The annual Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Accociation (AIPIA) congress, usually located in The Netherlands, is going virtual this year, meaning Australian brand owners and packaging professionals can participate with ease, and for less than $500.

The AIPIA Virtual Congress on 10 September 2020 is already shaping up to be the best smart packaging encounter of the year, according to the association. More than 40 speakers and 25 booth holders in the presentation area means delegates will be treated to the most comprehensive and thorough overview of the current ‘state-of-the-art’ – in all aspects of active and intelligent packaging.

As well as all the usual exciting programme of speakers, including two major brand owner Challenges by Takeda and Kraft/Heinz, delegates can participate in panel Q&As on some current ‘hot’ topics as well as live technology streams, case studies and major keynotes.

“We have decided to experiment with some really interactive sessions,” explains Eef de Ferrante, managing director of AIPIA. “One panel will explore ‘circularity’ and how our sector fits into the sustainability equation. Another will offer some vision of where smart packaging will be going in the next decade and we are delighted to welcome Raghu Das, CEO of IDTechEx, who will share the results of a recent survey on our sector and discuss its findings.”

Familiar names already lining up in the demonstration area include Aptar, AsahiKASEI, Digimarc, Kezzler, Systech, Toppan and Zappar. But they are also joined by several new faces such as Inspectron, Jenton Dimaco, Sincpress and Syntegon (the new name for Robert Bosch Packaging) and TapWow.

“This list is by no means complete,” says Martine Groeneveld, in charge of booth sales at AIPIA. “More companies will join us very shortly and take the total of [exhibitor]participants to our limit of thirty,” she confirms.

Both GS1, which is sponsoring the event, and NFC Forum will hold panel sessions about scalable implementation of smart packaging technologies. Several research organisations, such as Aarhus University (Extended User Interface with NFC) and MIT (Continuous Transformation) are slated to give technology stream broadcasts.

“As usual, our program is developing on a daily basis,” explains Dick de Koning, chairman of AIPIA’s Advisory Board. “We will update the list of presentations and booth holders in real time to ensure potential delegates have the most up-to-date information about why they need to book now.”

“With delegate fees of just €295 (AUD $481.50) to attend the ‘live’ event on 10 September and the opportunity to revisit the congress over the following month as part of the delegate package, this is a great deal for everyone involved in moving the smart packaging sector forward,” comments de Ferrante.

Book your place today and get access to the proceedings live and for another 30 days after the event.


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