Packaging News Stage

National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom
27 - 28/02/2019

The Packaging News Stage

Head to our official media partners' stage for exciting content and important industry updates. Packaging News hosts a packed two-day programme, which will cover topics at the forefront of mind across the packaging spectrum.



Packaging News Stage - Day 1

11:00 - 11:30


Global packaging market: innovations to achieve international growth

Neil Farmer, Founder & Owner, Neil Farmer Associates

Neil Farmer will provide a high quality presentation covering the latest developments and investments by international packaging companies in many sectors. Innovative new packs and initiatives will be assessed including brand launches with added value features. Neil will evaluate the global packaging market and identify where growth opportunities are being created.

12:00 - 12:30


Why wait for the Plastics Pact? Take action now

David Wilson, managing director, Vanden UK


David’s presentation will advise on how packaging companies can ensure they are maximising use of recycled plastic in their manufacturing processes. It will also look at potential end markets for plastics for recycling.



13:00 - 13:30


How to impress the UK Packaging Awards judging panel

Theodoros Striftompolas, UK Packaging Awards 2018 judge

Packaging News editor Philip Chadwick speaks to Theodoros Striftompolas about what makes a strong submission to the UK Packaging Awards. Theodoros, a UK Packaging Awards judge, will explain what separates the good entries from the clear winners – how can your packaging project stand a chance in a competitive field and under the scrutiny of the industry’s biggest names?

Packaging News Stage - Day 2

11:00 - 11:30


Aluminium – the perfect material for a circular economy

Rick Hindley, executive director, Alupro

Aluminium is infinitely recyclable, the most valuable material in the recycling stream, and our members are spearheading design and innovation to improve the environmental performance of aluminium packaging.  But as we battle with the complexities of today’s household waste, there is a critical role for recovering metals from incinerator bottom ash.

Groundbreaking technologies are enabling significant increases in the amount of metals that can be recovered and recycled after incineration.  This means that aluminium packaging not captured by kerbside and ‘on the go’ systems can still be recovered and recycled.   And for those local authorities which send black bag waste to Energy from Waste facilities, they are already achieving aluminium packaging recycling rates of over 90%.   

Separate collection will always be the priority.  But Energy from Waste provides a unique opportunity to ensure that almost all metal packaging can be recovered and recycled.  



12:00 - 12:30



Ron Cregan, founder, Endangered Species

13:00 - 13:30


It’s time to develop tomorrow’s Packaging Professionals

Bruce Funnell, Head of packaging – NPTC confectionery, Nestlé

Louise Codling, CEO, NSAFD


A great new set of skills, good career prospects, and a chance to save the world! Find out why this new degree apprenticeship is the whole package…

Programmes like Blue Planet have brought packaging and particularly plastics to people’s attention. There has never been a more important time to attract much needed talent to join the industry as we strive for a better future for all.

Covering the full spectrum of the Packaging arena, the new Packaging Professional Degree Apprenticeship is unrivalled, having been built by industry, for industry.

Bruce Funnell (Nestlé), Industry Skills Partnership Chair, together with Louise Codling, CEO for National Skills Academy for Food and Drink and the new Course Leader from Sheffield Hallam University will introduce you to the brand new 2019 programme and will guide you as to how you can benefit and take advantage of  this exciting opportunity.



14:00 - 14:30


Connected Brands and Consumers – The Internet of Packaging

Rob Hollands, Creative Director, Anthem Worldwide


As consumers’ lives become more connected than ever before, brands must consider how they can reimagine their passive products and packaging into ‘connected’ touch-points for experiences, information and engagement and as powerful sources of data and insight. Rob Hollands, who leads the creative technology division of SGK, expands on the opportunity that the Internet of Things delivers for brands, touching on subjects such as voice, AI, chatbots and augmented reality.