A collaborative effort of the Assn. of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL) and the SPE-Inspiring Plastics Professionals, more than 400 attendees and 80+ exhibitors are expected to participate in the fifth annual joint technical conference devoted to roll-to-roll (R2R) processing and flexible packaging. New this year is an expanded role for the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA), which is sponsoring a number of papers.
“Our partnership with SPE and FPA’s increased support will deliver the most complete view of the R2R supply chain, technology advances and best practices,” says Craig Sheppard, executive director of AIMCAL. As a result, he predicts, “Each attendee will take home business- and process-improving information that can be put to use right away.”
The Conference opens with optional short courses on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, followed by a series of three-minute presentations in the Vendor Session. Short course options include a full-day Slot Die Coating Technology course, a morning course on Wrinkling and Spreading or Overview of Solution Preparation and an afternoon course on Winding: Improvement through Science or Static Control. The evening concludes with a Welcome Reception/Tabletop Exhibition.
Monday opens with a series of joint sessions on markets and trends. The remainder of the schedule features nearly 100 presentations organized in four tracks. Topics include Advances in Coating Technology, Materials and Formulation; Flexible Packaging Technology and Business; Advances and Insight into Processing; Regulatory Systems; Advances in Data Analytics; Sustainability and Flexible Packaging; Barrier; New Materials and Packaging Designs; Advances in Web Handling; OLED; Advances in Quality Monitoring; Optical; Trends and eCommerce; Flexible Electronic Technology and Business; and Meeting Market Application Requirements.
The schedule also offers networking opportunities such as the Dr. Bernard Henry Memorial 5K Fun Run/Walk, a golf scramble, cornhole tournament, and Farewell Reception.
A full agenda and registration materials may be found at www.aimcal.org
About AIMCAL, Fort Mill, SC
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 almost 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. For more information about AIMCAL or to join, please go to www.aimcal.org
About SPE, Bethel, CT
Eighty-four countries and 22,500+ members strong, we unite plastics professionals worldwide—helping them succeed and strengthening their skills through networking, events, training, and knowledge-sharing. No matter where you work in the plastics industry value chain—whether you're a scientist, engineer, technical personnel or a senior executive—nor what your background is, education, gender, culture or age—we are here to serve you. For more information, please go to www.4spe.org
About FPA, Annapolis, MD
The Flexible Packaging Association is the voice of the US manufacturers of flexible packaging and their suppliers. The association’s mission is connecting, advancing, and leading the flexible packaging industry. Flexible packaging represents more than $31 billion in annual sales in the US, and is the second largest and one of the fastest growing segments of the packaging industry. Flexible packaging is produced from paper, plastic, film, aluminum foil, or any combination of those materials, and includes bags, pouches, labels, liners, wraps, rollstock, and other flexible products. For more information on FPA or to join, please go to www.flexpack.org