Four months away from the official opening scheduled on February 28th 2012, the calendar of events and meetings planned during IPACK-IMA is nearing finalization. A number of significant business communities and packaging stakeholders will be represented at the fair.
Nearly all industrial and professional trade associations will hold their institutional meetings at Fieramilano, including journalists from IPPO (International Packaging Press Organization) who have chosen IPACK-IMA as their exclusive reference exhibition.
The opening day, Tuesday February 28th, features an opening press conference taking stock of the exhibition itself as well as of market scenarios and the economic and technological prospects for the industries represented at the event.
Innovative materials will be under the spotlight, both as part of the product display and on the conference floor. Wednesday February 29th has been named by AIM – Italian Association of Micromolecular Science and Technology – as Technology Day dedicated to “Bio-plastics for food packaging, the new solutions” organized in cooperation with IPACK-IMA. The aim is to spread knowledge and awareness of bio-plastics used in food packaging, emphasizing the standards reached so far, potential applications, critical areas, the relationship with current composting regulations, and comparisons with oil-derived plastics.
Top-of-the-agenda on Thursday March 1st is the international convention "Enhancing Food Safety and Food Security in Africa - Processing and Packaging Technologies from Farm’s Gate to the Consumer’s Table", developed in partnership with the UN Food Agencies. More details will be available in the appropriate area of the IPACK-IMA website www.ipack-ima.com once the speaker panel has been finalized. This is the culminating event of IPACK-IMA 2012 which extends the scope of the exhibition beyond Europe and defines its prospective in view of the Expo 2015.
On Thursday March 1st the stage will be given to the following issue: “Food Contact Materials (FCM)” for a discussion – organized by AIDEPI – on the role of food safety in connection to packaging and in particular to the new EU Regulation 10/2011 on plastic items and materials designed to come in contact with food products.
This issue is especially crucial since packaging technology and materials are acquiring an increasingly important role in the food industry, both in terms of safety and of quality preservation. For this reason the following day, Friday March 2nd, will also feature a particularly significant event: a meeting organized by the Italian Packaging Institute on issues connected with the “CAST Project”, developed in 2007 with the objective of exploring new integrated strategies and approaches to food safety involving both private and public institutions. The discussion is open to any company interested in the issue of compliance with provisions on food contact materials (discussion topics include the application guidelines of Regulation 2023/2006/CE) and will feature the participation of the National Health Authority (responsible for the scientific aspects of the “CAST Project”) and of key stakeholders involved in the food industry and in the various supply chains of the basic materials used in packaging production.
Finally, on Friday March 2nd the main event will be the meeting titled "Packaging for vending" promoted by CONFIDA – the Italian Vending Association – and featuring a debate on new distribution channels and packaging solutions for vending machines and the problems connected to it.
The complete and continuously updated list or all meetings and events on schedule is available on the exhibitions’ website www.ipack-ima.com.