division, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Tabor is the Director of the Product Stewardship section within the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. He has a broad range of experience across the public and consulting sectors, and has spent the last five years working on environmental programs and policies ranging from product stewardship to climate change. He specialises in regulatory administration and policy development. Tabor holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and a master’s degree in Commerce. 

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Kylie Hughes

Director, Office of Resource Recovery, Department of Environment and Science Queensland

Kylie is an experienced government Policy Director with a history in development of waste management and resource recovery policy and legislation. Kylie has held roles as director and manager within the Queensland Department of Environment for over 10 years, and her range of achievements include the development and introduction of Queensland's first dedicated waste reduction and recycling legislative framework, including a waste disposal levy in 2011. Kylie works closely with the community and stakeholders to help manage negotiations involving resource efficiency policy and legislation and continues to be involved on various national waste recovery projects.


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Damien Digney

Managing Director, Repurpose Recycling

Damien began his career as a qualified plumber in 1998 before obtaining his building license in 2007 through a Construction Management degree at QUT. Damien’s love of manufacturing took off in 2009, when an opportunity presented itself to manufacture building systems using 3D design and robotic automation. Due to his passion the circular economy, in recent years Damien began looking for a PVC recyclate to extrude construction profiles, and came across the Vinyl Council who were looking for a manufacturer to commercialise their patented chemical polymer separation process as part of the TexBack project. Damien's company Repurpose Recycling won the contract to manufacture two pilot plants for PVC Separation, and Damien and his team have worked closely with PVC Separation over the last three years on the design and manufacture of the plants, which are due for completion in June 2022.

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Peter Hammer

Vice President Special Projects, Battenfeld-Cincinnati

Peter hails originally from Austria and is a Plastics Extrusion Machinery specialist with over 30 years of experience in various Technical and Senior Management roles within the industry. After working as an Electrical and Software Engineer, in 1989 Peter joined Cincinnati Milacron in their injection moulding division as an Electrical & Software Engineer, and was shortly after appointed as Manager of Electrical Engineering & Control Development of Cincinnati Extrusion. In 2010, Peter became Managing Director Service & Chief Quality Control officer and was then appointed Vice President of Technology at Battenfeld-Cincinnati Austria, before he moved to the US in the role as Vice President Special Projects at American Maplan/Battenfeld-Cincinnati USA. Peter is currently the Vice President Special Projects at Battenfeld-Cincinnati Austria GmbH, which he has held since 2018.

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Inna Jeschke

Polymers Business Unit Manager, Inovyn

As the Business Unit Manager for Polymers at Inovyn Inna is responsible for Europe’s biggest general purpose PVC Business Unit within the INEOS company, and holds a wide range of responsibilities within procurements, supply chain and project & business management. Among her many business achievements with the Inovyn team, Inna was involved in the development and launch of BIOVYN™, the world’s first Bio-attributed PVC, which has got incredible sustainability credentials. Inna has over 20 years’ experience working with INEOS largely in the ChlorVinyls chain, and also holds a Master of Economics and degree in Business Management.

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Michael Ward

National Marketing and Business Development Manager, Australian Glass Group

Michael has been in the building and construction industry his entire career and for the last 10 being in the glass industry. Starting his career with the largest global softcoat LowE manufacturer in the world opened his eyes to what high performance glass and glazing can do. Now in his role as National Marketing and Business Development Manager for the Australian Glass Group (AGG), he is passionate about driving the much-needed legislation changes in our NCC codes to increase the minimum performance standards of our glazing that will boast many benefits. Michael holds a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Auckland University of Technology

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Dick Mason

Company Secretary, Shintech USA

With over 30 years’ experience at Shintech, a major manufacturer and seller of PVC resin with a combined production capacity of more than 7.1 billion pounds of PVC resin per year, Mr Mason is currently advisor to the President of Shintech as well as being Chair of the Executive Committee of the Vinyl Institute. Mr Mason has previously held a range of roles including as Secretary of Shintech until 2018 and Controller from 1987 to 1997. Mr Mason has been involved in Shintech’s relations with state and local governments and community affairs for many years and brings a huge amount of knowledge and experience within the industry.

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The Hon. Meaghan Scanlon

Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Youth Affairs

Meaghan has served in her current role as Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Youth Affairs since 2020, before which she was the elected State Member for Gaven and Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development for over 3 years. Prior to being elected, Meaghan worked as a solicitor and advisor to the federal Labor Senator, and she is committed to ensuring the continued growth and sustainability of Queensland’s tourism industry and environment. Meaghan holds a Bachelor of Laws from Griffith University and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Queensland University of Technology.

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Matthew Hoyne

Chairman, Vinyl Council of Australia

Matthew is the current VCA Chairman and Director of Welvic Australia, a manufacturer of PVC compounds, dryblend and recycling based in Melbourne. Matthew joined the plastics industry in 1994 and held a range of roles with multiple companies prior to joining Welvic, where he has been for the past 15 years.

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Sophi MacMillan

CEO, Vinyl Council of Australia

An environmental scientist, Sophi is driven by finding commercially viable solutions to reduce the environmental footprint of products and drive change within industry. At the Vinyl Council of Australia, Sophi has engaged the vinyl, or PVC value-chain to advance the industry’s sustainable development. She has been instrumental in the establishment and management of the PVC Stewardship Program and Best Practice PVC accreditation scheme which have driven measurable changes over the past 20 years in the PVC supply chain. Sophi has also been responsible for initiating a successful recycling program with Australian hospitals for PVC medical waste which is now being adopted in the UK, South Africa, Canada and the US. 

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Dr. Martin Stimpson

Market Development Manager, IXOM/Valtris Specialty Chemicals

Located in Wiltshire, England, Martin’s focus is on new product and new market development for plasticisers and formulation additives. He has nearly 30 years’ experience in the European plasticiser markets including previously working for Velsicol and Eastman. Martin is a Graduate of the Royal Society of Chemistry from the Polytechnic of Northeast London and also holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from City University.

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Trond Stengrimsen

Sales Manager, Idealtec Srl

Trond originally graduated as Mechanical Engineer at the University in Kongsberg, Norway in 1987, and after 3 years moved to Italy starting his career as a Process Engineer of DCS controllers in a PVC resin and Plasticisers plant. In addition, he has worked in engineering and improvements of production of UPVC and PPVC pellets.

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