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The 2021 agenda has been announced!

Experts from FiberLean, Eastman Kodak, Polytype, The BoxMaker, and more are discussing industry-leading topics, such as: packaging design challenges, sustainability, attractive packaging, inks, the supply chain, packaging compliance, and much more!

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Registration, Breakfast, and State of the Industry
Registration Opens & Continental Breakfast
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Opening remarks by: Brittany Onslow, Conference Producer, Smithers
Session I: Branding for the Future: The Digital Age of Print
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In the opening session of Digital Print for Packaging, leading brand owners will discuss the changing landscape of packaging, and how digital printing is providing new opportunities to leave a lasting impression on consumers.
Presentation To Be Confirmed
Speaker and abstract to come!
Panel: How Digital Printing is Providing New Opportunities for Brands
Panelists to come
Networking & Coffee Break
Session II: Packaging Requirement Compliance
Panel: Growth in E-Comm – Packaging Requirements, Sustainability and Design with On Demand Printing
Panelists to come
Pet Food Industry Requirements
Speaker to be Confirmed
Panel: Packaging Requirements and Challenges
Lunch Break
Session III: Supply Chain and Workflow
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This session will address how to speed up the supply chain process, what do brands needs to get their product to market and how can the digital print industry help?
E-commerce: Deploying online technology that simplifies the sales process and feeds your digital print que 24/7
With face to face communications with your customer still questionable, technology can play a generous role in keeping your customers close to the hip. Fully customizable web solutions added to your website can make your customers lives easier while they work through the pandemic themselves. Create web 2 print ready files with some of the latest e-commerce technology on the market. This presentation will help those packaging companies considering an e-Commerce s o l u t I on to understand more of the benefits and the process from a developer’s perspective. The costs, timelines and requirements of making the commitment to selling paperboard packaging and folding carton products online. We will discuss the new marketplace, the options of creating a B2B vs B2C web portals and will also demonstrate low costs web-based solutions that will help guide that decision to align your sales strategy for a positive ROI.
Kerry Drake | Vice President Sales & Marketing, PXI DIGITAL
Finishing – Innovations and Challenges Impacted by COVID-19
Speaker and abstract to come!
New Coating Development Supporting Digital Print for Packaging
FiberLean® on Top is a new way to make White Top Liner, and other two-layer papers, through a novel application of a coating in the paper machine wet-end. The “wet-end coating”, a new unit process in paper making, is made possible through use of microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) as the binder in a high mineral content coating. Our aim is better quality white printed boxes at lower cost. After extensive trial work in lab and pilot scale we know that once the coating has been applied and dried, the MFC-mineral composite coating has ideal properties to cover a dark rough base with a white layer suitable for printing. However, MFC likes holding on to a lot of water, creating real challenges to make the application process work practically, especially at high speed.

The high viscosity of MFC suspensions make them unsuitable for use in conventional coating processes. Unlike conventional coating binders, MFC is creating a fine fibrous network, physically entangling the mineral. This is what makes the applied coating stay on the paper surface, even when the coating is applied wet-in-wet at relatively low solids. The unique ability of the MFC-mineral coating to “hold-out” this way has inspired us to work on sorting out the many practical problems associated with making high-speed wet-end coating work in practice. Inspiration also came from our test printing in aqueous inkjet at a major printing equipment manufacturer. This proved that FiberLean on Top coated White Top Liner can reach a given print density at significantly reduced levels of ink, with excellent print definition and without the smearing issues often associated with conventionally coated papers. Thus, the new wet-end coating method is an excellent fit for digital print for packaging. The FiberLean® on Top project has recently focused on making the wet-end coating process work in high-speed paper making. No less than 10 full days have been spent on high-speed pilot machines in North America and Europe.
Per Svending | FLoT Project Leader, FiberLean Technologies Ltd
Session III: Inks – What is the real deal?
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This session will address a better understanding between conventional and digital. What are some of the misunderstandings about conventional and digital? Where is the confusion and what are the challenges and benefits?
Inkjet printing on flexible plastic films: mixing oil and water
For a variety of reasons, including health, safety, environment and cost, the printing industry, especially in flexible food packaging, has been trending toward water-based printing systems. Unlike most paper-based substrates, flexible films are hydrocarbon-based and water-repellant, which makes it a challenge to achieve adequate wetting and adhesion with water-based inks. In this presentation, we will briefly review the factors driving and influencing digital package printing in general and provide an overview of the various digital printing technologies that are available today for printing on thin, flexible films. We will describe an all-aqueous system of primer, inkjet inks, and post-coatings that can be used for either surface or reverse printing of plastic labels, flexible packages, and vinyl wall coverings at production speeds of up to 200 meters per minute. Kodak recently partnered with New Statesman Media to survey consumer goods leaders on the factors driving their choices in package printing. Not surprisingly, print quality is considered “table stakes”, followed by shorter print runs and personalization. Other important considerations are new branding opportunities, faster time to market, sustainable packaging, and improved customer engagement.
Douglas E. Bugner, Ph.D. | Chemistry Director, Digital Print Materials R&D, Kodak
What is the deal with primers?
Also Featuring:
  • Simon Cooper, Managing Director, Simply Inkjet
Speaker and abstract to come!
Susan Bailey | Business Development Manager, Digital and Specialty Printing, Michelman
Meeting the Challenge: Aqueous Digital Inks for the Future of Packaging
Over the years the relevance of aqueous digital pigment inks has shifted from home & office to textiles and is now focused on sustainable solutions for the next evolution of printing in packaging.  DuPont has a long history of innovation in digital printing and continues to advance technology to address the needs of emerging packaging applications.  This presentation will discuss challenges and opportunities associated with aqueous pigment ink solutions for packaging.
Genara Andrade | New Business Development, DuPont Industrial Solutions, DuPont Industrial Solutions
Networking Break and Coffee
Session IV: Marketing – Colors and creating attractive packaging
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Color resonates with consumers. Brand recognition is one of the most important reasons that brands pay attention to packaging and the final product. This session will highlight how brand managers and marketing go through the color and packaging process and how they market to multiple generations.
Growth and Applications for Digital Decorating (Foils and Coatings)
This presentation will discuss the beautiful embellishments created through the use of off-line or near-line digital decorating techniques. The discussion will include information on the different types of equipment on the market today and advantages and disadvantages of each. The different types of digital foil decorating (polymer-based and toner-based adhesives), and the different types of specialty spot coatings (raised embossed coatings, glitter coatings, and more) will also be discussed. The advantages and disadvantages of digital foil decorating over other metallic decorating techniques will be explored as well as sustainability issues as it pertains to digital foils and coatings.
Jeff Peterson | Executive Director, Foil & Specialty Effects Association
Using your shape to extend your brand
Direct-to-Object printing continues to expand its reach into creative product packaging. Print algorithms, controls technology, and equipment designs are enabling the ability to print non-planar shapes more rapidly and effectively than ever. Manufacturers are no longer limited to applying shrink sleeves and decals to irregular geometries or to printing pseudo cylinders and cones. This session will explore possibilities that extend brand recognition beyond traditionally decorated spaces.
James Bullington | Chief Technology Officer, LSINC
Session IV: Operational Challenges
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This session will cover how to train and implement a digital print team, what are some tips and tricks to converting your operation to digital and how recycling and sustainability play into your operations.
New to digital – how to use your machine
Speaker and abstract to come!
How to train and implement a team to run your digital print machine
Speaker and abstract to come!
Welcome Reception
Registration and Opening Remarks
Registration Opens & Continental Breakfast
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Session V: Sustainability, Digital Print & E-Commerce – The Generation of Personalized Packaging
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Digital printing makes it easier to customize packaging and add personalization at a faster rate. The growing trend of wanting personalized or custom packaging has created an opportunity for brand marketing to get consumers to identify with a brand. [ People relate to stories and when products can be presented in a story-like way, they become irresistible to consumers.]
Press supplier, Converter and Brand - the circle that moves the packaging industry
  • John Ballentine, Director Trade Business, The BoxMaker
  • Justin Stacy, Vice President of Ecommerce Solutions, The BoxMaker
  • Ted Samotis, Digital Printing for Corrugated Packaging, HP
Join Ted Samotis, HP Go-to-Market Director, as he interviews John Ballentine, Director of Trade Business at The BoxMaker, and Justin Stacy, Vice President of Ecommerce Solutions, The BoxMaker. Hear how digital packaging has helped converters and brands thrive despite our challenging economic environment. Learn how digital packaging reduces inventory costs, accelerates speed-to-market, and enables brands to effortlessly test new packaging concepts and make late-stage adjustments to maximize the results of their marketing campaigns.
Ted Samotis | Director, Go-To-Market, HP PageWide Industrial, HP
Direct printing to fibrebased containers
Several big brands have launched initiatives towards more sustainable packaging. More and more paper or fibre based containers show up in the media – bottles, cups, canisters. Whereas most of these containers are still under development, it is becoming more and more obvious that printing directly on these containers offers huge advantages – an attractive “no label” look, cost and material savings because no label is required, environmentally friendly water based inks, and on top of that the usual benefits of digital printing like short runs or personalization. Polytype has been printing directly to shape since its early beginnings more than 60 years ago, and since over 10 years in digital.
Florian Fässler | Head of Digital Technologies, Polytype AG
Networking Break
On-Demand Packaging
Specializes in digital, on-demand packaging. The company leverages digital platforms, automation, and order aggregation so that the cost of one package is "the same as the cost of a truckload.”
Everyday Digital Expands Packaging Choices for Brand Owners
This presentation will focus on how digital single pass technology can expand choices for brand owners to become nimble to address marketing changes with corrugated packaging. Lloyd will look on how brands can utilize more substrates, consider more box styles while having the flexibility of more quantity choices. Examples will be shown of how converters and brands have worked together to quickly address marketing requirements, and the benefits to the brand as a result.
Lloyd Kent | Senior Sales Manager for Corrugated, Digital Printing North America, Domino
Session VI: Brand Protection and Smart Packaging
Brand Protection through Inkjet Printing
  • Michael Brice, Vice President of Sales and Business Development, INX International 
  • Keith Goldstein, Chief Operating Officer, VerifyMe
Packaging is the first point of contact between a product and the consumer. Digital Print enables print providers to deliver packaging in unique and cost-effective ways like never before. Make readies are eliminated, run lengths reduced, print can be direct to object, variable data can be integrated and innovative brand protection strategies can be incorporated. Preventing counterfeiting and diversion is a huge business priority globally and one in which packaging plays a crucial role. Digital Print unlocks the capability for variable data, including overt and covert marks/codes for brand protection and consumer engagement. Secure packaging is essential to minimize losses and protect the reputation of both brand owner and health and safety of the consumer.
Michael Brice | Vice President of Sales and Business Development, INX International
Lunch Break
Session VII: Packaging Design Challenges and New Opportunities
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This session will bring attention to new product opportunities such as consumables, CBD products, home & personal care, fashion and more.
Panel: Packaging Design Challenges
Panelists coming soon

- Innovative Packaging with Bold Colors and Designs
- Designing Conscientious Packaging
- Challenges Creating the Product – Are They Worth it?
- Creative Ways to Minimize Packaging
Panel: The Times Are Changing - Circular Economy, Carbon Footprint and Sustainability
  • Liz Logue, VP Strategy, Inkjet, EFI
  • Tom Molamphy, Sales & Technology Manager NA - Inkjet Inks, Siegwerk
  • Trevor Schroeder, Product Marketing & Business Development, HP
This panel will talk about raw materials, recyclability, investing in sustainability, the future of the industry, inks, and more. Join these industry professionals as they discuss the future, where the investment is taking place and how we can help globally as consumers as well as from a business and industry perspective.
Closing Remarks