2020 Annual Conference & Technical Workshop
October 4 - October 6
Due to COVID-19, the Annual Conference has been rescheduled to October 4-6, 2020.
Join us October 4-6, 2020 as we come together to take on industry challenges and grow our businesses. Not only will we hear insightful keynote presentations, we’ll learn about the latest technical innovations from industry suppliers and participate in one-on-one networking. Take your seat at the premiere flexo pre-press industry conference. See you in St. Petersburg!
The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort and Golf Club
501 5th Ave NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Booking information to come.
Business casual for all sessions.
Schedule (Subject to Change)
Sunday, October 4:
3:00 p.m. Board Meeting
6:00 Welcome Reception/Dinner (Food, Fun & Networking)
Monday, October 5:
7:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:15 Keynote Speech
9:15 Technical Sessions
10:30 One-On-One Platemaker/Supplier Sessions
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 One-On-One Platemaker/Supplier Sessions
4:00 Sessions Conclude
6:30 President’s Dinner
Tuesday, October 6:
7:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 Keynote Speech
9:00 Technical Sessions
11:00 a.m. Closing Remarks
Robert Fry, PhD
Chief Economist, Robert Fry Economics LLC
Economy, Consumers, & Corrugated:
What You Need to Know
We have entered a period of unprecedented political and economic change. With uncertainty abound, how will global markets react? How will the consumer react? And, of particular importance to the flexo and corrugated markets, how will consumer spending change? Robert will offer a forecast for the future, covering macroeconomic trends as well as corrugated-specific insights. Join us to learn how you can position your business to succeed in the years ahead.
Bio: Celebrated economist Robert C. Fry, Jr., PhD has provided timely and accurate economic forecasts to countless business decision-makers across the world. In 2018, Fry was elected a Fellow of the National Association for Business Economics in recognition of his outstanding service as a professional business economist and his contributions to the field. A Senior Economist at DuPont for years before opening his own consultancy in 2015, Fry was named a top economic forecaster by Bloomberg, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. He also publishes a monthly newsletter, Current Economic Conditions. Fry received a master’s degree and a PhD in economics from Harvard University.
Director of Product Line DRO/FFG, BOBST
One Market, Many Boxes:
Corrugated from the OEM Perspective
The future of corrugated is bright but complex. Brand owners are looking to the humble brown box for convenience, cost efficiency, food compliance, and sustainability. And we can’t forget the flexibility needed for subscription boxes and resealability for returns. To get this done, corrugated manufacturers must master conventional technologies and introduce new ones.
What does this mean for flexo platemakers? How can pre-press suppliers better support their customers? Get an in-depth perspective on the future of corrugated—and where we fit—from BOBST.
Bio: With over 40 years of corrugated experience, Thomas “Tom” Phillips is a well-known and respected packaging expert. For nearly 25 of those years, Phillips built his expertise under the guidance of BOBST. He has served as North America Regional Sales Manager, Product Line Manager, North America Sales Manager Corrugated Board, and Product Line Director. He is an active speaker at various AICC, TAPPI, and other industry conferences both on regional and national levels.
Corrugated Segment Manager, DuPont Packaging Graphics
No More Excuses!
It's time to move to thinner plates. Bob will explore the benefits.
Portfolio Manager - Corrugated, MacDermid Graphics Solutions
The Latest from MacDermid
Digital Business Analyst, Anderson & Vreeland
Corrugated Trends from Anderson & Vreeland
Director Business Development - Flexo, Americas, Esko
Technical Considerations from Esko
Division Manager - Flexographic Printing Products, Chemence
What's New from Chemence