So reports the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Washington DC) in preliminary information. The full report will be made public at PMMI's Packaging Productivity Forum April 28 to 30 at the Wydham Hamilton Hotel in suburban Chicago. Of six industries studied in the survey beauty & cosmetics products and electronics registered the strongest gains 51% and 50% respectively. Of those respondents reporting losses 61% report the productivity decline was less than 10%. The overall results and the company initiatives that led to them will be described in detail by Ben Miyares editor/publisher Packaging Management newsletter and contributing editor to Packaging World. In addition Hanno C. Fiedler (right) chairman and CEO Schmalbach-Lubeca/Continental Can Europe will be the keynote dinner speaker at the Forum April 29. Schmalbach-Lubeca is a giant in the global beverage package business. Entrenched in Europe the company is currently in the process of acquiring the polyester container operations of Johnson Controls (Manchester MI) the second largest U.S. manufacturer of PET bottles. The company also owns White Cap (Downers Grove IL) the world's largest producer of vacuum closures and closure applicating systems. At the PPF dinner Fiedler will offer his insights into the globalization of packaging supply and the role of package suppliers in emerging markets like Latin America Eastern Europe and Asia. "We are most pleased to have someone with Mr. Fiedler's experience and worldwide perspective at PPF" says Daniel Pollock chairman of PMMI's Industry Relations Committee and president of Roe Inc. "Schmalbach-Lubeca is a growing packaging force in Europe and North America." (For more program details on the Forum see PW Feb. '97 p. 56).