Heavy Duty Sacks 2018 conference brings together industry participants from across the supply chain including raw material suppliers, equipment manufacturers, film and sack producers, and end users. 

The event offers a a programme, an exhibition running alongside, and multiple networking opportunities. The programme gives delegates the chance to hear from five leading sack and film producers, and to understand market needs from producers, brand owners, raw material suppliers and distributors.

The conference is sponsored by ExxonMobil and supported by Film and Sheet Extrusion Magazine.

Market Trends & Changing Customer Needs

The conference opens with a paper from Ms. Karla Tattersall, AMI Consulting, giving an overview of the competitive dynamics driving changes and trends for the industrial bags and sacks market.

Raw Material Advancements

Mr. Owen Lightbody from Nova Chemicals kicks off session 2, giving an up-to-date view on the latest developments in raw materials, followed by Dr. Luis Duque from Dow Chemical Iberica who will address sustainability issues and discuss downgauging opportunities for heavy duty sacks.

Developments in Machinery Producing, Filling and Sealing Industrial Sacks

Windmöller & Hölscher presenter Mr. Ali Hassan will discuss packaging 4.0 solutions for optimisation of extrusion, printing, filling and packaging processes, followed by Dr. Tom Redant, Hammer IMS, introducing the M-Ray technology used for film thickness measurement and defect detection in heavy duty sacks. Payper and Beumer Group join together bringing the latest innovations in machinery presented by Mr. Jacky Fricker and Mr. Gregor Baumeister. Mr. Vincent Valentin, Fischbein Germany, will cover the advancements in secure closures for industrial bags.

Paper vs. Plastic Heavy Duty Sacks Innovations

Mr. Thierry de Vleminck of Mondi challenges plastic bags with the latest innovations in paper bags. Then Hood Packaging Executive Director, Mr. Steve Bajinski, will provide an insight into the paper to plastic sack conversion for flour products in the US market.

Until recently, switching fine powder products from paper to plastic sacks has been a real challenge. Bischof + Klein begins day 2 discussing the intricacies of the move from paper to plastic bags for fine powders with Mr. Uwe Wiegand taking the stage; while Mr. Thomas Steffen from RKW will discuss further benefits of the self-venting system of plastics sacks and their moisture-barrier properties which are crucial for packing fine powders. The programme of presentations will be concluded by Indevco Plastics, Mr. Robert Laird, who will present the latest developments achieved in PE bags.

Discussion Panel

Day 2 will end with an exciting discussion panel featuring Dr. Franky Fant, Chevron Phillips, and Mr. Adam Lefebvre, Nova Chemicals discussing key market and product issues and customer requirements from the perspective of both raw material suppliers as well as the final end users of heavy duty sacks.

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