The East Midlands Packaging Society

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Pack to the Future 6 at University of Birmingham: Polymers in Packaging 16th March 4pm

Hosting a Joint Event

Pack to the Future 6
University of Birmingham

Wednesday 16th March 2016

Polymers in Packaging - are the goals of biodegradability and sustainability achievable?

Challengers of products that suffer from over-packaging have every right to point out the waste of scarce resources and the energy lost in producing, recycling and disposing of such materials. However they often miss the point that the vast majority of packaging materials such as paper, glass and metals are all viewed as sustainable and recyclable.

Polymers are utilised in flexible wrapping and containers and are beginning to shrug off their unsustainable and unfriendly recyclability mantle. This is because new materials that are organically derived are taking a larger share of the market.

Will such new materials and processes gain traction in the future and meet with the approval of consumers and all other participants in the frame?

The Polymer and The Packaging Societies of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining are therefore inviting participants from retail, food & drink, R&D, conservation and packaging construction to join with students of the university to chart the future for polymers in packaging.

Welcome by Prof Paul Bowen, FIMMM, Head of the School of Metallurgy and Materials at the University of Birmingham

Dr Mike Jenkins, Senior Lecturer, Metallurgy and Materials - Sustainability and Biodegradability in Polymers for Packaging

Tony Hancock, Chairman of the Environmental Committee of The Packaging Society – Key Issues of Post Consumer Recycling

Dr Terence Cooper, Chief Executive Officer ARGO Group International, Global Polymer Consultants – Bio-based and Biodegradable Packaging Materials

Dr Peter Cox, Peter Cox Associates – The Role of Multilayer Plastic Packaging in Sustainability

Andy Sweetman, Marketing Manager Innovia Films, Manufacturers of Packaging Films - Where do biodegradable materials provide the best fit within the flexible packaging arena?

Chris Gordon-Smith, Friends of the Earth – Plastics, Packaging and a Blueprint for a Sustainable World

Each presentation will be approx. 20mins followed by Q&A for 5 to 10 mins. There will be a Panel discussion at the end of the conference for approx. 30 mins.
Chairman: Dr Alan Wood, Chairman of the Polymer Society / IOM3

Lecture Theatre of the School of Metallurgy and Materials of the University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT


Company Presentations
Several Packaging suppliers will have presentation tables to show their products and members of staff will discuss how packaging companies function.
One to One Expert Panel Sessions
You can discuss your packaging issues with several packaging experts after the presentations

Membership of IOM3
Our team from the membership department will be available to discuss the benefits of membership of IOM3 and answer any questions you might have
Registration:                                                    3.30pm
Start and Welcome                                        4.00 pm
Break:                                                             approx. 5.30pm
Close:                                                             approx. 7.30 pm

Buffet and Drinks
There will be refreshments (tea, coffee, water) at the start and during the break of the conference and refreshments and a cold buffet after the conference.

Participation at the event is free of charge but registration is required at:
Registration is now open

If you require further information in the meantime please contact Christian Rossel per email:

Kind regards

Christian Rossel
The East Midlands Packaging Society
00 44 7785 230087

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