Plastics Caps and Closures Conference To Feature MillerCoors, Keurig Green Mountain Discussing Recycling Issues and Insights

Aug 17, 2015, 08:00 ET from Plastics News

DETROIT, Aug. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The debate over whether plastics caps and closures can be recycled and reused will take center stage at the fifth annual Plastics Caps & Closures conference (  to be held Sept. 15-17, 2015, at the Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca, Ill. Speakers on that important topic will include Jonah Smith, sustainability manager – policy and reporting at MillerCoors LLC, Monique Oxender, chief sustainability officer of Keurig Green Mountain Inc. and Stephanie Baker, director of market development for KW Plastics, the largest plastics recycler in North America.

Recently added to the program, Keurig Green Mountain and KW Plastics will address the effect of small parts such as caps, small containers and components in the recycling stream and whether they have value or are simply a nuisance. Smith will discuss the championing of closures recycling for beverages from the vantage point of a top brand owner.

The conference, organized by Plastics News, is now in its fifth year and is attended by many of the premier plastics caps and closures manufacturers globally. This year's conference is expected to attract an audience of more than 200 plastics manufacturers, suppliers and brand owners.

"Plastics Caps and Closures is the singular event in North America for this valuable segment of the plastics industry and features one of the most robust agendas in the conference's history," said Plastics News Publisher Brennan Lafferty. "We are concentrating on many different areas of closures development, including health care and spouts for food products, and wrapping it around a large exhibition that features many of the world's key suppliers of plastics caps and closures. It is an event not to be missed."

This year's conference will offer special sessions on the collaboration between design and manufacturing in caps and closures development, including presentations from Scott Jost, vice president of design and innovation at Berlin Packaging LLC and Mike Enayah, director of industrial design at Amcor Ltd.'s ScorCreative studio.

Other sessions include many of the world's largest plastics processors of caps and closures, with a prominent list of speakers and panelists that includes Silgan Closures LLC, Ampac Holdings LLC, Global Closure Systems, Bericap GmbH and Co., Closure Systems International Inc., MGS Mfg. Group Inc. and Hoffer Plastics Corp.

The well-rounded program includes discussions of spouts, fitments, pouches, sports caps, flip-top containers, health care closures, closures for small containers, thin-wall applications, third party engineering, tactile-feel containers, laser marking, sealing, equipment trends and materials forecasts. The agenda can be found online at

In addition, a Technology Forum at 2 p.m. on Sept. 15 will address both market and technological challenges in an intensive three hour session. The Forum is being organized by Nova Chemicals Corp. A tour of Janler Corp., a major mold builder of caps and closures, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 15 and is sponsored by Roehr Tool Corp. and Progressive Components International Corp.

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SOURCE Plastics News