The AIPIA Virtual Congress on 10 September is gathering steam
The AIPIA Virtual Congress on 10 September is gathering steam

Perhaps not the reality of a face to face Congress this year, but already the AIPIA Virtual Congress on 10th September 2020 is shaping up to be the best Smart Packaging encounter of the year! More than 30 speakers and 22 booth holders (already) in the presentation area means there is a real buzz of expectation.

As well as all the normal fun of an exciting program of speakers, including two major Brand Owner Challenges by Takeda and Kraft/Heinz, delegates will be treated to and can participate in, panel Q&As on some current ‘hot’ topics as well as Live Technology Streams and top-notch Keynotes.

“We have decided to experiment with some really interactive sessions,” explains Eef de Ferrante, managing director of AIPIA. “One panel will take as its theme the challenges facing the Smart Packaging sector and why things are not happening faster for some of the technologies. Another will explore ‘circularity’ and how our sector fits into the sustainability equation.”

Familiar names already lining up in the demonstration area include Aptar, AsahiKASEI, Digimarc, Kezzler, Systech, Toppan, and Zappar. But they are also joined by several new faces such as Inspectron, Jenton Dimaco, Sincpress, and Syntegon (the new name for Bosch Packaging). “This list is by no means complete,” says Martine Groeneveld, in charge of booth sales at AIPIA. “More companies will join us very shortly and take the total of participants to our limit of thirty,” she confirms.

Both GS1, which is sponsoring the event, and NFC Forum will hold panel sessions about scalable implementation of Smart Packaging technologies. Several research organizations, such as Aarhus University (Extended User Interface with NFC) and MIT (Continuous Transformation) are slated to give Technology Stream broadcasts.

“As usual our program is developing on a daily basis,” explains Dick de Koning, Chairman of AIPIA’s Advisory Board. “ We will update the list of presentations in real-time to ensure potential delegates have the most up-to-date information about why they need to book now,” he adds.

“With delegate fees of just €295 to attend the ‘live’ event on 10th September and the opportunity to revisit the Congress over the following month as part of the package, we believe this is a great deal for everyone involved in moving the Smart Packaging sector forward,” concludes de Ferrante.

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