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Session

Consumable Trends

Tuesday, May 7

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

City Beautiful Ballroom

About This Session

As the flexographic printing industry works toward a more sustainable future, what changes to workflow consumables can we expect to see?

Through a series of expert presentations and panel discussions, explore new methods and strategies from providers of substrates, inks/coatings and plates that are being developed today to assist printers/converters in meeting their own sustainability goals.

Presentations & Speakers

Ashish Datt

Inks and Coatings Solutions Enabling Circularity

Ashish Datt, Senior Manager – Innovation and Sustainability at Siegwerk

Presentation Details
Embracing sustainable inks and coatings is not just a trend, it’s a necessary step towards a responsible and sustainable packaging landscape. By understanding their critical role in mono-material and compostable films, we can collectively move towards a future where packaging solutions seamlessly blend with our desire for both convenience and environmental consciousness.
Speaker Bio
About Ashish: Dr. Ashish Datt started his career as a chemist in the R&D team at Siegwerk, focusing on formulation development for solvent-based inks and coatings. Dr. Datt has held various positions within Siegwerk with the focal point on designing innovative solutions for both internal and external stakeholders. Dr. Datt has transitioned into a new role as senior manager – innovation and sustainability.
In his current role, his main areas of interest will be designing sustainable innovative solutions that can enable circularity within the packaging industry. Dr. Datt also represents Siegwerk at various organizations focused on providing sustainable solutions and utilizing the core principles of circular economy, including APR and SPC. Dr. Datt earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from The University of Iowa.
Amy Golden

Sustainability in Packaging

Amy Golden, Technical Services Manager at ePac

Presentation Details
This presentation offers valuable insights into the complex landscape of eco-friendly packaging. Amy will cover sustainable packaging strategies, addressing compostable certifications, Post-Consumer Recycled products, and dive into the How2Recycle program.
Speaker Bio
About Amy: Amy is a technical service and product development manager at ePac, where she leads with a wealth of experience. Her background includes a senior product development engineer with Printpack and a chemical ink and coating formulary chemist. She has been involved in the printing and packaging industry for over a decade and has been focused on developing sustainable product offerings.

Panelists

John Anderson

John Anderson

Director Advanced Print Applications at Miraclon

Panelist Bio
About John: A mechanical engineer from the University of Wales Swansea, John joined the English FTA in 1998 and fell in love with flexography! John and his family moved back to the US in 2000, and has worked in education and for the FTA before in 2007 joined the new flexographic plate business in Kodak which is now Miraclon, and has worked in marketing, business development, sales and R&D in the last 17 years.
Allie Ayers

Allie Ayers

Technical Applications Consultant at DuPont Cyrel Solutions

Panelist Bio
About Allie: Allie is a technical applications consultant with DuPont Cyrel Solutions, and a graduate of Clemson University with a B.S. in graphic communications and M.S. in packaging science. During her five years of industry experience, she has also worked closely with high schools, colleges and universities. Allie takes part in class lectures and programs, such as the Phoenix Challenge, to help gain excitement and interest for the flexographic industry in young students.
David Stokes

David Stokes

Senior Technical Advisor at XSYS Global

Panelist Bio
About David: David is a flexographic technical advisor with over a decade of experience in the flexographic printing industry. He is a graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in graphic communications. He currently serves as a senior technical advisor at XSYS North America, and works alongside printing and platemaking professionals to optimize and improve plate making processes and print production quality across their operations.
Brian Cook

Brian Cook

Applications Development & Lab Manager at MacDermid Graphics Solutions

Panelist Bio
About Brian: Brian is applications development and lab manager for MacDermid Graphics Solutions. Brian has 27 years of experience in the packaging industry, most recently celebrating his 20-year anniversary at MacDermid. Focusing on prepress applications for flexographic photopolymer plates, Brian has spent his time assisting customers with new technology implementation, product development and root cause analysis.
Brian’s prior experience includes managing prepress work for a tag and label printer. Brian also has experience working with brands and printers to achieve color consistency and uniformity across a range of products and processes.

Session Chairs

Session Chair

Alix Guyot

Alix Guyot

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Session Chair

Scott Rickard

Scott Rickard

DuPont