ICE USA 2013 On Record Breaking Pace

With just a few weeks remaining before ICE USA 2013 opens in Orlando, Florida on April 9, North America’s largest biennial converting exhibition and conference is well on its way to establishing some impressive new records.

Show organizer Mack Brooks Exhibitions has announced that the exhibition floor is already 20 percent larger than the 2011 event and more than 100 first-time exhibitors have signed on to join the nearly 200 returning exhibitors. Many of these companies have also expanded their original space to accommodate running equipment in their booths.

Several leading UK and North American companies are among the hundreds of converting equipment suppliers from around the world exhibiting at the Show including: Ashe Converting Equipment, Alpha Converting Equipment, AzTech Converting, Catbridge, Comexi, CORETECH, Daetwyler, Davis-Standard, Double E, EC Designs, Enercon, Kampf, Kroenert, KYMC, Manufacturers Supplies, Maxcess, Montalvo, New Era, Nordmeccanica, Nordson, PCI Films Consulting, Polytype, Proton Products International, Relco and Spooner Industries. They will be among the many international companies that will be introducing new products and technologies to the North American converting marketplace.

ICE USA is also on track to attract a record number of converters from throughout the Americas who are looking to discover the latest products, technologies and industry trends. Pre-registration is running well-ahead of the 2011 event when 3,000 converting professionals filled the aisles of the Show floor.

                             Comprehensive Educational Conference

In addition to a much larger exhibition, ICE USA 2013 will also feature the most comprehensive educational program in the converting industry. The robust conference program features nearly 40 educational sessions, offering something for all converting professionals. Leading industry associations have brought together top experts from all segments of the converting marketplace to present a wide variety of insightful seminars and sessions.

Once again, AIMCAL will sponsor its very successful ICE USA Conference that will feature more than two-dozen sessions offered in three parallel tracks – Web Coating, Web Handling and Adhesives/Adhesion. Running all three days of the Show, these sessions will explore a variety of different critical topics within these three tracks.

In addition, several insightful Pre-Show Seminars will be presented on Monday, April 8, by the converting industry’s leading associations including: TAPPI PLACE, RadTech, CEMA and the Pressure Sensitive Tape Council (PSTC). Ranging from such technical topics as web slitting and rewinding to understanding new innovations like Novel Nanotechnology, these seminars will provide attendees with the knowledge they need to gain a competitive edge.

Arthur Watson Associates (AWA) will also present its popular DecTec – Label & Packaging Decorating Technology Seminar 2013 during the Pre-Show Conference. It will feature key industry leaders providing valuable insights into product decoration in its broadest context as a prime component in packaging.

Stimulating Keynote Presentations

The comprehensive conference program will also include three complimentary keynote presentations one each morning of the show to kick-off the day’s events. Paul Gaster, Director of Flexible Packaging at PCI Films Consulting will present the Tuesday and Thursday keynotes on “Opportunities and Threats in the Global Flexible Packaging Market” and “BOPBET and BOPP Film Trends to 2016.”

Thomas E. Blaige, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Blaige & Company, will present Wednesday’s keynote presentation entitled “Merger & Acquisition Trends in the Converting Industry”. Blaige & Company is an international investment-banking firm dedicated exclusively to the plastics, packaging and chemicals industries.

Ask The Experts

Another popular feature returning from ICE USA 2011 is the ‘Ask the Experts’ Pavilion, where attendees can find solutions to their technical and operational problems from five leading industry gurus. These complimentary one-on-one sessions are with experts in five key areas: Web Coating, Flexogaphic Printing, Static Control, Web Handling & Converting and Slitting & Rewinding.

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