EPCA all set for Budapest

Registration for the 2012 EPCA Annual Meeting is “going really well”, according to the Association’s secretary-general Cathy Demeestre, with already more than 1,700 registered delegates. This is higher than at the same time last year, she added, which in itself was a record at more than 2,500 paying delegates.

The 46th Annual Meeting runs from 6-10 October 2012 in the Hungarian capital of Budapest. The base hotels are the InterContinental, Marriott and Sofitel Chain Bridge.

The overall theme of the meeting is ‘Talent and Technology: Catalysts for New Business Models in the Chemical Industry’. The introductory speech on Monday 8 October will be delivered by Dr Ajit Baron Shetty, former chairman of the board, of Janssen Pharmaceutica, former president Global Chemical Pharmaceutical Operations and corporate VP Enterprise Supply Chain, Johnson & Johnson. John Kao, chairman, Institute for Large Scale Innovation, chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Innovation, will also address the audience. John Kao advised governments on how countries can be made more competitive through innovation and education. The Monday evening speech will be delivered by Dr Dambisa Mayo, international economist and author.

This year, the traditional high level lunch address on Tuesday 9 October will be given by Rt Hon Lord Sebastian Coe, former Olympic athlete, politician and Chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. The lunch is already fully sold out. Also on the Tuesday morning is the Supply Chain Breakfast. The EPCA Logistics Village will be situated this year in the Marriott hotel and include 35 meeting tables.

The full programme is still being developed but EPCA members can find updates at