This week, I participated to the FPA ANNUAL MEETING in Boca Raton, FL.


Flexible Packaging is one of the largest applications of the extrusion process. Many high-tech, high-speed and high-quality extrusion process variations are used to manufacture multi-layer packaging like snack food bags, pet food bags and other baby food pouches.

It was my first participation and I can say that I was impressed by the quality of networking at the conference with many high-level people to interact with.

The conference program was also quite unique in my opinion, especially considering the Keynote Speakers. First, I experienced one of the most informative, yet humorous speech about our economy by Economist Marci Rossell. Nobody in the room was a match for her high energy!

The second speaker was, to me, very inspirational for his accomplishments: Capt. Scott Kelly - the American Astronaut from NASA and US Navy Captain with the record time in space. For his most recent mission, he spent a whole year - from March 2015 to March 2016 at the International Space Station (ISS) for a study from NASA on the effects of long-term space environment on human body. The main topic of the talk was "how to face hard challenges". Again Very inspirational and finds applications at every level in our daily work.


Olivier Catherine

Chair Elect, Extrusion Division.Capt. Scott Kelly