Fort Mill, SC, USA -- The Assn. of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL) and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE, Newtown, CT) have agreed to bring AIMCAL’s popular Web Coating & Handling Conference USA together with SPE’s FlexPackCon technical program to make a new, more encompassing attendee experience. The combined event will be held Oct. 19-22, 2014, at the Marriott Grande Dunes Hotel in Myrtle Beach, SC.
SPE FlexPackCon Chair Donna Davis, senior market advisor at ExxonMobil Chemical Co., reached out recently to AIMCAL about locating the flexible packaging conference with the annual AIMCAL technical program. AIMCAL Executive Director Craig Sheppard saw the strong synergies between the two events and the potential to grow both even further as a “must-attend” conference for R&D, manufacturing and marketing professionals associated with the flexible packaging value chain, converting and web handling.
“Both meetings have a history of success,” notes Sheppard. “In fact, the AIMCAL conference set an attendance record in each of the past three years. The complementary nature of the two programs provides an added benefit to the attendees as well as the industry as a whole.”
“The combined agenda merges FlexPackCon’s new technology coverage across the flexible packaging value chain with AIMCAL’s in-depth focus on roll-to-roll web coating and handling,” says Davis. Together they address the broad spectrum from resins to extrusion to converting and packaging. FlexPackCon brings end-use perspective, including market trends and drivers which will influence future developments.
The enhanced attendee experience now includes four session tracks: Web Coating, Vacuum Web Coating, Web Handling and FlexPackCon. Conference attendees have access to the full range of presentations and activities. Along with other networking opportunities, there will be a two-day Tabletop Exhibition with about 75 companies participating.
AIMCAL represents converters of metallized, coated, and laminated flexible substrates and their suppliers. Founded in 1970, AIMCAL provides an array of technical and marketing services while promoting the growth and prosperity of the converting industry and member companies. The group is headquartered in Fort Mill, SC, USA. Membership information is available online at www.aimcal.org.
SPE is comprised of 16,000+ members in 84 countries, providing a global network of leading engineers, scientists and other plastics professionals, including technicians, salespeople, marketers, retailers and representatives from tertiary industries. The Society spreads knowledge, strengthens skills and promotes plastics from its headquarters in Newtown, CT, USA. Focused on all aspects of the plastics industry, members can participate in numerous technical groups including Flexible Packaging. Membership information is available on-line at www.4spe.org.