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Program 2018

Thursday, 20 September 2018


Thomas Reiner | CEO of the German Packaging Institute; Managing Director Berndt+Partner GmbH

10:30 am

Welcoming speech
Wolf-Dieter Baumann | Member of the board | German Packaging Institute

10:40 am

Greeting words
Enrico Aureli | President | UCIMA Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association

10:50 am

Globalisation and democracy: Is the phase of the liberalisation of international economic relations at an end?
Prof. Dr. Heribert Dieter
| Scientist | German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik)

11:40 am

Activities and trends of the Italian Packaging Machinery Industry
Luca Baraldi | Economic Research Dept. Manager | UCIMA Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association

11:50 am

Status quo and challenges in mechanical engineering
Richard Clemens | General Manager | German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e. V.)

12:10 am

Trends, challenges and experiences in graphic, converting and paper industry
Aldo Peretti | President | ACIMGA

12:30 pm

Lunch break

02:00 pm

Machine manufacturers and solution providers - Change in the future - Is big always great?
Friedbert Klefenz | former CEO and President of Bosch Packaging Technology

02:30 pm

Own Brand packaging – current challenges and future opportunities
Adriano Battegazzore | Global Director Own Brand Management | Metro AG

Role of packaging inside the value chain; Internal and external customer expectation on packaging; Expectations from B2B environment towards industry

03:00 pm

The needs of the customer in the focus of innovation management
Tom Pauwels | Head of Innovation-Management | Bitburger Braugruppe GmbH

03:30 pm


04:00 pm

Digital Printing Technology at Mondelēz International
Patrick Poitevin | Principal Scientist, RDQI - Global Packaging | Mondelēz International

04:30 pm

The Power of Pack as Media
Nancy Janes | Global Head of Brand Innovation | HP Inc

Brands own the Pack, structurally and decoratively. Yet the pack, is often seen as less deserving of investment than other traditional consumer engagement and advertising mediums. With digital packaging, the package earns the right to be in the limelight and sometimes the star of the show!

05:00 pm

End of the first day

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Evening event

07:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Get-together on the SeSto on Arno Lounge, roof terrace of the meeting hotel

The evening event will take place on the terrace of the meeting hotel. The Westin Excelsior Hotel is included in the Condé Nast Traveller magazine’s Golden List and has already been voted the best hotel in Florence. Take in the view from Florence’s highest private roof terrace overlooking the sights of Ponte Vecchio, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Palazzo Pitti and indulge in the gastronomic delights of the restaurant’s award-winning cuisine.



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Friday, 21 September 2018

09:00 am

Globalization and digitalization – Taking the challenge
Dr. Bernd Liepert | Chief Innovation Officer | KUKA AG

Digitalization raises globalization to a new level. Markets change, new markets emerge and rules of the game are redefined. In times of post-growth economics, digitalization offers the potential to generate new growth. All kinds of businesses are faced with challenges and have to adapt to a changing environment.

09:30 am

Digitalisation & Print – Counterdiction or Opportunity
Claus Bolza-Schünemann | President & CEO | Koenig & Bauer AG

10:00 am

Revolution in machine flexibility – economic symbiosis of lot size 1 and mass production
Markus Sandhöfner | General Manager B&R Germany | B&R Industrial Automation GmbH

Nowadays consumers are more and more interested in getting personalized products which fulfill their individual needs. The flexible transport-system ACOPOStrak is revolutionizing the mechanical engineering by allowing to produce flexible machines for batch size 1 in a simple and economical way.

10:30 am


11:00 am

The brand owner view
Michele Amigoni | Group Packaging Design and Standard Director | Barilla G. e R. Fratelli S.p.A.

11:30 am

Entrepreneurs as drivers of digital change
Philipp Depiereux | Founder & Managing Director | etventure GmbH

Success factors of digital transformation; Methods of startups and digital players; Entrepreneurial mindset

12:00 noon

Summary and discussion

12:30 pm

Closing and light lunch



The event language is English.

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