Molded fiber event draws attendees from around the world
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Representatives from 17 countries attend the fifteenth annual event of the International Molded Fiber Assn.
The International Molded Fiber Assn.’s annual International Molded Fiber Packaging Seminar, held at the La Jolla Shores Hotel in San Diego in March, drew visitors from around the world. In addition to having a record attendance, the event included registrants from 17 countries. According to IMFA executive director Joe Grygny, this participation of representatives from all continents speaks to the global interest in molded fiber packaging and the reach of IMFA.
Seminar attendees came to get updated on activity in the molded fiber packaging industry, as well as hear talks by 12 speakers on subjects involving molded fiber packaging products and related subjects. Key presentations were given by Beverly Sauer of The Freedonia Group with updates on Life Cycle Assessment, and by Norma McDonald of Organic Waste Systems Co., who provided in-depth information on global environmental standards. Jason Wu of Earth Recycle Inc. explained examples of new molded fiber products and processes in China. Chemical treatments of molded fiber were addressed by Michael Gregan of Babco Inc. and Terry McMillen of the Michleman Co.
Gerard Markhorst of INMACO and Steve Crooks of the Gerard Daniels Worldwide Corp. discussed current equipment used in producing molded fiber packaging. Adequate time was also available to include papers, presented by IMFA staff, from Straw Pulp Engineering; Global Green; MLK Inc.; and Dr. Yong Gang Kang.
Other presenters included Peter Weston of La Casse & Weston, John Hunt of the U.S. Forest Products Laboratory, Bill Moore of Moore & Associates, and Mahid Ahmadi.