The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) have announced that five international speakers will be presenting at the 2009 National Technical Forum which will be held alongside AUSPACK 2009.
International Speakers include, Dr Bradley Fain, Senior Research Scientist at Georgia Tech Research Institute in the United States, who will discuss the topics of openability and design for the ageing population.
James Tupper, ECR Learning and Change Manager, IGD, United Kingdom, will discuss the power of in-store merchandising and how food and beverage manufacturers can improve their brand building in-store at retail outlets.
Alberto Castellanza, Novamont SPA, will discuss the use of bioplastics in packaging and how to understand the application and environmental properties of bioplastics.
Marshall Wiseman, Regional Manager, Michelman will present a paper on corrugated packaging and flexible packaging as two key trends in the industry and Robert Hogan, Zip-Pak will discuss terminal shelf velocity in a sustainable climate.
The forums will also have Dr Terry Turney, who is the Chief Executive Officer for Asia Nano materials and will discuss nanotechnology and how far it has come as a technology.
Jo Pye, Insight Director, Mintel Australia, will present a paper on ‘Packaging: A driver or follower of key NPD trends.’ Pye’s presentation will look at recent packaging developments under the four key NPD areas of convenience, ethical, premium and health. She will pose some key questions in the presentation, such as 'can packaging provide convenience, and also be ethical?' and 'adding value through packaging during the economic downturn'.
Paul F O’Brien, President, Private Label Manufacturers Association of Australia, will speak about the strategic direction of private labels in Australia and New Zealand and look at the growth in private labels over the last five years.
Adam Ransom, Managing Director, Schawk Australia, will discuss ‘The lifecycle management of a brand: a toolkit approach’. The new life science service from Schawk Australia meets the needs of the regulated pharmaceutical industry through tailored processes and proprietary management systems that deliver accuracy, brand consistency and improved business workflows. A team of experts in drug packaging and display material has been recruited for the offering with players such as AstraZeneca, Schering-Plough and GlaxoSmithKline signing up.
The Australian Institute of Packaging will also have Mark Johnston, General Manager Sales, Amcor Beverage Cans who will talk about ‘Aluminium beverage packaging: development and innovations’. Aluminium can and bottle developments support consumer trends and customer business objectives (branding and sustainability). A part of the presentation will include a section on easy opening.