FPA Announces 2010 Fall Executive Conference Agenda
FPA and Flexible Packaging Sustainability
FPA Releases 4th Quarter 2009 “Pulse of the Flexible Packaging Industry” Report
FPA Welcomes New Members

FPA Announces 2010 Fall Executive Conference Agenda

Top Economic Forecaster Brian Wesbury, Time Magazine’s Mike Duffy Speakers During 2010 Conference

The Flexible Packaging Association is pleased to announce that Brian Wesbury, top economic forecaster and Wall Street Journal contributor, and Mike Duffy, assistant managing editor and chief political correspondent for Time magazine, will join FPA members and guests as speakers during the 2010 FPA Fall Executive Conference on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010 at the InterContinental Chicago.

Registration for the single-day conference is now available on the FPA website, www.flexpack.org. The hotel reservation deadline is August 28, 2010. Reservations can be made by contacting the InterContinental Chicago directly at 312-321-8869. The 2010 Conference will begin with registration and breakfast from 8:30-9:00 a.m. Morning presentations will begin at 9:00 a.m. followed by the networking luncheon at 12:00 p.m. Afternoon presentations will conclude at 4:45 p.m. and will be followed by an evening reception at 5:00 p.m.

During the conference, attendees will hear from Brian Wesbury, who has been ranked the #1 U.S. economic forecaster by the Wall Street Journal and one of the top 10 forecasters by USA Today. He is the chief economist for First Trust Advisors LP and is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal. His newest book, It’s Not As Bad As You Think, was published in 2009 and is an upbeat antidote to today’s negative economic forecasts, revealing why capitalism will survive and how the United States will recover.

FEC networking luncheon speaker Mike Duffy is a regular on PBS’ Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and has appeared on Face the Nation, Meet the Press and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. He served as Time’s Washington bureau chief from 1997 to 2005. He has covered the Pentagon, Congress, national politics and, for six years, the White House.

The conference will also include a preview of FPA research results on the Corporate Sustainability Metrics for Flexible Packaging Manufacturers – A Guidance on Preparing Corporate Sustainability Reports. FPA has commissioned Packaging & Technology Integrated Solutions (PTIS) to conduct the study that will assess external sustainability metrics, expectations of stakeholders, and sustainability best practices and guidance on reducing flexible packaging’s environmental footprint.

Results of an FPA study on End-of-Life Options for Flexible Packaging will also be discussed during the conference. FPA has commissioned Columbia University’s Earth Engineering Center to identify the most promising technologies for increasing the beneficial use of flexible packaging “waste” generated during manufacturing and disposed of in the municipal solid waste stream. The study will also assess the economic and environmental costs and benefits.

The conference agenda also includes John Baumann, president and chief executive officer of Ampac Packaging LLC and chairman of the FPA Board of Directors, who will discuss Ampac’s success with “Open Innovation”; an Update on Flexible Packaging Materials, Nick Vafiadis of CMAI; and a discussion of Flexible Packaging Logistical Efficiencies, M3. Additional conference speakers and information will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

FPA gives special thanks to Appleton Performance Packaging – Films, Berry Plastics Corp., Coim USA Inc./Novacote Flexpack, Comexi North American Inc., The Dow Chemical Co., DuPont Company, Ecologic LLC, Flint Group, and Hosokawa Alpine American for their generous sponsorship of the Networking Events during the 2010 Fall Executive Conference

For more information, visit the FPA website at www.flexpack.org or contact the Association at 410-694-0800.

FPA and Flexible Packaging Sustainability

FPA’s Flexible Packaging Sustainability Initiative supports the efforts of FPA members and the flexible packaging industry to provide customers, retailers, opinion influencers, and other stakeholders with a greater understanding of the sustainable benefits and advantages of flexible packaging. Following are highlights of FPA’s current and ongoing flexible packaging sustainability activities.

FPA’s Corporate Sustainability Metrics for Flexible Packaging Manufacturers Study

FPA is currently conducting a study on Corporate Sustainability Metrics for Flexible Packaging Manufacturers – Guidance on Preparing Corporate Sustainability Reports. FPA has commissioned Packaging & Technology Integrated Solutions (PTIS) with Barbara McCutchan, Ph.D. as the project manager, to assess existing external sustainability metrics and expectations of stakeholders. The study will also examine sustainability best practices and guidance on reducing flexible packaging’s environmental footprint. Results of the study will be discussed during the 2010 FPA Fall Executive Conference on Thursday, September 30 at the InterContinental Chicago.

FPA Commissions End-of-Life Research

FPA has commissioned Columbia University’s Earth Engineering Center to identify the most promising technologies for increasing the beneficial use of flexible packaging “waste” generated during manufacturing and disposed of in the municipal solid waste stream. The study will also assess the economic and environmental costs and benefits. Results of the study will be presented during the 2010 FPA Fall Executive Conference on Thursday, September 30 at the InterContinental Chicago.

FPA Participates in Recycling Strategy Meeting

Recently, FPA participated in a strategy meeting focusing on how to increase the recycling of plastics and improve the recycling structure. Several ideas were considered during the meeting including the development of national guidance for best practices in community recycling programs, education, end markets, sorting technology, incentives for innovative ventures and an aggressive agenda for recycling research. The meeting, convened by the American Chemistry Council, was a follow up to a December 2009 meeting during which attendees agreed that organizations throughout the value chain should take an active role in the promotion of recycling. The group will reconvene in fall 2010.

FPA and Walmart

As an active participant of the Walmart Sustainability Value Network Steering Committee, FPA recently participated in a meeting to discuss the Walmart Packaging Exposition, and the Packaging Scorecard Audit, which took place April 8-9, 2010. FPA is currently working with Walmart to assess several issues which arose during the audit including weighing light-weight packaging and calculating packaging dimensions.

FPA and ACC Discuss End-of-Life Initiative

FPA recently met with American Chemistry Council representatives Craig Cookson of The Dow Chemical Company and ACC Plastics Division’s director of Sustainability, Recycling and Energy Recovery, and Jon Pyper of The Dow Chemical Company and chairman of ACC Plastics Division’s Plastics Energy Recovery Team (PERT) to discuss a FPA/ACC initiative around packaging end-of-life. ACC and FPA will work cooperatively whenever possible on this and other issues.

FPA Joins Industry Coalition for TSCA Reform

The Flexible Packaging Association recently joined an industry coalition to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. The coalition is drafting comments for submission and consideration as reform of the 34-year old legislation gets underway.

The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 addresses the production, importation, use and disposal of chemicals. The coalition is actively working with the U.S. EPA, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Coalition of Chemical Industry Group and other NGOs to draft comments for review. The Government Accountability Office has placed TSCA on its list of “high risk” areas of the law. Provisions of the act have not been amended since their adoption.

Senator. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) has introduced the Safe Chemical Act of 2010, which claims to address the core failings of TSCA. Similarly, Congressmen Bobby Rush (D-IL) and Henry Waxman (D-CA) have released a discussion draft of the Toxic Chemicals Act of 2010, which aims to ensure that the public and the environment are protected from risks of chemical exposure.

For more information contact Ram Singhal, vice president, Technology & Environmental Strategy, at (410) 694-0823 or rsinghal@flexpack.org.

FPA Releases 4th Quarter 2009 "Pulse of the Flexible Packaging Industry" Report

The FPA 4th Quarter 2009 “Pulse of the Flexible Packaging Industry” Report is the most recent in a series of FPA financial benchmarking reports assessing the performance of the industry in the current economic and business conditions.

The focus on of the report is principally short-term, looking at fourth quarter 2009 versus the third quarter 2009 versus fourth quarter 2008.

Areas of business activity surveyed included net sales, volume/output, profitability, inventory levels, capital spending and capacity utilization. In addition, information was gathered to assess expectations for sales performance and volume/output in the first quarter 2010 versus the previous period, fourth quarter 2009.

Forty converter members participated in the survey, representing a nearly 71% participation rate and estimated annual revenue of about $10.5 billion (or about forty-one percent of the $25.9 billion total flexible packaging industry sales and fifty-three percent of the $20.0 billion value added segment of the flexible packaging industry).

It should also be noted that for the first time FPA has created a new segment category based on annual sales revenue. The new ‘Very Large’ category covers any company with annual sales over $300 million; therefore, the ‘Large’ category now covers any company with annual sales of $100-300 million. In the event that there are not three or more participants, the ‘Very Large’ and ‘Large’ categories will be combined for reporting purposes.

The first section of the report provides a summary of the survey results. The second section provides more detailed data for each survey category and composite distribution results for the survey respondents.

Information for large, mid and small company segments is also included within the report.

For more information, contact Bob Zaborowski, director, Business and Economic Research, at (410) 694-0800 or bzaborowski@flexpack.org.

FPA Welcomes New Members

FPA is pleased to welcome Ecologic LLC, H.B. Fuller, and Mohawk College to the association.

Ecologic LLC joins FPA as an associate member. Ecologic markets the EcoPure family of products-a plastic additive that renders flexible packaging products biodegradable. EcoPure can be found in many products on the shelf today, from flexible and rigid packaging to consumer durable goods. Ecologic president, James Rooney, formerly of Alcan Packaging, is the FPA official representative.

H.B. Fuller has rejoined FPA as an associate member. H.B. Fuller is a leading specialty chemical manufacturer of adhesives, sealants and coating compounds for a variety of industrial and consumer applications, including non-woven hygiene disposables. Brian Glasbrenner, North American sales manager is the FPA official representative. Bill Bricker, business development manager, is the FPA alternate representative.

Mohawk College joins FPA as an academic member. Mohawk College offers the only structural packaging program in Canada with emphasis on structural design. The FPA official representative is Derek Whitney, professor.