“Because packaging is the largest industrial user of plastics, the discoveries awaiting packaging professionals at this dramatically expanded NPE will be more plentiful than in the past,” says Sanders. In addition to SPI’s trade show, NPE2009 will include seven co-located conferences and trade shows, an international design competition and eight specialized multi-exhibitor pavilions.
One of the co-located conferences, PET Strategies+, will feature Coca-Cola North America senior vice president of innovation and development Nilang Patel in an “open invitation” session free to NPE2009 attendees. Patel’s keynote presentation on “Plastics Packaging’s ‘Uber’ Triple Bottom Line Play” will share how Coca-Cola was able to bring its visionary closed-loop PET recycling strategy to reality. PET Strategies+ is produced by Packaging Strategies, a sister business of Flexible Packaging.