AutoPack Summit 2022 Agenda

AutoPack Summit addresses an unmet need – spotlighting the critical link, inherent value, and resulting opportunities of packaging in the automotive supply chain and aftermarket process. The summit brings subject matter experts and industry leaders together for both visionary keynote presentations for tomorrow’s strategy and practical insights on supply chain tactics for today.  – Dr. Andrew Hurley

September 7th

10:00 am

Optional Tour at PackIQ Container Management Center - SOLD OUT

45 S Woods Dr, Fountain Inn, SC 29644

Take a tour of PackIQ's container management service platform, a robust state-of-the-art service center designed to meet the diverse needs of today's automotive OEMs, OESs and suppliers.  PIQ's container management platform helps organizations save time and money by managing all types of reusable packaging fleets in close proximity facilities.  From plastic containers to bulk bins and steel racks to wire baskets, PackIQ handles them all with precision through a comprehensive suite of services including

  • Container collecting, label stripping, and kitting
  • Fleet management technology for inventory tracking, identification, analysis, and real time push/pull asset replenishment anywhere in the supply loop
  • Shipping return of empty and prepared packaging to suppliers
  • Washing and cleaning service for plastic bins, totes and containers
  • Recovery and return of parts accidentally lost in packaging at the assembly plants
  • Parts warehousing, staging, kitting, and sequencing for assembly plants.
  • Repair and modification services for steel racks and plastic containers
  • CMM measuring and calibration of reusable packaging.

12:00 pm

Optional Tour at BMW Production Facility - SOLD OUT

1400 SC-101, Greer, SC 29651

Your 2 hour guided tour will include both a rotation through our Main Body Shop and one of our Assembly Halls. The Main Body Shop is where you will see about 2000 high tech precision robots build the frames of our vehicles. Each of our vehicles spend about 6 hours in the Body shop before traveling
on a covered conveyor system to the paint shop.

Your Tour Guide will also lead you through one of our Assembly Halls and highlight the 6 hour process to complete the vehicle so it is ready for delivery to our customers. Walk along our assembly line and see for yourself how the Ultimate Driving Machine is Built. This tour begins with the painted body of the vehicle and ends with the completed vehicle driving out of the plant.

Please note our 2 hour tour is not accessible to visitors in wheelchairs due to the coach bus transportation from building to building.
Questions - concerning this 2 hour tour, please contact Rebecca Tyra, 864-802-5821, or email

6:00-8:00 pm

Cocktail Hour | All Attendees Welcome

SIP Whiskey & Wine |103 N Main St #400, Greenville, SC 29601

September 8th

Conference Session 1

7:00 am

Doors Open | Buffet Breakfast​

Hyatt Regency | 220 North Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601

8:00 am

Opening Remarks

Dr. Andrew Hurley | Founder and Professor, The Packaging School

8:30 am

Sustainable Packaging Best Practices for Automotive Operations

Kellen Mahoney | Suppliers Partnership for the Environment

9:15 am

Battery Packaging 101

David Kruger & Nate Franck | TriEnda Holdings

10:00 am


10:30 am

Impacts and Factors of Reverse Logistics

Patricia Franco, Maria Teresa Pasillas Reyes, Francisco Huerta, Alondra Lizbeth Compeán García | Nissan Mexico


11:15 am

Packaging’s Role in Sustainability

Todd Farwell | Cummins, Inc.

  • In order to meet Cummins' Plant 2050 sustainability goals, a massive transformation needs to take place in our packaging strategy over the next 7 years.
  • In this session, we will be discussing the driving forces behind our change in strategy,
  • the roadmap to a sustainable future
  • and our progress so far

12:00 pm


Conference Session 2

Conference Session 3

1:00 pm

OES Panel

Gauri Awalgaonkar, Robert Bosch LLC | Chuck Braidich, Cummins Inc. | Terry Barnes, Artiflex Mfg

1:00 pm

OEM Panel: New Packaging Technologies

Connor DeYoung, Mazda | Jonathan Hughey, Proterra | Werner Els, BMW

1:45 pm

Design for Distribution: Packaging the Big "Stuff"

Philip Weshnevski | Deere & Company

  • Designing early in the development phases for distribution allows stakeholders to take advantage of lower cost shipping solutions to the customer.
  • Designing with the end in mind.
  • Work backwards to understand all the needs of stakeholders along the way is vital to a successful design.
  • Keeping the customer in mind to allow them to safely transport their product with proper rigging locations.

1:45 pm

Packaging Processes and Designs at Yamaha

David Lester | Yamaha Motors

2:30 pm


2:30 pm


3:00 pm

RFID Tracking Workshop


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  • Discuss the benefits and challenges of passive vs. active RFID.
  • Deep dive into the uses of passive RFID technology.
  • Evaluation of live RFID tracking results.

3:00 pm

Upstream Container Management Workshop Breakout Session


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  • Discuss why yesteryear's Container Pooling services are no longer sufficient to meet the diverse needs of today's auto manufacturers. 
  • Understand how expanded container management platforms can reduce cross-docks and damages, save time and money, optimize logistics, and help you focus on what you do best.
  • Examine why logistics expertise in container management is not the single most important measure of success.
  • Learn what to really look for in a full-service, comprehensive container management provider.
  • Uncover the "watch outs" in container pooling that can lead to stockpiling, idled assets, and potentially added costs. 

4:00 pm

Packaging Innovation Challenge

Panel of Judges: Chris Schachern, Aludyne | Gemela Lewis, Canoo | David Colclough, Yanfeng

  • Packaging suppliers and sponsors have the opportunity to give a 5 minute "pitch" on one innovative packaging solution that they want to showcase.
  • Solutions will be scored by a panel of judges made up of automotive OEMs and OES Suppliers working in the industry.
  • Winners will be announced at the Closing Reception on September 8th.

4:45 pm

Closing Remarks

5:00 pm

Cocktail Hour

September 9th

9:00 am

Optional Tour at ORBIS Metal Racks & Custom Packaging Solutions Facility - SOLD OUT

1700 Old Grove Rd., Piedmont, SC 29673

ORBIS® Corporation, an international leader in reusable packaging, invites you for a tour at one of its largest facilities dedicated for metal rack fabrication and custom packaging solutions in Greenville County, South Carolina. ORBIS manufactures a diversity of metal racks and custom packaging solutions that are primarily used to transport large parts and components in the automotive and heavy industrial supply chain applications, to meet the unique needs of each customer. The tour will include a closer look at the latest addition of a tube laser cutting machine and our inhouse prototyping and design center. ORBIS, part of one of the oldest family-owned manufacturers in the United States, operates 13 manufacturing plants in the United States, Canada and Mexico. ORBIS Corporation is headquartered in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, and has more than 2,700 employees throughout North America and Europe.

11:00 am

Optional Tour at Clemson University Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics - SOLD OUT

Smith Building, 311 Harris A, Clemson, SC 29634