Reflections on PRSE – Plastics Recycling Show Europe

Every quarter, we will feature our team’s viewpoint or experience piece.

Recently, some of our team attended PRSE in Amsterdam; Jonathan Attwood shares his experience and highlights the benefits networking and attending gained from the event.

“I recently had the pleasure of attending the PRSE (Plastics Recycling Show Europe), and I must say, it was a hectic but fulfilling couple of days. The event provided us with numerous opportunities to connect with various stakeholders in the industry, allowing us to explore new partnerships and avenues for growth.

One of the event’s highlights was the chance to meet with material and consumable suppliers. This proved to be a game-changer for us as we discovered alternative options that offer higher quality or lower prices. This newfound knowledge will undoubtedly contribute to our ongoing efforts to optimise production processes.

We also had the privilege of connecting with machine suppliers, as well as material and consumable suppliers. This experience left me with an extensive wishlist of innovative purchases that could revolutionise our operations at IPL. The advancements in technology showcased at the event were truly awe-inspiring, and I am excited to explore their possibilities.

Another significant aspect of PRSE was the chance to interact with additive suppliers. Through these interactions, we secured samples for trial purposes and initiated a collaboration project with one of the suppliers. This collaboration will enable us to conduct testing that would otherwise come with a hefty price tag. By leveraging this opportunity, we can save money, which can then be passed on to our customers and redirected towards other crucial aspects of our business.

Knowledge is power, and as a growth-mindset business focusing on developing our innovation and tech and our team’s skills, we encourage our team to build upon their existing skills and create new ones. We enjoyed catching up with academics from the Sustainable Materials Innovation Hub (SMI hub) at the University of Manchester. The insights and knowledge shared during these conversations were invaluable, as they offered fresh perspectives and innovative ideas to further our sustainability efforts, which we intend to implement.

Last, I had a much-anticipated catch-up with Omar from the BPF (British Plastics Federation). It was an excellent opportunity to exchange updates and discuss industry trends. The BPF has always been a reliable partner, and I look forward to continuing to collaborate with them.

Overall, PRSE was a fruitful experience that energised and inspired us. The connections made, and the knowledge gained will undoubtedly contribute to our ongoing growth and development. I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in this event and excited for what lies ahead.”

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