Metal decorators meet in Chicago

May 24: Metal decorators, the people who bring you attractively printed cola cans and biscuit tins, meet in Chicago today and tomorrow for their annual international convention.
Members of the International Metal Decorators Association (IMDA) will be at the Indian Lakes Resort to hear presentations about branding and the technological challenges of improving the lithographical process.
Highlight of today’s agenda is a keynote from Meg Hammond, Pepsi-Cola’s national accounts manager on how the soft drinks manufacturer used clever labeling on cans to create a new way of communicating with its consumers.
Then the technical proceedings get under way when John Rost from Crown Holdings, the world’s leading canmaking company. talks about what’s driving the development of coatings on cans.
A lighter touch is provided by baseball ace Ron Kittle, who was rookie of the year at the Chicago White Sox back in 1983 and now offers advice on how to motivate yourself and others.
Tomorrow’s proceedings are backed by The Canmaker magazine and focus on the emerging technologies for making metal bottles.
Norm Nieder, formerly group packaging chief for brewer Anheuser-Busch, will be explaining why he thinks they offer the best opportunity for expanding the use of metal packaging in the drinks markets, while Roger Baker of equipment manufacturer Belvac will outline the bottle manufacturing systems it is developing with canmaker Rexam. Ed Martin of CCL Containers will wrap up with an insight into how his company is offering novel bottle shapes to drinks firms.
For more details of the programme go to: www.metaldecorators.org/Conference_2007/Program%20Agenda.pdf
Originally formed as the US-based National Metal Decorators Association in 1934 the organisation was renamed as the International Metal Decorators at the turn of the century to embrace an increasingly global membership.