Name Edward Kosior
Organisation Nextek Ltd.
Position Managing Director
Website http://nextek.org/

Edward Kosior received a Bachelor of Applied Chemistry and Diploma of Education from Melbourne University and Masters of Engineering Science in Polymer Engineering from Monash University Australia.

Edward is an Honorary Professor at Brunel University London, at the Wolfson Materials Processing Centre; also Fellow of The Society of Plastics Engineers; Fellow of Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce ;.

Edward Kosior has been active as an innovator in polymer technology for the past 40 years both within universities, recycling enterprises and as Founder and Managing Director of Nextek Ltd, which has offices in UK, Australia and India.

He holds several patents for the recycling plastics and been instrumental in the introduction of recycled plastics into food packaging in Europe and Australia (PET, HDPE and PP).

His goals are to help preserve and improve the natural environment through novel technologies that reduce waste generation and increase the closed loop economy that promotes high efficiencies in the use of limited resources and truly sustainable materials.

He is also working on mitigating plastics in oceans and encouraging adoption of science and best practices in avoiding the environmental problems facing developing countries.


His employment history is as follows:

Nextek Ltd     London, England, 2005 to present

Managing Director

Overall management of business and responsibility for Nextek’s research and development activities. Recent activities have included strategic advice and consulting to Fortune 500 organisations on end of life options for packaging wastes as well as complex materials. Projects delivered have included:

  • UK – Development of a food grade PP recycling process and large scale trials
  • Switzerland – Strategic advice and options for using recycled materials in branded products
  • Australia and New Zealand– Design and commissioning a large new plastic recycling facilities
  • USA- Re-design of large scale PET recycling facility to increase output and quality targets
  • UK – Design of recycling plant for the recovery of post consumer films plastics shopping bags
  • Canada – Best practice in collection and reprocessing of post-consumer plastic films
  • UK – Development of detectable black colourants for automatic sorting of plastics packaging
  • UK – Development of fluorescent markers for the high speed sorting of post consumer plastics packaging
  • UK- Malaysia – Development of biobased meat and fruit packaging with extended shelf life
  • UK – India – Development of affordable films with controlled permeability for food watage reduction

Visy Industries, Melbourne and Sydney, Australia 1997 to 2004,

Senior Research & Development Manager; Visy Recycling (Australia’s biggest recycling Co) Responsible for the plant design and business development of markets for recycled plastics.

RMIT University Melbourne, Australia 1975 to 1997

Associate Professor, Dept of Chemical Engineering; Teaching Bachelor of Polymer Engineering and supervising PhD and MEng students

Director, RMIT Polymer Technology Centre; Conducting Industry focused research.


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