IPMA 2021 Annual Conference

We’re heading to America’s Heartland. To the Midwest. To Iowa where we’ll Reunite in Strength and celebrate our recovery from the challenges of 2020’s pandemic.

We’ll convene in the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, part of the Iowa Events Center, for educational sessions, keynotes, roundtables, and a our in-plant focused Vendor Fair.

And we’ll be staying at the Hilton Des Moines Downtown, the only hotel directly connected to Iowa Events Center and part of the Des Moines Skywalk system.

So get your plans in action and join us for IPMA 2021!

Complete Plastics Packaging – Course 2

Introduction to Polymers, Rigid & Semi-Rigid Plastics, Flexible Packaging, Design Basics for Plastics

Get to know polymers and plastics from their base elements to their most complex integrated applications. Polymers are designer products formed and formulated with specific attributes. They are a diverse and adaptable raw material.

Learning objectives:

• Polymer terminology
• Properties based on molecular structure & weight, density, polarity and thermal history
• Physical and barrier properties based on class of polymer
• Materials, processes and applications in moulding and sealing
• Applications of metalizing
• Closure applications

Who should attend?

• Everyone wishing to understand the role and potential for polymers in Consumer Goods Packaging
• Professionals in the areas of Purchasing, Sales & Marketing, Packaging, Design and Production
• Employees changing fields in packaging
• Employees new to the packaging industry

2020 Virtual Annual Meeting

The meeting’s theme, “V2V: Beyond Uncertainty,” evokes the event’s virtual-to-virtual format with a speaker and presenter lineup that will focus on and address the most pressing issues currently facing TLMI’s converter and supplier members. Presentation topics include the current economic landscape’s impact on our industry, exclusive label/narrow web packaging industry market forecasts and trending, how the global pandemic will continue to affect printed packaging and strategies for B2B sales in a virtual world.

PACK EXPO Connects

PACK EXPO Connects will be like no other virtual event available today. PACK EXPO Connects will foster connections between consumer packaged goods companies (CPGs) and top suppliers with an intuitive, state-of-the-art interactive platform that makes live engagement possible. Live chats, live product demos and engaging educational opportunities let attendees experience the power of PACK EXPO with leading industry suppliers available at their fingertips. We are excited to launch the PACK EXPO Connects site September 15 with a full schedule of exhibitors, products demos, sessions and more.

PACK EXPO Connects features

Attendees and exhibitors from 40+ vertical industries
Live machinery demos and product presentations daily
Focus on products, conveniently organized by major category
Live chat with vendors and product technical experts
Daily educational sessions and exclusive keynotes
Live attendee help and Ask the Experts online resource

Daily Exhibit Hours

Live Machinery Demos and Live Chat will take place every day:

Monday – Thursday: 10 am – 2 pm CT
Friday: 10 am – 12 pm CT

Daily Events
Presentations from experts and industry leaders, interactive sessions and other exclusive content will be broadcast each day before, during and after Exhibit Hours, including:

Jumpstart Sessions – get inspired each morning with motivating and interactive communications with industry visionaries.
Trend Chats – 15 minute conversations on buzzworthy topics between a PMMI Media Group editor and a featured industry expert.
Daily Download – get the best of the best rundown from our PMMI Media Group editors as they recap can’t miss products, the latest innovations and thought-provoking sessions.
The Solution Room – collaborate with industry thought leaders to find solutions for today’s packaging challenges. Engage via live chat with industry gurus.
Innovation Stage Presentations – see the latest breakthrough technology from our most innovative suppliers.
Awards presentations and more

Printing United Digital Experience



The PRINTING United Digital Experience will include three power-packed weeks of cross-segment programing and new product launches beginning this October.

Exhibitor Showcases
Product Launches

Educational Sessions
Custom Guides

Equipment Demonstrations
Special Events


The PRINTING United digital Experience will include a series of community-based content sessions called Insight Days. A new series will kick-off each day, highlighting a different community focus spanning:

Digital Textile


In this new format, the printing industry will together experience a variety of highly focused hosted tracks and exclusive ways in which vendors and customers can interact. Below is a breakdown of what the Insight Days will look like. Check back soon for more detailed information!

October 26 | Graphics/Wide-Format—Hardware and Consumables

October 27 | Apparel—Screen/Decorating

October 28 | Commercial—Digital Inkjet

October 29 | Packaging—Label and Flexible

October 30 | Graphics/Wide-Format—Finishing and Workflow

November 2 | In-Plant Forum

November 3 | Commercial—Offset

November 4 | Packaging—Folding Carton and Corrugated

November 5 | Mailing and Fulfillment

November 6 | Workflow and Software—All Segments

November 9 | Apparel—Direct-to-Garment/Direct-to-Substrate

November 10 | Commercial—Dry and Liquid Toner

November 11 | Industrial

November 12 | Digital Textile

Q3 2020 Sign Industry Quarterly Economic Report Webinar

Experts from IHS Markit will not only provide a macroeconomic overview of the U.S. and global economy, but delve into the sign industry quarterly economic report which provides a comprehensive economic analysis covering future trends and upcoming market shifts by key segments in the sign, graphics and visual communications industry.

Packaging Circularity – Course 4

Sustainability – Packaging Optimization, Life Cycle Approach, Material Recovery Facility, Circular Economy, Consumer Trends, Setting Up for Success

This workshop-based packaging design course provides the tools and insights to deliver better packaging solutions based on taking a life cycle approach.

Learning objectives:

• Business case for sustainability
• Life cycle assessment and approach
• Optimized packaging design for waste reduction
• Recycling challenges at a Material Recovery Facility (MRF)
• Applying circular economy concepts

Who should attend?

Anyone working within the packaging value chain from designers, developers and decision makers to raw material suppliers, manufacturers, brand owners and retailers to waste management, re-processors and municipalities.

2020 Fall Virtual Annual Conference

Making Books, Essential in the Time of Covid

The BMI 2020 Fall Annual Conference will be fully virtual. It will take place the last 2 weeks of October. We are finalizing the schedule and will update our page when it is available.

Session Outline
Government Affairs Update with Lisbeth Lyons, Printing United Alliance

Panel Discussion on the Retail Trade Market – Panelists TBD

Panel Discussion on the Education Market – Panelists TBD

Economic Update – Speaker TBD

10/30 Noon ET: The Printed Word is Alive – A Look at the New Planet Word Museum with Rebecca Roberts, Curator of Programming

Optimizing Flexographic Print Quality Through Prepress Technology

This Membernar is part two of a two-part series. As flexographic print quality continues to evolve, the impact of prepress technology becomes increasingly obvious. Mark will describe flexography’s latest and most advanced screening technologies in detail and focus on how to optimize them under your production conditions. He will begin by reviewing Esko’s Crystal Screening and Print Control Wizard (a 2019 FTA Technical Innovation Award recipient) in detail. He will then look at future developments of these technologies and how they affect flexographic print quality.

Join Mark as he explains:

How Crystal Screening uses anilox cells in solids and halftone dots to improve flexographic print quality.
The additional parameters available in Crystal Screens—including cell pattern, grooves, highlight dot size and highlight dot frequency.
Why optimizing parameters can be difficult for a human but is easy for a software application.
How Crystal Screens can enhance ink transfer by imaging smaller “cells” into the larger dots and solids.
Print Control Wizard technology—developed for single-color optimization—is now being applied to 4-color and beyond.

Virtual International Networking Event

In the general session, learn about highlights from our upcoming report on the world packaging machinery market and join a panel of experts discussing the OEM/agent relationship. Also, in a small virtual round table, network and discuss directly with other OEMs and agents about business of common interest, share your plans and find opportunities to work together.

Participants will receive a directory of either Agents or OEMs who attended so they can continue the conversations once the event is over.