Sustainability will be Keynote at Pack Expo Las Vegas

April 1, 2007
Packaging professionals can participate in the industry-wide discussion about sustainability and learn how to apply its principles to their business by

Packaging professionals can participate in the industry-wide discussion about sustainability and learn how to apply its principles to their business by attending this fall’s Conference at PACK EXPO. John A. Luke, Jr., chairman and CEO of global packaging solutions leader MeadWestvaco Corporation, will discuss the topic during his keynote address at the conference. The conference is being held in conjunction with PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2007 from October 15-17 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Both events are sponsored and produced by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, Va., PMMI).

As retailers institute environmental scorecards and informed consumers make choices based on social responsibility and corporate ethics, the demand for sustainable packaging solutions has become an important concern for business leaders, marketing managers and professionals across the packaging industry. Manufacturers are assessing the challenges and opportunities involved with meeting this growing demand for sustainable products and applying the principles of sustainability throughout their businesses.

MeadWestvaco is a “best in class” member of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, which represents the top 10% of the largest 2,500 companies in the world. The company has a long history of environmental stewardship, including sustainable forest management, active carbon reduction programs, and sustainable packaging design and development.
Luke will discuss the growing importance of sustainability to the industry, its customers and consumers.

Luke began his career with Westvaco in 1979. Among his roles, he has served as treasurer and as senior vice president, where he oversaw the international sales organization and Rigesa, Ltda., the company’s Brazilian subsidiary. In 1989, he became a member of the board of directors and in 1990 he was elected executive vice president. He was elected chairman of MeadWestvaco in November 2002.

“When discussing sustainability, issues like recycling and recovery come to mind immediately,” says Ben Miyares, vice president, Industry Relations for PMMI. “However, gains can be made at all stages of the packaging lifecycle including raw material choice, energy consumption, manufacturing practices, transportation options and waste reduction. The conference will explore opportunities for packaging providers to look beyond the obvious elements of sustainability and consider the possibilities presented at various stages in the packaging lifecycle.”

Two other keynote addresses are planned for PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2007. Additional speakers will be announced shortly.

Packagers can register for the keynote speeches and the rest of the Conference at PACK EXPO sessions at beginning in June. The fee for registrations received on or before September 24 will be $55 per session. After September 24 and on-site, the cost will be $75. Registration for the exhibits at PACK EXPO Las Vegas is required in order to register for conference program sessions.

To register for PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2007 or obtain more information, visit You can also contact PMMI’s Show Department at (703) 243-8555; fax: (703) 243-8556; or e-mail [email protected].

Source: Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute