Topical packaging talks

An impressive line-up of leading companies and organisations will debate the topical industry issues and latest trends that are driving and shaping the packaging industry at the Packaging Innovation Seminars.

Said to be one of the highlights of this year's Total Processing & Packaging exhibition, at the NEC, Birmingham from 25-27 May, leading names taking part in the seminar programme include PZ Cussons, GlaxoSmithKline, Euromonitor International, Reckitt Benckiser, Reach Further, Plastique, Holmes & Marchant, the Metal Packaging Manufacturers' Association and the Packaging Federation.

The programme runs over the three days of the exhibition and includes a keynote industry debate each afternoon. 'The Future of Retail' looks at the growth of own-brand products, the influence of the internet, and changing consumer behaviour and buying habits, while 'The Future of Packaging' considers how the packaging industry will be affected by current social, economic, environmental, technological and political pressures and demands.

Total Processing & Packaging marketing manager Deborah Conneely said: "This programme gets to the heart of many of the key issues affecting our industry. We hope the presentations will provoke some lively debate."

Several presentations will also focus on new and emerging technologies such as nanotechnology and RFID.