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The Conference at PACK EXPO | Educate, Innovate, and Advance

The Conference at PACK EXPO, held in conjunction with PACK EXPO International 2012 (October 28-31; McCormick Place, Chicago), will offer packaging printing and converting professionals actionable insight into the latest trends and issues driving the industry under the umbrella theme of “Educate. Innovate. Advance.” This year’s broad range of sessions will include discussions on sustainability initiatives, regulatory compliance and anti-counterfeiting measures.

The show has partnered with leading associations from across the supply chain to provide conference sessions tailored to attendees’ specific areas of interest. Partners include:

  • Alliance for Innovation and Operational Excellence (AIOE)
  • Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM)
  • Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP)
  • The Great Lakes and Midwest chapters of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE)
  • International Society for Beverage Technologists (ISBT)
  • PMMI U
  • Reusable Packaging Association (RPA)
  • The Packaging Association — PAC

Sessions are divided into eight different tracks and include Focus on the Future—Trends and Innovations, Food Safety/Product Security and Sustainability/Packaging Materials. For a glimpse at this year’s conference highlights, see the list below. The full conference schedule is available at www.packexpo.com/conference. Registration fees are $99 per session through October 8, 2012 cost increases to $125 per session after that date. The ticket price includes admission to the PACK EXPO show floor.

In addition, the PACK EXPO Lecture Series will feature a spirited discussion between nationally renowned commentator and comedian Dennis Miller and James Carville, political consultant and former advisor to President Bill Clinton. The two speakers will provide their views on the 2012 Elections and respond to audience questions on Sunday, October 28, at 5:15 p.m. Tickets for this special event will be sold separately from Conference session tickets or general registration, at a cost of $125 or $1,000 for a package of 10.


Session Highlights

Monday, October 29

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Session Number: M25

Track: Focus on the Future – Trends and Innovations

Session Title: Labels and Barriers and Trends, Oh My!

Speaker: Pat Reynolds, VP/Editor-in-Chief, Packaging World Magazine

Session Description: In-mold labeling growth and barrier, new extrusion blow molding grades, the latest initiatives for operational efficiency and other developments piquing the interest of the industry press.


9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Session Number: M14

Track: Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Session

Title: Product Fraud and Anti-Counterfeiting in the Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Industries

Speakers: John Spink, Associate Director/Assistant Professor, A-CAPP and Assistant Professor, Michigan State University; Karen Greene, VP, Sales & Technology, Life Packaging Technology


12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Session Number: M28

Track: Focus on the Future—Trends and Innovations

Session Title: Contract Packaging and Kitting as a Lean Packaging Strategy

Speakers: Joe Jaruszewski, President, Contract Packaging Association

Session Description: The science of lean kitting to reduce labor, lower COGS, increase throughput and speed-to-market, and improve quality control.


1:30p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Session Number: M04

Track: Food Safety & Product Security Session

Title: IFS PACsecure, HACCP-based Packaging Food Safety Standard for Packaging Converters

Speaker: Larry Dworkin, Government Relations Director, PAC-The Packaging Association

Session Description: The foremost HACCP-based food safety standard for packaging, submitted for Global Food Safety Initiative recognition in 2012.


1:30p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Session Number: M11

Track: Sustainability & Packaging Materials

Session Title: PAC NEXT: A World without Packaging Waste

Speaker: Nina Goodrich, Program Director, PAC NEXT

Session Description: Exploring, evaluating and mobilizing end-of-life solutions across the packaging value chain.


2:45p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Session Number: M12

Track: Sustainability & Packaging Materials

Session Title: Packaging Next Life Solutions

Speakers: John Downham, President & CEO, PAC-The Packaging Association; Albe Zakes, Sustainable Packaging Director, Terracycle Canada Inc.

Session Description: For retailers, CPGers, package converters, and waste managers, TerraCycle and PAC share innovative solutions to eliminate packaging waste.


Tuesday, Oct. 30

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Session Number: T10

Track: Sustainability & Packaging Materials

Session Title: Why Innovative Sustainable Packaging Requires Innovative Packaging Machinery

Speaker: Gene Eckert, Marketing & Sales Director, Pack Flow Concepts LLC

Session Description: A case study of a reusable outer container with a compostable refill, along with a discussion of modifying pouch-making machines, filling, sealing and shipping.


Wednesday, Oct. 31

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Session Number: W24

Track: Manufacturing Solutions

Session Title: Marketing-Operations Conflicts: The Costs in Package Development and How to Avoid the Waste

Speaker: John Henry, President, Changeover.com

Session Description: Resolving conflicts between package designers and operations personnel through better communication.

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