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Packaging Theme Day at Plast-Ex 2004

The third day of Canada's premier plastics industry trade show will be known as "Packaging Day" and will...

The third day of Canada’s premier plastics industry trade show will be known as "Packaging Day" and will feature a "Breakfast Meeting" and a "Lunch’n Learn" session where industry participants can bring themselves up-to- speed on technology and trends that are driving this very important market for plastic products. These programs have been developed co-operatively by the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Ontario.

The "Breakfast Meetings" on each day have been designed to offer a panel discussion focusing on issues and technology pertinent to the respective theme of that day. The "Lunch’n Learn" sessions will feature keynote speakers from industry who will be prepared to discuss trends and market conditions that have the potential to impact the growth of plastics in each market area.

The "Breakfast Meetings" will be fully sponsored by Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd., Lynch Group of Companies and Plastisoft and, as a result, are being offered free-of-charge. Each meeting will start at 8:00 a.m. and will run until 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 5, registrants will hear Carol Zweep, from the Guelph Food Technology Centre discuss a new proprietary technology that provides valuable information to package designers for package development and design. Next, Bruce Catoen from Husky Injection Molding Systems Inc. will present several examples of innovative automation approaches to demonstrate how creative approaches have won business for injection moulders.

The "Lunch’n Learn" sessions are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at a pre-registration cost of $39.99 or $49.99 on-site. The Lunch’n Learn sessions are sponsored by Engel Canada Inc. The Packaging Lunch’n Learn session on Wednesday, May 5, 2004 begins at 11:30 a.m. and will feature Howard Rappaport, Global Practice Leader from CMAI. As the keynote speaker, Rappaport will provide an overview of the supply chain from natural gas and crude oil to petrochemicals and plastics. His paper will address the following questions: What’s so important about the influence of the Middle East? Why do we continue to see imported finished goods from China? and How will this impact future growth opportunities in North America?

The packaging market in Canada consumes approximately 34 per cent of plastic product production and is the single largest market for plastic products. The lightweight and high strength-to-weight ratio of plastic packaging are benefits that have made it the material of choice among package designers. Plastics also offer varying barrier and protection properties to suit individual packaging demands. The prolific use of these modern-day materials in packaging applications reduces waste, greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and our dependence on natural resources. Research has shown that if we were to eliminate plastic packaging, packaging waste would increase four-fold and food waste would increase even more. Plastic packaging allows suppliers to package the most amount of product using the least amount of material.

Each day of the show will focus on a different theme. The first day, Monday, May 3 will be Automotive Day; Wednesday, May 5 will be Packaging Day; and Thursday, May 6 will be Productivity and Innovation Day. Visitors interested in attending these sessions are invited to visit the Plast-Ex 2004 website at:

Plast-Ex 2004 will take center stage at the International Centre in Toronto, Ontario from May 3 to 6, 2004. The show is owned and operated by CPIA, a national industry association representing the interests of raw material suppliers, processors, equipment suppliers, mould makers and plastics industry service groups.

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