Friday, October 2nd, 2009

SPI’s Film and Bag Federation in Vegas, Baby!

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Photo Courtesy: Las Vegas Nevada News Bureau/LVCA

I love Las Vegas. In fact, I love everything about Las Vegas.  This is no secret. My friends and colleagues know that the allure of the desert city is sometimes too difficult for me to resist.   So, I certainly can't complain that SPI's Film and Bag Federation (FBF) is holding their annual fall conference at the Venetian Hotel Resort Casino on October 7- 8.  In addition to the lights, glitz, glamour and gaming, the FBF conference will be bringing health care, resin trends and our business roundtable to the Las Vegas Strip.

In this year of economic strife, the FBF executive committee worked hard to find quality speakers on topics of interest, and have tried to position our conference to give the maximum amount of benefit for the minimum amount of cost. I think they’ve done a pretty good job of it.

Since Pack Expo is just prior to the conference (also an added bonus for our members already exhibiting), I am also going to get to attend that trade show.  All things packaging –  I am very much looking forward to spending a few hours taking in all of the latest and greatest innovations.

Our conference begins with a networking reception on the evening of the 7th, after Pack Expo over at the convention center goes dark. We hope to have a mix of resin suppliers, machinery, film manufacturers and converters present.  Our Film and Bag Federation has done an excellent job of representing the entire polyethylene supply chain over the past ten years.   Alan Gilbert will keynote our meeting bright and early on the morning of the 8th, and after our business meeting, several speakers from the industry, as well as Nick Vafiadis from CMAI will speak to the current trends within the resin marketplace. The program will conclude with a presentation on large scale waste diversion, a new take on sustainable business practices that the Film and Bag Federation has not experienced before.  All in all, it will be an exciting content-rich day long conference.

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