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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 Fastmarkets Forest Products North America Conference 2024, taking place at the same venue, on the same days.

MondayOct 28
TuesdayOct 29
WednesdayOct 30
Time in PT
14:00 – 16:15
Workshop: Optimising Sustainability: Key Metrics for the Packaging and Containerboard Industr

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. 


16:00 – 20:00
Pre Day Pass: Registration opens
18:00 – 20:00
Cocktail Reception
08:00 – 09:00
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!
10:50 – 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 

George Staphos
George Staphos

George Staphos

Managing Director

Bank of America

11:30 – 11:55
Fastmarkets Macro Outlook Presentation
Lasse Sinikallas
Lasse Sinikallas

Lasse Sinikallas

Macroeconomist Director


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? 

Vivek Singh
Xinnan Li
Charles Denison
Vivek Singh

Vivek Singh

Managing Director

TD Securities

Xinnan Li

Xinnan Li



Charles Denison

Charles Denison

Managing Director


12:45 – 13:45
Networking Lunch
13:45 – 14:15
Containerboard Market Emerging Trends: A closer look into Challenges and Opportunities
14:15 – 15:00
End User Panel: Navigating Market Shifts – A Consumer Perspective

– How current market dynamics are impacting their businesses and how they are adapting their strategies for success. 

– Analyse the impact of plastic substitution on corrugated board demand and supply chains. Will this lead to increased corrugated consumption or create new challenges for end users? 

15:00 – 15:20
NA Containerboard Outlook
15:20 – 15:50
What do investors want from the large publicly traded containerboard companies?

How can containerboard companies strike a balance between delivering strong financial performance while meeting evolving sustainability expectations and exploring new growth avenues?

15:50 – 16:10
Networking Break
16:10 – 16:30
Fastmarkets Outlook: Europe Containerboard
16:30 – 16:50
Fastmarkets- Asian Containerboard
16:50 – 17:10
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? 

Elena Despotou
Elena Despotou

Elena Despotou

FEFCO Director General

European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers

17:10 – 18:00
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?

18:00 – 18:00
Close of Day One
18:00 – 19:30
Cocktail Reception
08:00 – 09:00
08:15 – 09:00
Sustainability Breakfast Briefing

– Innovation: Investing in R&D to develop next-generation, eco-friendly packaging solutions. This segment will explore advancements in bio-based materials, closed-loop systems, and design for recyclability. 

-The Regulatory Landscape: A comprehensive discussion on current and upcoming legislation impacting sustainable forestry practices, responsible sourcing, and containerboard production. We’ll delve into industry efforts to stay ahead of the curve and ensure compliance. 

-Beyond Carbon Footprint: A closer look at how the industry can maximise energy efficiency, explore renewable energy sources, and develop carbon sequestration strategies for a truly sustainable future

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

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
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: North American Containerboard
14:45 – 15:30
Weathering the Containerboard Shipping Storm: Strategies for Efficiency and Profitability

– Analyse how geopolitical tensions are impacting containerboard transportation and explore potential mitigation strategies for businesses. 

– Explore strategies for optimising containerboard transportation by leveraging intermodal options, route planning, and collaborative logistics partnerships. 

15:30 – 15:40
Closing Remarks