2014 SPEAKERS (2015 speakers currently in progress - updated soon)

Below is an alphabetical listing of the 2014 TransPack Forum Speakers along with their presentation title and company name. Keep checking back as we will be adding complete abstracts very soon.

New to the Forum program this year is a special sustainability segment where attendees will hear first-hand the latest news and trends from the executives of the leading associations involved in packaging sustainability issues. This session will include a panel discussion. See the expected speaker's list below.

Please contact Lisa Bonsignore at ISTA Headquarters if you have any questions (lisa@ista.org) or 517.333.3437 ext.215. We're looking forward to a terrific program for 2014.

Measurement and Analysis of Vibration Levels in Small 2-wheel and 3-wheel delivery vehicles in SE Asia
Dr. Vanee Chonhenchob, Associate Professor, Department of Packaging and Materials Technology, Kasetsart University and
M. Kurniawan

The presentation will show some of the newest data being collected for vibration levels in small delivery vehicles in the "last mile" of the delivery process. In SE Asian countries deliveries of products like printers, parcels, small furniture from store to consumer are done in these vehicles, and this data has normally not been part of North American or European packaging standards. The data has been collected in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia.

Dr. Vanee Chonhenchob Biography: Education: PhD in Food Science and MS in Packaging from Michigan State University, Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Technology from Kasetsart University; Activities: Member of IAPRI and IFT.


The Link Between Shock Pulse Filtering, Product Protection, and Packaging Costs
Matt Daum, Hewlett Packard, Global Packaging Manager, InkJet Supplies

Are you overpacking and spending more on logistics and packaging materials than necessary? Learn how filtering drop test shock pulses affects test results and packaging costs. This presentation will present recent lab data demonstrating how drop test shock pulse filtering influences packaging and logistics costs. A few key best practices for filtering shock pulses will be shared that will keep your costs down and your product protected.

Takeaway: Best practices for filtering shock pulses. Understanding how filtering affects packaging size and packaging and logistics costs.

Matt Daum Biography: Education: Ph.D., Michigan State University. Activities: ISTA Global Board Chair. Achievements: Chair of HP's Packaging Board


Board Combination Optimization Made Easy
Alan Devitt, Mid-Atlantic Packaging, Inc.
Test Lab Manager

This presentation will show the process that is used to produce manufactured samples without producing a full production run for test samples. This process is used when you want to be able to test a different board combination than what you are currently using in the design. The benefit of this process of gathering samples for testing is that you will be able to test and compare two sets of manufactured samples.

Takeaway: The steps will show how to get to manufactures without a full production run. The benefits of these steps for producing manufacturing test samples; little cost for test samples, ability to test more than one board combination, less variables between current and test samples, ability to get test samples each time this item is on the production lineup.

Alan Devitt Biography: Education: Rochester Institute of Technology – BS Packaging Science. Activities: Member of ISTA, ASTM, and Tappi. Achievements: CPLP Technologist


Techniques for Reducing the Time of Laboratory Vibration Simulation
Kyle Dunno, Clemson University, Research Associate

Further analysis of vehicle vibration techniques is examined in this continued presentation from the ISTA TransPack Forum 2013. This presentation examines the findings when additional packaged products are subjected to different techniques of vertical vibration simulation. Over the road vehicle vibration data was collected, analyzed, and used to simulate the vibration input to packaged products during transportation. Results will compare the findings of the different vibration techniques. Correlation of test results will also be compared to field samples.

Additionally, the presentation will also explore the opportunity of reduced test time without compromising the actual field data collected. Different methods for reducing test time will be explored and compared to field samples. Results and discoveries of this trial will be introduced.

• Required field data recording setup parameters for use with various analysis techniques

• Findings discovered when various vibration simulation techniques are used on packaged products
• Correlation of field to lab vibration damage will be examined
• Opportunities of reduced test time using collected field data
• Methods for reducing test time without altering collected field data

Kyle Dunno Biography: Education: B.S. Packaging Science - Clemson University; M.S. Packaging Science - Clemson University. Activities: Member of ISTA, NIPHLE, IFT. Achievements: ISTA CPLP Professional


The Syncretization Between Environment Protection and Today’s Technology Richard Fung, MYS Environment Protection and Technology Co. LTD., Director & Senior Vice President

The presentation covers two case studies involving packaging solutions. Both case studies will involve a new design with the objective of creating a greener package while minimizing the total cost.

The first case will show the process of an LCD monitor package redesign because the original package contained too much volume, the corrugated box and EPS Foam was not environmental, creating a large amount of “white pollution” and the size of the box is consuming too much space during storing and shipping, increasing the carbon footprint. Corrugated packaging cushion is used to replace the EPS Foam Cushion and testing is done to validate the new design.

The second case covers package re-design of a LCD panel. Considering the recycling and reuse of the package, recyclable packaging has replaced the one time use package. The new standardized packaging design is able to store and transport LCD panels from one place to another and both the inner and outer packaging can be reused multiple times

Lastly, the new paper pallet will be introduced. This is a revolutionary design which allows automation and providing over 1000 kg force of vertical compression strength.

Overall, the presentation analyzes the core elements of package design, testing, and performance.

Richard Fung Biography: Education: BA (Hons.) in Marketing Management from University of Huddersfield. Activities: Member of ISTA and Hong Kong Corrugated Manufacturer's Association. Achievements: IoPP Certified Packaging Professional.


Leakproofness of Transport Packagings
Dr.Thomas Goedecke, BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Head of Division 3.1 “Dangerous Goods Packaging“

All types of packagings have a certain level of leakproofness appropriate to their specific application range and filling substance. The aim of safe dangerous goods packagings is to protect persons, the environment and economic goods from hazardous materials. In this context, the detection of leaks by performing a leakproofness test is of particular importance.

The leakproofness of packagings and IBCs for the transport of liquid dangerous goods is one of the basic requirements of the United Nations “Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods”. Leakproofness needs to be demonstrated as part of the prototype test as a basis for the approval of the design type and any packagings and IBCs consequently manufactured for the transport of liquids.

Thomas Goedecke Biography: Education: Bachelor of Science n Foundry Technology, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Masters and Ph.D. in Materials Science, Technical University Berlin. Germany. Activities: President of the International Association of Packaging Research Institutes (IAPRI), Member of the German delegation of the UN Committee of Experts for the Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG), Convenor ISO/CEN WG “Dangerous Goods Packaging”, Member of several national and international standardization working groups, International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) – Director European Division Board, Member of the editorial board of the journal “Packaging Technology and Science” published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd., London, Lecturer at the TU Dortmund University.


A Visual Study of Cushion Geometry's Effect on Performance
Bill Green, IBM
World Wide Packaging Engineering Team Lead

Determining static loading and cushion curves are essential for any cushion design, but are generally only the beginning of a good design, not the end. A cushion design's geometry also plays a vital role in the performance of a cushion. This study visually analyzes, the effects that a PE cushion's geometry has on performance, using a high speed video camera.

Takeaway: A visual understanding of how cushion geometry can affect the cushion performance. How to maximize cushion performance and how to push performance past cushion curve limits. Cushion design hints.

Bill Green Biography: Education: B.S. and MS in Packaging from Michigan State University. Activities: Member of ISTA and IoPP. Achievements: 2013 IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, 2011 North American Supply Chain Excellence Award for Green Supply Chain, Black Engineer of the Year Award: Modern Day Technology Leader, Ameristar Award Winner.


Material and Performance Evaluation of Shipping Containers Utilizing Alternate Materials and Styles
Monica D. Habash, West Pharmaceutical Services
Packaging Engineer

This presentation compares the material characteristics, style and performance qualities of extruded high density polyethylene, polypropylene and paperboard corrugate containers. Creep compression testing, compression strength testing and single parcel distribution simulation was conducted for several groups of shipping containers using different material types, thickness and container style. Generated data and trended market research are used to provide performance and cost comparative analysis of the evaluated container material, thickness and style.

Takeaway: A better understanding of how materials and container style impact overall performance of shipping containers.

Monica Habash Biography: Education: B.S. in Biotechnology and M.S. in Packaging Science from Rochester Institute of Technology. Activities: ISTA Member and ASTM Member.


Assuring (Not Discovering) Physical Stability of Therapeutic Protein Solutions
Paul Harber, Modality Solutions LLC

Therapeutic Protein Solutions continue to be the fastest growing segment in human healthcare. These medicines are monoclonal antibodies, easily recognized by the body and designed to treat a number of chronic disease states. These antibodies are often formulated into solution and administered from a vial or prefilled syringe. Classic thermal stability studies, intended to define chemical stability over time have, at times, underestimated some of the physical sensitivities of this newer class of medicine. Transportation testing, based on ISTA profiles, helps the drug development team select robust formulations to assure successful commercialization.

Paul Harber Biography: Education: BSAE, MSE, Purdue University. Paul is a founding Principal with Modality Solutions, LLC. Prior to that, he was with Eli Lilly and Company in a variety of positions over 30 years, related to product and package development to support pharmaceutical commercialization activities. He is a member of ISTA, and the steering committee for the PDA Pharmaceutical Cold Chain Interest Group.


How to Design an Efficient Unit Load By Considering the Stiffness of the Pallet Laszlo Horvath, Virginia Tech, Assistant Professor of Practice and Director of Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design

During the design of unit loads, it is a common practice to use a component based design methodology rather than using the interaction between the elements of the unit load to reduce the overall spend. In the last ten years, the stiffness of pallets continuously decreased due to cost saving initiatives. However, the effect of the reduced pallet stiffness was not considered during the design of corrugated packages carried by the pallet.

• The effect of pallet gaps has minimal effect on the strength of the corrugated containers.
• Increasing the stiffness of pallets can increase the strength of corrugated containers.
• Considering the interactions between the components of unit load can save money.

Laszlo Horvath Biography: Education: Ph.D. in Forest Biomaterials from North Carolina State University, MS. in Engineering Management and MS. in Timber Engineering from University of West Hungary. Activities: Member IoPP and Faculty Advisory of IoPP at Virginia Tech, Member of the Forest Product Society, Voting Member of US Technical Advisory Group to ISO TC51, ANSI MH1, ANSI MH10, and ASTM D10. Achievements: SWST George Marra Award for Excellent Writing and Research 2013.


Updating ASTM 4169 Vibration Profiles
Eric Joneson, Lansmont Corporation, Vice President of Technology

Larry Anderson, TEN-E Packaging Services, Inc., Vice President – Operations

This presentation will provide an overview of ongoing efforts within ASTM Subcommittee D10.21 to update the random vibration profiles in D4169. The presentation will cover the methodology and rationale for proposing changes to the random vibration profile for truck transportation, as well as providing the status of the subcommittee ballot action and industry comparison testing.

Eric Joneson Biography: Education: B.S. in Packaging from Michigan State University. Activities: ISTA Global Board of Directors and Past Chair, ASTM D10, US Random Vibration Expert for ISO-TC122-SC3-WG7, Editor International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology (IJAPT), International Association of Packaging Research Institutes (IAPRI). Achievements: ISTA CPLP Professional, numerous technical presentations, publications and training sessions, Transportation packaging expert witness.

Larry Anderson Biography: Larry has more than 25 years experience in packaging design and testing. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology with a packaging concentration, from the University of Wisconsin – Stout. He is currently Vice President of Operations for TEN-E Packaging Services, Inc., a regulatory consulting and package testing laboratory. He has performed extensive work relating to the certification and testing of DOT and UN packaging for the transportation of dangerous goods. Larry is an active member of ASTM where he serves as D 10 Chairman. He is also a member of the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) and serves as Technical Director for the North American Division. Larry is also member of the Rigid Intermediate Bulk Container Association (RIBCA) and is a Board Member of IPANA representing its Associate Members.


Establishing the Returnable Transport System in Northeast Asia: Opportunities and Barriers Jongkyoung Kim, Korea Agency for Technology and Standards, National Standard Coordinator

Returnable packaging market in Asia is still promising. Focusing on the current market and R&D efforts on returnable packaging systems in Northeast Asian countries such as China, Japan and Korea, this presentation will discuss the international standardization activities by ISO, market trends, research development and some bold movement by global leading companies.

Jongkyoung Kim Biography: Education: M.S. and Ph. D (expecting) in School of Packaging from Michigan State University. Activities: Project Leader for ISO TC122 (Packaging) SC4 (Packaging and the Environment) WG3 (Reuse) and TC122 WG13 (Returnable Transport System), Expert in TC122, 104 (Container), 51 (Pallet) & 204 (Intelligent Transport System), Member of Korea Packaging Professionals.


Accelerated Stack Testing
Dale Knochenmuss, Stress Engineering Services
Senior Associate

Most packages need to be evaluated to determine whether they can be safely stacked during warehousing and transport. This presentation will discuss methods of collecting test data and analyzing the results to produce better and faster predictions of package stacking performance.

Takeaway: Learn about improved and accelerated methods for assessing package stacking performance.

Dale Knochenmuss Biography: Education: BSME University of Cincinnati


Reduction in the Use of Stretch Wrap Film Based on Transport Simulation
Dr. Manuel Garcia-Romeu Martinez, ITENE, Head of Packaging Engineering Department

Stretch wrap is an essential packaging material for assuring the stability of most palletized goods. But applying just the right amount of stretch wrap with the right parameters of tension, pre-stretch, etc., is not straightforward nor easy. The use of laboratory transport simulation testing can help to define which is the most optimal stretch wrap film configuration for a given palletized load. The presentation will show, through a business case, how optimization of stretch wrap can be achieved, along with the associated cost reduction.

Takeaway: A visual understanding of how parameters like tension, pre-stretch % and number of film layers and overlap applied to the load are defined and measured. Steps to define which is the most optimal stretch wrap film configuration for a given palletized load, using laboratory transport simulation testing. How to calculate the total material and saving costs as a function of the parameters of stretch wrap film configuration and other basic parameters.

Dr. Manuel Garcia-Romeu Martinez Biography: Education: PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Activities: Member of the scientific committee of IAPRI (International Association of Packaging Research Institutes). ISTA member and CPLP technologist. Specialist in research and consulting related to the area of Packaging and Distribution Engineering. Achievements: Several published articles in journals such as Packaging Technology and Science, Applied Mechanics and Materials, Lecture Notes in Engineering and Computer Science. Contributor to other articles published in magazines and trade journals. One of the main authors of two worldwide patents related to simulation equipment for packaging and distribution testing (Nº Pat. P201130308, Nº Pat. P201130309). Designed and built the newest Technology Centre for Load Unit & Cargo Security in Germany for a film producer company.


Doing More with Less – Sizing your Edge Protection Accurately
Corey Nugent, Laminations - Great Northern Corporation
Engineer, New Business Development

When the Edge Protection is cut to the OD height of the product on the pallet, the edge protection is carrying the majority of the load. By accurately sizing the edge protection, both the edge protection and boxes work together to dramatically increase the stacking strength of the entire load.

Takeaway: By accurately sizing your edge protection to the unit load you will increase the maximum stacking strength of the entire load with the same amount of material, or you can reduce the amount of material used and maintain the same performance levels.

Corey Nugent Biography: Education: B.S. in Packaging from UW Stout. Activities: Member of ISTA and IoPP.


Effect of Stretch Wrap Prestretch on Unit Load Stability
Ralph Rupert, Millwood Inc
Manager Unit Load Technology

This presentation is a case study that investigates different stretch wrap films on bottled water unit loads. The study uses unit load stability as part of the performance characteristics. The films vary in manufacturer, gauge, and prestretch levels.

Takeaway: Methodology to improve stretch wrap utilization.

Ralph Rupert Biography: Education: Currently enrolled for Ph.D in Wood Science & Forest Products at Virginia Tech and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Akron. Activities: ISTA member, MH1 Pallet Standards committee (chair), ISO TC51 Pallet Standards Committee (US Delegate). Achievements: Managed packaging test labs for over 20 years in both the corrugated and pallet industries and utilizes a system approach to the unit load design.


The ISTA Advocacy Research and Value Delivery Program...Anticipating the Needs of Tomorrow
Dwight Schmidt, Consult Schmidt, LLC, President

Research shows the packaging and supply chain community needs the credible third party intellectual property ISTA delivers. This presentation will announce this effort whose purpose is to encourage visionary industry members to support ISTA’s efforts as we work to continually improve the economic, social and environmental impact of packaging systems. This program will provide the venue and financial leverage to research solutions to generate new knowledge to solve pressing distribution packaging issues. The knowledge delivered will allow our members to reduce the cost and environmental footprint of their packaging as well as move forward with increased confidence in their package performance.

Dwight Schmidt Biography: Education: Bachelor of Science - Michigan State University School of Packaging, Masters of Business Administration from the University of Evansville and completed the Executive Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Achievements: Served as President of the Fibre Box Association (FBA), a trade association representing more than 90 percent of U.S. converted corrugated from 2004 -2011. From 2001-2012 he was also the Executive Director of the Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA), where he coordinated industry-wide efforts to grow the use of corrugated Packaging. From 2007-2011, he served as Vice President of the Americas for the International Corrugated Case Association’s (ICCA). Schmidt is a patent holder, a published author and a speaker at numerous regional, national and international industry events. Member of PMMI Packaging Hall of Fame - 2009. Recognized by Michigan State University as a “Distinguished Alumnus” - 2002. Member of MSU Packaging Alumni Association’s “Hall of Fame” – 2000. Activities: Institute of Packaging Professionals (IOPP), member of Sustainability Committee, Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI), member, International Safe Transit (ISTA), member and board member, International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF), past chairman and board member, Produce Marketing Association (PMA), member of Packaging Committee, United Fresh Produce Association (UFPA), member, Paper Industry Advisory Council (PIAC), member, Wal-Mart Packaging Sustainable Value Network, member.


The Role of "Research" in the Future of ISTA
Dr. S, Paul Singh, CPP, Packaging Forensics Associates

This presentation will discuss the importance of packaging and transportation research driving ISTA to be a leader in the next decade. It will empower the participants and ISTA member organizations to develop a collective effort to enhance the strength of developing new and updated test methods and knowledge to keep ISTA at the forefront of new technologies and applications in distribution packaging.

Dr. S, Paul Singh Biography: Education: Ph.D., (Ag. Engg) MS, (Packaging), BS (Honors - Mech Engg). Activities: ASTM, IAPRI, ASSE, ASME, ISTA, IOPP, NIPHLE, ISO, WFLO. Achievements: Military Packaging Hall of Fame, ASTM Award of Merit, Fellow IOPP and ASTM.


Carton Clamp Test Methodologies and the Affects on Load Containment and Retention
Dr. Jay Singh, Cal Poly State University, Professor & Packaging Program Director

A carton clamp device is advantageous as it allows operators to move layers of a unitized load individually, and eliminates the need for a pallet when handling full unitized loads. The required clamping force typically changes depending on the size, shape, and weight of the load. This creates the potential for under-clamping (slippage) and over-clamping (compressive damage). While ISTA provides a calculated and stationary simulation of carton clamp handling in its ISTA 6-SAMS test protocol, ASTM offers a more dynamic and observational approach through its ASTM D6055 standard. This study examines whether or not a common ground can be reached towards implementing a carton clamp lift truck as found in industry allowing for mobile (hazard course) testing. A modified version of ISTA 3B was paired off against ASTM 6055 for observing the test methodologies’ effect on load containment, load retention, and the effects of ride height and driver interaction.

Takeaway: This study attempts to determine if carton clamps, as found in industry, are capable and repeatable enough to provide consistent data for lab based testing.

Dr. Jay Singh Biography: Education: PhD, Packaging Science; Activities: Dr. Jay Singh enjoys an international reputation for research and consulting related to package design, distribution environment measurement and simulation, material and package testing, product package compatibility validation, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) applications for packaging. Amongst his several academic and professional honors are: Outstanding Professor of Industrial Technology award by the National Association of Industrial Technology, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Packaging Research and Division 1 Chair of Committee D10.18 of American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM); Achievements: Jay has consulted with over 100 companies on various packaging research projects in the last 11 years. He has published over 75 peer reviewed articles in such journals as Packaging Technology and Science, Journal of Testing and Evaluation (ASTM), HAZMAT Packager & Shipper, Journal of ASTM International, Journal of Applied Engineering in Agriculture, Journal of Applied Packaging Research and Journal of Environmental Engineering and contributed numerous articles to several trade journals.


Case Study: Unmanned Helicopter's Use in Afghanistan
Kevin Smith, United States Marine Corps, Installations & Logistics
Logistics Management Specialist

The aircraft kept re-supply trucks off the road and reduced the threat of roadside bombs. The Marine Corps sent the new autonomous helicopters, to Afghanistan in November 2011 for an initial, limited deployment, but has extended their use several times. They have flown more than 1,000 missions in Afghanistan and hauled more than 3 million pounds of cargo that would have otherwise been transported by trucks, which are vulnerable to roadside bomb attacks “saving lives by reducing Marines' exposure to improvised explosive devices on cargo convoys".

Unlike the popular drones, which are remotely piloted, Unmanned helicopters follow a pre-programmed route using Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates, and require human intervention only to get started. The helicopters can also fly during bad weather, at night, and in the rain. The helicopters also required two hours less maintenance per flight hour, which makes them cheaper to operate. Popular Science magazine in November named the unmanned helicopter to its "Best of what’s New" list.

Kevin Smith Biography: Education: Magna Cum Laude, Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management from Park University and earned a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University. At the University of San Diego, he earned his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Likewise, Kevin accomplished his Marine Corps Logistics, Supply Chain Management certification at Penn State University. Achievements: President of the National Institute of Packaging, Handling and Logistics Engineers (NIPHLE) for 2010 - 2012. He currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors of NIPHLE and the Total Lifecycle Management Corporate Board (TCB) United States Marine Corps. Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Navy Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. Recipient 2009 Annual Logistics Achievement Award (NIPHLE). In 2009, 2006 received the Department of Defense (DOD) Packaging Achievement Award. 1998 received the Certificate of Merit (DOD) Packaging Management Program Award. 1997 received (DOD) Packaging Excellence Award.


Wobble – Experiments in Stability Testing
Luther "Chip" Stone, CPLP, CPP, The Hershey Company
Engineer, Materials Testing, Packaging

After Ralph Rupert’s presentation at the 2011 Transport Packaging Forum, we began experimenting with ways to test and measure unit load stability using an inclined impact tester. Here are several approaches we tried, and what we like and dislike about them. Takeaway: Hopefully you’ll take away ideas you can try in your lab. Better yet, maybe this presentation will spark new ideas, or new ways to use and interpret the results. Even better, maybe your ideas will make their way to ISTA’s Load Stability Workgroup which would help them develop a useable test.

Luther "Chip" Stone Biography: Education: AST in Electronics and Computer Technology. Course work in Industrial Arts at Millersville University. Activities: ISTA and IoPP member., Member of ISTA Testing Council & Global Education Committee, Treasurer of IoPP Central Penn Chapter. Achievements: ISTA CPLP Professional, IoPP Lifetime CPP.


The Story of Mojo: Building a Packaging Focus into Product Design
Jeff Tronnes, Stratasys, Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Eric Carlson, Chainalytics,
Sr. Manager, Packaging Optimization Practice

Companies driven by innovation are most effective when stakeholder input is incorporated early and often. Stratasys embraced this thinking when designing its new 3D desktop printer, Mojo. This presentation will recap the Mojo story, and demonstrate the value of packaging engineering from product design through package design, prototyping and testing.

Takeaway: Attendees of this session will gain an inside look at desktop 3D printing technology, and several key learnings, including an excellent understanding of the FDM printing process and capabilities; the role of packaging engineering in the product design process; and the impact of test protocols on packaging design and costs.

Jeff Tronnes Biography: Education: B.S. Mechanical Engineering, North Dakota State University.

Eric Carlson Biography: Education: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from San Jose State University. Achievements: IoPP Certified Packaging Professional. Activities: Society of Packaging Engineers, IoPP, ASTM F02, ASTM D10, ISO/TC 122/SC 4 MH10.4


Sustainability Panel

New to the Forum program this year is a special sustainability segment where attendees will hear first-hand the latest news and trends from the following executives of the leading associations involved in packaging sustainability issues. This session will include a panel discussion.

Best Practices and Policies to Help Increase the Recovery and Recycling of Used Packaging
Donna Dempsey, AMERIPEN
Executive Director

What are the most effective and efficient strategies currently in place for recovering used packaging and addressing the financial challenges of collecting, sorting and transportation. Also what best practices have the 100 largest cities in the US adopted to move the needle on recycling.

Donna Dempsey Biography: Donna Dempsey Biography: The Executive Director of AMERIPEN, Donna Dempsey is a public affairs and association executive with almost two decades of experience as an influential force behind public policy and voluntary initiatives for trade associations. Ms. Dempsey has represented the packaging industry in various venues. She has appeared on national and local radio programs, and she has been quoted in a range of publications. As an executive director for over a decade to two groups, she has provided tactical and strategic leadership for programs and policies, including public and government relations efforts. An accomplished coalition leader, she has worked successfully with related associations, members, government representatives and public service organizations to promote and implement "reduce, reuse and recycle" programs in various cities. Ms. Dempsey is also a Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Board Member.


Corrugated Packaging: A Sustainable Industry
Dennis Colley, Fibre Box Association, President and CEO
Corrugated Packaging Alliance,
Executive Director


The corrugated packaging industry is one of the most sustainable industries in the world. Dennis will discuss the tremendous environmental progress made in the U.S. over the past 10 years and highlight the advantages of corrugated.

Dennis Colley Biography: President of the Fibre Box Association (FBA), a non-profit trade association representing North American manufacturers of corrugated packaging. Prior to his work on behalf of the industry, Colley spent 35 years at International Paper where he held management positions in mill operations, the folding carton and label business, containerboard, and supply chain. Colley ended his career at IP as Vice President of Integration for the $6 billion acquisition of Weyerhaeuser Company’s Containerboard Packaging and Recycling Business. Colley previously served the industry as a member of the American Forest & Paper Association’s Containerboard Executive Board and co-chair of the Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA). Colley is a graduate of the University of Alabama. He currently serves on the Boards of the Children’s Museum of Memphis, International Corrugated Case Association (ICCA), and the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF).


What Businesses Need to Do to Use the Best Packaging for the Product, Consumers and the Environment
Jane Bickerstaffe, INCPEN

Packaging has always evolved to match changing economic, demographic and lifestyle trends. We need the widest possible range of materials and pack types to enable it to continue. However, today, the choice of packaging is in danger of being restricted by policies that favour one type of packaging over another and by misconceptions about its environmental impact. This talk will focus on what companies can do inform consumers and policymakers about the role of packaging.

Jane Bickerstaffe Biography: Jane has been Director of *INCPEN since 2000. She was a biochemist for a number of years, then worked for Cable and Wireless, Unilever, Metal Box (now Crown Europe) and in the 1990s was a Special Advisor to the UK Government's first Minister with Responsibility for Recycling. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Packaging Society and board member of the International Safe Transit Association.She lectures regularly on packaging and environmental issues worldwide, has written many publications and papers on the subject and given evidence to UK parliamentary committees on a number of occasions.


Update on SPC Activities Related to Packaging Issues
Nina Goodrich, Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Nina Goodrich Biography: Nina Goodrich is Director of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and Executive Director of GreenBlue. GreenBlue’s mission is shaping the business of sustainability by arming the agents of change within industry with the science, technology and value propositions to help make business more sustainable. Nina came to GreenBlue with an industry and consultancy background in R & D management, innovation and sustainability strategy. Nina believes that innovation and sustainability are linked as key drivers for our future. Nina has held leadership positions in R & D with Alcan Packaging, Amcor, The Guelph Food Technology Center and Magic Pantry Foods. While in industry, as a lifetime student of the innovation process, she worked to develop a value innovation process for re-invention. This process has provided a key framework to link innovation and sustainability. At Alcan Packaging she held the position of Director, Sustainnovation in their Growth and Innovation Organization. It was in this role that she came to understand the opportunity side of sustainability and the role it can play in re-inventing competitive corporate strategy. Nina has worked to develop a value proposition for sustainability and to share it with all who will listen. She has done graduate work in technology management and holds a BA in Molecular Biology from Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Regarded as a thought leader in the field, Nina speaks and writes frequently on the convergence of sustainability, innovation, and technology.


How Sustainability is Transforming Logistics: A Carrier’s Perspective and an Update on the ISTA Sustainability Solutions Division
Arnold Barlow, ISTA Sustainability Solutions, Chair; UPS, Senior Manager

As “Green” moves from fad to fact, stakeholders will increasingly demand that companies address sustainability in all aspects of their supply chain. Warehousing, transportation, and packaging choices all affect a company’s carbon impact. We will explore several factors related to logistics and show that sustainability and sound business practices go hand in hand. Brief examples and case studies will demonstrate practical, actionable steps that any company can apply.

• How transportation and logistics providers can help your company achieve its carbon management goals.
• Why alternate-fuel technologies are only part of the solution.
• How “minor” packaging choices can have major impacts on your company’s carbon profile.
• How sustainable logistics can be part of your customer value proposition and communications plan.
• How ISTA’s Sustainability Solutions Division is responding to these trends for the benefit of the membership.

Arnold Barlow Biography: Education: MBA from Washington State University, BA from University of Oregon. Activities: ISTA Global Board and Chair of the Sustainability Solutions Division, Sustainable Brands Advisory Board, working groups member of Sustainable Packaging Coalition and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). Achievements: Named to Packaging Strategies’ Most Influentials in Packaging, lead inventor of patented UPS Eco Responsible Packaging Program.


Pressures in the Supply Chain Which can Frustrate the Development of Responsible Packaging
David Shires, Smithers Pira, Chief Consultant

There is an on-going major focus on reducing the environmental impacts of packaging, at both primary and distribution levels. Many packaging engineers are tasked to re-design primary and transport packs against an agenda of improved sustainability and / or the use of “greener” materials. This paper examines a range of pressures that can cause poor design decisions with the result of ineffective or counterproductive environmental initiatives.

These pressures include:
• Initiatives being driven from a position of poor information or specific agendas
• Focus on packaging impacts rather than supply chain impacts
• Conflicting requirements from different players in supply chains
• Initiatives for supply chain efficiency
• Human factors

It is concluded that product damage levels, pack volumes and supply chain hazards can be significant in the environmental impacts of supply chains.

David Shires Biography: Education: BA (Hons) Physics, CPLP Professional. Activities: Editor-in-Chief, Packaging Technology & Science. ISTA Technical Board Member. Achievements: Honorary Professor (Beijing Institute Graphic Communications). Guest Professor (Jinan University). Recipient of 2009 ISTA, R. David R LeButt award.