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

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.

12:45 pm

Optional Tour at BMW Production Facility

1400 SC-101, Greer, SC 29651

6:00-8:00 pm

Cocktail Hour | All Attendees Welcome

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

Keynote Presentation

9:15 am

Battery Packaging 101

Kevin Geason | TriEnda Holdings

10:00 am


10:30 am

Impacts and Factors of Reverse Logistics

Nissan Mexico


11:00 am

Packaging’s Role in Sustainability

Todd Farwell | Cummins, Inc.


12:00 pm


Conference Session 2

Conference Session 3

1:00 pm

OES Panel

Lauren Wahl, Robert Bosch LLC​ | Gauri Awalgaonkar, Robert Bosch LLC | William Bryan, Magna International

1:00 pm

OEM Panel: New Packaging Technologies

Connor DeYoung, Mazda | Jamie Cozze, General Motors | Brandon Volsan, Lucid | Jonathan Hughey, Proterra

1:45 pm

Is There Anything that Cannot be Packaged in Corrugated?


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 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, Toyota | 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 Rack Fabrication Facility

1700 Old Gove 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 in Greenville County, South Carolina. ORBIS manufactures metal racks that are primarily used to transport large parts and components in automotive and heavy industrial supply chain applications. The racks are custom designed to meet the unique needs of each customer. 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

Smith Building, 311 Harris A, Clemson, SC 29634