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This year, you can extend your pass to 2.5 days – to include an optional workshop full of great content and even more unbeatable networking.
You also get free entry to Forest Products International Containerboard Conference 2024, taking place at the same venue, on the same days.

MondayOct 28
TuesdayOct 29
WednesdayOct 30
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Event
What
Who
14:00 – 18:00
Pre-registration Pass
14:00 – 16:15
Workshop

Separately bookable, Limited spaces available

This workshop is designed to help define key sustainability metrics for the packaging and containerboard industry. Understand how to measure and track these metrics. and identify opportunities to improve the sustainability of packaging and containerboard products.

08:00 – 09:00
Registration
09:00 – 09:10
Welcome Chair’s remarks
09:10 – 09:40
Opening Keynote – Industry Voice
09:40 – 10:10
Macro Trends Shaping the Industry

– The Impact of 2024: Analyse the lingering effects of the pandemic, market volatility, and the rise of biofuels on the industry’s transformation. 

– Demand Dynamics: Discuss the return of demand and the challenges posed by digital printing, evolving consumer preferences, and sustainability concerns. What is to become of the overcapacity? 

– Price Fluctuations: Examine the factors influencing paper, packaging, and containerboard pricing in the current economic climate. 

– The Road Ahead: Explore industry forecasts and identify potential opportunities and challenges presented by the evolving macroeconomic landscape. 

10:10 – 10:20
CEO of the Year– Winner Announced!
10:20 – 10:50
Networking Break
10:50 – 11:35
CEO Strategies for Unlocking Growth in Uncertain Times

– Discuss strategies for optimising the supply chain in the face of potential disruptions 

– Exploring the importance of embracing new technologies to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and meet evolving customer demands 

– Addressing the challenge of labour- the need to invest in workforce development programs to address potential skill gaps and ensure a future-proof workforce 

11:35 – 12:00
Fastmarkets Outlook Presentation
12:00 – 12:45
Evaluating the recent M&A Frenzy: What's Next?

The pulp, packaging, and containerboard industry is witnessing a wave of consolidation, with companies seeking scale and resilience in a challenging market. Recent mega-mergers have reshaped the competitive landscape, prompting critical questions about the future. 

This panel discussion will bring together industry experts to delve into the M&A landscape and explore what lies ahead: 

– Analysing the drivers of consolidation
Mega-Merger Impact: Explore the potential long-term implications of recent mega-mergers, including their impact on pricing dynamics, competition, and product innovation.
– What potential divestment strategies could be seen? When might companies look to shed non-core assets or streamline operations? What are the benefits of such divestitures?

How can smaller companies compete and innovate in this environment? 

 

12:45 – 14:15
Networking Lunch
14:15 – 14:35
Fastmarkets Outlook: Tissue
14:35 – 15:20
The Future of Packaging: Innovation for End Users

– How can advancements in automation materials science, and digital printing transform packaging for end users
– Strategies for incorporating consumer feedback into the packaging development process.
 

15:20 – 15:40
Fastmarkets – Global Pulp Outlook
15:40 – 16:10
Networking break
16:10 – 16:30
Paper Vs Plastic: Which Is Really Better For Packaging?

To really debate this, you need to question three areas: Environmental impact, Functionality and Cost

16:30 – 16:50
Regulatory Update: What will be the effects of the PPWR: The Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation?

– How will businesses implement the shift towards sustainable packaging?
Rise of reusable packaging
Increased costs and innovation- could this lead to more investment in innovative packaging design and recycling technologies? 

16:50 – 17:35
Afternoon Roundtables

– A closer look into sustainability integration into the supply chain- challenges and opportunities
Technology Advancements- Embracing the power of AI
– Where next with M&A for our industry?
 

17:35 – 17:35
Close of Day One
17:35 – 18:30
Cocktail Reception
08:00 – 09:00
Registration
08:15 – 09:00
Sustainability Breakfast Briefing
09:00 – 09:30
Redefining AI into your supply chain process
09:30 – 10:10
The Future of E-commerce Packaging

Discuss the unique challenges and opportunities presented by the booming e-commerce sector. This panel discussion will offer a platform for end users to share insights, explore collaborative opportunities, and gain valuable perspectives on how to shape the future of packaging through innovation. 

– What innovative packaging solutions are needed for efficient and sustainable e-commerce fulfilment?
– Presenting analysis on the i
mpact of E-commerce on North American Paper Packaging Markets 
How is automation helping the paper and pulp industry meet its environmental requirements? 

10:10 – 10:30
Sustainability

This key industry leader will take you through how to best track and manage sustainability through the supply chain using real life examples 

10:30 – 11:00
Fireside Chat – A Closer look at Mexico

This presentation will highlight Mexico’s position as a major player in the Latam paper and packaging industry, emphasizing its growth driven by factors like rising domestic demand and increasing exports to the US.  

– Nearshoring in Mexico- Opportunities and challenges 

 

11:00 – 11:30
Networking Break
11:30 – 12:15
Technology Advancements- Embracing the power of AI

Join the discussion to understand if AI is a liberating force for innovation or a potential disruptor, and discover real-world examples of how mills and converters are already leveraging AI to gain a competitive edge. 

– What does this mean for packaging?
Is it liberating or fearful? 
Integrating AI into your supply chain process 
How is it being used today at mills and converters? 

12:15 – 12:45
Spotlight on Europe

As e-commerce continues to reshape consumer behaviour, the industry players must adapt to keep pace with a globalised market. This panel will explore how trends and technological advancements in Europe, a leader in sustainable practices and e-commerce innovation, are impacting the North American industry. 

– What are the effects of the ever changing e-commerce landscape? How are firms adapting?
Staying ahead of the game: understanding European packaging legislation for a sustainable future
What can North American companies learn from Europe’s advancements in automation and e-commerce fulfilment solutions? 

12:45 – 14:15
Networking Lunch
14:15 – 14:45
Fastmarkets Outlook: Global Recovered Paper
14:45 – 15:30
Future of Digital Print

This discussion can delve deeper than customisation, exploring how advancements in digital printing technology are enabling innovative applications.  

– Will we see this avenue take over the traditional packaging way in the next 5-10 years? 

15:30 – 15:40
Closing Remarks