The Flexible Packaging Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting was recently held March 13-15, 2018, at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida. Attendees included over 300 FPA members and guests who participated in content-rich general sessions that focused on ﬂexible packaging industry-speciﬁc challenges and opportunities. The meeting also provided great networking opportunities for industry leaders.
David Staker, President and CEO, Plastic Packaging Technologies, LLC, and Chairman of the FPA Board of Directors, opened the Annual Meeting educational sessions with an overview of the State of the Flexible Packaging Industry, and Jan Homan, FPE Honorary Chairman and Senior Advisor of Constantia Flexibles provided an update on the European Flexible Packaging Market. Nick Vaﬁadis, Vice President, Plastics, IHS Markit, shared his bi-annual Polyolefin Market Update; Jonathan Quinn, Market Development Manager, Food Packaging for NOVA Chemicals, Inc., provided insight into Food E-Commerce: the Good, the Bad, and Opportunity; while Todd Bukowski, Principal, PTIS, LLC provided an update on the upcoming sustainability report for flexible packaging. FPA President and CEO, Alison Keane, Esq. gave FPA members an overview of FPA’s new Market Tracker and Consumer Websites.
In addition to industry content, the meeting provided insight into the U.S. economy, investment strategies, and risk management. Vikram Mansharamani, an expert on bubble scenarios and author of Boombustology, believes that the future doesn’t have to surprise us – and won’t – if we regularly step away from our expertise and look at the world through multiple lenses. He calls this the generalist’s mindset. When encountering information that seems irrelevant most people think, “So what?!” Generalists think instead, “Isn’t that interesting,” and look to connect disparate dots. When they do, the conclusions they draw and decisions they make may be very different from the more narrow-focused thinking. Vikram demonstrated practical ways to use this approach to spot opportunities and reduce risks. Vikram’s appearance was generously sponsored by Berry Global, BioLogiQ, Inc., Bobst North America Inc., Hosokawa Alpine American, and Wikoff Color Corporation.
Copies of the FPA 2018 Annual Meeting presentations are available in the Members Only section of FPA’s website, ﬂexpack.org.