Imagine Upstate Festival 2018


iMAGINE Upstate is an annual festival in Greenville, SC that promotes PreK – 12 education and workforce development across our region. The 4th Annual iMAGINE Upstate STEAM Fest will be held on April 7th, 2018 in the West End of downtown Greenville as the culmination of a 10-day community-wide celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. This event is free and open to the public!

The mission of iMAGINE Upstate is to create meaningful experiences that promote a culture of lifelong learning and career readiness with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), innovation, and entrepreneurial activity in Upstate South Carolina. iMAGINE Upstate is a program of South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics & Science (SCCMS) at Clemson University.

Community Impact Melissa Huff iMAGINE Upstate Director (864) 386-3498 12,000 - 15,000 Attendees on April 1, 2017! Over 20,000 reached over 10-days of community events 70 Learning experiences, exhibits and special events Exhibitors: 37 nonprofits, 18 schools and educational institutions, and 14 Upstate industry leaders National online reach from North Carolina to California 20,864 Facebook impressions Over 7,000 website visits during 10-day period. 

April 7. 2018
Greenville, SC

Gravure Global Summit


The Gravure Association of the Americas, Inc. is a trade association. It was formed in January 2013 as the result of the merger between the Packaging and Label Gravure Association Global (PLGA Global) and the Gravure Asociation of America (GAA).  The two organizations consolidated their resources with the intent to create a more effective and responsive association.  PLGA Global was established in 1989, while GAA was formed in 1987 as a result of the merger between the  Gravure Technical Association (GTA) and the Gravure Research Institute (GRI). Both GTA and GRI had been in existence since 1947.  The association holds an annual industry-wide convention, which brings together a majority of the gravure participants and is devoted to the dissemination of information on gravure technology and markets. Attendees from all areas of gravure printing meet to exchange ideas and attend the annual business meeting of the association.

Gravure is an advanced, high-tech printing process operating the fastest and widest printing presses in the world. It uses a unique image carrier, a gapless cylinder that can be imaged directly from the digital data. Gravure was the first printing process to employ a totally digital environment. The Gravure Association of the Americas, Inc. promotes the use of the gravure printing process for publication printing, package printing and product (specialty) printing. The resources of the associations are dedicated to the collection and dissemination of state-of-the-art, as well as historic, information pertaining to gravure technology, marketing, environmental issues, government regulations, education, and training.

March 6-7, 2018
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
Clearwater, FL

P3 Forum: People + Printing + Packaging

Open to all Clemson Alumni in the package printing industry & sponsored by the Clemson Packaging Graphics Association, with proceeds to benefit the Clemson University Department of Graphic Communications.


Thursday Evening (starts @ 4pm)
Facility Tours and Social

Friday (8:30am-4:30pm)
Keynote Presentation - Connie Silvillo, Chief Catalyst, Shed Brand Innovation
TED-style Presentations on Selected Topics
Small Group Workshops

Tailgate at the Sonoco Institute & Clemson vs. Georgia Tech Football Game (Go Tigers!) 

October 26 - 28, 2017
Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics at Clemson University
Clemson, SC 

Packaging That Sells Conference 2017

BRANDPACKAGING's Packaging That Sells Conference provides the opportunity to interact with the industry's most influential brand marketers and package design teams who understand the vital role packaging plays in delivering a brand's message and connecting with consumers. Examine what your package communicates not only about the product, but also about your brand - how your product is presented makes a statement about your company.

October 23 - 25, 2017
The Drake Hotel
Chicago, IL

Auto Pack Summit

AutoPack Summit addresses an unmet need - spotlighting the critical link, inherent value, and resulting opportunities of packaging in the automotive supply chain, SKD, and aftermarket process. The summit brings subject matter experts and industry leaders together for both visionary keynote presentations for tomorrow's strategy and practical insights on supply chain tactics for today.  

South Carolina’s automotive industry originated in the early 1900's with Milliken & Company as a manufacturer of fabric seats and roofs for Henry Ford’s gasoline-powered cars. The Upstate is now home to BMW, Michelin, Milliken, and South Carolina's new Inland Port. More than 12 Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) including startups like Proterra - maker of electric busses - and numerous suppliers are in South Carolina.  With over 250 companies making up a growing automotive network, the state is ranked second in the U.S. for automotive exports. Nearby, Clemson University is one of the few packaging science undergraduate degree programs in the U.S. and Greenville's CU-ICAR is the only graduate degree program for Automotive Engineering in the U.S. - combine these factors and more for one powerful regional and national influence.  

The goal of this event is for OEMs and Tier 1 part suppliers to discuss, collaborate, and unveil innovations within the packaging value chain. Packaging providers will be in attendance and showcasing the latest in packaging technologies. The 2 day summit will be a highly productive session that rises the tides for everyone that touches automotive packaging.

October 12 - 13, 2017
ONE Building
Greenville, SC

2017 AICC Designers' Lab


This year's Designers' Lab is co-sponsored by Arden Software North America, ESKO, Gerber Technologies and HP. Designers will have the opportunity to learn new techniques in both structural and graphic design from experts in the field, and share their knowledge with peers at the 2017 Designers’ Lab. Designers will also get a chance to show-off their skill, talent and receive recognition as they participate in the "real-world” design-to-problem challenge. Open to corrugated, folding carton and rigid box graphic and structural designers.

Participating designers are encouraged to attend the following AICC Annual Meeting events as well: Continental Breakfasts, Workshops and General Session II (Design Challenge winners will be announced during the Wednesday General Session which begins at 10:10 am). Awards will be shipped to winners following the meeting.   

AICC Design Lab LINK

The AICC 2017 Annual Meeting will be held September 25-27, 2017 at the Encore Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The meeting will feature general sessions, workshop tracks and networking and social events. This meeting will also include the 2017 Independent Packaging Design Competition and Designers' Lab Challenge. The meeting is being co-located with PackExpo Las Vegas.

The Encore Hotel is an all suite hotel designed to be explored and discovered while exciting the senses of guest.  Hailed as a luxury destination; the rooms are elegantly appointed and equipped with advanced technologies and panoramic views.  Casual elegance describes the environment that is home to 20 signature restaurants, ultra-chic nightclubs and luxury shopping that brings your Las Vegas experience to a new level of distinction.


  • 2017 Independent Packaging Design Competition – “Welcome to Fabulous Design” – Featuring 42 Categories for Corrugated, Folding Carton and Rigid Box Makers.  Enter Here
  • Designers’ Lab for Corrugated, Folding Carton & Rigid Box Designers – Opportunity for designers to learn new techniques in structural and graphic design, share knowledge and experience with peers and show off their skill and talent in the “Design Challenge.”
  • Co-Located with PackExpo Las Vegas 2017 - the most complete packaging show in the worlds largest market.
  • AICC - Board Converting News & Corrugated Today's 2017 Innovator of the Year Competition. 

September 24 – 27, 2017
The Encore Hotel
Las Vegas, NV

Pack Expo 2017


PACK EXPO Las Vegas, North America’s largest packaging event of 2017, will bring together the solutions you need to launch a new product, solve production issues and keep your products competitive. Corporate managers, engineers, sales managers, plant managers, manufacturers and production supervisors, brand and marketing managers, quality controllers, purchasers, research/development and package designers from a wide variety of consumer packaged goods companies (CPGs) all attend PACK EXPO Las Vegas.

Known for showcasing the packaging innovations of top-tier suppliers, PACK EXPO Las Vegas will be North America’s largest packaging event in 2017. It’s where executives and plant managers, engineers, brand managers and packaging designers come to see machinery in action, connect with suppliers, talk shop and gain a perspective on the industry that drives innovation at the plant.

PACK EXPO Las Vegas and co-located Healthcare Packaging EXPO will feature: 

  • 30,000 total attendees from 40+ vertical markets
  • 5,000+ international buyers from 125+ countries
  • 2,000+ exhibiting companies
  • 800,000+ net square feet of exhibits
  • pavilions dedicated to containers & materials, the confectionery industry, and reusable packaging
  • free education on the show floor

September 25 – 27, 2017
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV

Pack Camp 2017

PACK CAMP 2017 - Clemson Summer Scholars

PackCamp @ClemsonUniv
Join 20 lucky students on the campus of Clemson University where you'll get up close and personal with one of the world's largest industries - - Packaging.  

Learn how a product is launched to market and design your very own product and package.  Clemson is one of a few universities in the US with a graduate and undergraduate Packaging Program - It is the intersection of art, math, and science, it offers hands-on experience and boasts a 99% job placement. 

This course is through Clemson Summer Scholars for rising 10th-12th graders.

July 23-29, 2017
Clemson, SC

Cosmoprof North America 2017

Cosmoprof North America (CPNA) furthered its reputation as the leading B2B beauty trade show by introducing revolutionary technologies and forward-thinking programs at the 2016 event, held annually at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Over 33,000 attendees engaged with a record-breaking 1,154 exhibitors from 38 countries to discover unique brand launches, product innovations, new channels for distribution, packaging, and manufacturing; and to form key relationships with top industry professionals and retailers. The three-day event, which takes place under one roof encompassing more than 280,000 square feet, remains the single most important networking opportunity in the United States for all sectors of the global beauty industry: Experience the world of Raw Materials, Packaging and Contract Manufacturing, Private Label, Perfumery and Cosmetics, Natural Health, Beauty Salon and Spa, and Hair and Nails as you’ve never done before.

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Cosmoprof North America, in association with Beauty Packaging magazine, unveils the Beauty Innovation & Design Awards (BeautyID Awards), which recognizes creativity in packaging design, material and product formulation in the ever-growing beauty segment. The Awards include all cosmetic product categories across professional, prestige and mass market segments.  Our own Dr. Andrew Hurley was a judge for this event! 

The Beauty Innovation & Design Awards recognized creativity in package design, material and product formulation in the ever-growing beauty segment. Finalists have been selected across 10 categories and winners were announced at the celebratory reception on occasion of the July Cosmoprof North America event. In addition to the category winners, one Grand Award winner and one Audience Choice winner were also selected.

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JULY 9-11, 2017
Mandalay Bay Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV

37th Expo ACCCSA & Convention

Association of Corrugators of the Caribbean, Central and South America (ACCCSA)


ACCCSA has been developing different activities, such as seminars, conventions and trade fairs, investing over 2,000 hours of training in the corrugator sector in 20 years of continuous work. Founders saw the need to create an organization of corrugated cardboard manufacturers in the Latin American region, whose objective would be to exchange experiences, ideas and technological knowledge that would benefit and consolidate the entire Latin American corrugator sector. 

Among its main activities is the Convention and Trade Fair, where through lectures and technical conferences allows you to bring pure knowledge to groups of workers at all levels of corrugated plants. Also the execution of a Trade Fair parallel to the activity of the convention, being the most important event of the carton industry in Latin American level, bringing together the suppliers of machinery, equipment, supplies and technology of the American, European and Asian Continent. ACCCSA has more than 34 years of Conventions and International Trade Fairs in the region of Latin America.  

June 26th-29th, 2017
Lima, Peru


Institute of Food Technologies - IFT17 - is where serious science of food professionals like you come to recharge, engage, and be blown away by the latest research, insights, and innovations. IFT17 is the premier global event where food science professionals hone their expertise and expose themselves to the latest advances in the industry. At IFT17 you can connect with nearly 20,000 top food science and technology experts from more than 90 countries, representing the most prominent organizations in the global food sector.

June 25-28, 2017
Venetian Expo Center
Las Vegas, Nevada

Shopper Brain Conference- USA


The Shopper Brain Conference is an exclusive event on the intersection of retail and consumer neuroscience, especially designed for senior level participants from leading brands, retailers, e-tailers, catalogers, trade marketers and retail industry consultants. Brain research and other innovative technologies to study shopping behavior, shows that a lot of purchasing decisions are made subconsciously. The Shopper Brain Conference Series is the only meeting in the world on the intersection of shopper marketing with neuromarketing. Cutting-edge strategies and insights are shared by international keynote speakers. The Shopper Brain Conference Chicago will provide opportunities for participants to network with peers, gain new in-field contacts and engage in collaborative discussions with the largest neuromarketing network in the world. 

June 22-23, 2017
Club Quarters Chicago
Chicago , IL 60603

Global Pouch Forum 2017

Over 600 packaging professionals are expected to attend – making Global Pouch Forum the most well attended pouch and flexible packaging event in the world. This global conference networking event and exhibition, celebrating its 20th year, will again attract the largest target gathering in North America of end users, converters, and suppliers of materials, components, closure, and machinery for all types of pouches – including retort and aseptic. Global Pouch Forum 2017 will feature non-commercial presentations on current and future market trends and applications; the business outlook for all pouch formats; production/processing/ filling methods; relevant global issues facing pouches and flexible packaging; and other topics relevant in global and regional markets. Presentations will reflect brand owner, retailer, and consumer desires for shelf appeal, innovation, functionality, and consumer convenience and the strategies to respond to outside interest through innovation and technology. On Wednesday afternoon, June 14, TAPPI PLACE will co-locate their Stand-Up Pouch Making Workshop.

June 14-16, 2017
InterContinental Miami
Miami, FL

Luxe Pack 2017


LUXE PACK NEW YORK is thrilled to welcome its 15th edition in 2017 to promote the latest in packaging innovation and the next generation of technology entering the market offering the packaging industry a valuable resource for long standing business growth. The only premier tradeshow in the U.S. dedicated to creative packaging welcomes its 15th Annual tradeshow! Discover a swirl of packaging innovation merging in unexpected ways to create the ultimate luxury experience.

May 10th & 11th, 2017
Pier 92
New York, NY


The next interpack trade fair will take place from May 4-10, 2017, in Düsseldorf, Germany. The triennial show covers the entire value chain of the packaging industry: From packaging material production and packaging equipment to distribution, quality assurance and consumer protection. The last edition, in May 2014, drew some 2,700 exhibitors and about 175,000 visitors to the 19 halls of the Messe Düsseldorf complex.

Represented are not only exhibitors showing processes and machinery for the packaging of food, beverages, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, consumer goods (non-food), industrial goods but also makers of packaging materials, packaging means and processes and machinery for confectionery and bakery goods.

May 4-10, 2017
Düsseldorf, Germany