Accelerate Your Industry Acumen and Prepare to Win

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Get your Industry Knowledge on a Winning Track!

We’re at the starting line of another year and like many professionals, you may be looking for new ways to improve your products or services? Begin your journey by registering for the 2018 TAPPI International Flexible Packaging and Extrusion Division Conference (formerly PLACE Division).

This biennial Conference serves as a one-stop shop for collaboration – from raw material suppliers to brand owners. Held April 22-25, 2018 at the Omni Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, this year’s conference theme is Setting the Pace for Innovation in Flexible Packaging. Typical attendees include engineers, technical directors, managers, R&D specialists, suppliers, brand owners, consultants, academics, marketing and sales associates, young professionals, and lab, substrate, and machine suppliers. 

High-performance content leads the way beginning with an Opening Session keynoted by Steve Sikra, Procter & Gamble (P&G) Associate Director, Solid Waste Management and End of Life Innovation. Mr. Sikra will present “A Brand Owners Perspective:  Material Selection and Consumer Messaging for Flexibles.”  On Tuesday, an Awards Luncheon features a keynote address focusing on ”Packaging and Specialty Plastics Innovation: Delivering Sustainability Solutions Across the Supply Chain” from Bob Maughon, R&D Vice President for Packaging & Specialty Plastics and Hydrocarbons, The Dow Chemical Company.

A panel discussion on “The Future of Flexible Packaging” will feature brand owners sharing their visions on the industry’s path forward, as well as results from a recent Nielsen survey commissioned by TAPPI’s International Flexible Packaging and Extrusion Division, and conducted specifically on consumer insights into the industry. 

A sampling of other Session topics include:
• E-commerce 
• Multilayer Packaging: Testing, Characterization, and Modeling
• Advancements in Film Forming & Cooling
• Advances in Materials & Processing for Extrusion Coating and Laminating
• The Changing Landscape for Packaging

Networking events include:
• Welcome Reception, sponsored by NOVA Chemicals, held at Rooftop 210 at EpiCentre
• Newcomers’ Luncheon
• New Technology Showcase
• Tabletop Reception
• Young Professionals Mixer
• Evening Event at the NASCAR Hall of Fame

For more information about the Conference and available Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact TAPPI’s Division Manager Kristi Ledbetter at or 770-209-7319.
Take advantage now of the Conference’s early-bird registration rates

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