ECMA Annual Congress 2019 - Working Programme

Wednesday 18 September 2019

10.00 - 18.00    ECMA Internal Meetings (Committees and Forums)
     
12.00 - 19.00   Arrival participants and registration at the ECMA Desk in the hotel lobby
     
14.30 - 17.30   Company visits to Maltese printing and packaging companies Gutenberg and Toly (click to register)
Departure by bus from the lobbe of the Westin Dragonara Resort
     
19.00   Welcome Cocktail and Table Top Exhibition in the South & Bay Foyer of The Westin Dragonara Resort
     
20.00



  Welcome Dinner at the Reef Club Sundeck of The Westin Dragonara Resort.
You can enjoy the fantastic view of the Mediterranean while you catch up with your ECMA friends and enjoy good food.

Dress Code: Smart Casual
 

Thursday 19 September 2019

09.00

  Partner's Programme (click to see the full Partner Programme)
     

Working Programme Day 1

09.00 

  OFFICIAL OPENING & INTRODUCTION
Jean-François Roche (FR), President of ECMA, opens the congress and will give an update about ECMA and the implementation of plans for the future.
     
09.45   THE IMPORTANCE OF SUSTAINABILITY FOR MALTA
Dr. José Herrera (MT), Minister for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change 
Minister Herrera will explain the importance of sustainability for Malta as an island in the Mediterranean sea and member state of the EU. The minister will link his vision and views with the folding carton sector.
     
10.00   WELCOME TO MALTA: Mr. Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta
Mr. Joseph Muscat (MT), Prime Minister of Malta
ECMA is honoured to welcome Malta’s Prime Minister to the annual congress.
     
10.30   COFFEE BREAK
     
11.00  

HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH THE 5 P’S OF PACKAGING
Moderators Sanjay Patel (UK), Founding Partner of Packaging Collective and Owner of me&co and Katja Pötzsch (DE), Business Development Manager at EFI Productivity Software.

     
11.30  

EUROPEAN PACKAGING – ON THE WAY TO DISRUPTION
Dr. Ernst Krottendorfer (AT), Lecturer at Campus Vienna, University of Applied Sciences.
The Circular Economy Package and the associated legal framework will change the European packaging market. Packaging converters and material producers are reacting to these challenges in different ways. In this tense situation especially plastic packaging producers have developed survival strategies that offer key learnings for carton converters.

     
12.15  

SPOTLIGHT SESSION
DO YOU REALLY KNOW GIETZ? – Solutions for the food packaging in the ongoing discussions about Plastic ban
Mr. Michael Grau (CH), Sales Director at Gietz AG
Five minute speech delivering a business solution by Gietz AG

     
12.20   LUNCH BREAK
     
13.05  

B2B PARALLEL SESSIONS
You will be able to attend sessions in an informal class room setting hosted by BW Papersystems, HP and Mayr-Melnhof Karton. Each company will get 30 minutes to present their latest and most relevant business solutions to the audience.

More information on the presentations and in which rooms these will take place can be found in the congress app.

     
13.35  

RETHINK, REVIEW AND REVISE: CHALLENGES OF A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
Mr. Jori Ringman (FI), Director General at CEPI
After the European elections in 2019, the European Union is preparing to raise the bar to a more sustainable way of living, consuming and producing. This challenges, perhaps deeper and faster than ever before, the way we are used to consume and produce. Fibre-based products can be part of the solution as we truly lead the way in low-carbon circular bioeconomy. The sector is however forced to rethink, review and revise to ensure we maintain the competitive advantage.

     
14.05


 

SUSTAINABILITY IN THE PAPER CHAIN: IS INDUSTRY A MODERN SOLUTION OR FAKE NEWS?
Mrs. Angelika Christ (DE), Secretary General at CITPA
Angelika will talk about the contribution and role of the industry, as well as the limits to all issues around sustainability. And she will talk about the attractive parts of our business: Industry as an innovative driver.

     
14.35

  PRO CARTON UPDATE
Horst Bittermann (AT), President Pro Carton
     
14.55

  UPDATE ECMA COATED BOARD FORUM
Mr. Andreas Helbig (DE), Chairman ECMA Coated Board Forum
     
15.10  

SPOTLIGHT SESSION
All eyes on the digital future with Koenig & Bauer
Jan Drechsel, Vice President Sales & Key Accounts
Five minute speech delivering a business solution by Koenig & Bauer

     
15.15   Coffee Break
     
15.45


 

A LOCAL PERSPECTIVE
Mr. Franco Portelli (MT), Head of International Business at Gutenberg Press Ltd
During his presentation Mr. Franco Portelli will share the experience and realities including the opportunities and challenges of being a producer and exporter from not only the smallest European state but also an island.

     
16.15



 

THE DIGITAL FUTURE OF PROCUREMENT - Does a classical procurement department exist in 2025? About the digital transformation and the implementation of a strategic negotiation approach
Mr. Gerd Kerkhoff (DE), CEO at Kerkhoff Consulting
Through digitalization, standard processes will be executed largely without human interference. The idea here is to eliminate human error, even with regard to purchasing. Alongside this digital domain, though, there will still be room for negotiations that cannot be managed digitally. These negotiations will be approached systematically, with clear guidelines, in order to remove situational and personal perspectives as much as possible.

     
17.00   End of Day 1 
     
19.00 




  Departure by bus from the lobby of The Westin Dragonara Resort for the European Carton Excellence Award Gala Dinner at the Limestone Heritage

During dinner the winners of the European Carton Excellence Award and the Pro Carton Young Designers Award will be announced

Dress Code: Black Tie
   

Friday 20 September 2019

09.00    Partner's Programme (click to see the full Partner Programme)
      
Working Programme Day 2
09.00  

CYBERSECURITY IN A KILOBYTE - About hackers, cyber criminals and other online crooks
Mr. Jochen den Ouden (NL), IT Security Specialist at Den Ouden Informatiebeveiliging
Data breaches. Cybercrime. Hackers. Privacy. Just some terms that appear in the news every day. But what is it really like? What is a hacker? Why are you or your organization interesting for a cybercriminal? In an interactive talk Jochen will go through the landscape of cybersecurity and privacy with the audience. He shows what his work as an IT Security Specialist entails. With the help of a number of demos and real-life situations, he shows how a hacker works. And what does the audience actually share in interesting data? Of course he give tips and tricks so that the audience can immediately get started with their own cyber security and can defend themselves against all kinds of online insecurities.

     
09.45  

An introduction to the latest Active & Intelligent Packaging Technologies - Opportunities for the European carton sector?
Mr. Dick de Koning (NL), Chairman at AIPIA (Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association)
This presentation will cover some of the latest developments in Active & Intelligent Packaging with a strong accent on actual products in the marketplace. Are carton makers aware of the potential to add value to their products? What is the value proposition? How can they implement these technologies effectively? Is the carton sector ‘behind the curve’ compared to other packaging formats?

     
10.15  

COFFEE BREAK

     
11.00  

National Association’s Panel, Aspack (ES) BPIF Cartons (UK), FFI (DE)
Insights and actions in National Associations in conjunction with ECMA.

     
11.30  

THE EUROPEAN ECONOMY - Is recession looming?
Mr. Andrea Boltho (IT), Emeritus Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford
Growth in the world and in Europe is slowing down. On past evidence we might enter a recession in 2020-21. Is this inevitable? Hopefully no!
The manufacturing sector is suffering at present, but service activity is still sustained, labour markets are strong and economic policies are permissive. The major uncertainties relate to the effects of trade wars and to potential financial tensions in the Eurozone.

     
12.15  

SPOTLIGHT SESSION
Attaining Zero-Defect Quality with Post Compression Ejector
Chris Leary, Director of Sales, W.H. Leary
Five minute speech delivering a business solution by W.H. Leary

     
12.20   LUNCH BREAK
     
13.00   

B2B PARALLEL SESSIONS
You will be able to attend sessions in an informal classroom setting hosted by Heidelberg, RDM Group and Valco Melton. Each company will get 30 minutes to present their latest and most relevant business solutions to the audience.

More information on the presentations and in which rooms these will take place can be found in the congress app.

     
13.30  

360° Industry Update and presentation European Carton Prospects Report 2019
Mr. Andreas Helbig, Mr. Ben Markens (PPC, USA), Mr. Nick Mockett (Moorgate Capital, UK), Mr. Neil Osment (NOA Ltd, UK)
The ECMA Marketing and Communication Committee presents to you for the fourth time the ECMA 360° Industry Update. Take a 360° journey to see what has happened in the folding carton industry since the last ECMA Congress in September 2018 and what is expected to happen in the near future.

     
14.15  

ECMA FOOD SAFETY UPDATE
Mr. Jack Pieterson (NL), Chairman ECMA Technical Committee will present an update on the food safety activities of ECMA.

     
14.30  

THE BENEFITS OF GENDER DIVERSITY AT WORK – How it positively influenced the success of Posson Packaging
Mrs. Sylvie Casenave-Péré (FR), President Groupe Posson Packaging
It is proven, gender-diverse teams lead to better performance. Many organizations however don’t know which measures are most effective and while the journey sometimes can be long, for those willing to make a concerted effort, sustainable gender diversity can become a reality and a smart business strategy.

     
15.00   COFFEE BREAK
     
15.30  

HR: how to attract the next generation
Mr. Koos Wurzer (NL), Global Employer Branding and Candidate Experience Manager at Danone in Paris
Koos will unfold the different steps from setting up to executing your recruitment strategy. There definitely are advantages smaller organizations could have in terms of speed, openness and authenticity. And don’t worry, it’s not rocket science, but it’s far from a quick fix.

     
16.00  

CRASH OR LANDING ON THE DOT? - The team makes the difference
Mr. Philip Keil (DE), Pilot and international keynote speaker
The training of professional pilots is just 10% about the flying skills. The remaining 90% is about leadership competencies such as problem solving, effective teamwork and managerial responsibility. Apart from strict hierarchy, crews nowadays are required to react promptly and coordinated to changing situations. In the “company-cockpit” likewise! Get excited about fascinating insights in the work patterns of professional pilots and about valuable take-aways for your teams and leaders. 

  • Why teams fail and the tools every “captain” should know about
  • How the most important switch in the cockpit will change the way you’re heading
  • Maximum thrust for shared success: how to live a learning culture
     
16.45   Closure of the ECMA Congress by ECMA President, Jean-François Roche 
     
19.00 


 

Departure by bus from the lobby of The Westin Dragonara Resort for dinner and private party to close this year’s congress at Café Del Mar. This unique dinner venue offers stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and St Paul’s island, Café del Mar is the venue everyone is talking about!

Dress Code: Smart Casual

     
   

Saturday 21 September 2019
Optional Excursion (not incl. in participation fee)

09.00


 

We will meet at the jetty of The Westin Dragonara to be transferred by speedboats and board on an
exclusive chartered Gullet for a tour around the Valletta Harbour at sea. The boat, the largest gullet built for cruising,
is the best way to enjoy a morning at sea, sailing to the most scenic harbour in Malta.

     
11.30    On arrival in Valletta Harbour, there will be a guided short tour in Valletta.
     
13.00    Lunch is served at the Valletta Waterfront. 
     
14.30    Guests will be free to enjoy Valletta at their own pace. 
     
16.00  

Coach pick up from Valletta Phoenicia Hotel back to The Westin Dragonara Resort in St. Julian's.

 

Please note that all details mentioned
on this page may be subject to change.