Plastics New Zealand's 78th Annual Conference is occurring on the 16th - 17th May in Rotorua, New Zealand.

All Members and Non-Members are welcome to attend


Plastics New Zealand 78th Annual Conference 
16th – 17th May 2024, Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
"Crafting the Future: A Tapestry of Diversity, Innovation and Sustainable Enterprise"

(Updated 1 May 2024 - Further details will be confirmed as Speakers & Topics are finalised)

Wednesday 15 May 2024

10.30am   Pre-Conference Golf - Springfield Golf Club kindly sponsored by BASF 

5.30pm    Pre-Conference Manufacturing Networking Event  - SCION

7.30pm     Free evening for Delegates

Thursday 16 May 2024

Conference Plenary Sessions Day 1 - Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

8:00 am

 Registration Opens

9:00 am

 Conference Opening

9:15 am

 Crafting the Future: Meeting Tommorrow's demands for our Industry : CEO's Update, Rachel Barker


 Capturing Business Opportunity with Upstream Innovation :  Jess Mitchell, Designally

10.10am  Closing the Loop: Circular Economy Programme Updates 2023 – 24: Katy Constance, Circular Economy Manager


 Morning Tea kindly sponsored by Blender

10:45 am 

 Bioplastics and Global Trends in Polymer Developments : Alec Foster, SCION  


 Benefits of Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing for NZ plastics companies: from prototypes to production and anything in between: Bruno Le Razor - Fi Additive 

11.45 am  Funding for the Future of Plastic Technologies - Accessing the R&D Tax Incentive: Nick Inskip, Callaghan Innovation


 Lunch kindly sponsored by Premium Tooling China

1:00 pm

 Industry 4.0 Smart Factory Showcase (Workshop) - Powering your future with Industry 4.0 innovations


 Afternoon Tea kindly sponsored by eXsource

3:30 pm

 Ancient Wisdom Modern Solutions for Leaders : Ngahihi o te ra Bidois

4:25 pm

 Day 1 Sessions close/housekeeping

Conference Dinner Evening - Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

Plastics New Zealand 78th Annual Conference Dinner

kindly sponsored by Competenz

Quiz Night (80's Themed event)

5.30pm            Predinner drinks & and canapes
6.30pm            Seat for dinner
6.35pm            Competenz Awards
                           Quiz Night Practice
7.00pm            Buffet Dinner
8.00pm            Plastics New Zealand Presentations
8.30pm            Quiz Night 
11.00pm           Prize Giving
12.00pm          Function end

Friday 17 May 2024

Conference Plenary Sessions Day 2 - Novotel Rotorua Lakeside

9:00 am

 Opening Day 2                                                                                                                                            

9:05 am

Looking for light at the end of the tunnel and hoping it's not a freight train - Cameron Bagrie, Bagrie Economics
kindly sponsored by TCL Hunt Ltd


 Plastic Manufacturing - an energy manufacturing journey : Karen Orr - EECA, Dwayne Carroll - Aliaxis

10:30 am

 Morning Tea kindly sponsored by PIL

11.00 am 

 Panel session - Education & Vocational Skills

11.30 pm

 Minister for Small Business & Manufacturing : Honourable Andrew Bayly

12.00pm  Industry Issues  - Part 1 (Group Session)

12.30pm Lunch kindly sponsored by Chemiplas NZ

1:15 pm

 Industry Issues - Part 2  (Group & Split Sessions)


  Endeavor Fund: Shaping a circular market system for plastics in NZ
  Dr Julia Fehrer, Professor Johan Verbeek, UoA.


 National AGM   


 Afternoon Tea kindly sponsored by Willis Towers Watson


 Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude: Tony Christiansen

4.25 pm

 Conference Official Close/Prize Draws   


















Post Conference Dinner

7.00pm     Post-Conference Dinner (Optional) for Delegates staying on for the Weekend

(Updated 1 May 2024 - Further details will be confirmed as Speakers & Topics are finalised)

Register to join us today! LATE RATES APPLY FROM 13TH APRIL


Download the Conference Progrogramme here