Programme 2020

18-19 May 2020: Brussels, Belgium

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration & Refreshments

8:30 AM - 8:40 AM

Chair's Opening Remarks

8:40 AM - 9:15 AM - Keynote

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Is Circular Economy the Next Stage for Sustainability?

  • Implementing circular economy in practice
  • Incorporating circular economy in to the features of packaging   
  • Industry and business implications

9:15 AM - 9:50 AM - Keynote

Branding & Marketing

Accessibility & the Democratisation of Packaging

  • Improving ease of use in packaging
  • Catering to less able demographics
  • Designing packaging that improves accessibility

9:55 AM - 10:30 AM - Solution Spotlights

Solution Spotlight: APEAL

Solution Spotlight: Metsä Board

10:30 AM - 11:25 AM

iSolve Meetings & Networking Refreshments

11:25 AM - 12:00 PM - Case Studies

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Packaging Sustainability & Recycling in the Global Context

Sriman Banerjee, Head of Packaging, Global Respiratory & Global Wellness Category, GlaxoSmithKline

  • A pharmaceutical packaging expert's perspective 

Branding & Marketing

The Oatly Way

Jenny Belsö Trojer, Global Category Manager for Packaging, Oatly

  • Incorporating sustainability into your brand
  • Developing packaging materials in accordance with brand values
  • Communication and marketing for a new, yet big brand

12:05 PM - 12:40 PM - Case Studies

Branding & Marketing

The Rise in Genderless Packaging

  • Moving away from gendered packaging
  • Neutralising colouring, branding and marketing
  • Evolving our products & brands with changing societal attitudes

12:40 PM - 1:40 PM

Networking Lunch

1:40 PM - 2:15 PM - Solution Spotlights

Solution Spotlight (TBC)

Solution Spotlight (TBC)

2:20 PM - 2:55 PM - Case Studies

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Using Sustainability as a Marketing Tool

  • Connecting with eco-conscious customers
  • Syncing up sustainability pledges with action
  • Re-branding the meaning of sustainability for your business

New Materials & Commodities

The Most Sensible Ways to Utilise our Natural Resources

  • Varying the sources of raw materials
  • Case studies of implementing natural resources for packaging
  • Risk reduction

2:55 PM - 3:55 PM

iSolve Meetings & Networking Refreshments

3:55 PM - 4:30 PM - Solution Spotlights

Solution Spotlight (TBC)

Solution Spotlight (TBC)

4:35 PM - 5:10 PM - Case Studies

Branding & Marketing

Future (and evolution) of the Packaging Value Chain

Luis Carlos Chacón, Global Consultant/Op-Ed Columnist , BusinessCase/Forbes Latin America

Given the environmental urgency that humanity lives nowadays, the pressure of public and private stakeholders pushes a changing process of overall habits, to reduce pollution footprint left by all packaging used daily; however, this will involve transforming elements of current business models of FMCG's, retailers, and more.This talk starts from the review of the 2020-2030 forecast, considering -from the three actors of commerce-, how the value chain of packaging in daily life could change.

Innovation & Technology

The Rise of The Brew Company

Ulrik Skovgaard Rasmussen, Founder, The Brew Company

Session abstract TBC

5:15 PM - 6:00 PM - Panel Discussion

Innovation & Technology

Is There a Need for Smarter Packaging?

  • What is the current status of smart packaging?
  • How can we use smart packaging to communicate a story and to engage our customer?
  • Examples of smart packaging having a role in the supply chain (dark warehouse, barcodes etc.)
  • Are the high costs worth the benefits?

6:00 PM - 6:05 PM

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Day 1

6:05 PM - 7:05 PM

Evening Drinks Reception

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Registration & Refreshments

8:45 AM - 8:50 AM

Chair's Opening Remarks

8:50 AM - 9:25 AM - Keynote

Branding & Marketing

Customisation for the Consumer: The Future of Packaging

  • Personalising the customer experience with packaging 
  • Responding to consumer demand for more meaningful experiences with FMCG's
  • Implementing multi-purpose production lines & flexible print-runs for made-to-order packaging 

9:25 AM - 10:00 AM - Keynote

Innovation & Technology

Combatting Counterfeiting with Packaging

  • Smart packaging applications for anti-counterfeiting
  • Implementing measures for brand protection & preservation
  • The newest forms of security packaging 

10:05 AM - 10:40 AM - Case Studies

New Materials & Commodities

Colgate-Palmolive Case Study

Anna Tacikowska, European Design & Packaging Manager, Colgate Palmolive

  • The recyclable toothpaste tube
  • Abstract TBC

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Sustainable Luxury: A Case Study

  • Incorporating sustainability in to luxury brands
  • Maintaining the 'unboxing' factor and user experience with sustainable packaging

10:40 AM - 11:40 AM

iSolve Meetings & Networking Refreshments

11:40 AM - 12:15 PM - Solution Spotlights

Solution Spotlight (TBC)

Solution Spotlight (TBC)

12:20 PM - 12:55 PM - Case Studies

Branding & Marketing

Danone: A Dairy Case Study

Patrick Pagliarani, Head of Packaging & EDP Quality Supplier, Danone

Session abstract (TBC)

Innovation & Technology

Packaging Technology in the Age of Automation

  • The rise of the dark warehouse 
  • Benefits, costs and wider implications for business
  • Managing the human workforce impact

12:55 PM - 1:55 PM

Networking Lunch

1:55 PM - 2:30 PM

Research & Development

Decreasing Food Wastage with Better Packaging

  • The harsh reality of global food wastage 
  • Costs to businesses and the consumer 
  • Implementing smarter, more functional packaging methods 

New Materials & Commodities

The Ongoing Search for a Viable Plastic Replacement

  • An update on new, alternative materials 
  • New insights in to the plastic paradox

2:35 PM - 3:10 PM - Case Studies

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Rethinking Plastic Materials for Product Packaging

Robbert Slooten, Global Sustainability Programme Manager , Signify

Thomas Marinelli, Head of Sustainable Design, Signify

  • Awareness of enormous impact of plastic packaging on the environment
  • Drafting a plan to find alternatives for plastic materials in packaging
  • Assessing the use of plastic packaging materials in portfolio
  • Can we achieve a phase out of plastic packaging?

New Materials & Commodities

Food Safety & Bioplastics

  • Ensuring the safety and quality of food & beverage products can be preserved by plastic alternatives 
  • Examples of viable materials 
  • Risk analysis 

3:15 PM - 3:50 PM - Case Studies

New Materials & Commodities

Overcoming the Challenges of Switching to Bio-Based Packaging Materials

  • Enhancing packaging life-cycle and controlling costs from production to shelf
  • Understanding the environmental impact of bio-based materials: biodegradability and compostability
  • Evaluating main barriers to adoption: Cost, performance and availability
  • Assessing consumers expectations and their impact in the growing use of bio-based packaging materials

Branding & Marketing

Design to be at the Top

Ashwani Kumar, Chief Technologist: Design & Packaging, ITC Limited

When it comes to design, there are several exemplars across categories and touchpoints which are the benchmarks in themselves. What we learn from each of them rolls up into a philosophy by itself. This philosophy will not just take your business to the top, but brings you immense satisfaction in what you do.

Here is your answer in getting to the top.

3:55 PM - 4:30 PM - Panel Discussion

How Can Packaging Development be Improved Through Cross-Departmental Collaboration?

  • What is the typical packaging development process and what are the challenges in working collaboratively?
  • Cutting down time-to-market through cross-departmental collaborations
  • What are the main challenges to collaborations between packaging designers, engineers and marketing experts?

4:30 PM - 4:40 PM

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Day 2


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