(Posted on 10/10/18)

100+ delegates from the European packaging value chain will meet in Brussels, Belgium on 21 February 2019 to shape the future of the packaging sector. This event is co-organised by Intergraf, Smithers Pira and FTA Europe.

Packaging Conference 2019 will take place on 21 February, with supplementary networking activities running from 20-22 February. The event will be held at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels. The conference will focus on the growing European printed packaging sector, with particular attention paid to market trends and consumer perspectives. Speakers will address various sectoral developments, as well as different technologies, materials and sub-sectors.

Many high-level speakers have already been announced:

>        Kestutis Sadauskas, Director for the Green Economy at DG Environment, European Commission, will present the EU perspective on new requirements for packaging from the circular economy package and the proposed legislation on single-use plastics;

>        Joanna Stephenson, Managing Director of PHD Marketing, EFIA Board Member and Co-Founder of Women in Packaging, will address trends in packaging;

>        Chris Tonge, Managing Director of Ultimate Packaging, will present a case study about digital developments;

>        Guy Douglass, Creative Strategy Director at Parker Williams Ltd – Sun Branding Solutions, will discuss the challenges of creating fit-for-purpose packaging;

>        Peter Ragaert, Technological Adviser at Pack4Food, University of Ghent, will address the difficult balance between functionality, convenience and sustainability of packaging;

Ania Krolak, Managing Consultant at Smithers Pira (Smithers Information), will present Smithers Pira’s European Printed Packaging Market Report, giving participants a detailed economic overview of the sector, including trends and forecasts;

>        There will also be presentations from a brand owner and a retailer.

As with all Shaping the Future of Print events, participants will receive a complementary market report: European Printed Packaging Market Report. This report is being prepared exclusively by Smithers Pira for Packaging Conference 2019. Delegates will also be invited to attend a Welcome Cocktail, Conference Dinner and visit to the European Parliament, alongside the conference itself. We understand the importance of networking between peers, so have designed the event programme to include ample time for such activities.

This event is targeted towards high-level professionals in the European packaging value chain. Delegates will include representatives from European and national industry associations, market research institutes, packaging printing companies and their suppliers, representatives of the European Commission and journalists. Other interested parties are also welcome to attend.

To attend Packaging Conference 2019, download the Registration Form from FTA Europe’s website (http://www.fta-europe.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/PackagingConference2018_RegistrationForm.pdf), complete and save your details, then return your form to Alison Grace at Intergraf (agrace@intergraf.eu).

For more information about this conference, please visit FTA Europe’s dedicated event web page: http://www.fta-europe.eu/event/packaging-conference-2019

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