Consumer demand and legislation driving issues addressed by inaugural Industrial Pack conference program

12 March 2018

Consumer demand and legislation driving issues addressed by inaugural Industrial Pack conference program

Industrial Pack 2018, the trade show and conference specifically created for the US industrial, transit and protective packaging industries, will be held for the first time on April 4 & 5 2018 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta. The expo conference program, which was announced today, reflects those issues which affect the industry now and going forward; issues that are driven by consumer demand and legislation both within the US and overseas.


“The conference program addresses numerous pertinent issues that the packaging industry is facing today: from cost reduction and quality; new and innovative packaging techniques and practices; sustainability in an increasingly environmentally conscious world; and the effective recycling of packaging, together with a vision of the industry’s future. The conference will give delegates the opportunity to hear first-hand from a selection of industry experts as well as take part in seminar Q&A sessions and network with their fellow delegates, all taking place alongside the main expo where they can see the latest product launches from our 100 exhibitors,” said Tim Rusbridge, Event Manager.

The program features eight special plenary sessions with executive speakers representing industrial packaging trade associations, suppliers and customers. The speaker line-up includes: Kyle Stavig, Chair of IPANA & CEO, Meyers Container; Paul Rankin, President of RIPA; Rod Armstrong of CHEP; Tim Debus, President & CEO of RPA; Adam Gendell, Associate Director of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition; Brandon D’Emidio, Director, Marketing & Product Management for CHEP; and Lonnie Jaycox of Jaycox Consulting, LLC.


The Industrial Pack Conference program was developed in partnership with a dedicated advisory board, which includes the industry’s main associations, IPANA (Industrial Packaging Alliance of North America), RIPA (Reusable Industrial Packaging Association), RPA (Reusable Packaging Association) and key sponsors. Two key themes that feature strongly within the conference are sustainability and recycling. These topics are being covered in depth, reflecting the greater awareness among brand owners and suppliers to deliver more environmentally acceptable packaging right along the supply chain.


Tim Debus, President & CEO of RPA, indicated that “there are a lot of areas that industrial packaging needs to adapt to, in order to grow with these rising trends. They need to be better at protecting their products, provide better handling of packaging and to become more efficient and sustainable.”


In addition, Adam Gendell, Associate Director of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, commented: “Industry as a whole is looking to be more proactive to learn what the next set of pressures will be – the focus on sustainable packaging for the industrial packaging world is going to grow directionally and therefore it is important to learn what else has been done in the packaging field.”


The expo is expected to attract industrial packaging professionals from both the supplier and end-user categories together with key executives from the entire supply chain at this two-day event. 


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