November 15-16, 2023

Cleveland, Ohio

The North American exhibition for the film, sheet, pipe and profile extrusion industry

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"Cleveland is at the heart of the plastics industry and I was really pleased with the local audience. I really like the set up of the floor, it's unique and has everything in one space."
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The Plastics Extrusion World Expo will return to
Cleveland, Ohio

 

The Plastics Extrusion World Expo will return to the Huntington Convention Center in down town Cleveland. This event brings together professionals from across the plastics extrusion industry for two days of networking, knowledge sharing and innovation. The free-to-attend trade show will run alongside the Compounding World Expo, Plastics Recycling World Expo and Polymer Testing World Expo.

Your free ticket provides admission to the show floor which will have exhibits from leaders in the plastics extrusion industry and focused conference theaters with a busy two-day program of technical presentations, seminars and industry debates.



 

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Speaker interview: Aldo Mortara, Vitopel

 

Up next in our speaker interview series, we have Aldo Mortara, Commercial Director of Vitopel.

Vitopel in Brazil is the most relevant packaging solution provider in BOPP films. Focus on innovation rather than in volume scale with close relationship with brand owners such as Nestlé, PepsiCo and among other international and regional brand owners. Aldo leads the Commercial area which comprehends, domestic & export sales, marketing & business intelligence, innovation & development (including an R&D Lab & a Pilot Line).


    How do you see the industry developing and growing in the next three-to-five years?

    Sustainability will be more and more the key driver for the flexible packaging industry development and growth. Adding new attributes to single polymer substrates as to allow design for economically viable recyclable post-consumer package residue is the top priority (barrier, seal ability toughness). Cooperation within the industry supply chain will be the name of the game.

     

    What do you consider to be the biggest challenges facing the industry at the moment?

    Beyond the development of sustainable packaging solutions, the industry has been facing an increasing challenge regarding segregation, collection, sorting of PCR residue as to allow the recycling chain to produce a high quality (purity) recycled polymer for economically viable PCR utilization. Food safety and food contact regulations will be relevant aspects of circularity development.

     

    In your view, what has been the most exciting development in the industry in the last couple of years? And why?

    The industry has been breaking old paradigms and moving forward towards flexible packaging design for recycling. Brand owners are reviewing packaging specs as to eliminate costly and over spec packaging. Film producers are adding attributes such as, high oxygen barrier, thermal stability and tightness of seal as to meet revised packaging specs. Finally packaging machines technological evolution allows light weight sustainable package use. Replacement of 3 ply multi material laminate at Nestlé infant cereals by a 2 ply BOPP structure is a good example of the above.

     

    You will be speaking at AMI’s plastics industry expos in the US in November, could you give us a preview on what you will be talking about?

    Design for recycling flex pack: successful cases and future development perspectives.

    Flex Pack attributes: how adding attributes and innovation to flexible films will impact the selection of substrates for a flex pack design.

    Flex pack PCR disposition: the challenge of providing clean solutions for disposition and convincing consumers that a sustainable solution for flex pack.
    Flex pack comparative advantages: light weight, low green-house-gas emission; less waste.

     

    Aldo will be on the panel discussing 'the future for flexible packaging' at the Plastic Extrusion World Expo Conference 2022.