The two-day event, which took place 2 to 3 May in Bangkok, Thailand, has concluded another year
Organised by Packaging & Print Innovation Asia (formerly known as AFTA), the conference took on a new theme this year: Shift_018. The conference attracted over 300 business owners and suppliers, packaging printers, converters, brand owners and designers.
The 16th edition featured business and technical presentations which were well-received by the attendees. The intensive programme featured high value, inspirational and knowledge-sharing sessions.
The conference this year covered issues in pre-press, digital, flexo, gravure, finishing, design and branding faced by today’s print packaging business owners.
The keynote presentation by Peter Schaeffer went beyond the industry to focus instead on business management and practices.
A new feature of the conference was the interactive Q&A panel session. During the session, visitors were invited to share challenges within the print packaging industry in a forum environment. Within the session, the audience were able to have their specific business challenges addressed by a diverse panel.
Some of the issues discussed this year include: colour management technicalities, brand owner expectations versus printer and whether investing in new technology is crucial for business growth.
A usual staple of the event were tabletops featuring manufacturing and supply companies. To better tailor to individualized business needs of delegates, the set-up allowed for one-on-one customised consultations.
Sponsoring companies this year include HP, Bobst, Xeikon, Flint Group, Kodak, MPS, CGS Oris, DIC Inks, Goss, IST, Uteco Group, Messe Dusseldorf Asia Pacific, EFI, Association of Print Technologies (APT), MPS, Martin Automatic, Windmoller & Holscher, Koenig & Bauer, Thermoflexx, Alphasonics, Primeblade, Esko, Omet and Baldwin Vision Systems.
For a full feature on Shift_018, look out for the next issue of Print Innovation Asia.