FIBCA 40th Semi-Annual Conference

September 20-22, 2023

San Antonio, Texas, USA


SEPTEMBER 20-22, 2023

ITR - Patrick Luce

Patrick Luce, ITR Economics

ITR Economics provides economic intelligence to reduce risk and drive practical and profitable business decisions. Since 1948, ITR Economics has provided business leaders with economic information, insight, analysis, and strategy.

ITR’s overall forecast accuracy since 1985 is 94.7%. At ITR


  • Short-term and long-term economic forecasts (U.S. and Global).
  • How the forecasts will impact you.
  • Business Cycle Phases and what this means to you.
  • Economic insight on inflation, interest rates, and taxes.
  • Current events of public concern and how they may affect you.

Unlocking The Secrets Of FIBC Liners: Your Comprehensive Guide

Dr. Amir Samadijavan, FIBCORE

Did you know that around one-third of FIBCs come with a protective liner? However, selecting the appropriate film construction and attachment method can be challenging due to the complexity of construction and various applications. This presentation aims to provide you with valuable insights into these aspects.

  • How to choose the appropriate type of liner for your specific application
  • Understanding the distinctions between liner materials, such as PE, Barrier film, and others, including their quality parameters, strengths, and weaknesses
  • Recommendations for attachment styles for different handling scenarios
  • Comparing the technical and economical advantages and disadvantages of using permanent and temporary antistatic additives
  • Identifying commonly used FIBC/Liner combinations according to IEC 61340-4-4
  • Keeping up with the latest trends in FIBC usage, particularly in the rapidly expanding global market for Milk Powder.
FIBC Imports and Exports

FIBC Import & Export Data

Lewis Anderson, FIBCA

The latest FIBC import and export statistics will be presented for the USA, Mexico, Canada, India, China, the EU, etc.

Matt Havens

You’re Not An Acronym – A Practical Approach To Leadership

Matt Havens

With so many leadership aptitude tests to take and books to read, you might think being a successful leader requires an advanced degree.

The truth is all successful leaders focus on two foundational principles – and neither of them requires a test or acronym.

Matt shows you how successful leaders get out of their own heads and into the hearts of those they lead.


  • Understand the value (and limitations) of personality tests and other types of self-analysis as they relate to improving your leadership
  • Discover the two pillars of effective leadership – neither of which have anything to do with you!
  • Develop a system for creating roadmaps for success that everyone can get behind, including people who operate differently from you
  • Realize that leadership presentations don’t have to be mind-numbingly boring!
Freight Update

Freight Import Updates

Brian Martorano, Laufer Group International

Brian Martorano will provide the group with updates on the latest developments that are affecting the import of FIBCs to North America. This includes inbound container volumes, rates, and other important information

Latin America Update

FIBC Industry Developments In Latin America

Marcos Spitzner Filho, Packem S.A.

Marcos Spitzner Filho will update the group on the Latin America market and the top issues impacting the FIBC industry.

FIBC Industry Developments In Canada

Quinn Cook, BWI Enterprises Ltd.

Quinn Cook has some significant updates to share regarding recent developments in Canada that are affecting the FIBC industry, along with some upcoming changes. These updates include:

  • WorkSafeBC Developments regarding the use of FIBC for non-standard fill materials like construction debris.
  • The Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program in Alberta, Canada, which aims to encourage manufacturers to design for reuse and recycling and take responsibility for recycling their own packaging.

Gold Sponsor Presentation – Kanpur Plastipack Ltd.

Shashank Agarwal, Director

Sanjeev Ranjan, Head International Marketing

Kanpur Plastipack Ltd., as the Gold Sponsor of the conference, will share details on its products and services during the event.

Sustainability: Review And Report Committee

Ernie Giordano, FIBCA Vice President

The committee will update the attendees on the latest committee developments, such as meeting discussions, matrix creation, and more.

DfR Presentation

The EFIBCA Designed for Recycling Guide

Andreas Anderl, Starlinger & Co. Gesellschaft m.b.H

In collaboration with the Sustainability: Review and Report Committee, Andreas Anderl will present an overview of phase 1 of the EFIBCA DfR guide, which is focused on the closed-loop recycling of FIBCs.

FIBC Video Projects Committee

FIBCA Video Projects Update

Justin Murphy And Mike Owens, FIBCA Board of Directors

The video projects committee will be updating the attendees on the completed videos and those in progress.

Check out the latest committee video.

In addition to all the great presentations, committee reports, etc., those registered will also have plenty of opportunities to network with your fellow FIBCA members.

  • Two Open Bar Receptions
  • Breakfast Buffet
  • Lunch Buffet
  • Golf Tournament (Details Below)

Schedule of Events, Sponsors and Registration Details