Mustafa Bilgen

Winpak


I am Director of Innovation at Winpak Ltd., based in Winnipeg, CA. My responsibilities include developing and driving innovative sustainable packaging solutions, delivering value to clients and the entire value chain by close collaborations with industry partners and promoting product development with end-of-life in mind. I am passionate about collaborative efforts to tackle the sustainability challenges facing our industry including environmental, social and economic issues.

Prior to Winpak, I was a Technology Leader at Dow Packaging. I am a trained engineer with an MSc degree in Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science from NC State University. I worked in the materials and packaging industry for over 18 years.

My spare time is partially spent outdoors playing soccer, swimming and hiking but mostly spent with my three kids and wonderful wife!

2018 SPC Executive Committee Candidate

Why do you want to serve on the Executive Committee?
I want to serve on Executive Committee because I am passionate about collaborative efforts to tackle the sustainability challenges facing our industry including environmental, social and economic issues. I believe in industry wide collaboration to make packaging more sustainable. Opportunities to create packaging that is good for all exist hence my approach is to work together to turn opportunities into sustainable packaging solutions. I believe Executive Committee is a platform and an opportunity for me to do my part as an active member based on the principles of collaboration, education and action. I am ready!
What do you think you would contribute as an Executive Committee representative?
I would contribute as an Executive Committee representative in multiple areas. I can and I am ready to provide insights from packaging converter’s point of view on sustainability challenges. I would be a technical resource with my materials and process science background combined with application and market knowledge. My experience in multi-layer packaging design and recyclability including functional coatings would provide value to Executive Committee as recyclability for multilayer packaging is a crucial need for our industry. I would like to share learning from close collaboration with recyclers to boost efforts in design with end-of-life in mind, recycling and better materials recovery. My previous experience in team work and project management helps me to take on tasks and drive them forward for results.