Andrea Smith


Andrea Smith has worked at Avient for eight years and is now Global Product Manager for PET resin processing additives. She graduated at Teesside University with a BSC (hons) in Chemistry in 1999 and began her career with ICI as a Research Chemist within the Chemicals and Polymers division, working on product development, PET catalysis and manufacturing processes of PET. She continued in this role for 15 years as the business was acquired by DuPont and then INVISTA. She then worked as Market Development Manager for Dorf Ketal, working specifically on the implementation of antimony free catalysts in PET resins, resulting in more than 25 years experience within the PET industry.

As a Product Manager Andrea has led product development projects through to product launch for novel PET additives designed to enhance and improve the recyclability of PET, used in both beverage and food packaging applications. Within this role she and has frequently been involved in APR technical committee meetings and workshops.

How to enter the event


  1. Click on the link that will be sent on the day of the conference

  2. It is recommended that you use Chrome web browser.

  3. Select an attendee ticket and click “join event”.

  4. You will be redirected to a sign-up page. Please create an account with the email address you have registered with and click sign-up. If you already have a Hopin account, please log in with your details.

  5. You have now entered the conference. On the left side of your screen, you will see different tabs:


is where you can find all the information about the conference (agenda, bio of speakers, schedule with timings etc.)


is where the main speeches and the panel discussion will happen.


for a better connection, we recommend you close any video call softwares of websites. During the breaks, you have the possibility to connect with other participants. You can do so in two ways:

Click on the Networking tab and you will be connected automatically with a fellow event participant who also wants to network.

Look for the person you want to connect with on the attendee list (this list can be found by clicking on "people" on the right side of your screen) click on the name of the person you would like to talk to and invite him/her for a video call.

How to ask a question to the panelists

Write your question on the event chat, the moderator will have it in front of her/him and will pick relevant questions to ask the speakers.