ICE USA has announced that TAPPI will bring together the leading experts in the field of flexible packaging and new technology developments to share their insights on the emerging areas of nanotechnology within packaging at the ICE USA 2013 Pre-Show Conference Program on Monday, April 8 in Orlando, FL.


The three-session event is the first ever collaboration between two of the association’s premier technical divisions – PLACE (Polymers, Laminations, Coatings and Extrusions) and the Nanotechnology Division, and is designed to provide unique perspectives on the most recent innovations in the use of nanotechnology in packaging.

The first session highlights Innovations in Preparing Polymer-Based Nanomaterials for improving the mechanical and barrier properties of flexible packaging materials. The second session features Innovations in Traditional Barrier Enhancements for packaging films. And the third session presents the tactical topics of Brand Launch Strategies, Shelf Appeal Enhancement, and Brand Authentication for the innovatively packaged consumer products.


Leading researchers and practitioners from a number of key companies that have developed or are using nanotechnologies that enhance the performance of flexible packaging materials will be featured.


TAPPI will join three other industry leading organizations in presenting stimulating Pre-Show seminars. AWA Alexander Watson Associates, - Cut the comma will present its Labeling & Packaging Decorating Technology Seminar 2013 seminar featuring presentations by key industry leaders in the labeling and product decoration industry. They will provide up-to-date information on the markets and its evolving technologies with both national and international perspectives.


CEMA will present two seminars as part of the ICE USA Pre-Show Program. The CEMA Coating & Drying Fundamentals for Converters seminar is a condensed version of the CEMA two-day seminar created exclusively for ICE USA. The CEMA Web Slitting and Rewinding for Converters is also a condensed version of the CEMA two-day seminar created exclusively for ICE USA.


RADTECH, will present its Enabling Innovation in Packaging with UV & EB Curable Inks, Coatings & Adhesives seminar. Leading suppliers and users of UV (ultraviolet) and EB (electron beam) curable inks, coatings, and adhesives will discuss some of the current and future trends and applications in press technology, special effect ink/coatings, and other sustainable and innovation initiatives.


Rounding out the Pre-Show Program is the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council’s (PSTC) presentation Understanding and Selecting PSA Tapes. The presentation will define the basic properties of pressure sensitive adhesives (PSAs) and discuss how polymer and material properties combine to give the unique performance attributes of tapes.


“Converters from around the world will find these seminars extremely valuable,” says Bob Chiricosta, show director of ICE USA. “There is no other forum in the world where they can access such a divers and broad range of industry knowledge”.


All the Pre-Show Seminars will take place on Monday, April 8. Individual fees have been established for each program and include a three day pass to the exhibit floor. For more information on all of these sessions, visit


ICE USA is the largest dedicated converting event in North America with more than 300 exhibitors, and it is part of the ICE family of worldwide converting events. For more information about ICE USA, registration, to visit the show floor, a seminar or the ICE USA Conference sponsored by AIMCAL - visit



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