A broad cross section of the caps and closures manufacturing sector will be represented in suburban Chicago on Sept. 18-19 for Plastics News' Plastics Caps & Closures conference.
The Closure & Container Manufacturers Association again will collocate its annual fall conference at the event, and offer a full day of programming Sept. 20 about related sustainability and recycling issues.
The two-day Plastics Caps & Closures 2012 — with the theme of Targeting Speed, Precision & Functionality — will examine not only the speed and precision in processing, but also in product development and time to market. Some 17 presenters, from Europe and across North America, will review market trends, assess the outlook for key resins, discuss executive recruitment techniques, recap the latest processing advances, assess the merger and acquisitions landscape, and offer insights into the managerial approaches at firms such as Berry Plastics Corp. and Weatherchem Corp.
Brussels-based consultant Jean Schrurs will deliver the keynote address, on “Key Factors & Trends Shaping the Global Beverage Packaging Market.” Schrurs, managing partner at Cape Decision sprl in Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium, has held key positions with Exxon, Bekaert, Shell, Amcor and Coca-Cola Co.
Jim Tonkin of Healthy Brand Builders will lend his voice to the discussion, as will Brian Bauerbach, president and CEO of molder Mold-Rite Plastics.
Lothar Brauer, director of technical marketing and business development for international closures maker Bericap GmbH & Co. of Budenheim, Germany, will discuss the global market.
Bericap employs 2,900 at 21 factories in 19 countries, and churned out 60 billion closures last year. Some of the company's better-known products include the pull-up telescopic spout for motor oil, the push-pull sports closure and the inner ring pull for edible oil.
An M&A panel will feature Portola Packaging Inc. President and CEO Kevin Kwilinski, who will join a pair of investment banking managing directors — William Blair & Co.'s Elliot Farkas and Mesirow Financial's Rick Weil. Portola recently decided to shed its cosmetics closure/container manufacturing business to focus on the beverage sector.
Officials from equipment makers Netstal Machinery Inc., Engel Machinery Inc., Arburg Inc. and Mold Hotrunner Solutions Inc. are also on the program, along with materials representatives from Nova Chemicals Corp., Ampacet Corp. and Chemical Market Resources Inc.
CCMA, meanwhile, is putting together its own program aimed at bringing together leaders engaged in the various stages of caps, closures and containers recycling.
Anchoring the program will be Gail Tavill, vice president of sustainable development for ConAgra Foods Inc.
Other speakers will come from Argonne National Laboratory — part of the Department of Energy — KW Plastics Recycling division, the Southeast Recycling Development Council and the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, Ill.
Both events will take place at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort in Lincolnshire, Ill.
Registration and program details are available online at plasticsnews.com/caps2012.