22 June 14:00 - 15:30 CESTDigital event

Side-stream material innovations and unexpected collaborations are blossoming up all around us. They still spark curiosity in the public's eye, yet are speedily becoming the New Normal of our industry. Excess algae, vegetable peels, grass straws, vegetable oils - more and more modern world coatings, colourings and packaging are made out of side-stream materials.

  • How does one build a business based on ideas of collaboration and sustainability?
  • What are the biggest challenges when developing bio-based and biodegradable solutions for environmentally friendly food packaging?
  • What does it take to make new products that fit already established infrastructure?

These are some of the main questions that we will tackle during our upcoming Virtual Handshake meeting with Brightplus and their business partner, innovative coating manufacturer Teknos. Join us digitally to follow their story of co-creation of a new, bio-based barrier coating for food packaging.

Do you care for a chance to make new connections? Stay for some digital networking at the end of the event. Join from wherever you are to hear Packbridge members' stories, learn and connect!

Register latest by June 21, 2021. FREE of charge.
Upon registration, you should receive a confirmation letter with the event link via e-mail. We will also send you an e-mail reminder before the event.



Jarkko Leivo
Technology Director @ Brightplus

Jarkko is the key person behind Brightplus technology and relationships. He holds a Dr. Tech. in Material Science, with proven commercialisation success with biomaterials and coatings in many industries like paper, mining, solar, power and glass manufacturing.

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Milja Hannu-Kuure
Managing Director @ Brightplus

Milja is the key person behind Brightplus team growth and business development. She holds a Dr. Professor in Catalytic Chemistry with over 20 granted patents and has decades of experience in “go-to-market” solutions and rapid productisation of coatings and materials.

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Tuomas Aspiala
Group Commercial Manager, Innovations @ Teknos

Tuomas is the key person behind the commercialization of innovations at Teknos. He has an M.Sc. in chemical engineering and 20 years of international sales and product management experience within the paper and chemical industries. "I believe in cooperation and see myself as an enabler, but I also believe in results - only markets can turn an idea into an innovation!", says Tuomas.

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Pirkko Taskinen
Business Developer @ Brightplus

Pirkko is the key Brightplus's expert in business development, but she also carries extensive experience in ICT technology, product management and marketing. At her work, Pirkko is driven by a mission to develop Finnish products and services by identifying the benefits for the customers in the international markets.

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Preliminary Agenda


Svetlana Eskebaek, Packbridge
Pirkko Taskinen, Brightplus


Sustainable side-stream solutions

Jarkko Leivo and Milja Hannu-Kuure, Brightplus


Bio-based barrier coating

Tuomas Aspiala, Teknos


Co-creation story by Brightplus and Teknos



Moderator - Pirkko Taskinen, Brightplus


Mingle with the speakers


About Brightplus: Brightplus is a pioneering Finnish biosourced materials company that creates reusable, recyclable and biodegradable side-stream material solutions with visionary chemistry. Their products range from coating and barrier solutions to plastic replacement materials.

About Teknos: Teknos is a global company offering world-leading paint and coatings solutions for the home and for the industry. Teknos wants to make the world last longer by providing smart, technically advanced paint and coating solutions to protect and prolong.

All you need to know:

When: June 22, 14:00-15:30

Where: Wherever you are - this is a digital event 

For whom: All professionals within the packaging ecosystem

Tickets: FREE of charge upon registration

Language: This event will be held in English 


Virtual Handshake is a series of business storytelling events during which Packbridge community members share interesting cases, recent challenges, learnings, industry news, and opportunities straight from behind the scenes of their organisation.