IMLCON™ IMDCON™ IMECON™

The Leading conference for in-mold labels, decoration and electronics

One conference, three tracks. IMLCON™,  IMDCON™ and IMECON™ is the leading conference for in-mold technologies.

5th – 6th September 2019 | Chicago, Illinois

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IMLCON™

IN-MOLD LABELING

Enabling design flexibility, enhancing product appearance, reducing the investment of secondary operations, increasing productivity and thinking of the environment – our sessions will showcase how in-mold labeling is putting products at the forefront of the market.

IMDCON™

IN-MOLD DECORATION

In-mold decoration is used to create high-quality goods with creative solutions that reduce your costs and expand branding opportunities. Product differentiation, decorative appeal and a greater level of sophistication are the key to high-quality end products. 

IMECON™

IN-MOLD ELECTRONICS

Challenging conventional thinking, reaching challenging design requirements and enabling innovative functional surfaces; In-Mold Electronics is the cutting-edge technology elevating product enhancement and brand owner value. Come hear from industry pioneers!

Sponsors

PLATINUM Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

EXHIBITORS

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MEDIA PARTNERS

What attendees say

I learned more about my view on the IML market, exchanged information - and gained new synergies!

Technical Manager, YUPO

The conference was truly value adding, with a perfect and smooth organization.

Head of Marketing, Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH

I loved the focus on sustainability by each company and their product development departments.

Manager, Serigraph
About the Conference

The World’s only dedicated conference addressing In-Mold Technologies and Markets for labeling, decoration, and electronics. IMLCON was started 26 years ago and AWA recently launched, in coordination with IMLCON, a deeper focus on In-Mold Decoration (IMDCON) and In Mold Electronics (IMECON).

The Theme of this year’s International Conference is “COLLABORATION, SUSTAINABILITY, & NEW TECHNOLOGIES”, organized in three distinct Tracks focused on In Mold Labeling, In Mold Decoration, and In Mold Electronics. The conference attracts delegates from around the world, from all aspects of the dynamic in-mold industry – from raw material suppliers, machinery manufacturers, converters, end users and technology providers. The three concurrent tracks dedicated to IML, IMD and IME, will enable a focused discussion to the respective technologies, markets, and applications. The conference will include a comprehensive program of presentations by leading industry experts. Topics will include the latest technologies, discussions on today’s industry issues, innovations, and up-to-date market intelligence.

IMLCON™, IMDCON™ & IMECON™ is unique, and has become the established industry event and conference for the in-mold sector, alternating between North America and Europe annually. It provides a platform for industry updates, aids in understanding the current market trends and technologies, and offers outstanding industry networking opportunities.

Impressions from last year's IMLCON | IMDCON | IMECON

previous Attendees of IMLCON | IMDCON | IMECON

Abbott Label
Abbvie
ACCENTURE
Actega North America Technologies
ACTEGA Terra GmbH
Advanced Decorative Systems Inc.
AMF Etiquetas
Anc Machinery / BlankMaster Ltd
Ann Hirst-Smith Associates
Arjobex / Polyart
Arjowiggins
Aryzta
Beachbody, LLC
Berhalter AG
Blaige & Company
Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH
Canatu
Canatu Oy
CBW Automation
CCL Label GmbH
ConAgra Foods
Converting Quarterly
Cranial Capital, Inc.
Desin
Domino North America
Dow Chemical, Electronics & Imaging
Drukkerij Verstraete N.V.
Dupont
DuraTech Industries Inc.
Eastman Chemical Company
El Yaman Group, Lebanon
ELANTAS Europe GmbH
Electro Optic GmbH
Emerald Corporation
Engel Austria GmbH
Engel Benelux BV
Engelhardt-Druck GmbH
Epishine AB
ESMA
FM Brooks
Fraunhofer ENAS
Fuzetouch
G & K Techmedia GmbH
Global Inkjet Systems Ltd.
Henkel
HEWLETT PACKARD / HP
Holst Centre – TNO
ICP Industrial
IMDECOL ltd.
IMEC
IMR Europe GmbH
Ind Alegre
Infiana
Inland
Inteplast Bag
Interconnect Management Corporation JSC
IPEX
Irplast S.p.A.
Jindal Films
Korsini
L.E.K. Consulting
Labels & Labeling
Lean Methods (Previously BMGI)
Leonhard Kurz Benelux B.V.
Lidl
Lotus Holland
Meech International EU
Meech Static Eliminators USA Inc.
Merck KGaA
Michelman
Michelman Inc.
Milacron Inc.
Mintel
Molex
Mondelēz International
Mudrika Labels Pvt Ltd
Nagase & Co., LTD
Nanogate SE
Natgraph Ltd
Niebling GmbH
Nissha USA, Inc.
Organic and Printed Electronics Association
PepsiCo
Pfizer
PRATI S.R.L
Precision Press
Proell KG
ProWrite Communications/PlasticsToday.com
Quad Industries
Serigraph, Inc
Sibur International GmbH
Sirris
Sonoco Products Company
Stratus Packaging Europe
Sumitomo (SHI) Demag
Süper Film Ambalaj Sanayi ve Tic AŞ
TactoTek
Taghleef Industries
Treofan
Trexel, Inc. – North America
Tyson Foods
US FOODS
Verdant Copy
Viappiani Printing S.r.L.
Walgreens
Walle Corporation
Wrigley
Xeikon
YUPO Europe GmbH

program Highlights

AWA Real-time Industry Survey

The AWA International IMLCON, IMDCON, and IMECON is a unique forum, bringing together key players across the industry and across the value chain. The Real-Time Industry Survey incorporated into each track provides a unique snapshot and useful insight into the state of the industry – live – in real time!

Reasons to attend

• Learn from Industry leaders
• Broaden your horizons
• Enhance your business 
• Expand your network
• Explore new market opportunities

Exhibition and Networking

Accompanying the formal program is a table top exhibition and networking session, providing the ideal setting to promote your company and its products to a target audience, and network with colleagues from across the world and across the value chain.
 

What to expect

• Industry Updates
• Market Trends
• Today’s key topics
• Technological developments
• Insight in market dynamics

the program

Day One - 5 September 2019

08:00 – 09:30

Registration opens, table top exhibition and welcome coffee

09:30 – 10:00

Conference opening and welcome
Corey Reardon, President & CEO, AWA Alexander Watson Associates

10:00 – 10:30

M&A in the Packaging Sector
Thomas Blaige, Chairman & CEO, Blaige & Company

10:30 – 11:15

Coffee and networking break

11:15 – 11:45

Sustainability: A requirement with great economic potential
Arthur Erdem, Head of Corporate Sustainability, UNIQUE BRANDS 

11:45 – 12:15

Millennial’s and Beyond: How to Attract and Retain the Next Generation of Workers
Dan Miller, Director, Direct Recruiters

12:15 – 13:15

Lunch and networking break

IMLCON Track
IMDCON Track
IMECON Track

13:15 – 13:45

IML Market Update
Corey Reardon, President & CEO, AWA Alexander Watson Associates

IMD Market Update
Sarah Rigby, Consultant, AWA Alexander Watson Associates

IME Market Update
Catalina Steenbakkers, Market Research Associate, AWA Alexander Watson Associates

13:45 – 14:15

Real Time Industry Survey
Corey Reardon, President & CEO, AWA Alexander Watson Associates

The Potential for Inkjet in IML & IMD Applications. Early Implementations, Opportunities and Challenges
Debbie Thorp, Business Development Director, Global Inkjet Systems Ltd

Advancements in Ink Technologies for In-mold Electronics
Erika Rebrosova, Electronic Materials Technology Manager, Sun Chemical Corporation

14:15 – 14:45

3D printing applied as high speed validation tool
Jac Gofers, CEO, Promolding 3D Printing BV (P3D)

Long life IML for tracking and tracing of RTI’s (Returnable Transport Items)
Joost van Melis, Director, IPEX

Technologies and Processes for the Manufacturing of Functional Surfaces and Structural Electronics
Julian Haberland, Research Engineer, Fraunhofer IZM

14:45 – 15:30

Coffee and networking break

15:30 – 16:00

Proper Ink/Coating Selection For IML Labels
Kristian Walsh, Regional Technical Manager, Siegwerk

Objects of Desire
Marshall Paterson, Vice President of Corporate Development and Technology, Advanced Decorative Systems (ADS)

From The Lab to the Real World – Successful Application Development with Next Generation
IME Materials
Ed Schieffer, Global Technical Leader – IME, DuPont

16:00 – 17:00

Panel Discussion: The Future of IML
MODERATOR: Corey Reardon
• Manish Desai, Director, Mudrika Label
• Dan Webb, VP of Sales, CCL
• James Murphy, Manager, Business Development Manager for IML, Xeikon

Panel Discussion: The Future of IMD
MODERATOR: Sarah Rigby
• Jac Gofers, CEO, Promolding 3D Printing BV (P3D)
• Curt Baskin, Field Marketing Manager, Sun Chemical
• Debbie Thorp, Business Development Director, Global Inkjet Systems Ltd
Marshall Paterson, Vice President of Corporate Development and Technology, Advanced Decorative Systems (ADS)

Panel Discussion: The Future of IME – Opportunities and Challenges
MODERATOR: Catalina Steenbakkers
Pat Tully, Project Manager, Dura-Tech Industries
• Tom Bianchi, Vice President, Eastprint Incorporated
• Erika Rebrosova, Electronic Materials Technology Manager, Sun Chemical Corporation
• Richard Ellinger, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, American Semiconductor 

17:00 – 19:00

Cocktail reception

Day Two - 6 September 2019

08:00 – 09:00

Registration, table top exhibition and coffee

09:00 – 09:30

Heidelberg: A Strong partner for Label and Packaging
Clarence Penge, VP Sheetfed Product Management, Gallus

Real Time Industry Survey
Sarah Rigby, Consultant, AWA Alexander Watson Associates

The Evolving Smart Plastics Human Machine Interface Market
John Voultos, Vice President of Business Development, Sheldahl

09:30 – 10:00

The Xeikon Solution for Digitally Printed IML
James Murphy, Manager, Business Development Manager for IML, Xeikon

Multiple Surface Areas and Irregular Geometries
John Berg, Director of Marketing, Sussex IM

IME in Practice
Marshall Paterson, Vice President of Corporate Development and Technology, Advanced Decorative Systems (ADS)

10:00 – 10:30

Stand-Up Pouches as an Outstanding Type of Flexible Packaging
Joerg Schoenwald, President, SCHÖENWALD CONSULTING

3D printing applied as high speed validation tool
Jac Gofers, CEO, Promolding 3D Printing BV (P3D)

Harvest Energy from Light with Plastic Integrable Material
Mattias Josephson, CEO, Epishine AB

10:30 – 11:30

Coffee and networking break

11:30 – 12:00

IML/IMD/IME Summary Overview
• Corey Reardon, President & CEO, AWA Alexander Watson Associates
• Catalina Steenbakkers, Market Research Associate, AWA Alexander Watson Associates
• Sarah Rigby, Consultant, AWA Alexander Watson Associates

12:00

Closing Remarks

Venue

Location

Hyatt Rosemont
6350 North Rover Road
Rosemont, IL 60018 
United States

Phone: +1 (847)518 1234

Accomodation

AWA has arranged special room rates for delegates: • 4th September 2019: 155 per room • 5th September 2019: 155 per room The special rate is for a limited number of rooms based on a first come, first served basis. After this time the hotel will accept reservations based on availability and best available rate. A link to book your accommodation will be provided with your registration confirmation. The special rate is for a limited number of rooms based on a first come, first served basis. After this time the hotel will accept reservations based on availability and best available rate. A link to book your accommodation will be provided with your registration confirmation.

Getting there

Complimentary daily parking is available onsite. There is a fee for overnight vehicles of $18. 

 

 

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