Advisory Board 2017

The following experts are guiding the conference programme for 2017 to ensure only the most relevant topics are discussed by key leaders in the industry.

  • Alvise Cavallari

    Head of Corporate Digital Printing Initiative Nestlé, Switzerland

    With a background in mechanical engineering, Alvise Cavallari  spent nearly 20 years in the machine industry, in particular equipment for packaging printing and equipment for laser cutting.

    Then three years ago he “jumped the fence” and moved from B2B to B2C, joining NestlĂ© in R&D for packaging. Putting into contribution his understanding of the printing world, he is now heading a global initiative -cross businesses and across applications- whose scope is to understand, promote and drive the potential of digital printing and finishing for our businesses.

  • Dr. Karl Borsky

    R&D New Technologies Constantia Flexibles

    Karl graduated as Doctor of science 1999 in Chemistry at University of Vienna, Austria. After University he worked for Sun Chemical in Vienna, where he headed the R&D Lab for solvent based liquid inks for more than 4 years.

    In 2005 he joined Constantia Teich in Austria in the R&D department, heading the department for printing inks for 5 years. Then he moved in the R&D to the position “New technologies” dealing with products and processes not for current problems but for mid and long term challenges.

    Karl has a deep knowledge of printing technologies (Gravure, Flexo, UV Flexo, UV Offset and Digital printing) with the focus on ink chemistry, print forms, the suitability of flexible packaging for the challenges of Food laws and standardization of the print process. Especially in Digital Printing he explored in detail the existing solutions and potential new technologies to fit for the demands of the flexible packaging market. He gained an excellent expertise about the digital printing market and his players in the past years.

    Besides this he is heading the REACh project at Constantia Teich since almost 10 years. He is dealing with security features especially for Pharma. One special project to mention: the Know How management software tool (syneris), handling the whole Innovation Process plus R&D work documentation of Constantia Flexibles.


  • Matthew Daniels

    R&D Global Packaging Capability Leader - Printing & Decoration Unilever, UK

    Graduated in 1992 with Diploma in Art & Design from Coleg Gwent, Wales. Between 1990 – 2003 held various Pre-press and Design roles with Bowater and Rexam Corrugated, before becoming Graphic Design Manager with SCA Packaging to develop HD Flexo Printing Capability and convert traditional Gravure Pre-print designs into HD Flexo.

    In June 2003, joined Unilever as Packaging Artwork Manager for Spreads & Cooking Products Category, Europe in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. For the next three years I supported the rolled out new innovation and renovation projects for Primary and Secondary branded packaging brands such as; Blue Band, Rama, Flora, Flora Pro-activ and Bertolli with external Print Management Agency (PMA). Another highlight during this period was to deliver a Hybrid Colour Harmonisation programme with Supply Management for Injection Moulded Label (IML) tubs and lids portfolio. My role during 2006 evolved into a Unilever One position for both Foods & HPC as Best Practice Manager for Artwork, where the focus for next three years was to; reduce complexity and standardise the role and responsibilities of packaging development teams across Europe. Improved PMA performance within Europe by defining continuous improvement plans from technical audits. A common process and global PMA roster was established and deployed into other emerging markets.

    In 2010, returned to U.K. as Global Packaging Capability Leader for Printing & Decoration at Unilever R&D Port Sunlight. To explore and prove novel and disruptive technologies with Category Packaging & Procurement teams to differentiate Unilever branded products on-self and to excite and engage the consumer during use.

    • United Kingdom
  • Simon Edwards

    Vice President, Sales & Marketing Tonejet

    Simon Edwards is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Tonejet Limited, a company that specialises in digital printing products designed for industrial package printing. Simon has over 20 years experience in commercialisation and technology sales.

    Previous roles include Vice President of Research and Technology at SOLA and Technical Director of Research Laboratories of Australia where he was also a director of Tonejet. In 2009 Simon re-joined Tonejet Limited to lead the expansion of their customer base and commercialisation of Tonejet's unique digital print technology.


  • Mark Hinder

    Head of Market Development Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, Germany

    Biography to follow...

  • Jan De Roeck

    Director Solutions Management Esko, Belgium

    Jan De Roeck (°1966) leads and coordinates the market research and market visibility activities at Esko. From its headquarters in Gent, Belgium, Jan is actively involved in the creation of value proposition content supporting the go to market process for Esko solutions comprising software, hardware and services for the packaging, display and printing industry. Jan’s primary focus goes to content creation, market research, market visibility (CRM) and corporate strategy formulation.

    With a general printing and pre-press background and a specialization in graphic design, Jan began in 1989 with Barco as application specialist for digital image retouching. In his many years with the company, Jan held various product management and marketing positions, developing a particular interest, acumen and experience in solutions and workflows for the Packaging and Label Industry. Since early 2006, Jan holds the position of Director Solutions Management. At Esko, Jan is highly respected and trusted for his insight in the graphic arts industry and his level of understanding customer workflows and market requirements. Jan is a frequently asked speaker and moderator at various international seminars, events and trade conferences and represents Esko at different professional trade associations.

    Jan holds a degree from the Hoger Instituut voor Grafische Opleidingen (Higro), Grafische Vormgeving en Zeefdruk (Graphic Design and Screenp Printing). He complemented his graphic arts education with management training programs at the Ghent-Leuven Vlerick Business School where he completed the Advanced Management Program in 2007.

  • Sean Smyth

    Print Consultant Smithers Pira, UK

    Sean Smyth has spent over 25 years in the industry in senior technology positions for a variety of print businesses across the supply chain, in hands on and consultancy roles. He helps companies make money through the appropriate use of technology.

    Sean has a deep knowledge of the global print market, and a key member of the team providing quantitative market data and forecasts for the printing, paper and packaging industry. He authors off-the-shelf market studies and provides strategic consultancy services to a range of clients across the value chain.

    Sean has a strong background in appropriate application of technology to print, implementing digital print systems, MIS and workflows to take time and cost out of the print supply chain. In 1994 he became Technical Director of Rexam, where the first colour digital presses in the UK were installed and he has extensive experience of digital printing. He has written many books and market studies on the future, print technology and digital print, including Smithers Pira's flagship title "The Print & Production Manual" and the "Future of Global Print Markets".

    He has held senior management roles for several large and small print and print management companies where he applied systems and technology to improve efficiencies. He has a very strong background in digital printing, for users and suppliers. Currently he acts as a non-executive Director at REAL Digital International, the pioneer of high volume inkjet and electrophotographic print. He is the editor of "Digital Labels and Packaging" launched in 2010 for Whitmar Publications, and contributes regular technology columns and articles for the Trade Press and Smithers Pira journals