AMI's 1st international conference on Plastic Closure Innovations took place from the 23-25 April 2013 at the Maritim Hotel in Cologne, Germany. The conference started with an evening networking reception and exhibition on the 23rd followed by a 2-day technical programme.
The industry is now benefiting from the general economic recovery. A revival of organic market growth rates for end-use applications, increasing penetration of plastic bottles as well as product innovation have triggered research into new closure solutions. Market growth is driven by improved functionality, convenience and market segmentation. Plastic closures are valued increasingly by brand owners for their aesthetic contribution to image, differentiation and delivery. It is the demands of this role that are spurring the development effort, with moulders attracted by return premiums in excess of any other packaging component.
Non-beverage applications account for 60% of polymer demand. At nearly 170 kilo tonnes, toiletries and cosmetics is the largest consumer of polymer in the manufacture of plastic caps and closures in Europe. The economic challenges of recent years didn't affect polymer demand for non-beverages as much as beverages - after some fluctuations, the market returned to stronger growth in 2010. On the other hand, beverage closures, accounted for nearly 60% of the demand in units,
equivalent to an output of around 130 billion pieces. Bottled water has been a major contributing factor in shaping the beverage caps industry throughout the years and is expected to continue to contribute to future market growth.
Plastic Closure Innovations 2013 provided offered a unique networking opportunity for leading brand owners and fillers, closures producers, packaging manufacturers, designers and suppliers to the industry to debate the latest developments in the plastics closures industry with a particular focus on adding value and optimising results across the supply chain.
The next edition of the event will take place 28-30 April 2014 at the Hotel Concorde, Berlin, Germany. Follow the below link for more information: Plastic Closure Innovations 2014
The conference proceedings for the Plastic Closure Innovations 2013 event are now available for sale. Please follow the link below.
Plastic Closure Innovations 2013 Proceedings