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PackChat is a great way for packaging professionals to share advice and perspective as well as build relationships and networks. With so many shared challenges facing the packaging industry today, it is an effective way for people to collaborate on common solutions.

—Mike Ross, IoPP Member
Senior Packaging Manager, Hair Europe

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  • Tuesday

    IoPP Standard Webinar - Flexible Packaging: Stop the Waste, Close the Loop

    Jan 26, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (ET)
    Flexible Packaging: Stop the Waste, Close the Loop IoPP Standard Webinar Flexible Packaging: Stop the Waste, Close the Loop Tuesday, January 26, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST Description Sustainability has evolved into much more than a buzzword. It now permeates everything packaging professionals do, and it has become central to corporate governance. Professionals at Dow ask an intriguing question as we look to the future: Can we move forward by circling back? We’ll explore this question and much more at an IoPP webinar at 11 a.m. Eastern, 10 a.m. Central, Jan. 26, 2021. Two sustainability experts at Dow will present “Flexible Packaging: Stop the Waste, Close the Loop.” Topics to be covered: Dow’s commitments and strategy to support the shift to more sustainable packaging The latest developments in design for recyclability, mechanical recycling and feedstock recycling Considerations for how to design and qualify packaging for in-store drop-off stream (How2Recycle label)   Presenter    Michelle Sauder, Senior Marketing Manager, Food and Specialty Packaging Michelle is the Senior Marketing Manager for Dow’s Food and Specialty Packaging Business. Michelle joined Dow 3 years ago and has held several marketing roles in that time. In her current role, Michelle is responsible for the marketing strategy for the packaging segment and ensuring a robust pipeline of technologies to ensure long-term value growth. Before joining Dow, Michelle spent 17 years in DuPont working across multiple functions and businesses. In her last role in DuPont, was the Packaging Marketing manager for DuPont’s Ethylene Copolymers business (now part of Dow). Michelle has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from the University of Delaware.   Presenter   Larry Effler, Development Scientist, Packaging & Specialty Plastics, Dow Larry is currently a Development Scientist for Dow Chemical’s Packaging & Specialty Plastics business in Freeport, Texas.  He has over 30 years of experience in research and development (R&D) and technical service & development (TS&D) for Dow’s elastomers and polyethylene businesses.  In his current role Larry supports Dow’s end use marketing and sustainability efforts, working with converters, brand owners and retailers to develop innovative and sustainable primary, secondary and tertiary packaging solutions.  He is also working with equipment manufacturers, external test labs, universities and organizations such as the Association of Plastic Recyclers and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition in developing more sustainable packaging film applications and test methods.  Larry has a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute in Flint, Michigan and a M.S. and Ph.D in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  He is the author of over 20 publications and 13 patents. Cost IoPP members: FREE  IoPP affiliates and nonmembers: $99  Affiliates and nonmembers: Like what you see? Join IoPP  to attend this webinar for free! Premium and Elite members get free access to our Premium Webinar Series.  Can't attend the webinar live? As a Premium or Elite member, you can view the recording on demand, as well as IoPP's growing library of webinars.  Check out our full list of member benefits! Register Today!

  • Wednesday

    IoPP Virtual Happy Hour Series: It's Five O'Clock Somewhere! NEW DATE

    Jan 27, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (CT)
    Back by Popular Demand! NOTE: This Happy Hour was originally schedule for January 20, 2021, but has been rescheduled for January 27, 2021. It has been impossible not to notice the lack of quality networking opportunities during the COVID-19 crisis. During this time, IoPP has noticed a fun trend taking shape - virtual happy hours. IoPP is excited to announce the continuation of the virtual happy hour series. Join us for our virtual networking event! Register Today!

  • Wednesday

    IoPP Southeastern Chapter - From Brand Owner to Converter: The Gains of a Connected Ecosystem

    Jan 27, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (ET)
    Join IoPP's Southeastern Chapter for a presentation on The Gains of a Connected Ecosystem! When: January 27 th , 2021, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EST) Presentation Description: Presentation Title: “The Gains of a Connected Ecosystem” On January 27th, 2021 Significans Automation along with its strategic partner, Sparrow & Associates will co-present a discussion on “The Gains of a Connected Ecosystem.” In the quest to gain awesome consumerism, it is important to understand the importance of integrating production automation along with your communication systems to bridge the link between the Brand Owner and the Packaging Converter. “Connecting” the Ecosystem is to create the opportunity for a clearer path forward towards enhanced innovation. Speakers BIO’s: Marc Raad is a global leader in the graphic arts industry with an outstanding record of accomplishments in team management, business development and sales. Over a career that spans more than 25 years, he has grown and nurtured graphic arts markets for leading international customers, consistently achieving high levels of success by investing in customer relationships and functioning as a customer champion. During his tenures at HP and Esko he was recognized for his performance in the top 1% sales achievers. He is a strong proponent that automation is the best and only way forward for the printing & packaging industry as they enter the age of robotics and artificial intelligence. His goal is to help his clients achieve all the benefits inherent in automating their operations. Dan Sparrow has been at the disruptive forefront of the industry for the last twenty-five years in the A Americas, Europe, and Asia. He holds a master’s in Sustainable Commerce, and advanced certificates in Behavioral Economics, Lean Six Sigma, and Strategic Negotiation. He has held senior positions with Heidelberg; Hewlett-Packard; and Esko. He is currently a consultant to consumer brands and print manufacturers, with a focus on lean production, automation, and cultural/digital transformation. Register Today!

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