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Future Packaging Conference 2019

Digital, Smart, & Sustainable

February 5-6, 2019

Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando North,

Altamonte Springs (Orlando), Florida USA

Conference Focus

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, smart, and sustainable.

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 Future Packaging Conference 2019 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. 


This one and one-half day event includes the following elements:

  • Market opportunity briefings from leading experts

  • Updates and views from industry pacesetters

  • Perspectives from key end users

  • New technology introductions from digital packaging innovators


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Additional Benefits


The IMI Future Packaging Conference 2019 gives you the opportunity to meet senior executives from the packaging and related industries. With a networking reception, a lunch and additional refreshment breaks, there is ample opportunity to meet with key people important for your industry alliances and future success.


Displays and Suppliers Forum

Packaging products and technologies 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.

Access to 3 Digital Print 2019 Conferences

Your registration to IMI’s Future Packaging Conference 2019 also allows you to attend any desired sessions at the following concurrent conference programs: Digital Manufacturing Conference 2019. You will also receive download links for the presentations from both conferences.

IT Strategies Market Report

All delegates will receive a free copy of the annual 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.

Strategic Advisory Board

The Strategic Advisory Board of industry luminaries, whose expertise covers a wide range of packaging technologies applications, and market and determines the conference program of topics and presentations.

  • George Gibson, Xerox

  • Mark Hanley, I.T. Strategies

George Gibson


Mark Hanley

 I.T. Strategies

Future Packaging Conference 2019

February 5-6, 2019

Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando North, Altamonte Springs (Orlando), Florida

Agenda and Schedule

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

8:00 a.m.                     Conference Registration 

8:30 a.m.                     Opening Session 

Welcome and introductions

Alvin G. Keene, President, Information Management Institute, Inc., Carrabassett Valley, Maine

Conference Chair: George Gibson, Managing Partner, Chromis Media and Advisors, (formerly Director Technology Scouting, Xerox Corporation) Webster, New York


Digital, Intelligence, and sustainability are the future of packaging

George Gibson, Managing Partner, Chromis Media and Advisors, (formerly Director Technology Scouting, Xerox Corporation) Webster, New York

- Packaging joins the expanding digital age that surrounds us!

      > Communication

      > Entertainment

      > IoT

      > Financial

- Defining digital, smart, and sustainable packaging

       > Current technologies

       > Status

       > Trends & opportunities

- Sustainability: Impact of consumer conscience, legislation, materials,

   conservation, recycling initiatives, & economics

- Markets

      > Domains & definitions

      > Current market structures & sizes

      > Growth projections

12:00 p.m.                   Networking Luncheon

1:30 p.m.                     Session 2

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Pre-treatments, primers, and post-treatments in digital packaging 

Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Chairman & Co-founder, Alchemie Technology, Cambridge, UK

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Enabling inkjet printing in packaging through ink & coating chemistry advancements 

Kim Champion, Vice President Inks & Materials, Memjet, San Diego, California

- How primers & OPV’s can enable digital printing to meet folding carton & corrugated

  printing needs

- Benefits of expanded gamut in packaging market

- How to meet tough requirements for food packaging

- How systems approach enables builders to develop solutions quickly to meet demanding                  customer needs


Smart packaging’s importance & role

George Gibson, Managing Partner, Chromis Media and Advisors, (formerly Director Technology Scouting, Xerox Corporation) Webster, New York

- Smart packaging technologies: 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: Ergonomic, informative, active                          (chemoreactive & bioreactive), responsive (informative, corrective, thermoresponsive,                      mechanoresponsive, bioresponsive, chemoresponsive)

- Role of Printed Electronics

Suppliers’ Forum Session: 5-Minute presentations related to technology, capabilities, services, new product introductions, etc.  The Suppliers Forum is open to all conference registrants. For additional information or to sign up, contact Al Keene or check off box on registration form.

6:00 p.m.                     Networking reception in Display Area

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

8:00 a.m.                     Session 3

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The importance of barcode technology for secure products, packaging, labels and more

Gary Parish, President, Complete Inspection Systems Inc. Indialantic, Florida

- Future packaging value propositions

- The importance of secure barcodes: A personal story

- Selecting the right barcode to meet the application

- Product authentication: Understanding the difference in 2D symbology

- Adding secure barcodes to products

- DataMatrix barcode required for pharmaceutical industry

- Technology to authenticate serialized GS1 barcodes for track and trace

- Cloud verification vs. off-line verification with barcode technology

- The authentication process

- Utilizing public & private codes to create security


What is the future of packaging?

George Gibson, Managing Partner, Chromis Media and Advisors, (formerly Director Technology Scouting, Xerox Corporation) Webster, New York

- Future packaging value propositions

      > What digital, smart, & sustainability add to packaging value propositions

      > Design, printing, & other infrastructure requirements

      > Drivers, enablers, & barriers to adoption

- The evolving regulatory environment

- Unique requirements & opportunities

      > Customization

      > Pharmaceutical packaging - track & trace, anticounterfeiting, shelf-life & storage condition                 validation

      > Food Packaging - shelf life extension, freshness & ripeness, supply chain

         integrity, waste reduction

      > Reduced materials consumption, increased recycling, & less  environmental impacts

      > Brand protection & building customer engagement

      > True run length 1

- Applications Potential in Fitness, Medical, Wearables, etc.

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How much digital packaging print does & will do in next 5 years – And why

Mark Hanley, President, I.T. Strategies, Hanover, Massachusetts

- Corrugated

- Flexible

- Folding carton

- Labels


12:00 p.m.                     Conference Adjournment  

Conference Sponsorship

IMI sponsorship opportunities 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 sponsorship opportunities contact Al Keene

Speaking Opportunities

If you have a potential topic for presentation at this or another IMI conference, please submit your proposed presentation topic and a brief outline to Al Keene at IMI ( for review.


IMI is always looking for potential speakers for upcoming conference programs and will be pleased to discuss your ideas for potential presentation topics.

Free Display Space & Suppliers Forum Presentations

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 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.

I.T. Strategies Market Report

All participants will receive a free copy I.T. Strategies latest annual Market Report " Digital Document & Industrial Print Beyond the Office.” Commissioned by IMI and generated from I.T. Strategies’ worldwide digital printing industry model, it provides an ongoing source of market information based on a consistent methodology and reporting structure.

About IMI


IMI sponsors conferences to assist in understanding emerging technology developments, markets and applications requirements. IMI conferences offer attendees unique opportunities for leading hardware, technology development, materials, manufacturing, software, and user companies to network and develop a more comprehensive understanding of current as well as future developments impacting successful product implementations, market entry/expansion and technology utilization. Since 1990, IMI has held over 600 programs attended by well

over 25,000 technical, marketing and management personnel from companies around the world.


IMI conference programs are designed to enable attendees to obtain the latest technical, market and application information while allowing time to network with other attendees in a time and cost-efficient manner.  Attendance at an IMI conference enables attendees to meet with an industry’s leading experts in a single location over a short period of time thus maximizing information transfer efficiency and minimizing travel and time expenses.

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