Those hungry to learn about the growing plastic caps and closures market, as well as the issues surrounding the recycling and environmental handling of such products, will find a smorgasbord of information during a three-day span in Atlanta next month.
From Sept. 12-14, a pair of business conferences and a half-day workshop will focus on the topic, offering expert views on polymer usage, end-market prospects, processing advances, product-design trends, sustainability initiatives and the latest merger and acquisition developments.
Monday kicks off with a full-day conference by the Closure & Container Manufacturers Association that will take an in-depth look at how the industry needs to respond to the challenge of handling some 250 billion caps and closures that are produced annually worldwide. It will address recycling opportunities and how leading brand owners are approaching the sustainability issue.
CCMA speakers will include John Delfausse, vice president of global package development and chief environmental officer of Estée Lauder Corporate Packaging, and Rob Weick, vice president of packaging and processing at ConAgra Foods Inc.
Also on tap are Bericap North America Inc. President and Chief Operating Officer Dave Andison, Amcor Rigid Plastics sustainability director Dave Clark, and KW Plastics Recycling market development director Stephanie Baker, among others.
Part design workshop
For those more tooling- and process-oriented, Monday afternoon also offers a half-day workshop, “Optimizing Part Design & Production of Caps & Closures,” by Progressive Components International Corp. Presenters from Progressive and its sister companies AST Technology GmbH and ToolingDocs LLC will demonstrate how system manufacturing can minimize costs while also streamlining and optimizing all types of cap and closure production. That session targets molders, part designers, injection molding technicians and quality engineers.
Caps & closures
Days two and three of the event feature Plastics News Global Group's Plastics Caps & Closures North America 2011 conference. Successfully held seven times previously in Brussels by European Plastics News, the conference is making its North American debut. Some two dozen presenters and discussion leaders will address a broad number of issues including child-resistant packaging, color and additive regulations, testing and processing developments, mergers and acquisitions trends, recycling opportunities for molders and end-market prospects.
Officials from the following firms are among those presenting or leading discussion groups: Berry Plastics Corp., CSI Closures, Amcor Rigid Plastics, Cranial Capital Inc., Freedonia Group, Envision Plastics, Enercon Industries Corp., Plastic Technologies Inc., Ampacet Corp., Royce Associates, Nova Chemicals Corp., Engel Machinery Inc., Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd., Sacmi Imola SC, P&M Corporate Finance LLC, InterTech Rx LLC, Incoe Corp., Universal Closures Ltd., Innovative Digital Solutions LLC, Milliken Chemical, and Wilkins & Wilkins Co. Ltd.
Full program details for all the events are available by going to plasticscapsandclosures.com/us.
Those interested in attending both the CCMA and caps conferences can save 33 percent when they register for both events, as well as an additional $100 early-bird discount by signing up by Aug. 31.