AutoPack Summit 2018

The second annual Automotive Packaging Summit took place on November 7-8th in Clemson, South Carolina. Clemson’s premier packaging science major and its central location to the automotive industry in the southeast made it the perfect location for this event. AutoPack Summit hosted 190 guests from around the U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Italy, Germany, and Belgium.



Wednesday, November 7th
Esso Club – 129 Old Greenville hwy #1, Clemson, SC 29631
6:00-8:00 – Pre-Registration and Networking Cocktail 
Thursday, November 8th
Watt Family Innovation Center, Clemson

7:30 – Breakfast and Registration

8:30 – Welcome and Introduction
7 for 1: Managing the Complexities of Automotive Packaging
Dr. Andrew Hurley

Conference Session 1

8:45 – Innovations to Hit the Ground Running – How a New Plant Tackled their First Year
JK McKenzie, Packaging Engineer, Volvo Group

9:45 – Packaging in Transportation
Arie Ooms, Senior Supply Chain Manager, Senator International

10:15 – Break
Coffee and Snacks

10:45 – Returnable Rack Design
David Lester, Senior Packaging Engineer, Magna International, Division of Fascia and Exterior Trim

11:30 – Part Supplier Panel
Robert Stafford, Draexlmaier; Jeff Palus, Artiflex; Bob Furlo, MPC Inc.


12:00 – Catered Lunch

Conference Session 2

1:15 – GM Transforms Tool Tracking with RFID 
Robert Blankenburg, Global Business Solutions, General Motors; Ronald Mills, Director of Asset Solutions, General Motors

2:00 – Massive-Collaboration: Impact on Digitalizing the Supply Chain
William Wappler, CEO, Surgere Inc; Dana McBrien, Surgere Inc.

2:45 – Break
Coffee and Snacks

3:15 – Alternative Packaging Panel
John Lasitter, IPS Packaging; Chris Helms, TreeBrand Packaging; Parker Neal, Monoflo; Dr. Kevin Landmark, Zerust

3:45 – Overseas Packaging
Florian Kremser, Packaging Project Lead, BMW; Eric Abed, Senior Packaging Engineer, BMW

4:15 – Production Part Packaging
Drew Cockman, Packaging Planning Section Manager, BMW

4:50 – Closing Remarks


5:00 – Reception and Student Grant Presentation
Cocktail Hour hors d’oeuvres and drinks

Tech and Logistics – Conference Room 505
Chaired by Suzanne Dickerson, SC Logistics

2:30 – Klaus Lysdale
VP of Sales and Operations, I-Containers

3:15 – Tanner Fogle
Clemson Transport Package Testing Lab

4:00 – Ben Nguku
Marketing Manager, Sealed Air

4:30 – William Wappler
President, Surgere


5:00 Main Conference Lobby