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 8 April 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

 Opening Speaker 


 Capturing Business Opportunity with Upstream Innovation :  Jess Mitchell, Designally

10.10am  Business Case Study 


 Morning Tea kindly sponsored by Blender

11:00 am 

 Plastics NZ Update on activities on behalf of Industry : Rachel Barker - PNZ CEO, Katy Constance - Circular Economy Manager  

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 Qenos eXsource

3:30 pm

 Keynote Speaker: Ngahihi o te ra Bidois - “Ancient Wisdom and Modern Solutions”

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 (Themed event)

5.30pm            Predinner drinks & and canapes
6.30pm            Seat for dinner/Teams Formation
6.35pm            Awards
                           Quiz Night Practice
7.00pm            Buffet Dinner
8.00pm            Plastics New Zealand Presentations
8.30pm            Quiz Night
11.00pm          Juke Box
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

The State of the NZ Economy - Cameron Bagrie, Independent Economist
kindly sponsored by TCL Hunt Ltd


 Panel session - Education & Vocation Skills

10:30 am

 Morning Tea kindly sponsored by PIL

11.00 am 

 Industry Issues - Combined and breakout sessions

12.30 pm

 Lunch kindly sponsored by Chemiplas NZ

1:15 pm

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

1:45 pm

 Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing: from prototypes to production: Bruno Le Razor - Fi Additive                                                       


 Business Case Study


 National AGM   


 Afternoon Tea kindly sponsored by Willis Towers Watson


 Closing Speaker : 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 8 April 2024 - Further details will be confirmed as Speakers & Topics are finalised)

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