Sykesville, MD – A full slate of timely and engaging presentations are in store for attendees of this year’s International Metal Decorating & Packaging Association annual conference. Critical details related to sustainability, logistics, compliance and more dominate a packed schedule, Oct. 4-6 at the Eaglewood Resort & Spa in Itasca, Illinois, near Chicago.
Two keynote speakers will address IMDPA members and others, and an impressive cast will provide lively conversation during the breakout sessions, said Renee Schouten, vice president of marketing for INX International Ink Co., who is completing her two-year term as President of the IMDPA.
“These are interesting and challenging times for the industry, so we’ve identified key concerns and found the right speakers who can provide an accurate assessment and balanced perspective for this year’s conference,” Schouten said. The IMDPA currently has 500 members consisting of lithographers, metal decorators, canmakers, designers and commercial suppliers from over 200 companies.
“I think the key takeaway is the insight that all of our speakers have to offer. They are at the forefront of the latest developments and trends. When you consider the educational aspects of our program, combined with the networking opportunities, this promises to be time well spent attending this event.
The conference begins with the annual Charity Golf Outing and Banquet on October 4th. Proceeds go to the IMDPA Scholarship Fund which rewards the children and grandchildren of IMDPA members to continue their education at the college level.
Rob Clark, chief innovation officer for Anheuser-Busch, is the keynote speaker for the general session on October 5, which begins at 9 a.m. He has over 20 years of experience in product and packaging development, and he will share the latest developments in innovation in his company. which can impact the Beverage Cans market. Other morning sessions include a Wall Street perspective on metal packaging from two JP Morgan representatives, a discussion on cybersecurity, and a presentation on sustainability in metal packaging. Two members of the Can Manufacturers Institute will lead this last session.
The IMDPA Member of the Year, Decorators of the Year and Excellence in Quality winners will be recognized at the awards luncheon. Technical breakout sessions follow, with top speakers leading separate flat-sheet, two-piece, and fabrication presentations. A tabletop exhibit and hospitality hosted by sponsors begins at 5 p.m.
Mike Regan is the keynote speaker on October 6. The Head of Relationship Development at Transact Technologies, LLC, he will discuss supply chain logistics during the general session that begins at 8:30 a.m. He has impressive credentials, serving on the boards of several organizations in the logistics industry. Further presentations on substrate challenges and opportunities, educational offerings, data systems management, and oven and UV maintenance will follow.
Members and non-members can register online and on site starting October 4 at 7 a.m.