Packaging Europe’s sustainability event returns to Barcelona

In addition to the two-day conference programme on 17-18 October, 2023 Smithers will host 5 expert pre-conference workshops on 16 October

01 Aug 2023 | By WhatPackaging? Team

Over 600 industry representatives from across the globe are expected to be in attendance

Smithers industry, leading sustainability in Packaging Europe event returns to Barcelona on 16-18 October 2023. Over 45 speakers from across the breadth of the packaging industry have been confirmed to present, with the main focus of this year’s event being how to achieve circularity in packaging.

The 2023 agenda was carefully curated with insights from big industry players including Amcor, Mondi, Metro AG, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Carlsberg Group, Billerud and more, led by Smithers’ head of production, Sabine Prack.

As Europe’s largest sustainable packaging conference, delegates can expect to receive a full 360 perspective on how companies have achieved circularity and insights into the challenges and successes from key stakeholders. Practical examples will be provided from the likes of Metro AG, Aldi, Schwarz Group, PreZero, Nestlé, WWF, UPM, Circpack and P&G.

Sabine Prack, Head of Production at Smithers says, “this year’s event will deliver key information and insights to help drive the industry towards a circular economy, and is unmissable for anyone working with packaging across the world.”

Sessions at the event include the discussion of the European Union’s Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR), circularity in the retail sector, recyclability at scale, reusable and refillable business models, brand perspective and strategies, bioplastics and compostability, chemical recycling, mechanical recycling, PCR packaging, start-ups and investors, and circularity and design.

Founded in 1925 and headquartered in Akron, Ohio, Smithers is a multinational provider of testing, consulting, information, and compliance services. With laboratories and operations in North America, Europe, and Asia, Smithers supports customers in the transportation, life science, packaging, materials, components, consumer, cannabis, dry commodities, and energy industries. Smithers delivers accurate data, on time, with high touch, by integrating science, technology, and business expertise, so customers can innovate with confidence.

Pre-conference workshops:

Smithers will host 5 expert pre-conference workshops on 16 October. The sessions will discuss about: 


  • Fully recyclable packaging with a lower carbon footprint and uncompromised performance, using bio-based plastics from renewable feedstock
  • How to get ready for a long-term packaging sustainability strategy? A holistic, multi-metrics approach
  • Formed and moulded fibre packaging
  • Global Extended Producer Responsibility: Current complexities, emerging legislation and how to keep your business compliant
  • Compostable packaging in a circular economy
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