5th conference on HRM and Skills Development in Packaging

NVC and PTIS are pleased to announce the 5th conference on HRM and Skills Development in Packaging to be held on 10 July 2019 at the Boston Marriott Long Warf, 296 State Street, Boston, USA.
The one-day conference connects industry to business education and training institutes and provides a concise view on how to maintain an agile, capable packaging workforce to the benefit of business and society as a whole.

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FBEP2019 will address the critical areas for success, provide a unique platform to exchange insights and will show the latest developments in reliable examination, online learning and effective human resources development in business. The programme consists of plenary lectures in the morning and a range of interactive joined workshops in the afternoon. Specific attention is given to the skills needed for the packaging industry as a whole to make a successful transition to sustained packaging based on (design for) recycling, new materials and new distribution patterns, like e-commerce.

8:30AM Entry and registration
9:00AM INTRO * Welcome and introduction by the conference chair
Michael Richmond, PhD, Principal PTIS LLC
Michael Nieuwesteeg MSc MEng, Managing Director of the NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre
- Unpacking what we learned: a summary of findings from FBEP 2015-2018
- Education, training and HRM for sustainable employment in the packaging sector: risks and opportunities
- To Do Together Today at FBEP2019
9:15AM KEYNOTE * Optimised knowledge transfer through social business networks
John Hill, VP of Network at TechStars
10:00AM SKILLS FOR HEALTHCARE PACKAGING * What do patients need, what does the industry need, what do packaging people bring…?
Sriman Banerjee, Head of Packaging and R&D Lead Emerging Markets Global Respiratory Category at GSK Healthcare
10:30AM Coffee break with visit to info stands
11:00AM INSIGHTS LECTURE * Nurturing packaging agility in business from a scientific educational point of view
Ross Lee, Professor of Practice, Villanova University
11:30AM AUTOMATION * The Future of Packaging Work in an Automated World
Laura Studwell, MBA, Food, Commodities and Packaging Industry Marketing Manager at Omron Automation
12.00PM EDUCATION * Recruiting and Retaining Talent in Today’s Manufacturing
Stephen Girard, Senior Director, Education & Workforce Development at PMMI
12:30PM Lunch break with visit to information stands
A.  Which skills are needed to achieve the holistic packaging innovation that the world needs?
     RTD leader: Todd Bukowski, Principal, PTIS LLC
B.  Web-based education and training technology revisited: how to achieve better learning at lower cost?
     RTD leader: Oscar Faber, manager Education and Training, NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre
C.  Lifelong learning in relation to lifelong reading: the importance of business information
     RTD leader: Matt Reynolds, editor, Packaging World
3:00PM Feedback from Round Table Discussions and concluding remarks on FBEP2019 by the conference co-chairs
4:00PM Concluding drinks and END OF CONFERENCE

If you would like to contribute to the programme, contact Michael Nieuwesteeg at NVC (via m.nieuwesteeg@nvc.nl or telephone +31-182-5412411) or Mike Richmond at PTIS (via mike@ptisglobal.com or telephone +1-269-8064568).

For whom?

FBEP2019 addresses the needs of those responsible for (or involved in) the development of skills, know-how and knowledge of the workforce in the field of packaging. These include managers HRM, R&D and Operations as well as members of staff with responsibility for external and internal training programmes within their company. Qualified professionals in packaging may find the conference of interest in view of their potential future career perspectives.


Co-organiser of FBEP2019 together with NVC is PTIS Global. PTIS, LLC is a leading business and technology management company focused on Creating Value Through Packaging© and helping clients throughout the packaging value chain develop long term packaging strategies and programs. PTIS, recognized for foresight, thought leadership, and the success of their 20-year Future of Packaging program, helps companies achieve and incorporate these elements into their innovation programs, e-commerce, holistic productivity, sustainability, holistic design, and consumer/ retail insights related to packaging.

Official Media Partner is Packaging World. Packaging World is the flagship title of PMMI Media Group, B2B publisher of information for professionals in packaging and manufacturing automation.
Founded in 1994, Packaging World is the best read publication for professionals who use, recommend and purchase packaging equipment and materials. Produced monthly as a print magazine, Packaging World is also available as a digital edition and on mobile devices. Packaging newsletters and our companion website offer additional options for accessing breaking news and developments.




Sponsorship Opportunities
FBEP2019 provides attractive sponsorship opportunities for businesses that strive to increase their exposure in the packaging workforce. Industry and retail may accelerate the hiring of new employees in an increasingly tight job market. Providers of education and training may grow their market share and be the first to benefit from new trends and insights in HRM and skills development in packaging.
For all information, contact Michael Nieuwesteeg at NVC (via m.nieuwesteeg@nvc.nl or telephone +31-182-5412411) or Mike Richmond at PTIS (via mike@ptisglobal.com or telephone +1-269-8064568).

Venue and registration

The conference will take place on 10 July in Boston Marriott Long Warf, 296 State Street, Boston, USA.

Costs for NVC members: $ 250.00, non-members: $ 325.00         Register