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on September 11-13, 2024, for our 26th Annual Conference at the beautiful Omni La Costa in Carlsbad, CA, minutes outside San Diego.

We look forward to gathering in person to discuss industry updates while networking with peers to:

  • Learn the latest advancements in the molded fiber industry.
  • Expand, diversify, and strengthen professional networks.
  • Discover insights into renewable molded fiber packaging.
  • Connect with global manufacturers, equipment and service providers, suppliers, and industry experts.

Additional Information

Agenda

8:15 AM
Board Breakfast
   
9:00 AM
Board Meeting
   
12:00 PM
Exhibitors
   
3:30 PM
Members Only Meeting
   
3:00 PM
Registration
   
6:00 PM
Welcome Reception
7:30 AM
Registration & Breakfast
   
8:30 AM
Conference Opening Remarks
   
   
9:00 AM
What's Next for Molded Fiber?

John Sherwin, Co-Director, The Freedonia Group

As the world embraces sustainability, the packaging industry is undergoing a transformative shift and molded fiber is poised to benefit. Still, functionality and price are core to packaging choices. This data-driven presentation from The Freedonia Group will highlight trends and opportunities for molded fiber packaging in the rapidly changing market for foodservice disposables, as well as the more established egg packaging segment. Hear about how molded fiber fits within the context of other material options and how it stands out.

   
   
 
Recovered Paper Markets and their Impact on Molded Fiber Producers

Bill Moore,President, Moore & Associates

The presentation will begin with an overview of global and US recovered paper markets and drill down to the important grades and factors influencing the recovered fiber supply for molded fiber producers. The drivers of the market as well as the outlook for key grades will be presented. Finally, the presentation will discuss possible alternative recovered paper grades that can substitute for grades where the supply is declining.

   
   
10:00 AM
Break
   
10:30 AM
Pulp-Tec: Technical Excellence and Innovation in Moulded Fiber Packaging

Sebastian Zywczak, Managing Director, Pulp-Tec

Discussing the history of Pulp-Tec, innovation, and technical advantages in pulp production.

   
 
Chemistry and Molded Fiber - Testing, Application and Best Practices

Alex Beam, Business Development Manager, Kemira

Customer end use requirements when applied correctly. However, chemistry in molded fiber can also decrease productivity, performance, and cause complaints when applied incorrectly. In this session, we will cover fiber chemistry best practices and testing methods, around a variety of chemistries used to produce Type 1, 2, and 3 molded fiber products.Chemistry can be a powerful tool to enhance productivity, product performance, and meet

   
   
11:30 AM
Lunch
   
1:00 PM
Technical Advancements in Molded Fiber

Nicholas Palumbo, North American Technical Sales Manager, Kiefel Fiber Division

Discussing new advancements in molded fiber from a machine building stand point.

   
 
From Concept to Creation: Innovative Pulp Molding Technologies and Complete Project Support

Jan Ridderman, Sales Manager, Inmaco Solutions B.V.

Coming Soon

   
 
Dry Molded Fiber Advancements: Machinery and Process Evolution

Sanna Fager, Chief Commercial Officer, PulPac

Gain insight into the forefront of sustainable packaging through our presentation on machinery innovations within the Dry Molded Fiber process. Discover how these advancements are not only enhancing production efficiency but also driving the crucial shift towards replacing single-use plastics. Join us as Sanna will examine the transformative role of technology in revolutionizing packaging solutions and shaping a more sustainable future with the help of Dry Molded Fiber, developed and owned by PulPac.

   
 
Optimizing Tooling with 3D Printing

Stefan Thundal, CEO, AIM Sweden

Presenting AIM Sweden and their 3D-printed tooling concepts, what AIM Sweden can do today, and what they will be able to do tomorrow.

   
 
The Moulded Fibre Factory of the Future

James Magee, CEO, Operations Feedback Systems (OFS)

The adoption of digital technologies is changing the game for manufacturers, but it is not just global companies with large chequebooks that can benefit. Discover what opportunities are available today and what is coming down the track, and ask yourself what the Moulded Fibre Factory Of The Future looks like, and how can I best position my business to benefit today.

 
 
2:45 PM
Break
   
3:15 PM
Panel Discussion
  Nicholas Palumbo, North American Technical Sales Manager, Kiefel Fiber Division
  Jan Ridderman, Sales Manager, Inmaco Solutions B.V.
  Sanna Fager, Chief Commercial Officer, PulPac
  Stefan Thundal, CEO, AIM Sweden
  James Magee, CEO, Operations Feedback Systems (OFS)
   
4:30 PM
Joe Grygny Award
   
5:00 PM
Exhibitor Hall
   
6:00 PM
Reception
   
7:00 PM
Dinner
7:30 AM
Breakfast
   
8:30 AM
KEYNOTE
Molded Fiber Solutions for High Performance Products in High Speed Applications: Feasibility, Scalability, and Performance Challenges

Francisco García, COO & Co-Founder, E6PR

In 2018, E6PR disrupted the can carrier industry with a molded fiber solution to replace the old plastic can carriers that pollute the oceans and beaches. With the support of consumers and media, the campaign became the most viral in beer advertising history, with 23 billion impressions.

Reviewing the feasibility and scalability of the can carriers was filled with challenges and occurred in two phases. The first phase involved moving from conceptual design to a molded fiber product capable of being produced in a thermoforming machine with the required performance characteristics to work under high moisture, temperature changes, and vibrations. The second phase consisted of scaling production and performance to cater to high-speed canning lines of 1000+ cans per minute. This required the development of innovative solutions, including working seamlessly with robotic arms feeding the rings and automated magazine feeding, allowing for multi-format product compatibility for the array of available can sizes and heights.

Join Francisco as he discusses the challenges of transitioning from phase 1 to phase 2. He will share solutions and lessons learned from his experience running molded fiber packaging with limited tolerances in high-speed and precision equipment. You'll leave this presentation with a newfound appreciation for the power of innovation and the importance of sustainability in our packaging industry

   
   
9:30 AM
Molded Fiber 101
   
   
   
10:30 AM
Break
   
11:00 AM
IMFA Committee Report-Outs
   
   
   
   
11:30 PM
Raffle and Closing Remarks
   
   
12:00 PM
Lunch
   
1:30 PM
Golf

Thank You to Our Sponsors

GOLD SPONSOR
ATTENDEES DINNER

GOLD SPONSOR
WELCOME RECEPTION

GOLD SPONSOR
CONFERENCE APP

GOLD SPONSOR
AWARD SHOW

SILVER SPONSOR
ATTENDEE LANYARDS

SILVER SPONSOR
LUNCH

FRIEND SPONSOR
COFFEE BREAK & BREAKOUT SPONSOR

FRIEND SPONSOR
COFFEE BREAK

FRIEND SPONSOR
COFFEE BREAK

FRIEND SPONSOR
GENERAL SUPPORT

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