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CirTex, IFF Plastics and Niskus Biotec join CIRCULÉIRE’s Panel on May 25th

CirTex, IFF Plastics and Niskus Biotec join CIRCULÉIRE’s Panel on May 25th

“Circular Ventures: Drivers & Opportunities” will take place at the 2022 Manufacturing & Supply Chain Expo

Among a range of activities, CIRCULÉIRE will host the panel “Circular Ventures: Drivers & Opportunities” on May 25th, during the (in-person) 2022 Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition. From 11 to 11:55 am, hear from CirTex, IFF Plastics and Niskus Biotec who will share their journey to scaling up their circular ventures. 

David McCormack, Director of Sustainable Manufacturing at Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR), will moderate the panel and will also announce CIRCULÉIRE’s 2022 Circular Venture Cohort. 

See below the panellist’s biographies and their presentation synopsis. 

  • The Linear Model: have we reached the tipping point?CirTex Ltd 

The stage is set. We are all clear that it’s not business as usual. The pattern of Manufacture, Use and Discard is the burning platform.  Irish Entrepreneurs are stepping into the problem by investing and innovating new solutions. We’re at a tipping point. So how do we catapult forward?  

Presenter: Rick Earley, CEO at CirTex Ltd 

Rick graduated in Applied Chemistry from the Cork Institute of Technology and in Purchasing Management from Witwatersrand Business College, South Africa. He started his professional career in the R&D unit of Biocon Biochemicals. Later, he founded MetPro Limited, which was acquired by Jordan and subsequently acquired by Goldman Sachs. From 2017 – to 2018, he served as CEO of Shanghai Santai Wrapper Company in China.  

  • IFF Plastics: Transforming Plastics Waste into Longer-Lasting ProductsIFF Plastics 

IFF Plastics diverts valuable plastic waste from export or landfill by recovering and processing industrial waste plastics from industry, farms, and recovering ocean plastics to transform these into durable plastics products. Learn how IFF Plastics is playing its part to build a circular plastics economy in Ireland. 

Presenter: Sharon Barrington, General Manager at IFF Plastics 

Sharon Barrington is the General Manager of IFF Plastics, a family-run plastics recycling and manufacturing facility in West Clare.  

Food manufacturing companies create a significant amount of plant-based waste streams that are becoming increasingly costly to treat or dispose of, we profile how onsite myco-valorisation can be used to convert these waste and side streams into high-value fermented products. 

Presenter: Vincent Farrelly, Founder & CEO at Niskus Biotec Ltd 

Vincent Farrelly has 20 years of experience working in European life science and tech. He has held management positions in R&D and business development in private, spin-outs and public sectors.  He has an MBA from Technology University Dublin and MSc from Aberdeen University. 

CIRCULÉIRE’s Workshop: Supporting Industry to Embrace Circularity (25th May) 

Transitioning from a linear to a circular business model has become a boardroom imperative. Join our free (in-person) Stakeholder Workshop on the 25th May from 2-4pm at the 2022 Manufacturing & Supply-Chain Expo to explore the drivers and opportunities for Irish industry’s transition towards circularity as well as unpack the barriers and key enablers of circular business models. 


CIRCULÉIRE is a public-private partnership co-created by Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) and three strategic partners: the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and EIT Climate-KIC. Together with industry partners CIRCULÉIRE aims to assist manufacturers and their supply chains to switch from linear to circular business models.

Read more about CIRCULÉIRE here.

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