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EUsalt Virtual Conference | 17 June 2021


10:30 - 10:40 | Welcome & introduction

10:40 - 10:45 | Opening remarks by EUsalt President

10:45 - 11:30 | Session 1: The salt industry during and after COVID: risks, responses and expectations

The discussions in this session will highlight the essential role played by salt producers and their supply chain in the management of the COVID-19 crisis and the sector’s ways of adapting to the new reality. The topic will be approached from various perspectives such as health and safety, trade, consumption and sales and environment.


  • Dr. Denis Vidovic, Head of Chemical Compliance - K+S Minerals and Agriculture
  • Frank D. Hoks, Director Technology Salt, Nobian
  • James Noblett, Head of Health, Safety, Environment and Quality ‎ - Compass Minerals

​Moderator: Dr. Urs Ch. Hofmeier, EUsalt President

11:30 - 11:50 | Presentation by SEP, gold sponsor: Holistic Optimization Approach in Vacuum Salt Production


  • Kerstin Hirsch, Business Development Manager, SEP Salt & Evaporation Plants
  • Jens-Holger Schmidt, CEO, SEP Salt & Evaporation Plants

11:50 - 12:05 | Session 2: European Commission presentation on setting rules for organic salt production

In this session, participants will hear an update from the European Commission on setting organic salt production rules. Conclusions of the work done by the expert group for technical advice on organic production (EGTOP) will be presented.

Speaker: Denis de Froidmont, DG Agriculture and Rural Development - Unit B4 Organics

Moderator: Hubert François, Groupe Salins

12:05 - 13:00 | Lunch break & optional speed networking

13:00 - 13:50 | Session 3: EUsalt Safety Award 2021

EUsalt members - Salinen Austria, Schweizer Salinen and Compass Minerals - will present the projects they are putting forward for the EUsalt Safety Award. Participants in the conference will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite one.

Participating projects:


  • Ariane Herzog, Salinen Austria
  • François Sandoz, Schweizer Salinen AG
  • Ian Hanley, Compass Minerals

Moderator: James Noblett, Compass Minerals

13:50 - 14:10 | Session 4: Salt – the best de-icing solution for European roads

The key findings and conclusions of the EUsalt report on the environmental impact of de-icing salt will be presented in this session.


  • Dr. Franz Götzfried, Chemist and chemical engineer, Salt Research + Consulting
  • Stéphanie Gaudé, Winter maintenance specialist, The French Centre for Studies and Expertise on Risks, the Environment, Mobility and Urban Planning (Cerema)

Moderator: Gordon Dunn, Compass Minerals

14:10 - 14:27 | Break & optional speed networking

14:27 - 14:47 | Session 5: The end of plastic packaging?

This session will tackle the increasing pressure from the public and the European institutions to lower the wide use of plastics particularly in food packaging and the response of the packaging industry.

Speaker: Michel Cassart, Director Strategic Council - Sustainable Use of Plastics, PlasticsEurope

Moderator: Holger Bekemeier, K+S Minerals and Agriculture

14:47 -15:15 | Meet & Greet

15:15 - 15:30 | EUsalt Safety Award 2021 winner announcement & closing session

The conference is by invitation only.

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