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We are excited to announce that we have made the decision to transform Digital Print for Packaging Europe 2020 into a fully online event! We believe this is the best option to provide our attendees, speakers, and sponsors with the certainty they need to plan their participation and maximise the value from the event in a safe and reliable way.

An interactive 3-hour workshop will take place prior to the conference on Monday 30 November. 

Workshop Introduction & Part I - “The changing landscape for digital printing in packaging – improving the existing supply chains”
Opening remarks and Part I
  • An overview of the packaging market in 2020: this will include the impact of Covid-19 in the industry with a particular focus on Europe.
  • An updated digital Packaging landscape (European markets vs worldwide) – the key players Market overview showing digital penetration into packaging markets – growth prospects for labels, corrugated, cartons, flexible packaging, rigid plastics and metal.
  • Prospects, important developments we will see at Drupa:
  • What are we missing with DRUPA not taking place this year?
  • Overview of the most important technology developments scheduled to be announced at DRUPA.
  • Short conclusion based on this year’s developments: this is where the industry is moving.

Sean Smyth | Print Expert, Smithers
Networking break
Workshop Part II
Part II
  • Market drivers from consumers that are impacting brands, converters and retailers how digital can help players and potentially disrupt markets.
  • Technology drivers in inkjet and electrophotography, with hybrid systems, the latest innovations and views on what is coming down the line.
  • Includes cost comparison showing how digital is increasingly economic against analogue printing technology.
  • Importance of time to market Supply chain changes – how digital technology is helping brands and retailers grow – likely disruption.

Sean Smyth | Print Consultant, Smithers
Session 1 – Market overview & the impact of COVID-19 on the industry
Chairs’ opening remarks
OPENING KEYNOTE: Industry changes and developments over the past year
  • Market overview & trends specific to DPP
  • Volumes
  • The impact of COVID-19 on the industry (covering potential process and supply chain changes)
  • Industry changes & developments – what direction is the industry moving in?

Sean Smyth | Print Expert, Smithers
KEYNOTE: Inkjet printing on flexible plastic films: mixing oil and water
  • Factors driving and influencing digital package printing: from faster turnaround, personalization, versioning, inventory management, safety, environment, sustainability, government regulations through the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Digital printing options: liquid electrophotography (LEP) with oil-based inks, drop-on-Demand (DOD) inkjet with UV-curable inks, and continuous (CIJ) inkjet with water-based inks
  • Printing on plastic films with water-based inks: including choice of vehicle and colorant, colorant immobilization at production speeds, post-print protection

Dr Doug Bugner | Chemistry Director, Digital Print Materials R&D, Kodak
KEYNOTE PANEL DISCUSSION: The impact of COVID-19 on the digital print for packaging industry and market trends
  • How COVID-19 has impact the digital print for packaging industry (acceleration of trends, demand of individualized packaging, role of plastics during the pandemic)?
  • How can packaging design deliver better consumer experiences with less environmental impact?
  • Packaging design and e-commerce – opportunities and challenges from concept to production
Panelists include;
  • Mike Rottenborn, Chief Executive Officer, Global Graphics plc 
  • Peter Saunders, Global Director – Digital Businesses, Sun Chemical Ltd 
  • Dr Doug Bugner, Chemistry Director, Digital Print Materials R&D, Eastman Kodak Company
  • Jan De Roeck, Marketing Director - Industry Relations & Strategy,

Chaired by: Sean Smyth, Print Consultant, Smithers 
Peter Saunders | Global Director – Digital Businesses, Sun Chemical Ltd
How to sell digital print technology to FMCG
  • Who to sell to and what to share
  • Innovation, what it means and how to achieve it
  • ‘Steppingstones of Commercial Opportunity’ for new technology

Gregory Bentley | Global Primary Packaging Director, AB InBev
Networking break
Session 2- Advancing customised e-Commerce and new developments in (digital print) technology
Case studies: Eco, creative & fast innovation in dynamic markets for corrugated packaging
  • Fit for purpose by choosing the right digital print concept
  • Innovative possibilities to create new opportunities for brand owners
  • Real examples and practices to show the huge potential for innovation in digital print for corrugated packaging

Jochen Drösel | CSO - Chief Sales Officer, Schumacher Packaging Group
Ecommerce: Fight COVID-19 with online technology that simplifies the sales process and feeds your digital print que 24/7
  • Ecommerce customized around your manufacturing niches
  • Beat COVID-19 and automate with web 2 print solutions
  • Create custom built digital print workflows so your customer can work from home
  • Maximize your sales 24/7 and add to your bottom line
  • Secure your existing and prospective accounts using new technologies

Kerry Drake | Vice President Sales & Marketing, PXI DIGITAL
Interactive Q&A: What are the benefits of digital printing for today’s packaging sector?
  • Beyond customised printing for packaging and displays – what really resonate with the customers?
  • How can brands achieve functionality and better performance?
  • Should the packaging format change to become for efficient? will the COVID-19 pandemic accelerate new trends?
Speakers include;
  • Greg Bentley, Global Packaging Innovation Director, Anheuser-Busch InBev 
  • Jochen Drösel, CSO - Chief Sales Officer, Schumacher Packaging Group 
  • Ted Samotis, Director, Go-To-Market, HP PageWide Industrial, HP
 Chaired by: Sean Smyth, Print Consultant, Smithers  
Gregory Bentley | Global Primary Packaging Director, AB InBev
HP corrugated packaging solutions as growth enabler for corrugated converters
  • How HP presses help converters with market trends and brand demands
  • Successful stories by HP customers (LIC Packaging and The BoxMaker)

Ted Samotis | Director, Go-To-Market, HP PageWide Industrial, HP
Digital embellishment solutions from Kurz – experience real simplicity
  • Innovations on customized, metallic-gloss print jobs – from small batches to bulk production
  • The journey of Print on Demand
  • A state-of-the-art package for digital print solutions

Thomas Lorenz | International Business Development Manager – Digital Embellishment Solutions, LEONHARD KURZ Stiftung & Co. KG
Chair’s closing remarks
Session 3 – Unleashing the digital print industry at a crossroads
OPENING KEYNOTE: Harmonisation of UV ink jet & flexographic printing for labels & packaging
  • Is the packaging industry recession proof?  Learnings’ in a pandemic; is digital printing an effective tool for converters now?
  • Asset-Interchangeability, seamlessly merge digital and flexographic printing for production  optimisation
  • The evolving role of digital printing in L&P product lifecycles

Raymond Dickinson | Vice President, Marketing & Business Development for Digital Solutions, Mark Andy Inc
Industrial Inkjet for Packaging: Trends, developments and challenges
  • The latest technological innovations in inkjet illustrated by real-world examples in applications including labels, corrugated and direct-to-shape

Clive Ayling | Managing Director, Meteor Inkjet Ltd
Case study: Ink savings in digital print using Color Preflight technology
  • How has recent adoption of digital/automated processes helped us with a specific digital print project?
  • What went well, what could have been better?
  • How can suppliers help us solve some of the issues we are facing for future projects?

Jan De Roeck | Marketing Director, Industry Relations and Strategy, Esko
Case study: The advantages of digital corrugated single pass printing in a changing market
  • Who is Domino: our new journey into the digital corrugated market
  • An overview of the Domino X630i single pass corrugated printer
  • What changes are occurring on the marketplace such as increasing SKU, more boutique brands, and the effect on the consumer market due to COVID-19. How these changes create difficulty for the corrugated converter.
  • Case study: how a boutique food company used the power of digital for direct marketing and interaction with the end customer

Matthew Condon | Business Development Manager, Domino Amjet
Networking break
Session 4 – The value of Eco-friendly supply chains in digital print
How technology and innovation trends can impact sustainability beverage packaging
Packaging, especially beverage packaging, has a long history. One can be nostalgic about glass milk bottles, while today’s solutions include cardboard, plastics, aluminium… 
  • Can the conservative wine bottling market undergo a similar (r)evolution?
  • Will the same story happen for beer?
  • Why are these changes occurring and what is the impact of print technology?
  • Is sustainable packaging going to be the key to success with new generations of consumers?

Peter Buttiens | General Manager, ESMA
Co-presentation: Seamless wine deliveries unlock growth in personalised gifting and digital print for wine packaging
  • Understanding how personalised wine labels powered by online tech and digital print cannot only optimise visual appeal but also aid in advancing recyclability to drive better sustainability after use

Speakers include;

Santiago Navarro, CEO & Co-Founder, Garçon Wines
Amelia Dales, Commercial Director, Garçon Wines
Santiago Navarro | CEO & Co-founder, Garçon Wines
Sustainability through supply chain control in hybrid digital print for packaging
  • Enlightening the benefits of the LSD (late stage differentiation) of label productions in satellite printing plants
  • Case study: minimisation of waste by printing just in time and the sustainability benefits from it.

Søren Ringbo | General Manager Digital Products, Nilpeter A/S
Session 5 – The move to digital transformation & the market edge in digital print for packaging
Inkjet Digital Printing: enabling the transformation from analogue to digital in flexible packaging
  • Market drives, trends and the need to adapt to new consumer behaviours
  • Challenges and opportunities in the transition from analogue to digital printing in a conservative industry
  • Scalable Inkjet Digital printing solution for cost-effective production of short-runs and faster time-to-market
  • Sustainability in flexible packaging

Juan Cano | Business Development Director-Flexible Packaging Division, Screen Europe (UK) Ltd
Panel discussion: Visibility on how the supply chain could transform innovative methods to enable wider adoption of digital print
Exploring different experiences throughout the supply chain:
  • When is it (financially) viable to customise a product/packaging?
  • What are the stoppers and fears preventing digital print from gaining more market share?
  • What are the real, perceived benefits of digital print? Do industry participants agree on the benefits?
  • How can they educate one another about the benefits of digital print?
  • How do converters connect with brand owners?
Panelists include;
  • Patrick Poitevin, Principal Scientist, RDQ - Central Packaging, Mondelēz International, Inc
  • Alvise Cavallari, Head of Corporate Digital Printing Initiative, Nestlé 
  • Michael Miller, Manager, Global Product Innovation – Digital Decoration, Ball Corporation
  • Florian Fässler, Head of Digital Technologies, Polytype AG
Chaired by: Sean Smyth, Print Consultant, Smithers  
Michael Miller | Manager for Digital Decoration, Ball Corporation
How packaging can become a gateway for brands and consumers to talk
  • What is smart packaging?
  • Why is a digital gateway for brands and consumers relevant now?
  • How to get involved in this new field of business

Paul Chaplin | New Incubations & Investment Manager Europe, Business Innovation Centre Europe, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH
All-in-one approach for digital packaging print market
•       The benefits of digital print with a strong focus on process optimization
•       Utilising digital print technology to become more agile
•       Latest trends in digital print for folding carton, corrugated, metal, glass and hollowware decoration
•       Show cases from digital print industry
Mikhail Zverev | Sales manager, Koenig & Bauer Digital & Webfed AG & Co. KG
Chair’s closing remarks

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