Shaping the Future of Print and Packaging in Asia

Packaging and Print Innovation Asia invites you to SHIFT_018. Two days of enlightening presentations; thought-provoking discussions and networking opportunities; leading edge solutions, print technology showcases and exhibitions. Fueled by business momentum, technological advancement and global innovation, SHIFT_018 will deliver the strategies, tools and ideas to transform your business in 2018 and beyond.

Bringing You ThoughtLeaders and Experts From Around the World

Partner, New Direction Partners

Day 1 Keynote: Eight Imperatives to Grow During a Challenging Environment
Day 2 Keynote: Succession Planning: Is the Future of Your Business Secure?

Peter is a Partner with New Direction Partners, the leading investment banking firm specializing in the printing and packaging industries. As an experienced dealmaker with more than twenty-five years of investment banking and valuation experience, he has closed more than one hundred transactions in virtually every segment of the printing and packaging industries. In addition, Peter has performed hundreds of valuations for ESOPs, estate and gift tax planning and strategic planning purposes.

Sales Director, Rotec Sleeves & Adapters,
Flint Group Image Transfer Solutions

The 6 Challenges of Flexo Printing – Challenge or Hidden Opportunity?

Patrick is a certified business economist based in Germany. With his background in business management, he brings a clear-eyed view to making the business more efficient, outlining the 6 challenges that flexo printers face and then steps back to re-assess their nature. Are they truly challenges or might they be opportunities for forward-thinking providers to take advantage of? The transformation of your business might be right in front of you.

Regional Technical Service Manager, AP & China, DIC

Integrating Digital Colour Management

Responsible for technical services and developments in the Asia Pacific region and China, Michael has an extensive 31 year background in printing technology and brings his extensive background in solvent and water based flexo and gravure ink technology to bear at Shift_018.

Michael will present the integration of digital colour management – something every print provider should consider as digital technology continues to disrupt the industry.

VP Sales, MD Singapore, Cosfibel Premium

The State of Eco-Responsible Materials in Packaging

Eric Tollemer has been selling packaging to MNCs for the past 25 years. His international career has exposed him to various cultural sensitivities and markets. Over the last four years he has been developing Cosfibel Premium’s sales network in Asia Pacific and heading their Singapore office. Cosfibel Premium serves the promotional packaging needs of luxury brands, mostly in the Beauty and Spirits industries.

Chief Representative, UTECO Converting

A New Approach to Digital Printing for Flexible Packaging

Joerg has extensive global experience in packaging printing and converting. He started his career in 1996 in Latin America, worked for many years at UTECO HQ in Italy and then moved to Asia Pacific in 2003. He has focused on the strongly growing packaging industry in the Asia Pacific region. Joerg will present a new approach to digital printing for the flexible packaging industry. Uteco Converting S.p.A. is a world leader in printing machines designed for diverse flexible packaging applications.

Marketing & Sales Director Web Fed Solutions, BOBST MEX SA

Your Gain to the Final Dot

Based in Switzerland, Alfred brings a varied 40 year career in the graphic arts and packaging machinery field with a rich background in design, folding cartons, corrugate, flexible, fine printing – in short, the entire gamut of the industry. Alfred will provide a comprehensive view of the LEMANIC FLEXO ILS, Bobst’s latest platform of innovative and integrated in-line web-fed flexo solutions.

President, APTech & GASC

Global Opportunities for the Print Industry

Thayer joined NPES (now called APTech, the Association for Print Technologies) in April 2016, bringing eight years of effective leadership experience in all aspects of association management including strategic plan development, trade show management, government affairs, education and foundation work. With nearly 20 years of association experience, Thayer previously served as Executive Vice-President and CEO of the Independent Electrical Contractors. He directed IEC’s robust policy and advocacy program, as well as the organization’s public relations program, conferences and national tradeshow, and industry publications.

Managing Director, Alphasonics Advanced Ultrasonic Cleaning Systems

How controlling the anilox will generate profit

A design engineer by profession, David began Alphasonics in 1993 in Liverpool UK. Since that time he has based the company’s technological developments on solid engineering principles and practices and Dave believes that this ‘feet on the ground’ approach has been a major force behind the achievements that the company has realised over the past 25 years.

HP Singapore

Digital, Set, Go! – Transforming Your Business With Digital Packaging

With 25 years’ experience working in print, packaging, media and brand marketing, Nick’s geographic and industry experience has established him as an expert in his field. With international postings in Europe, Asia and Australia and extensive business exposure to the North American markets, Nick has been at HP Singapore for the past four years, leading the revolution that digital printing represents within the Label and Packaging Industry.

Secretary General, European Rotogravure Association

Gravure Printing in Europe – Status and Current Trends

James Siever began his career in the printing industry 35 years ago in Hamburg with the Association of the North German Printing Industry and has been involved with different aspects of the packaging industry to the present day. Eight years ago, he assumed the role of Secretary General of the European Rotogravure Association. James will provide a rundown of the current status of gravure in Europe, touching on recognized trends and developments in the region.

Regional Sales Manager, Xeikon

How to Sell Digital

Alex has been responsible for market and business development for Xeikon Asia Pacific for the past 3 years.  With over 30 years in the industry, Alex has worked in both Production and Sales capacities for a number of providers and vendors. At Xeikon, Alex is a key driver their label and folding carton business in South Korea, The Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Global Marketing Manager, MPS Systems BV

The Challenges and Opportunities of Bring the Internet of Things to Printing

Marjolein Ekkelboom focuses on  change marketing, inbound marketing, innovation & connectivity in the industry. With more than 25 years’ experience working for large and medium sized organizations across the globe, Marjolein has come to believe that the current trends of connectivity, automation and data exchange bring both benefits and concerns. The 24/7 unmanned printing factory is completely feasible, but the Internet of Things that makes this a reality, will also require a shift in how we deal with privacy and transparency.

Project and Sales Manager, KBA-Flexotecnica

Modern CI-Flexo Technology for Flexible Packaging Production

With over 25 years’ deep experience on both the technical side and the sales and marketing side of the industry, Andrea Dallavalle has watched the evolution of flexo and rotogravure technology. Andrea will outline the benefits and competitive advantages of incorporating common impression flexo (CI-Flexo) technology into your flexible packaging production. KBA-Flexotecnica specializes in the manufacture of printing and converting machines for flexible and rigid packaging.

Regional Sales Manager(Asia-Pacific)

Latest Technologies in Process Control – Let’s Embrace

With over 14 years in various print industry roles, Vinodhkumar brings an understanding of multiple industry segments including Newspaper, Commercial, Digital and Packaging. In his capacity as Regional Sales Manager(Asia-Pacific) at Baldwin Vision Systems(formerly QuadTech Inc), he is responsible for sales activities across the region, helping customers to become more efficient and better aligned with global standards. He holds an Engineering degree in Printing Technology from The College of Engineering, Guindy, in Chennai, India.

Area Sales Manager, Trelleborg Coated Systems

An overview of the trends in packaging consumables

Andrea Trevisi was born in Italy 43 years ago, and has spent 20 of those years in the printing industry holding different positions in various sales and marketing departments. In the process he has become an expert in consumables for pre-press and pressroom, with a great deal of that experience in the offset category. He is currently based in Singapore as Area Sales Manager for Trelleborg Coated Systems with responsibility for sales in the South East Asia region.


DAY ONE – O2 MAY 2018

DAY TWO – O3 MAY 2018

8:30am – 5:00pm

9:30am – 10:00am

10:00am – 11:15am

11:15am – 11:45am

11:45am – 1:30pm

1:30pm – 2:30pm

2:30pm – 5:00pm

5:00pm – 7:00pm


Tabletops Open

Day One Welcome

Morning Sessions

Coffee – Tabletop Area

Morning Sessions

Networking Lunch

Afternoon Sessions

Evening Cocktails/Networking


8:30am – 5:00pm

9:30am – 10:00am

10:00am – 12:30pm

12:30pm – 1:30pm

1:30pm – 3:30pm

3:30pm – 3:50pm

3:50pm – 5:00pm

6:00pm – 7:00pm

7:00pm – 11:00pm

Tabletops Open

Day Two Welcome

Morning Sessions

Networking Lunch

NPES Hosted Industry Panel

Coffee – Tabletop Area

Afternoon Sessions

Pre-Awards Cocktails

2018 Packaging & Print Awards


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