PMMI Seeks Speakers for Conference at Pack Expo

ARLINGTON, Va.-PMMI invites packaging professionals with technical, engineering, research, operations, marketing or design expertise to submit presentation proposals for the upcoming Conference at PACK EXPO. The three-day conference program will be held in conjunction with PACK EXPO International, November 9-13, at Chicago's McCormick Place.

To be considered as a speaker, visit www.pmmi.org/a/expo.asp. Candidates will need to complete and submit the Speaker Application Form, a presentation abstract (100 words maximum) and speaker profile. The submission deadline is Friday, March 28, 2008.

"Change, innovation and sustainability are hallmarks of today's packaging industry," says Ben Miyares, vice president, Industry Relations, for PMMI and director of the program. "A lot of ground breaking work that can benefit the industry at large is being done in these areas. We're looking for experts to share their knowledge and help attendees solve packaging challenges, improve competitiveness in the marketplace and reduce environmental impact."

All presentation proposals will be reviewed by an advisory panel of packaging professionals and PMMI management. Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria: overall quality (focus and content), uniqueness of topic, business value of topic, market experience and technical and production insight.

Special consideration will be given to presentations delivered by packaging managers of consumer packaged goods, industrial and pharmaceutical manufacturers. Abstracts that are commercial in nature will not be accepted.

Topics of particular interest for this year's program include:

Packaging Sustainability

Minimizing Packaging without Compromising Integrity

Downsize, Don't Compromise Protective Packaging

Transforming Waste into Resources

How (and why) to Do a Packaging Sustainability Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)

MERGE - A Quick, Low Cost Alternative to LCA

Light-weighting the package...and the Packaging Line

Transformed for Sustainability: Case studies

Navigating the Wal-Mart Sustainability Scorecard

Operational Pros & Cons of Package Size Elimination

Sustainable Package Tactics: Make it Bigger. Make it Smaller. Eliminate it.

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