Like its predecessor, the AIMCAL R2R Conference will continue the successful, multi-year partnership with the Society of Plastic Engineers (Bethel, CT) and its FlexPackCon event. The joint meeting will be held Oct. 15-18, 2017, at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, FL.
“R2R, which stands for roll-to-roll, is the terminology supplanting ‘converting’ and ‘web coating,’ especially among newcomers to the industry and in developing markets such as printed electronics,” says Craig Sheppard, executive director of AIMCAL.
“The new name reflects the changing nature of our businesses,” adds Danis J. Roy, president of AIMCAL and gm at Terphane, Inc. (Bloomfield, NY, a division of Tredegar Corp.). “It also conveys an accurate descriptive of what the event entails to potential participants who aren’t acquainted with AIMCAL and have never attended our fall technical conference."
The technical conference, which dates back decades, features multiple tracks presenting the latest advances in R2R technologies such as Web Coating and Laminating, Vacuum Web Coating, Specialty Web Coating, Web Handling, and Flexible Packaging. The schedule also includes sessions about the business side of the R2R marketplace, networking receptions, a Tabletop Exhibition, golf scramble, and other activities. A full agenda and registration materials will be available in mid-summer 2017 on the AIMCAL Website, www.aimcal.org
AIMCAL, the Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators, represents converters of metallized, coated, and laminated flexible substrates and their suppliers. Founded in 1970, membership stands at nearly 300. A global group, AIMCAL promotes the growth and prosperity of the converting industry and member companies via an array of technical and marketing services. Membership information is available online at www.aimcal.org
SPE is comprised of 20,000+ members in 84 countries, providing a global network of leading engineers, scientists, and other plastics professionals, including technicians, salespeople, marketers, retailers, and representatives from tertiary industries. The Society spreads knowledge, strengthens skills, and promotes plastics from its headquarters in Bethel, CT, USA. Focused on all aspects of the plastics industry, members can participate in numerous technical groups including Flexible Packaging. Membership information is available online at www.4spe.org