Dinner & Discussion
Our 2017 ECPA seminar kicked off on the evening of 7th November. The delegates had the opportunity to network over dinner accompanied by beautiful wines in a restaurant with an iconic and authentic ambience in Amsterdam.
Presentation & Pub
The relaxed atmosphere continued the next day. We were welcomed by Geostick in yet another unique seminar location – The Geostick “Irish Company Pub”. 26 delegates were provided with the latest ECPA developments, informative news from Bio4pack about sustainable packaging material and HP showed the possibilities of digital printing for labels and packaging. All topics were tailored to suit the needs of the co-packing business and we all had the opportunity to discuss those subjects in more detail over lunch.
You can download the presentations here:
Link to ECPA Seminar presentations
The day ended with a tour of Geostick’s plant, where all delegates received an insight into the company’s daily routine and the newest products and processes.
We would like to express our thanks for those of you who were participating in our ECPA seminar. We hope you found the content informative and enjoyed our informal dinner and the conversations we had. Thank you for your comments and suggestions, I assure you to that we will take those into consideration for our next events to make them even more successful.
At this point we would also like to say: „Thank you Geostick for organising the event, taking care of the transfer, our lunch and drinks, the presentations, and last but not least our “Work Fuel” – You were a great host!”event was opened by ECPA Chairman Peter Nieuwkerk, who gave an overview of the progress made by ECPA over the last year and the improved ECPA website traffic. Jay Gouiliard ex. Unilever was the first up and delivered his presentation on ‘How Co-Packers and Brand Owners can work together to accelerate Packaging Innovation’. The presentation was well received by the audience and set a high standard for the rest of the day. There was information from Xeikon on how Digital print can be used to add value to packaging via presentation. Joey Kelly, a hero from the world of Extreme Sports, gave the audience an entertaining overview of his life and how his focus and determination have opened up opportunities and provided the backbone to his success, and Philip Juhellé provided useful tips on what to remember when negotiating with blue chip companies or indeed any situation where negotiation is necessary.
There were parallel sessions for the delegates to learn from. CSI gave an overview on robotisation and the benefits for Co-Packers in production. American Express delivered a useful talk on Financial solutions for the supply chain, and the afternoon sessions focused on Innovative Packaging design and Development and Opportunities for 3D Printing in the world of contract packing.
The day concluded with a round table debate, chaired by Mark van der Burgt of Vetipak. The session concentrated on the areas influencing co-packing and co-manufacturing across Europe and invited input from the audience.
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