Packaging Innovations & Empack has announced the first batch of speakers hosting talks at the triple-bill event.

The timetable of talks, spread across three stages throughout the event at Birmingham NEC on 15 and 16 February, brings together some experts from the present and future of packaging. Those names include Martin Kersh, executive director of the FPA; Paul Jenkins, founder of ThePackHub; and Jude Allan, chair of the IOM3 Packaging Group.

Renan Joel, managing director at event organiser Easyfairs said, ‘The line-up at Packaging Innovations this year is unmissable – there is something for attendees from every industry and job function. This is more than just a packaging event, it’s about the future – of packaging, yes, but also of retail, brands, and the supply chain that connects us all together.

‘The theme of this year’s event is to offer solutions for every step of the packaging journey, from concept to fulfilment and everything in between. Even though this is only the first batch of speakers we’ll announce, we hope it’s a statement of intent for where we want the show to be.’

Other speakers include George Thompson, robotic systems sales manager at Güdel and chairman of BARA; Steve Honour, design leader at Diageo; and Jane Bevis, executive chair of OPRL, who is also part of the on-going panel discussion, this year titled ‘The Big Responsibility Debate’.