SuperCorrExpo 2016 Poised to be the Best Yet
The 2016 TAPPI/AICC SuperCorrExpo® is the most powerful global hub of corrugated networking in the Western Hemisphere. Because SuperCorrExpo occurs once every four years, each day of the event is packed with activity so visitors can get the most of the experience. The 2016 edition of SuperCorrExpo is poised to be the best yet, featuring a variety of workshops, keynote speakers offering current and compelling messages, and opportunities for hands-on interaction.
SuperCorrExpo will kick off on Monday, Oct. 17 with more than 300 impressive exhibits throughout the showroom. While Monday is the official start of the show, attendees are encouraged to arrive early to make the most of the Flexo and Rotary Diecutters Calibration Workshop, hosted by Dick Target. The workshop will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16, and will cover a range of topics including sustain board caliper and printing capabilities.
The event will feature several keynote presentations, beginning with Jonathan Kraft, president of The Kraft Group, who will address the audience on Monday, Oct. 17, at 9:45 a.m. As president of The Kraft Group, he is actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the group’s companies, while maintaining a focus on driving growth and diversification. Together, these companies convert, produce and distribute more than 5 million tons of paper and pulp annually. The Kraft Group is also a major player in the sports and entertainment industry, as it owns and operates the New England Patriots, New England Revolution and Gillette Stadium.
Following the keynote, industry leaders including MarquipWardUnited, Baldwin Technologies, Hewlett-Packard, JB Machinery, Automatan/Systec, SUN Automation and AG Stacker will lead a session titled “What’s New in the Industry,” at 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 18 will begin with an opening keynote presentation from Ron Sasine, who is currently a principal at Hudson Windsor, LLC, and is the former senior director of packaging procurement for Walmart. Sasine will discuss the success he has had in packaging design, supply chain visibility and sustainable packaging initiatives for one of the largest global brands.
Tuesday will feature nine panel discussions and breakout sessions to choose from, including:
- Panel Discussion “1,500 Feet Per Minute Corrugators — Why Not 2,000 Feet Per Minute?”
Panelists: Greg Grdinich, BHS; Dave Kvitek, Fosber; John Sofinowski, MarquipWardUnited
- Panel Discussion “Maintaining High Tech Machinery”
Panelists: George Moorman, Shoreline Container; Tom Allen, Fosber America; Chris Harris, WPR Services
- Breakout Session “Corrugated in Perspective in the Corrugated Packaging Industry”
Speaker: Stephen Harrod, consultant, paper & board, packaging, Smithers Pira
- Panel Discussion “What’s New in Digital Print” (10:30am), from the side of the suppliers.
Moderator: Cordes Porcher, CSI
- Panel Discussion “What’s New in Digital Print”
Moderator: Cordes Porcher, CSI
- Breakout session “Improving Profitability by Understanding the Value of Machine Hours”
Speaker: Mitch Klingher, CPA, partner, Klingher Nadler, LLP
- Breakout session “The Secrets to Becoming an Employer of Choice”
Speaker: Holly Green, CEO, The Human Factor, Inc.
- Panel Discussion “130 Corrugator Operations & Technical Challenges”
Panelist: Greg Grdinich, BHS
- Panel Discussion “The Science Behind the Heart of Corrugated”
Panelists: Stephen Burnett, Atlantic Packaging; Chris Massey, Hood Container; Tom Staal, Advance Packaging
Globalization is becoming an increasingly important aspect of the packaging industry and Wednesday, Oct. 19 will open with an “Overview of the International Containerboard Market,” an International roundtable.
The International roundtable will be followed by a roundtable on “Understanding Lighter Containerboard Grade and the Challenge in Combining and Converting Them.” This roundtable will be presented by Ralph Young, technical advisor, AICC; Randy Banks, president, Sharp International; Rich Putch, director of technical services, National Steel Rule; and Greg Grdinich, national sales manager, BHS Corrugated-North America.
Fernando Sanchez, general manager of MEJORAR, will wrap up the international roundtable sessions with his presentation on "Leadership." Sanchez has more than 25 years of experience as a human management executive, strategic advisor, and consultant for many national, international, multinational, public, and private Latin American companies.
Wednesday’s activities also include six breakout sessions, including:
- “Glue Roller Inspection, Application and Design
Speakers: John Bingham, Pamarco; Steve Woodard, ARC International
- “Supplying Low Pressure Steam for Light Weight Board and Micro-flutes”
Presenters: Mike Soucy; Kadant Johnson; Pierre Theriault; and Shawn Pearson, B & S Piping
- “Trends in Digital Printing and Late-Stage Customization of Corrugated”
Speaker: Eric Ferguson, Datalase
- “Controlling Waste in your Plant”
Speaker: Scott Ellis, EdD, Co-founder P2
- “Plant Safety & Lock Out/Tag Out Program”
Speaker: Brian Storms, Jamestown Container Corporate Environmental, Health & Safety Manager, Corporate Packaging Engineer
- “Running Lightweights”
Speaker: Debbie Hammack, Product Ideation Manager, KapStone Kraft Paper Corporation
Keynote Speaker Eduardo Posada, chairman & CEO, Grupo Gondi, will cap the morning’s events. Drawing on his vast experience in the paper and corrugated industry, Posada will share his insights and high-level perspectives on where the industry is today and what is on the horizon for paper, corrugated boxes, folding cartons, flexible packaging, dies, photopolymer plates and more.
The final day of SuperCorrExpo is packed with presentations and a closing keynote that should not be missed, especially since the event won’t return for another four years.
Thursday, Oct. 20 will include:
- “New Flute Profiles and their Purpose”
Speakers: Dave Valiquette, MarquipWardUnited; Greg Rogers, Tiruna; Patrick Driggers, BHS
- “Best Practices on the Corrugator”
Speakers: Rick Croker, Georgia-Pacific; John Buzzell, Georgia-Pacific; John Troyke, Georgia-Pacific
- “Anilox Roller Inspection, Application and Design”
Speakers: Bill Bessett, ARC International; John Rastetter, Pamarco
- “Utilize Ergonomics to Create New Technology and Products - Rip-Resistant Spiral Grip Technology - An Ancient Secret Rediscovered”
Speaker: Will Scott, CEO & Inventor, Marbles
- “The Five Key Drivers to Producing HD Graphics on Board”
Speaker: Nick Harvey, Technical Director, Apex, North America, LLC
- “How Taking a Proactive Approach to Corrugator Alignment Helps Reduce Costly Issues in a Less than Perfect World”
Speaker: Ted Grimbilas, OASIS Alignment Services
The closing keynote presentation from Kevin (Kal) Kallaugher will round out SuperCorrExpo 2016. Kallaugher is an editorial cartoonist for the Economist and Baltimore Sun. This international award-winning editorial cartoonist will share his unique take on current events, politics, and the economy and tackles the issues of the day with well-placed humor and precision art. Don’t miss his live drawing of favorite targets, plus a surprise for the audience — their own original cartoons to take home!
To stay up to date with the latest developments and to register, please visit www.supercorrexpo.org.