Dr. LUDOVIC VALETTE
President, Global Technology
O-I Global Headquarters, US
Ludovic Valette is the Vice President, Global Technology at Owens-Illinois (O-I). He is located at the company worldwide headquarters in Perrysburg, OH. In this role, he is responsible for leading the Global Engineering organization and the exploration, R&D, optimization, deployment, and obsolescence management of technologies across O-I’s global footprint. He also owns O-I’s end-to-end integrated technology roadmap, oversees O-I’s capital projects portfolio, and is in charge of optimizing the value of O-I’s technology and intellectual property portfolio, including technology licensing and strategic relationship opportunities.
Valette joined O-I in 2013 from The Dow Chemical Company, where he spent over 13 years and held various global leadership positions in Germany, China, and the United States. He holds a master’s degree in material sciences and engineering, and a Ph.D. in macromolecular chemistry and composites from the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Lyon, France. He is a certified Six Sigma green belt project leader. He recently completed several executive education programs at Stanford, Columbia, the University of Chicago, and IMD Lausanne. He is a member of the advisory board of Glass Futures (UK) and FEVE (the European Glass Container Association). He has authored or co-authored more than 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals and holds more than 25 granted patents and patent applications.
Glass – The Material of Choice for Sustainable Packaging Solutions
The food and beverage industry shows a significant renewed interest for glass packaging which is growing again after years of decline. Key influencers, especially consumers and brand owners, shape strong market trends where sustainability, greater awareness of environmentally-friendly packaging, and health and wellness concerns play a primary role in the decision-making process. These driving forces combined with the fast market evolution requires glassmakers to reconsider their conventional glass packaging offering. An adequate balance between incremental improvement and radical innovation must be developed. The traditional continuous improvement process, focused on issues with strong operational relevance such as higher productivity efficiency and incremental cost optimization, must be complemented by disruptive technologies and a more radical cultural change in the glass containers industry.
For example, the emerging market need for sustainable packaging solutions should be addressed (i) by demonstrating that glass containers are the preferred choice for cradle-to-grave waste management and (ii) by developing and improving furnace design with high energy efficiency and low emissions. The development of more standardized and modular assets with lower capital intensity and greater operational flexibility would also enable glass to be better positioned with respect to alternative substrates such as PET or aluminum.