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Successful EATP Spring Conference in Vienna
Aug '08
EATP's 2008 Spring Conference and Executive Seminar, held in Vienna on May 19 and 20, was again a big success. It brought together senior representatives from the large majority of EATP member companies, together with an increased number of non-members, including some from outside Europe. So the international reputation of the
EATP conferences continue to grow.

The programme was an intensive one. It started off with a members' meeting, with presentation of EATP's priorities and activities, and lively sector group discussions.
This was followed by the opening of the Executive Seminar, with 19 presentations by expert speakers packed into a day and a half.

Highlights included:
An overview of the world and European economic scene by the chief economist of the Austrian National Bank
The perspective of Borealis on development of polypropylene markets, and the company's strategy
Analysis and forecasts for world olefin and polyolefin markets, from Jacobs Consultancy
Developments in Egypt, from the CEO of Oriental Petrochemicals
Developments in Russia, from the leading Russian group Creon Consultants
A unique view of the carpet market from Domo
Stabiliser developments by CIBA
Market report update, from Albert Prisse of EATP, with special attention to nonwovens
A view of technical textile issues, from a leading specialist journalist
Presentation of the background to the successful development of Isbir Sentetik in Turkey, from the company's General Manager
A management briefing on private equity
Machinery developments in waste recovery, from Starlinger
Starlinger's view of global polyolefin textile developments
Four presentations on how to build competitive advantage through innovation, with speakers from Australia, Austria, Belgium and the Czech Republic
An explanation of market dynamics in synthetic turf for landscaping, from specialist producer GardenGrass

So insights were offered into many different polyolefin textile markets and technologies, from many different standpoints. It would have been impossible for participants to have had this kind of overview, from acknowledged experts and market leaders, in any other way, and certainly not in such a short and time-effective period.

Conferences are always a good occasion for informal exchanges between different industry players, and this was no exception – coffee breaks and lunches were notably filled with animated discussion, with speakers being pressed on some of their statements, or even taken to task where participants disagreed with their conclusions, and more generally participants exchanging views on industry developments.

This was also the case during the Conference dinner that closed the first day's proceedings, helped by the fact that it was taking place in splendid and impressive surroundings, in the grounds of the beautiful Schönbrunn Palace. One new part of the programme was a visit for interested participants to a member company's showroom: the impressive display of processing machinery in the factory of Starlinger, close to Vienna. Of course, what really counts is the reaction of participants, and EATP always asks for their feedback after the event.

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