This two-day conference will focus on lightweight plastics, including packaging tubs, cups, trays, jars and pots. It looks at storage and functionality of plastics materials in protecting and preserving perishable items.
There is ongoing debate about the issue of sustainability in the retail industry and there will be several key speakers on this topic, looking at aspects such as legislation and the replacement of glass and metal cans, as well as combining board and plastics.
Plastics processing technology contributes to the carbon footprint of the packaging, so developments in high flow material and improved efficiency in production will be discussed.
The conference will cover high barriers to gas, microbes and water vapour, which can be achieved using a variety of methods and materials. For example, the in-mould label can have a function as well as being decorative and carrying information.