Hilton San Diego Mission Valley, San Diego, California, USA

                            Digital packaging status, current technologies, trends, & opportunities
                               George Gibson, Director Technology Scouting, Webster, New York
                               - Case coding
                               - Labels
                               - Folding cartons
                               - Corrugated
                               - Flexible packaging
                               - Direct product decoration
                               - Unique requirements/opportunities: Pharma, food, security, etc.
                               - Developing your “future packaging strategy”

                           Digital packaging printer development: is the industry approach backwards?
                              Marco Boer, Vice President, IT Strategies, Hanover, Massachusetts
                              - Product development approach
                              - Market eligibility approach
                              - Technology challenges
                              - Market entry options
                              - Application volume & momentum
                                       > Labels
                                       > Folding cartons
                                       > Corrugated
                                       > Flexible film
                              - Packaging: one of few markets guaranteed to grow

12:00 Noon                       Conference Adjournment

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Packaging currently makes up ~43% of the $901B commercial print market and with nearly 50% of packaging production jobs under 10,000 run length; it is clear that the future of packaging is digital, interactive and increasingly intelligent.

Chaired and led by George Gibson, Director Technology Scouting at Xerox, IMI’s Digital Packaging Conference 2018 is designed to provide comprehensive coverage of numerous factors, technologies, enablers & barriers, challenges, and most of all – Opportunities – that are combining to create Future Packaging! George will present much of the background and status based on his successful Future of Packaging course.

Many factors are driving digitization of packaging. Beverage firm's use of limited-edition, seasonal beverages alone is projected to grow by $3B from 2015 to 2017. While the market is producing increasing variety; technology is also providing increased capabilities. Higher image quality, greater substrate range, lower costs, etc. plus incorporation of new capabilities (printed electronics, sensors, taggants and much more) are making entirely new packages possible.
Packaging is becoming so much more than just the stuff the stuff comes in. Brand owners increasingly view packaging as a way to directly engage their consumers. Great new packages serve as a bridge between the consumer and the brand owner in a way previously interrupted by the distribution chain. In some of the best recent designs the package becomes a fundamental part of the value proposition for the product itself. Packaging also takes on some of the big issues of our day: enhancing consumer safety, reducing environmental impact, reducing food/materials waste, providing personalized beneficial data and much more!

 The IMI Digital Packaging Conference 2018 addresses the challenges, options, and opportunities associated with future packaging requirements, technology choices, drivers & barriers, and other issues required to effectively implement packaging innovations. This strategic conference for the packaging industry provides high value information for senior executives, commercial managers, development teams and end users covering the most recent innovations, trends, and issues critical to continued growth and expansion of digital packaging applications and markets.

All delegates will receive a free copy of the latest "The Numbers" Market Report by IT Strategies. Generated from their worldwide digital printing industry model, it provides an ongoing source of market information based on a consistent methodology and reporting structure.

The Strategic Advisory Board of industry luminaries, whose expertise covers a wide range of technology and applications in packaging and digital printing, will determine the conference program of topics and presentations. The Strategic Advisory Board members are:

  • George Gibson, Director Technology Scouting, Xerox

  • Alrick V. Warner, The Procter & Gamble Company

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February 6-7, 2018

Hilton San Diego Mission Valley, San Diego, California, USA

Tentative Topic Coverage and Schedule

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

8:00 a.m.                     Conference Registration

8:30 a.m.                     Opening Session

                                                WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS

                                                      Alvin G. Keene, President, IMI, Carrabassett Valley, Maine
                                                      Conference Chair; George Gibson, Director Technology Scouting, Xerox

                                                      Corporation, Webster, New York

                           Digital is the future of packaging
                              George Gibson, Director Technology Scouting, Webster, New York
                              - Packaging joins the expanding digital age that surrounds us!

                                       > Communication
                                       > Entertainment
                                       > IoT
                                       > Financial

                              - Digital packaging markets

                                       > Domains & definitions
                                       > Current market structure & size
                                       > Growth projections
                                       > Market trends

                              - The digital packaging proposition

                                        > What digital adds to the value proposition
                                        > Design, printing & other infrastructure requirements
                                        > Drivers, enablers & barriers to digital adoption

12:00 p.m.                       Networking Luncheon

1:30 p.m.                         Session 2

IT Strategies Market Report
All delegates will receive a free copy of the latest "The Numbers" Market Report by IT Strategies. Generated from their worldwide digital printing industry model, it provides an ongoing source of market information based on primary research.

Digital Packaging Conference 2018

February 6-7, 2018

                           Meeting the needs of packaging market segments with a modular inkjet platform
                              Gianluigi Rankin, Director Product Marketing, Memjet, San Diego, California
Requirements & challenges for inkjet in packaging segments
                                        > Labels
                                        > Corrugated
                                        > Folding carton
                                        > Flexible packaging
                              - How the new Memjet modular DuraLink platform can help meet segment requirements
                              - New printhead & pigment ink are the key new technologies
                              - Integrated systems approach with all components for
                                       > High productivity
                                       > High quality inkjet system
                              - Benefits to OEMs
                                       > Fast integration
                                       > Reduced effort

                           More with less: How to profit with automated workflows
                              Mark Abramson, Founder & CEO, Printform Corporation, Sausalito, California
                              - How do you turn faster print speeds into breakthrough profitability?
                              - Shop floor experiences: more units per shift with fewer employees by embracing
                                       > Completely automated workflows
                                       > Advanced image processing
                                       > Leveraging what manufacturers know & own
                              - Actionable lessons & key takeaways
                             - Avoiding the pitfalls
                              - Successfully automating highest value processes while eliminating production bottlenecks

                                & inefficiencies
                              - Packaging case study
                           Smart packaging status & role in future packaging
                              George Gibson, Director Technology Scouting, Webster, New York
                              - The smart packaging proposition
                                       > What smart packaging adds to the value proposition
                                       > Drivers, enablers & barriers to adoption
                              - Smart/Intelligent Packaging Markets
                              - Smart Packaging Technologies & Products
                                       > Visual Passive Sensors
                                       > Electronic Passive Sensors
                                       > Active Sensors
                                       > Sensor Meshes
                                       > The Package’s Role in Big Data and Analytics
                              - Importance & Role of Sensor Development & Proliferation
                              - Commonly Referenced Smart Packaging Categories
                              - Status, Trends & Opportunities in Smart Packaging

                              - Role of Printed Electronics

Suppliers Forum Session 1: 5-Minute presentations related to technology, capabilities, services, new product introductions, etc.  The Suppliers Forum is open to all conference registrants (1st 12 Sign-ups in session 1 – Additional in session 2 on Thursday).  For additional information or to sign up, contact Al Keene al@imiconf.com or check off box on registration form.

6:00 p.m.                       Networking reception in display area

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

8:30 a.m.                          Session 3


Printer and other product demonstrations/displays by both conference speakers and registrants are encouraged.  IMI will cooperate with all interested parties to provide appropriate space so products can be displayed and demonstrated during the conference breaks & receptions.  There is no charge in addition to the conference registration fee to have a display table and/or give a 5-minute Suppliers Forum presentation.  Interested companies should contact IMI President Al Keene al@imiconf.com to ensure that proper arrangements are made for product displays and demonstrations.

You can also reserve your display space and Suppliers’ Forum presentation slot by registering online and checking off the appropriate boxes indicating your participation.

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Conference Chairman
George Gibson, Xerox   
Conference Speakers
Mark Abramson, Printform
Marco Boer, IT Strategies
Gianluigi Rankin, Memjet

IMI is excited to announce a sponsorship opportunity to enable inkjet industry participants to position themselves “front and center” before a key group of inkjet printing business leaders including executives, product developers, technologists, major users, etc. PLUS distributing their message to IMI’s global database of over 20,000 relevant contacts.

Our goal is to develop a “community” focused on the conference program and the Sponsors to generate excitement about inkjet technology, market, and application developments - benefiting all industry participants and end users.

 For additional information on this sponsorship opportunity contact Al Keene
al@imiconf.com or go to the Sponsorship page


Join the over 185 currently (1/31/2018) registered attendees from the following companies at one or more of IMI’s Digital Print Week 2018 programs – February 6-7, 2018: Inkjet Academy, Digital Packaging Conference 2018, Security Printing Conference 2018, & Understanding Inkjet Ink Conference 2018 and February 7-9, 2018: Inkjet Printing Conference 2018: Abo Akademi University, Alchemie Technology, Angstrom Technologies, Appvion, Avery Dennison, Avery Dennison Digital Ink Solutions, BASF Corporation, BDT Print Media Group, Brady Corporation, Buena Vista Resources, Buhler, BYK USA, Cabot Corporation, Canon Inc, Canon Solutions America, Circle Graphics, Clariant Plastics & Coatings, CN Clark Company, Colordyne, Consultant Thomas Poe, Corning Inc., Crawford Technologies, Crown Prince Printing Press, Domtar, DuPont, Eastman Chemical, EFI, Emerson Automation Solutions, Esprix Technologies, Essilor of America, Felix Schoeller, Fujifilm Dimatix, Gem Gravure, Global Inkjet Systems, Global Graphic Services, Heidelberg, Hewlett Packard, Holoptica, ImageXpert, IIMAK, IMI, inc.jet, Integrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration, IT Strategies, Kao Collins, Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials, Landa Digital Printing, Luminescence, Mack Brooks Exhibitions, Mark Andy, Memjet, Michelman, NanoMatriX International, Nextflex, Nilpeter USA, OpSec Security, Pagemark Technology, Pall Microelectronics, Pivotal Resources, PPG Industries, Polestar, Procter & Gamble, Quality Engineering Associates, RadTech, Ricoh Printing Systems America, Roki S&S America, Seiko Instruments USA, SI2 Technologies, Sensient Colors, Sensor Films, SICPA, Solimar Systems, Sun Chemical, SunJet, Technische Universität Chemnitz, Temptime Corporation, Tiger Drylac USA, Total Printing Systems, Trendvision Technology (Zhuhai), Troy Group, Univ of Northern Iowa, US Dept of State, Veritrace, Work Associates, Xaar, XACTIV, Xerox, and Xpress Data.

Displays & Suppliers Forum
Digital packaging related technologies and services will be on display in the break/reception area and the Suppliers Forum enables you to hear short presentations on participating companies and their latest news.


Digital Packaging Conference 2018gives you the opportunity to meet senior executives from within packaging related industries as well as from companies supplying packaging technologies, using these technologies or developing them for new applications. With a networking reception, a lunch and additional refreshment breaks, there is ample opportunity to meet with key people.