SPE announces flexible packaging conference agenda

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has announced the technical session agenda for the 2014 Flexible Packaging Conference (FlexPackCon) which will co-locate with the Fall 2014 Web Coating and Handling Conference sponsored by the Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL).

Scheduled for 19-22 October 2014 at Myrtle Beach, SC, USA, the combined event will consist of four conference tracks: AIMCAL’s Web Coating, Vacuum Web Coating and Web Handling sessions and SPE’s FlexPackCon. Optional short courses will be offered by both organisations plus a two-day tabletop exhibition with about 75 exhibitors. The technical conference agenda for the SPE FlexPackCon will consist of six sessions, two of which (on Wednesday morning 22 October) will be concurrent:

Extrusion and converting technology

[Monday morning 20 Oct] Equipment manufacturers from the packaging industry will review the latest innovations in extrusion, converting and printing of flexible packaging.  Advances in coextrusion for blown film and flat die systems will be reinforced with presentations covering package development and new curable ink technology.

Processes and materials for package appearance and performance

[Monday afternoon 20 Oct] Producers and consumers of flexible substrates seek new ways to modify the appearance and performance of packaging.  Presentations focus on technologies that deliver functional benefits.

Our dynamic industry: innovation at work

[Tuesday morning 21 Oct] Stories of successful innovation will touch on advances in materials, manufacturing, converting technology and business partnerships. Industry leaders will share viewpoints on joint innovation, disruptive technologies, consumer trends and how to respond to them.

Design for sustainability

[Wednesday morning 22 Oct] Academic and industry experts will share perspectives on incorporating sustainable concepts into packaging and business.  Audience members will receive engaging questions and have responses recorded via an automated polling system. This interactive session will close with a round-table discussion and audience questions.

Science of sealing

[Wednesday morning 22 Oct] While advances in materials and converting equipment open new possibilities for packaging formats, ultimate package performance is still highly dependent on the quality of seals. The science behind sealant materials, processes and techniques will be reviewed by industry experts. The session will close with the Best Paper Award winner from SPE ANTEC 2014.

Biomaterials and package design

[Wednesday afternoon 22 Oct] Overview presentations on biomaterials will cover industry trends and an outlook on intellectual property. The importance of package design and durability will be reviewed using industrial and simulation techniques. The session will close with an update on barrier packaging from ASTM committee F02.


In addition to the technical content organised by SPE there will be 17 technical sessions in the AIMCAL portion including packaging-related topics on vacuum metallising of films, web coating and web handling. The combined agenda is posted at http://www.aimcal.org/events/web-coating-handling-conference-usa/2014/conference/agenda.aspx