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Conference to look at packaging of the future

The Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN) and the Packaging Federation have joined forces to organise Packaging: 2020 Vision, a high level conference being staged at London's Institute of Directors on November 24 examining the future of packaging – from product innovations, consumer preferences and demographic shifts to supply chain developments and environmental legislation.

These and other burning issues on what the future holds for the packaging supply chain will be discussed by senior speakers from industry, UK and EU Government and strategy groups.

John Elkington, chairman of corporate responsibility and sustainable development consultancy Sustainability, a world authority on his subject and prolific author, will give the keynote speech on sustainable consumption and production.

He will be joined by Dr Frank Shaw, director of the Centre for Future Studies; Richard Swannell, head of innovation at the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP); Felix Helander, director of business intelligence at Rexam; and James Walton, senior business analyst at the Institute of Grocery Distribution.

David Perchard and Gary Parker of Pira International will also present the initial findings of their studies for the EU that will inform legislative policy on packaging beyond 2008.