Attend IMFA’s Annual Conference this April to see the latest advancements in the molded fiber industry; expand, diversify, and strengthen your professional network; discover insights into renewable molded fiber packaging; and connect with global manufacturers, equipment and service providers, suppliers, and industry experts.

We feel that it is our responsibility to help flatten the coronavirus curve and keep you safe. In order to do this, we have decided to transition our upcoming Annual Conference from in-person to virtual. While we are still as dedicated as ever to connecting you with others in the industry and keeping you updated on the latest advancements in MF, your safety comes first. We are looking forward to hosting you in the future, once the global health pandemic passes, and are hopeful that will be Spring 2022.

New This Year

  • We will host IMFA’s 23rd Annual Conference virtually via Zoom.
  • IMFA will host a virtual trade show. For more information on being an exhibitor, click here.
  • We will have a conference platform where you, the attendee, can connect with other attendees, speakers, Board members, etc. via Attendify (sponsored by HP Inc.) More information on how to access Attendify will provided after you register for the event.

Registration Rates

Regular Registration
Member Rate: $500/person
Non-Member Rate: $800/person

INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR 2020 IN-PERSON CONFERENCE PAYMENT
REFUNDS & ALTERNATIVES

Your payment for the in-person conference can either be refunded, or you can transfer it to other IMFA offerings.

As an alternative option to a refund, you may transfer your registration funds to the 2021 Annual Conference, 2021 membership dues, etc. and receive a credit on your account for the remaining balance, if any.

Please contact Jenn Perrone at [email protected] to use your previous purchase toward your 2021 Conference Registration.

Examples:
If you paid $999 for conference registration, you can use that toward your 2021 dues. If you’re a premier member ($2,500), you would just owe the balance of $1,501 for your 2021 membership.

If you paid the non-member rate of $1,999 for conference registration, then you can use those funds to join IMFA. If you become an Affiliate member at $1,850, then you would have $149 in credits leftover to use on upcoming conferences, webinars, etc. OR you can receive a refund of $149
IMFA has sponsorship opportunities available for upcoming webinars and for our upcoming virtual conferences. Credit on your account may be used toward sponsorship opportunities. More information will be announced closer to webinars/conferences.

Please note that if we do not hear from you about your 2020 payment, we will hold on to your funds and transfer your registration to the expected 2022 in-person conference.

Please contact Jenn Perrone at [email protected] to use your previous purchase toward your 2021 Conference Registration.

Tuesday, April 13

8:00 AM ET
Conference Opening Remarks by Gary Visser, IMFA Chairman

8:15 AM ET
Speaker Session: Gary Sowden, Kiefel Packaging Division at Brueckner Group USA

8:55 AM ET
Speaker Session: Thomas Dardis, Gardner Denver Nash

9:35 AM ET
Breakout Sessions (2) (Pick Your Own)

10:15 AM ET
Break

10:20 AM ET
Speaker Session: Mariona Company & John Briden, HP Inc.

11:20 AM ET
Closing Remarks by Gary Visser, IMFA Chairman

Wednesday, April 14

8:00 AM ET
Conference Opening Remarks by Gary Visser, IMFA Chairman

8:05 AM ET
Speaker Session: Bryan Toich, RoviSys

8:50 AM ET
Speaker Session: Leona Neill, Red Sun Farms

9:20 AM ET
Speaker Session: Larry Hutchinson, Solenis LLC

9:50 AM ET
Break

9:55 AM ET
Breakout Sessions (2) (Pick Your Own)

10:35 AM ET
Break

10:40 AM
Awards

11:05 AM ET
Q&A with HP Inc.

11:45 AM ET
Closing Remarks by Gary Visser, IMFA Chairman


Schedule and times subject to change. All times are in Eastern Time (NYC Time Zone.)

New Developments in Fiber Thermoformer Technology & Efficiencies with Gary Sowden, Vice President, Kiefel Packaging Division, Brueckner Group USA
Presentation Date: April 13 | 8:15 AM ET

Gary will discuss a new energy-efficient solution for the production of molded fiber products. In ‎addition to using renewable raw materials, it is also important that the process have the lowest ‎possible consumption of power. We will go into detail on several features that contribute to this ‎effort.‎

Operation and Maintenance of Vacuum Systems in ‎Fiber Molding Applications with Tom Dardis, Southeast Regional Sales Manager, Gardner Denver Nash
Topic: Vacuum Systems
Presentation Date: April 13 | 8:55 AM ET

A properly sized, maintained and operated vacuum system will ensure many years of reliable and efficient service. This presentation will discuss how liquid ring vacuum pumps operate and why they are a superior choice for providing vacuum in fiber molding applications. The importance of proper seal liquid flow and proper preventative maintenance, as well as proposal methods of heat recovery and preseparation will be discussed.

New Capabilities of the HP Molded Fiber Advanced Tooling Solution with Mariona Company & John Briden, HP Inc.
Topic: HP Molded Fiber Advanced Tooling Solution
Presentation Date: April 13 | 10:20 AM ET and April 14 | 11:05 AM ET (Q&A)

Deep dive on the new HP Molded Fiber Advanced Tooling Solution.

Cost & Operational Benefits of an OSIsoft PI System with Bryan Toich, Sr. Software Engineer, RoviSys
Topic: Data-Driven Decisions
Presentation Date: April 14 | 8:05 AM ET

When making business decisions about plant operations, it is valuable to know how production ‎is performing. A Historian collects data from your production equipment in real-time and stores ‎it for later analysis. We will share examples of molded fiber plants benefiting from an OSIsoft ‎PI System as a historian to make data driven decisions. Whether you are starting your digital ‎transformation or interested in getting more from your existing data, this presentation will ‎demonstrate the value of using data to drive your business.‎

Red Sun Farms Journey with Pulp Fiber by Leona Neill, Director of Marketing & Packaging, Red Sun Farms
Topic:
Fiber in the Produce Category
Presentation Date:
April 14 | 8:50 AM ET

A brief introduction to Red Sun Farm, with a focus on the importance of sustainability and the important role that fiber has played in this journey.

PFAS-free Oil and Grease Resistant Technology for Molded Pulp Food Service ‎Applications with Larry Hutchinson, Global Market Development Manager – Consumer Packaging, Solenis LLC
Topic: PFAS-free oil and grease resistant technology for molded pulp foodservice applications, ‎current experience, and gaps to be addressed.‎
Presentation Date: April 14 | 9:20 AM ET

Larry Hutchinson will discuss new technology for thermoformed molded fiber food ‎service articles incorporating non-PFAS solutions. Primary focus will be on internally ‎added technology applied to conventional thermoforming processes, current state of the ‎technology, key learnings, gaps to be overcome, and development pipeline. Surface ‎applied concepts will be briefly addressed.‎

April 13 | 9:35 AM ET
Pick Your Own Breakout Session

Energy-Efficient Production
Kiefel brings 60+ years of thermoforming experience to the table. We are looking forward to discussing and answering any questions you may have following our formal presentation.

Moderator:
Joe Grygny, IMFA Founder

Panelists:
Gary Sowden, VP Kiefel Packaging
Richard Hagenauer-Product Manager, Fiber Thermoforming
Armin Dietrich-Head of Fiber Thermoforming

Practical Application Issues: Vacuum Systems
Following Gardner Denver Nash’s formal presentation, the panel will discuss practical application issues pertaining to the entire vacuum system in a Molded Fiber plant. Our panelists cover machine builders and vast plant operations experience. We hope to explore some of the less published tricks of extracting the maximum out of our vacuum systems.

Moderator:
Gary Visser, IMFA Chairman

Panelists:
Tom Dardis, Gardner Denver Nash
Manfred Habeck, Southern Pulp Machinery
John Koempel, Michelsen Packaging Company
Craig Komulainen, Huhtamaki

April 14 | 9:55 AM ET
Pick Your Own Breakout Session

The OSIsoft System
The OSIsoft system is something that most of us mere mortals in MF wish we had. Hear from the suppliers as well as from two major industry players that run these systems in their plants. The ability to extract plant information is limited only by your imagination of what you would like out of the plant. The Q&A session will provide massive insight into these system’s value as a management tool.

Moderator:
Gary Visser, IMFA Chairman

Panelists:
Tristan Butcher, Tellus
Bryan Toich, RoviSys
Stewart Whitlow, Huhtamaki

Sustainability & Molded Fiber
We will hear first hand from businesses that have successfully navigated from other substrates onto the molded fiber, their challenges and victories, and things you may be able to take away to assist you or your team in walking this road. We have representatives on the panel from North America and from Europe.

Moderator:
Mike Gallant, CKF Inc.

Panelists:
Shannon Boase, CKF Inc.
James Gallacher, Moulded Fibre Products Ltd
Leona Neill, Red Sun Farms
Frank Tavares, UN1F1ED² Global Packaging Group

 Gary Sowden, Vice President – Kiefel Packaging Division at Brueckner Group USA

Gary is a 35 year veteran of the packaging industry having held a variety of positions in Engineering, Operations, and Sales.  He has worked in both converting and capital machinery over the course of his career. He holds a Bachelors degree in Management Systems from Kettering University. Gary currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky and splits his time between there and Brueckner Group USA Headquarters in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Thomas Dardis, Southeast Regional Sales Manager, Gardner Denver Nash LLC

During his 32 year tenure at Nash, Tom Dardis has held several positions in R&D Engineering, ‎Sales Applications Engineering. Sales Management and Marketing. He has led several product ‎development teams and is the owner of four patents on the design of liquid ring vacuum pumps ‎for improved efficiency.‎

Tom is currently the Southeast Regional Sales Manager and is responsible for vacuum & compressed gas sales and aftermarket activities in the Paper, Power, Chemical, Oil & Gas, and General Industrial markets.

Tom holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Connecticut.

Tom currently resides in Charlotte, NC.

Leona Neill, Director of Marketing & Packaging, Red Sun Farms

Leona Neill, Director of Marketing and Packaging of Red Sun Farms, one of the largest vertically integrated high-tech greenhouse vegetable growers with ownership of each stage of the process; seed selection, to plant growth, to harvesting, packaging and distribution. Red Sun Farms has over 600 acres throughout Mexico, USA and Canada.

Leona brings over 17 years of Packaging design, project management and CPG Managerial experience to her role in the Marketing & Packaging team. Leona joined Red Sun farms in 2015 to develop the packaging team and spearhead innovation within the organization.

She joined the RSF team from Kraft Heinz Company, an international CPG organization, providing a range condiments, canned foods, frozen foods, infant, dairy and dried foods. Leona performed a number of positions, including Packaging Manager, Technical Brand Manager for Infant & Condiments category, and QA Manager Canada, which included QA responsibility for all Canadian co-packed items and Kraft Canada facilities.

Prior to joining Heinz, Leona was Packaging Manager at Unilever Canada where she oversaw the structural designs and commercialization of new product in facilities across Canada.

Leona was born and raised just outside of Hamilton Ontario, and completed her Packaging Management Design course at Mohawk College. After 10 years of work experience in the Toronto area, she relocated to the Leamington – Kingsville area to focus on her family & career in a rural setting.
Leona is married to John, her husband of 24 years and together they have a daughter Cora Lee and son Jacob. As a family they enjoy travel, cooking, and enjoy their two dashhunds.

Larry Hutchinson, Global Market Development Manager – Consumer Packaging, Solenis LLC

Larry Hutchinson, Global Market Development Manager-Consumer Packaging, began ‎his career in the paper industry in 1979 and holds degrees in Chemical Engineering ‎and Pulp & Paper Science from the University of Maine. He has a diverse ‎background in manufacturing, technical consulting, market & technology ‎development across a broad range of packaging grades including molded fiber.‎

Mariona Company, Head of HP Advanced Molded Fiber Tooling Solution, HP Inc.

Mariona is the Head of the HP Advanced Molded Fiber Tooling business, focused on ‎driving the adoption of HP’s Advanced tooling solution in the Molded Fiber Industry ‎opening entirely new packaging possibilities for manufactures and molders around ‎the world. In her role, Mariona leads market & solution development, customer ‎growth and the creation of end-to-end solutions for this industry.‎

Prior to her current role, Mariona was the Business Development & Applications ‎Director for HP 3D printing and digital manufacturing business, where she was ‎responsible for the applications and materials business development of the ‎organization. ‎

Mariona joined HP in 1999. Since then she has held different positions in Finance, ‎Marketing and Business function both in Europe and North America, and across ‎several HP businesses.‎

Mariona is a native of Barcelona and holds an Economics Degree and a master’s in ‎business administration from ESADE as well as a master’s in finance & Marketing ‎from the University of Illinois.‎

John Briden, HP Molded Fiber Advanced Tooling Solution Architect, HP Inc.

John is an 18 year HP engineering veteran who has spent a career developing innovative products at HP, Apple and other top tier companies.  For the last few years John has been helping HP and others take advantage of HP’s Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printing technology to solve problems for and bring new value to a variety of industries.  During that time John identified a unique opportunity to solve problems for the molded fiber industry from which HP’s Molded Fiber End-to-End solution was spawned.

John holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BA in history, both from Stanford University

Bryan Toich, Sr. Software Engineer, RoviSys

Bryan Toich is a Sr. Software Engineer at RoviSys, an independent Automation and ‎Information Integrator. He spends his days helping clients get more value out of manufacturing ‎historians. This includes architecting solutions for Overall Operational Efficiency, predictive ‎maintenance, tracking downtime, and tracking production metrics to name a few. He’ll be ‎sharing his experiences with how companies are using historians to make data driven decisions ‎at all levels of their organization and the benefits they’ve gained.‎

Conference Partner

HP Inc.

Conference Partner & Platform Sponsor

HP´s vision is to create technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere — every person, every organization, and every community around the globe. The HP Molded Fiber Advanced Tooling Solution provides manufacturers of molded fiber products expanded tooling capabilities for greater production efficiencies and design opportunities, to offer more value with custom features. A tailored solution for fast, quality molded fiber production. Click here to learn more.

V.I.P. Sponsor ($2,500+)

Kiefel Packaging represented by Brueckner Group USA

The choice is more important than ever, as consumers tend towards sustainable packaging. The market needs green packaging. At KIEFEL, we’ve accepted and are encouraged by the challenge. We’ve expanded our material competence and machine capabilities to offer you the solutions of tomorrow – thermoforming of natural fiber called Kiefel Fiber Thermoforming. Click here to learn more.

Solenis

Solenis is a leading global producer of specialty chemicals for water-intensive industries, including the pulp, paper, oil and gas, petroleum refining, chemical processing, mining, biorefining, power and municipal markets. The company’s product portfolio includes a broad array of process, functional and water treatment chemistries as well as state-of-the-art monitoring and control systems. These technologies are used by customers to improve operational efficiencies, enhance product quality, protect plant assets and minimize environmental impact. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, the company has 39 manufacturing facilities strategically located around the globe and employs a team of approximately 5,200 professionals in 120 countries across five continents. For additional information about Solenis, please visit www.solenis.com or follow us on social media.

Friend Sponsor ($1,000+)

Want to be a sponsor?

Please contact Jenn Perrone at 212-297-2131 or [email protected]

Exhibitors

ECO-SQ

ECO-SQ, is an environmentally friendly pulp-molded tableware, cups, bowels, and straw company that is 100% non-toxic, harmless, and naturally degradable fast-moving consumer goods.

Our whole product line uses “Intelligent Manufacturing” method which is a new process utilizing modern science and technology. The process is called Biomass with results in low pollution, low carbon emission and carbon footprint. We use non-wood material for sustainability to our planet.

With increasing harmful impacts the plastic products contributes to the environment, ECO-SQ wanted to take the lead in banning, decreasing or restricting the production of plastic products.

ECO-SQ will always be devoted to make the world a better environment for our future generations to grow up by changing the food industry to pulp-molded tableware, and all-around environmental friendly and bio-degradable tableware industry company.

HP Inc.

HP´s vision is to create technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere — every person, every organization, and every community around the globe. The HP Molded Fiber Advanced Tooling Solution provides manufacturers of molded fiber products expanded tooling capabilities for greater production efficiencies and design opportunities, to offer more value with custom features. A tailored solution for fast, quality molded fiber production. Click here to learn more.

Kiefel Packaging represented by Brueckner Group USA

The choice is more important than ever, as consumers tend towards sustainable packaging. The market needs green packaging. At KIEFEL, we’ve accepted and are encouraged by the challenge. We’ve expanded our material competence and machine capabilities to offer you the solutions of tomorrow – thermoforming of natural fiber called Kiefel Fiber Thermoforming. Click here to learn more.

Solenis

Solenis is a leading global producer of specialty chemicals for water-intensive industries, including the pulp, paper, oil and gas, petroleum refining, chemical processing, mining, biorefining, power and municipal markets. The company’s product portfolio includes a broad array of process, functional and water treatment chemistries as well as state-of-the-art monitoring and control systems. These technologies are used by customers to improve operational efficiencies, enhance product quality, protect plant assets and minimize environmental impact. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, the company has 39 manufacturing facilities strategically located around the globe and employs a team of approximately 5,200 professionals in 120 countries across five continents. For additional information about Solenis, please visit www.solenis.com or follow us on social media.

Want to be an IMFA exhibitor? Please contact Jenn Perrone at [email protected].

Become an exhibitor today!

Each exhibitor will receive their own virtual booth. Exhibitors will receive a webpage on the IMFA site and app which will allow for any content you’d like – including videos, graphics, social media kits, etc. Attendees will also have the opportunity to set up individual appointments with exhibitors through our Meet the Exhibitor portal.

Want to be an exhibitor? Please contact Jenn Perrone at 212-297-2131 or [email protected].