The Packaging Conference


This conference was created and is produced by people who know the industry’s value stream and who understand its challenges. TPC is designed to provide the latest information for those in the packaging supply chain. Attendees range from retailers and brand owners to resin suppliers, technology providers, equipment manufacturers, and converters. TPC provides a forum which helps facilitate dialog between supply chain participants which is an important element in meeting packaging objectives.

70% of attendees are director level and above and span the spectrum of the packaging industry – brand owners, machinery, additive and mold suppliers, converters, recycling experts…and leading members of the press to cover all of the hot topics. Each year, the diverse speaker list sets the stage to generate meaningful discussions that give our attendees a reason to come back year after year.


• 70% of attendees are director level or above.

• Major brand owners share case studies on successful launches.

• Wide packaging industry cross-section attends and/or presents.

• Draws significant media presence and coverage.


• Features experienced presenters exploring topics that are both current and forward-looking.

• Provides a value-added forum for an exchange of pertinent information.

• Presenters from all levels of the value-chain.

• Topics include the latest technical developments, trends, growth opportunities and sustainability.

• Focused on presenting innovative developments that better serve the consumer.


• Multiple networking opportunities enhance the value of attending the event.

• Informal setting enables interaction with most segments of the packaging supply chain.

February 4-6, 2019.

Waldorf Astoria

Las Vegas, Nevada

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Auto Pack Summit 2018

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 summit will be a highly productive session that rises the tides for everyone that touches automotive packaging.

November 8, 2018
Greenville, SC

LINK: Closing video from AutoPack Summit 2017

Pack Expo International 2018

PACK EXPO International will be the largest, most comprehensive processing and packaging trade show in the world in 2018.  If you're looking for a trade event that delivers unique supplier innovation, crossover technologies, peer interaction, and industry education that will energize, inspire, inform and prepare you for the future, nothing else comes close. 


Observe equipment in action and in person. You may arrive at the show with abstract goals in mind, but you’ll leave with a clear vision of what can be done to make those goals reality.

Trend Awareness
Simply walking the show floor gives you broader perspective on all current and emerging technologies, on what your competitors are doing and where trends are headed.

Past attendees describe how unexpected encounters with technology at PACK EXPO have led to their biggest “ah-ha!” moments. You never know what you’ll discover.

Nothing beats a face-to-face connection. Touch base with vendors, meet potential new suppliers and have conversations that are the key to your success.

Exhibitors include 2,500+ leading suppliers of advanced packaging equipment, materials, containers, automation technologies and other supply chain solutions. New in 2018, the PACKage Printing Pavilion is bringing together suppliers of the latest digital packaging solutions.

Attendees include corporate, general, plant and project managers; engineers; production supervisors; those involved in operations and quality control; purchasers; package designers, brand managers and marketers; and logistics and supply chain management professionals from all vertical industries.

October 14-17, 2018
McCormick Place
Chicago, Illinois

34th Annual Blow Molding Conference


The Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square is the site for the 2018 Annual Blow Molding Conference - presented by the Blow Molding (BM) Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).  Blow molding is a manufacturing process for forming hollow industrial parts and containers out of thermoplastic materials. We are interested in all aspects of blow molding: ranging from machinery, tooling and auxiliary equipment, to polymer properties, processing, and fabricated part testing.  ABC 2018 will feature industry speakers offering presentations on packaging, medical and industrial  applications, machinery and design innovations, and materials and processing.  Make plans  now to attend this premier event solely for the blow molding industry and see the city’s three rivers – the Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio during the dinner cruise and awards program.  

October 8-10, 2018
Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square
Pittsburgh, PA

Packaging That Sells Conference 2018


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 8-10, 2018
Intercontinental Hotel Chicago
Magnificent Mile
Chicago, IL 

IAPRI 2018 Conference

The conference is organized by Jinan University via its Packaging Engineering Institute (PEI) and Hunan University of Technology. The IAPRI conference has become a very prestigious forum in the field of packaging and logistics. You will have the opportunity to share your research and learn about exciting developments and innovations from experts from all over the world.

June 19-22, 2018
Zhuhai International Convention Center
Zuhai, China

American Packaging Summit

The Generis American Packaging Summit (June 6-7, 2018) is designed to provide packaging executives with current trends, strategic insights and best practices in packaging innovation, design, materials and branding. This unique summit brings together leaders from across all industry sectors – food and beverage, CPG, cosmetics, pharma, retail, toys and more – involved in the business of packaging. Network with over 150 of your peers, connect with exhibitors and learn from the top industry influencers as we explore strategies to drive innovation, growth and profitability in an ever-evolving market.

Key themes include:

Design and Innovation 

  • Highlighting strategies to ensure your brand stands out on the shelf and online
  • Optimizing packaging for an omnichannel strategy
  • Creating a memorable and shareable unboxing experience
  • Applying consumer insights and taking a holistic approach to package design
  • Emotionally connecting with consumers through effecting brand storytelling

Materials and Technology

  • Revealing the latest packaging technology innovations
  • Exploring the latest material trends in flexible, glass, metal, paperboard and plastic packaging
  • Enabling mass-customization of through digital printing
  • Electronic packaging, smart labels and the Internet of Things
  • Packaging for protecting, preserving and product safety


  • Achieving more sustainable packaging
  • Discussing the recycling of challenging materials
  • Understanding the state of recycling today and complex economics surrounding it
  • Developing functional, convenient packaging to satisfy the modern shopper and sustainability goals
  • Systematically eliminating waste throughout the product's lifecycle

June 6-7, 2018
Chicago Regency O'Hare
Chicago, Illinois

Luxe Pack 2018

The East Coast premier tradeshow in the U.S. dedicated to creative/luxury packaging welcomes its 16th Annual tradeshow! The exclusive event that offers creative packaging products & solutions for all beauty, fragrance, wine & spirits, wellness, and fine foods brands. The sought out industry experience where today’s top packaging experts and luxury brand executives gather to offer the most impactful platform for packaging business development.

May 16-17, 2018 at Pier 92 in New York, New York

NPE2018: The Plastics Show


NPE2018: The Plastics Show brings together a wide array of people from across the plastics industry and industries it serves—from CEOs to plant managers—providing a collaborative, highly effective forum for the exploration and exchange of new ideas. Do business and find your next sales, marketing and distribution partners among more than 65,000 business professionals from 20,000+ unique buying companies worldwide. NPE’s many top-quality networking activities connect you with your peers to strengthen business relationships, extend your professional network and advance your career. If you’re looking for new opportunities, look no further—we’ve got a practically endless supply for you, all in just five days.

May 7-11, 2018
Orlando, FL

BevTech 2018


SBT holds its annual meeting, BevTech, each spring to transact the Society's business, to provide a forum for presentation of scientific and technical papers and for meetings of the technical committees. The annual meeting location varies each year. The proceedings of the annual meeting are published and available online to all ISBT members (CD's of proceedings are available from ISBT). Attendance at meetings of the Society is limited to registered members along with registered guests who have been invited by the Program Committee.

This will be our 65th BevTech event. The Hyatt Regency Albuquerque NM is the site of a tremendous technical program and networking event.  Plan to attend and be part of the industry's premier event!

  • The premier forum for scientific and technical papers
  • Beverage focused program designed with broad industry appeal
  • Technical Committee meetings focused on key industry issues
  • Ingredients, Water, Sweetener, Quality, Sanitation, Packaging — you get it all
  • Networking with Industry peers

April 30 - May 2, 2018
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM

SPC Impact 2018


Industry efforts to improve packaging are widespread and a common understanding has been developed, allowing more advanced conversations throughout the entire supply chain. It’s time to ensure that our actions are aligned with the bigger picture. Meaningful progress needs to be made towards the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and packaging improvements and innovations have the power to contribute. SPC Impact brings together the leading packaging decision-makers and influencers to focus on contextualizing opportunities for packaging, expanding the possibilities while bringing perspective of our planetary boundaries.

SPC Impact 2018 will be a 3 day event where 350+ attendees will get inspired, learn, make new connections and leave with actionable takeaways for their daily work through thought-provoking presentations, interactive sessions, engaging panels, interesting tours and fun business networking functions.

April 24-26, 2018
Park Central Hotel
San Francisco, CA

The Future of Packaging 2018

The Future of Packaging will be hosted at the prestigious University Club in Downtown, Chicago, IL on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.  This exclusive, invitation-only program will draw in commercial leaders and financial sponsors in the packaging sector to discuss the key opportunities for value creation in the packaging industry. The agenda will feature a keynote address followed by four panels comprised of senior executives in the packaging industry including brand owners, converters, investors and investment bankers.

We are bringing together the top leaders and experts in the packaging field and will deliver a jam-packed schedule with insights and discussions focusing on:

  • Global Packaging Market Outlook to 2023: The top 5 global opportunities in packaging
  • Assessing the impact of key trends in the packaging sector on investment opportunities
  • Routes to value creation: investment trends, M&A activity and new opportunities in packaging
  • E-commerce and implications for value creation – opportunities and threats in the packaging sector
  • Future packaging scenarios – what’s the long term view on things like material conversion, mass customization and sustainable packaging

April 24, 2018
University Club of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Smithers Pira – the worldwide authority on food contact packaging testing and consultancy, has delivered leading events for numerous years to keep the global food contact industry updated on the latest developments and initiatives in order to ensure the safety of consumers.

L.E.K. Consulting  is a global management consulting firm that uses deep industry expertise and rigorous analysis to help business leaders achieve practical results with real impact. We are uncompromising in our approach to helping clients consistently make better decisions, deliver improved business performance and create greater shareholder returns. The firm advises and supports global companies that are leaders in their industries — including the largest private and public sector organizations, private equity firms and emerging entrepreneurial businesses. Founded in 1983, L.E.K. employs more than 1,200 professionals across the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe. For more information, go to

NextPack 2018

NextPack 2018 is going to be a special event that you do not want to miss. For the first time ever, the event will be held at The Carter Center in Atlanta, a spectacular venue in and of itself. In addition, there is an excellent lineup of engaging speakers, each with a unique perspective on the role of packaging in our rapidly changing lives.

Sponsors of the event will be revealing their latest offerings throughout the day at their booths. And, of course, revealing and celebrating the winners of the 48 Hour RePack student design competition. This is always one of the highlights of the day, giving a glimpse of the talent and creativity of the future leaders of the packaging industry.

Reach out to any of the IoPP Southeastern Chapter board members with any questions you might have.

2nd Latin American Summit on Innovation in Plastic Packaging


In 2018 El Empaque + Conversión and Tecnología del Plástico, will present the second Latin American Summit on Innovation in Plastic Packaging.

This event offers the opportunity to interact with global thought leaders in the eld of plastic packaging innovation; opening the space to have a conversation and discuss at a world-class level, the issues that are currently transforming our industry. Decision-makers, suppliers and leaders, let´s come together in order to find IDEAS and INSPIRATION that will help us face the challenge of continuous innovation. Design agencies specialized in branding and packaging Consumer packed goods companies (CPGs) Packaging development departments from large retail chains Plastic packaging converting companies Machinery and materials suppliers for plastic packaging manufacturing Renowned plastic materials research institutes and other notable It's a fact! Our Summit is UNIQUE! Our 2017 event proved there is no other event in Latin America that is exclusively focused on Plastic Packaging Innovation. Get together with Innovation experts: organizations related to the packaging sector in Latin America and the world.

The Latin American Summit on Innovation in Plastic Packaging will continue to honor its value commitment to gather some of the most qualied and inuential voices in the eld of packaging innovation under the same roof. The scope of the program's content will be broad enough, in order to be inclusive and relevant for players from several end-user industries, such as food, beverage, pharmaceutical products, cosmetics, personal care products, household products and other end-user industries that demand plastic container solutions.

April 18-19, 2018
Centro Internacional De Exposiciones y Convenciones World Trade Center
Filadelfia S/N Colonia Napoles
Mexico City, Mexico


AICC 2018 Spring Meeting


The 2018 Spring Meeting features a new format that offers more programming and networking opportunities for attendees, but will still run over a three-day period. 

The Meeting’s new format kicks off with a general session at 2:00 pm on Monday, April 16 with a keynote presentation by John Rossman, Former Amazon Executive and Expert on Digital Disruption. Following his presentation, Matt Elhardt, Vice President, Business Development, Fisher International, Inc., will present on the rapid growth of
e-commerce and its growing impact on the U.S. corrugated, containerboard, paperboard and recycled industries.

In addition to the familiar schedule of sessions, workshops, plant tours, and optional events, this year, AICC has added a third general session, a new networking lunch, and will close the meeting earlier on Wednesday, April 18th to allow travel time for those that need to get back to the office. The meeting will explore the forces of disruption regarding ecommerce, retail, technology and the outlook for the global containerboard and paperboard markets. 

The Spring Meeting will also feature the popular Sales Managers’ Forum, a training and networking event for AICC Emerging Leaders, and the 5th Annual Independents’ Cup Charity Golf Tournament. Back by popular demand AICC will also hold an optional event at Bondurant - the high-performance school of racing - on Wednesday, April 18 for all the speed enthusiasts! 

The programming will end at Wednesday, April 18th at 11:00 am to allow attendees the option to travel home on Wednesday, but for those sticking around, the Bondurant event will take place starting at noon.

April 16-18, 2018
Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass
Chandler, AZ


Registration Information: You can add the Forum on as an optional event when registering for the spring meeting. 

Registration: $795/person. Registration fee includes Sales Managers’ Forum (Sunday & Monday) and reception (Sunday night).

Participants will learn how to build a sales team for the modern day. We will begin with the idea of not hiring "the best" salespeople, but organizing a collaborative team - to prospect, develop business, and wrap up with a mutually beneficial close. 

The goal of the workshop is to build a communications model of predictable revenue. Empower your sales team to use metrics to improve and increase messaging and conversion rates, while keeping your folks where they perform the best. Sales teams, including managers, will learn different techniques to setup a prospecting funnel, quickly qualify decision-makers, and find ways to connect your services to client needs. This workshop focuses on YOU - with templates that frame the workshop content around YOUR offerings.

Imagine having a scalable and predictable model for revenue. You'll walk away with a document that outlines your communication across each phase of your sales process. We'll present theory, you'll apply it to your services, and peer review will help to refine your messaging to predict revenue and grow your business.


Sunday, April 15
Sales Managers’ Forum: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm (lunch provided)
Sales Managers’ Forum Reception: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday, April 16
Sales Managers' Forum 8:00 am – 1:45 pm (breakfast and lunch provided)


Dr. R. Andrew Hurley, Assistant Professor of Packaging Science, Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics at Clemson University
Dr. R. Andrew Hurley is an Assistant Professor of Packaging Science as well as a research associate at the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics at Clemson University where he is the Director of CUshop, a consumer-experience research laboratory. He holds both a BS and MS in Packaging Science and a PhD in Rhetoric, Communication and Information Design. 
Focused on new product and package development, Andrew brings ideas to innovative, practical solutions. With state-of-the-art design and prototyping labs, consumer-experience/biometric testing (eye-tracking, GSR and EEG) and a full packaging pilot plant, concepts can be developed and brought to life in just hours. Andrew teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in Packaging Science, mentors Food Science and Culinary Arts projects and is active in the design research community. He is a noted research leader in the field of packaging design, having a variety of peer-reviewed papers, author of seven electronic training programs used by hundreds of industry professionals and has presented at many international conferences.

Wayne Stevenson, Master's student of Packaging Science at Clemson University
Wayne works as a Prototyping Lab Manager at Clemson University. His master's thesis is in Predictable Revenue for B2B Packaging Sales. He graduated with a B.S. in Packaging Science in 2016. Wayne is the recipient of the 2016 Dr. Robert Testin Outstanding Packaging Science Senior Award and a Student Design Challenge Scholarship Winner.

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