American Packaging Summit 2019

The Generis American Packaging Summit sets the standard on how the industry should connect and exchange ideas.

The Generis American Packaging Summit 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:

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

April 16-17, 2019

The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center

Chicago, IL

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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

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 

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