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Smithers Pira Packaging Summit 2011

Future scenarios, commercial impact and immediate opportunities in packaging

03 - 04 Oct 2011
Sophia Country Club, Antibes, Nice, France

Day 1: 09.00 - 17.40
Day 2: 09.00 - 16.40

Pira Packaging Summit Important Announcement:


The website for the Pira Packaging Summit 2012 has moved to:


Below is a basic overview of last year's event, but for full details on the 2012 edition and updates please visit the event website here



What did delegates take away from the Smithers Pira Packaging Summit?

In 2010 Smithers Pira launched it's flagship Packaging conference - the Smithers Pira Packaging Summit. The unique format of the Summit was designed for senior decision-makers and strategists and provided an excellent platform for assessing current drivers and future scenarios. For 2011 the Smithers Pira Packaging Summit once again brought together the global packaging industry's senior leadership and an"excellent mix of packaging industry professionals"; Robert Herridge, Packology, to discuss all of the issues that are set to shape the future of the packaging sector.

Delegates at the Smithers Pira Packaging Summit enjoyed high quality presentations from a range of packaging experts across the value chain, of "very good and inspiring content"; Jori Ringman-Beck, CEPI. Highlights of the conference included an opening presentation from Teodor Todorov of Morgan Stanley setting the macro-economic scene and Timothy Burns (Cranial Capital) putting packaging into perspective and detailing what was needed to give the packaging industry a "makeover". Another highlight of this morning session included an interactive panel discussion, which gave delegates a chance to debate future challenges and the outlook for the industry.

Parallel tracks focusing individually on the plastics and paperboard material markets, featured a comprehensive view of the megatrends affecting the global plastics packaging industry from Dow and an interesting insight into Nestle's perspective on the impact of sustainability, followed by more opportunities for debate. Whilst day two included a thought provoking presentation from Dorothy MacKenzie at Dragon Rouge in the food and drink end use track and an in-depth case study from Procter and Gamble in the parallel consumer products track.

In the final plenary session of the conference, delegates were informed of the bigger picture and developments in BRIC markets, showcasing two companies from this region Ankit Packaging and Thong Guan. Finally Smithers Pira awarded their Thought Leadership Award to Paulo Correia, R&D Director of Logoplaste and Paulo delivered an insightful presentation to round off proceedings.

With high quality presentations from the leading brand owners, packaging converters, analysts and Smithers Pira's expert consultants, Smithers Pira's Packaging Summit 2011 was a must attend event for Smithers Pira members and the packaging community alike.

>> Read the Packaging Summit Interviews

The companies on the programme this year included:



Recent Articles:

>> Read interview with Carol Hammond, Head of R&D, Chesapeake

>> Read interview with Duncan Pollard, Sustainability Advisor at Nestle

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IMERYS Pigments for Paper & Packaging is a global leader in the supply of high quality white pigments for the world's paper and paper-based packaging industries.

Imerys mine from high quality reserves and process them to develop solutions that improve customers' product performance and manufacturing efficiency. A unique and comprehensive portfolio of kaolins, carbonates and talc allows them to offer a wide range of innovative mineral-based solutions to players throughout the packaging industry value chain, from board producers, formulators, converters to brand owners. A comprehensive asset base, vast in-house expertise and a strategy for continuous innovation drives Imerys to lead the way in developing new end-applications for mineral-based solutions. Strength in application knowledge is a powerful asset that enables Imerys to develop sustainable, cost-efficient multi-pigment solutions, which is why their technical service function is an integrated part of their commitment to quality. Imerys' quality management systems comply with ISO 9001:2000, and products are supplied to stringent specifications and are fully verified for key properties, such as brightness and particle size. In partnership with customers and suppliers, Imerys aim to develop products, technologies and services to meet the changing needs of the paper and paper-based packaging industries.Visit Company website


Key Speakers

Andrew JenkinsAndrew Jenkins

The Boots Company

As a member of the Quality & CSR Support team Andrew develops Boots strategy on product sustainability and advises product marketing and development groups on sustainable development issues.

David BakerDavid Baker


David Baker has over 30 years’ experience in the metal and plastics Packaging Industry, starting his working life at Metal Box and joining RPC Group in 1991. David has a great understanding of what customers want, having spent the majority of his career in various senior sales positions, before assuming responsibility for RPC’s UK thermoforming operation in 2010.

Peter SingletonPeter Singleton

Procter & Gamble

Peter Singleton has over 40 years experience in the Packaging Industry covering materials, packaging production, FCMG and retail working for Alcan, Bowater, W R Grace, United Biscuits and Marks and Spencer. Currently he is a Principle Scientist/Engineer in Global Packaging Development for Gillette Blades and Razors within the Beauty and Grooming business of Procter and Gamble.

Duncan PollardDuncan Pollard


Duncan Pollard’s career has seen him move from the corporate sector, to the non-profit sector and back again. With a degree in forestry he worked for a variety of forest companies and spent 9 years with Shell. He also spent almost 10 years with WWF International and since late 2010 he has been working at Nestlé as Sustainability Advisor, providing advice and support on a wide range of sustainability issues across the organisation. Paper and board is one of his focus areas.

Carol HammondCarol Hammond


A Chemist by training, Carol has worked within the packaging sector for about 20 years. Her current role as Head of R&D for Chesapeake encompasses the development of materials and processing routes to achieve new and/or improved packaging formats.

Timothy P. BurnsTimothy P. Burns

Cranial Capital

Timothy has 35 years of Packaging Industry related experience in Education, Investment Banking and Consulting. He is regularly engaged as an author, conference speaker and advisor to numerous companies. Frequently quoted in the financial industry, trade press, TV and Radio.

Teodor TodorovTeodor Todorov

Morgan Stanley

Teodor is an Executive Director in the Natural Resources Group at Morgan Stanley. He joined Morgan Stanley's London Office in 2004 and has worked on a variety of transactions across the basic materials industry. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Teodor worked at UBS in New York in the Paper and Packaging and M&A teams.

Nicholas MockettNicholas Mockett

Moorgate Capital

Nicholas Mockett is a corporate financier and has focussed on the packaging industry for 20 years. His experience includes leveraged buy-outs (including MBOs/MBIs), mergers, acquisitions and disposals, public company takeovers and public to privates, refinancings and restructurings. He has worked on dozens of deals, around the globe, worth over €5bn, and has been active in every substrate.

Gerald RebitzerGerald Rebitzer

Amcor Group GmbH

As Sustainability Leader, Gerald Rebitzer is responsible for Sustainability at Amcor Flexibles Europe & Americas. This role encompasses both environmental management and social responsibility from an operations perspective as well as working with customers and suppliers to enhance the performance of the packaging products Amcor provides.

Dorothy MacKenzieDorothy MacKenzie

Dragon Rouge Limited

Dorothy is co-founder of Dragon Rouge in London. She has led packaging design, brand development and npd programmes for many leading food companies, and believes that good consumer understanding must lie at the heart of the design and development process if brands are to use their most important communication channel effectively.

Julien DamenJulien Damen

Dow Europe GmbH

In his current position, Julien is the Technical Service & Development Director for Dow’s Packaging & Converting business for EMEA. This business combines the PU- and acrylic-based adhesive technologies with plastics & films.

Graham MooreGraham Moore


Graham Moore has over thirty years experience in the paper and board industry, encompassing process and product knowledge, product performance, recycling, deinking, wet end chemistry, and strategic futures related research.

David HaysletteDavid Hayslette


David Hayslette is the Director of Shopper Ready Packaging for MWV, a $6 billion packaging company that helps brands take shape. David leads the MWV portfolio of shopper ready packaging solutions called Captivate™. David is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and lives in Richmond, Virginia. He’s an avid runner and stays busy with his six children and their activities.

Robert HerridgeRobert Herridge

Packology Limited

Robert Herridge has 23 years experience in the packaging industry with both manufacturers and brand owners alike. Formerly Robert was Head of International packaging for Revlon and Global Packaging for Bacardi-Martini. Robert holds and MSc in Packaging Technology as is a Fellow of the Institute of packaging. In 2010 he authored a global report for Smithers Pira on “The future of Personal Care Packaging to 2014”

Harald  KaebHarald Kaeb

European Bioplastics

Harald was leading the industry association European Bioplastics as the managing Chairman of the Board from 1999 to 2009. From 2009 to May 2011 he served as the Secretary General, leading key policy projects of European Bioplastics. In June he has been elected Board member again.


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