Programme 2020

28 & 29 September 2020 | All times in CEST

8:05 AM - 9:05 AM


9:05 AM - 9:15 AM

Opening Remarks

9:15 AM - 9:50 AM - Keynote

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Sustainability: Materials, plastic reduction, packaging weight, circular economy, food waste vs plastic packaging

Marion Sarra, Technical Packaging Engineer, Metro

Abstract TBC

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

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Towards a more circular economy

Tony Waite, President , APEAL, the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging

Public debate and legislation are pushing for less waste and more circular packaging solutions.

  • What are the recent legislative changes?
  • How does the EU’s new Green deal aims to keep resources in use?
  • How can using steel for packaging help Europe achieve a more efficient and circular economy?

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Design through the value chain

Ilkka Harju, Packaging Services Director, Metsä Board

  • Sustainability in the New Normal will be an even hotter topic. Consumers and companies are redefining their views in regard of packaging sustainability and safety.
  • Accelerating the speed of innovation becomes even more crucial. Collaboration across the value chain is the key to make sure that the package performs optimally in every point of the packaging value chain and supports circular economy.
  • Customer cases demonstrate how packaging can be designed to address the whole lifecycle of packaging – starting from good understanding of the material properties and designing for recyclability

10:30 AM - 11:25 AM

iSolve Meetings & Networking

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

Research & Development

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.

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Closing the Loop – Engineering a Sustainable Packaging Experienc

Gaurav Kale, Senior Manager Packaging Engineering, Blue Apron

In this session, you will hear how the Blue Apron packaging teams are addressing the industry-wide challenges of cold chain delivery in a society that values a move to more sustainable packaging options.

What we’ll cover:
  • The process of defining our focus on sustainability in the company
  • A look at how we are bringing the voice of the customer into our design process
  • A deep dive into cold chain packaging - one of the toughest challenges our industry faces every summer when it comes to improving the environmental impact of meal kit delivery

12:05 PM - 12:40 PM - Keynote

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Consumer Perception for Sustainable TV, CE & SDA Packaging

Onur Onrat, Head of Product Communication & Graphic Design, Arçelik

  • Is it possible to increase sustainability perception with design?
  • Investigating the perception of sustainability in various SDA packaging designs with consumer tests

12:40 PM - 1:40 PM

Networking Lunch

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

Innovation & Technology

Zero tolerance for VOCs

Itsue Yanagida, Business Development Manager, Toray

  • The world’s first VOC free waterless EB offset printing technology for food packaging
  • No harmful effect to printers thanks to water-washable EB ink and water-based cleaning solution
  • Advantages in terms of ecology, efficiency and quality

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

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Our Sustainable Packaging Journey

Lindsey McCoy, CEO, Plaine Products

  • Plaine Products evolved out of a personal desire to find a solution for all of the plastic bottles in the bathroom.  We offer premium personal care products packaged in aluminum bottles that we reclaim to wash, refill and reuse.
  • Lessons and obstacles we've encountered in shipping, packaging, and creating a closed loop system to reduce waste.
  • Best practices around reusable product bottles, reusable boxes, paper filling optimizations, paper tape and more.
  • How our sustainable packaging has also led to an engaged, loyal customer base

Branding & Marketing

Client/consumer insights - creating a fully realised brand with the highest expectations

Matt Samra, CEO, Buddy Buddy

  • Outsourcing visual identity to a foreign design studio
  • Transferring complex ideas back to the European packaging industry
  • Experience sourcing suppliers in Europe vs Alibaba
  • Consumer expectations for sustainable and ethical products
  • Key learnings and challenges from the client’s perspective

2:55 PM - 3:55 PM

iSolve Meetings & Networking

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

Innovation & Technology

Building block approach towards sustainable packaging

Annika Sundell, Executive Vice President Innovations and Business Development, Walki Group

Consumers' increased demand for sustainable packaging puts pressure on the packaging industry to reshape. There are many factors to be considered.
  • Why fibre-based packaging is a good alternative for brands to answer to consumers' increased demand for sustainable packaging
  • How a building block approach can facilitate the transition towards sustainable packaging 

4:35 PM - 5:20 PM - Panel Discussion

Innovation & Technology

Accessibility and the Democratisation of Packaging

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

5:20 PM - 5:25 PM

Closing Remarks & End of Day 1

8:25 AM - 9:25 AM


9:25 AM - 9:35 AM

Opening Remarks

9:35 AM - 10:10 AM - Keynote

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Tackling Disposability Through Reuse

Anthony Rossi, VP, Global Business Development, Loop

Loop is working with brands and retailers around the world to move from a single use supply chain to a reusable one. Loop works with companies large and small to help them design into durable and reusable packaging. Loop also specializes in cleaning these packages once a consumer has used the product and returned it to Loop.

10:10 AM - 10:45 AM - Keynote

New Materials & Commodities

Colgate-Palmolive Case Study

Anna Tacikowska, European Design & Packaging Manager, Colgate Palmolive

  • The recyclable toothpaste tube
  • Abstract TBC

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM - Case Studies

New Materials & Commodities

HiBAR. Inspiring a Movement Away from Plastic

Dion Hughes, Co-founder, HiBAR, Persuasion Arts & Sciences

Sharing the story of the development of HiBAR, a brand of salon-quality shampoos and conditioners that skip the need for plastic packaging. How we learned that a packaging problem, isn’t just a packaging problem, it’s an overall product design flaw.

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Translating Changing Consumer Attitudes in to Opportunities

Marius Grazulis, Business Development Director, Birstonas Mineral Water Company

  • Healthy food & beverages and environmentally friendly trends created a new reality
  • This creates business opportunities for new companies that propose solutions/USP's
  • Differentiation and creation of added value to a product like bottled water (packaging is an important part of this)

11:20 AM - 12:20 PM

iSolve Meetings & Networking

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

Innovation & Technology

PS to PET Transition Example in FMGC

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

  • The quality strategies, players and limits in FMGC during innovation projects
  • The example of PET transformation in FMGC as a real case study in the dairy industry

Sustainability & Circular Economy

Sustainable Packaging: Consumer Perception and Real Environmental Effects

Kati Randell, Strategic Packaging Development Manager, Paulig Group

Packaging materials and raw materials for them develop fast, however, there are more and more challenges to tackle:
  • How to minimise food waste with packages
  • How to lower the carbon footprint of packages
  • How to develop recyclable packages etc.
It is important to listen to consumers, yet it is also important to educate them about new materials and the real environmental effects of these materials.

12:55 PM - 1:55 PM

Networking Lunch

1:55 PM - 2:30 PM

Innovation & Technology

Active and Intelligent Packaging Developments for Sustainability

Jenneke Heising, Assistant Professor, Food Quality & Design , Wageningen University

  • Food waste as a global environmental issue 
  • Reducing food wastage with smarter, better packaging 
  • Active and intelligent packaging concepts

New Materials & Commodities

The Graviky Story

Nikhil Kaushik, Co-Founder and COO, Graviky Labs

Session abstract TBC

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

Adam Charlton, Senior Scientist, BioComposites Centre, Bangor University

  • 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 - Keynote

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.

3:50 PM - 3:55 PM

Closing Remarks & End of Day 2


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