AICC Mexico has put together another great Annual Meeting with a new format that offers more programming and networking opportunities for attendees.
The three-day program starts on Wednesday, May 16 ending Friday, May 18. We will hear from industry experts about the outlook of the global corrugated containerboard market focusing on Mexico, as well as the challenges and perspectives of the Mexican economy prior to 2018 presidential election.
The meeting will kick off on Wednesday, May 16 with a seminar by Les Pickering, who will bring an updated program of the best practices for the performance and results of Flexo primping machines (FFG), rotary die cutting machines (RDC) and digital printing (DP).
On Thursday, May 17, during the General Session, we will hear from Matt Elhardt, VP North America, Fisher International and Agustin Anaya of Papeles y Conversiones de Mexico about the containerboard industry. We will continue with presentations of Lic Rafael Ramirez & Dr. Rodrigo de Leon, IPADE and Oscar Vera Ferrer, a consultant on Economic strategies about the political and economic challenges of Mexico. We’ll also have a panel about e-commerce and their impact on the corrugated industry with Mario Perez, Segunda Mano and Randy Banks of Sharp International.
The “Spotlight of Industry Innovations”, we’ll have the opportunity to learn from ten industry suppliers about their newest innovations in the corrugated industry.
The AICC Mexico Annual meeting will held in the beautiful city of Guadalajara, the second largest city in Mexico and a major Mexican business center. It is a city which celebrates both Mexico’s cultural traditions while embracing the new modern technology of today.
AICC Member Early Bird (Before April 16)
Registration - $350
Box plant special (+2) - $300
Associate Member- $600
Non- Member Early Bird (Before April 16)
Box plant special (+2)- $500
Associate Member- $700
AICC Member (After April, 17)
Registration - $450
Box plant special (+2) - $400
Associate Member- $800
Non-Member (After April, 17)
Registration - $800
Box plant special (+2)- $600
Associate Member- $900
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Current Companies Participating
Schedule of Events
Schedule is subject to change.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Seminar: Best Practices on FFG, RDC & DP
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
May 17, 2018
8:30 am– 9:00 am
9:00 am - 9:05 am
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Pedro Aguirre, Tecnologia del Carton, General Manager & Regional Director of AICC México
9:05 am – 9:10 am
Al Hoodwin, Michigan City Paper Box CEO, AICC’s Chairman
9:10 am – 9:15 am
Steve Young, President de AICC - What’s New in AICC
9:15 am – 9:20 am
Sergio Farfan, Executive Director, AICC Mexico
9:20 am – 9:50 am
What’s going on in the North America Containerboard Industry?
Industry Speaker: Matt Elhardt, VP, North America, Fisher
9:50 am – 10:20 am
What’s going on in the Mexican Containerboard
Agustín Anaya, CEO, Papeles y Conversiones de Mexico (PCM)
10:20 am – 10:35 am
10:35 am– 11:45 am
Challenges and Perspectives of the Mexican Economy
Keynote Speaker: Lic. Rafael
Ramírez, MBA, Prof. IPADE
11:45 am – 1:00
Innovations - 10 companies presenting on new innovations that will help to improve the industry bottom-line.
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Trade Show & Lunch
pm – 4:00 pm
of the Political and Financial & Economy prior 2018 Presidential elections
Oscar Vera Ferrer, Consulting & Economic Strategies
– 5:15 pm
- Randy Banks, Sharp International
- Mario Perez, Segunda Mano
5:15 pm– 6:00 pm
The Trump era and the bilateral challenges for Mexico
Closing Speaker: Dr.
Rodrigo de León González, Prof.
Friday, May 18, 2018
8:00 am – 9:00 am
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Plant Tour: Arizlu
Rafael Ramírez de Alba López
Professor and Academic Department Head, Economic Environment Department, IPADE Business School, Associate Dean of the Executive MBA, IPADE Business School, Member of IPADE’s Top Management Committee
- MBA with a concentration in Finance, Columbia Business School, New York.
- BA in Economics, Universidad Panamericana (UP), Mexico City.
- Financial Analysis, User Decision Analysis and Investment Analysis, CCIM Institute.
- Capital Leadership Development Experience, GE Capital.
- Sr. Director of Debt Origination, GE Real Estate, 2007-2011.
- Business Development Director for the residential mortgage business, GE Money Mexico, 2004-2007.
- Member of the Board of Directors, Clínica para el Control Total de la Diabetes.
- Strategic Investments Manager, ASA, 2002-2004.
- Associate in the Investment Banking Division, Latin America Advisory Group, Goldman, Sachs & Co., 2000-2002.
- Advisor to the Director General of FOVI (currently Sociedad Hipotecaria Federal-SHF), Banco de México, 1996-1998.
- Full time professor at Universidad Panamericana from 1994 to 1996, visiting from 1996 to
- 1998 and 2002 to 2006. Lectured on Statistics, Economics, Corporate Finance and Financial Engineering.
Leslie A. Pickering
Mr. Pickering brings over 40 years of experience in international process improvement, manufacturing and operations. He is a recognized Toyota Production System specialist who has implemented successful transformation methodologies within the Packaging, Beverages, Large Warehousing, Plastics and Automotive industries.
Mr. Pickering has been involved and led teams that implemented state of the art, world-class manufacturing facilities. Mr. Pickering was responsible for several major installations that consistently outperform comparative processes two to five fold. Mr. Pickering has gathered and shared best practices from three continents - Europe, Australia and The Americas.
Mr. Pickering holds a degree in Mechanical and Production Engineering.
Rodrigo de León González
Former President & CEO of McDonald's, Philanthropist & NASCAR Enthusiast
- Executive Doctorate in Business program, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University.
- Management Program (D-1), IPADE Business School.
- MA in Marketing and Advertising, Universidad Anáhuac.
- BA in Philosophy, Universidad Panamericana (UP).
- Colloquium on Participant-Centered Learning (CPCL), Harvard Business School, 2007.
- Various courses on Mexico’s electoral and political environment.
- Deputy Director, Center of Studies for Institutional Governance (CEGI), IPADE Business School.
- Director, Advanced Management Program (AD).
- Director, Management Program (D-1), IPADE Business School.
- Admissions Director, Executive Education Programs, IPADE Business School.
- Program Director, Chihuahua campus, IPADE Business School.
- Program Director, Mérida campus, IPADE Business School.
- Consultant on social responsibility and sustainability, socio-political environment in Mexico, social marketing, strategic planning, civil society organizations, and government development variables.
Vice President, Business Development, Fisher International, Inc
Matt Elhardt is a strategic planning professional with close to 15 years of pulp and paper industry experience in sales, marketing, product development, and operations. His areas of expertise include identifying growth potential and achieving performance end-goals through strategic management, pricing and margin optimization, and anticipating marketplace dynamics.
At Fisher International, Matt helps clients leverage Fisher’s resources to achieve their objectives particularly in assessing disruption and predicting price cycles and turning points in pulp, containerboard, kraft paper, kraft board, recycled board, and OCC markets.
Prior to joining Fisher International, Matt held management positions in marketing and operations at Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging, being responsible for corporate strategy and marketing during the period Longview underwent “the best turnaround in the past 25 years,” according to Mark Wilde, a well-known paper industry stock analyst.
Matt received his MBA from the University of Washington and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Washington State University.
Creator & Editor of Container-board.com
Randy has worked in the paper
industry since 1994 with the past 10 years focusing on the corrugated
segment. Randy is currently the owner and president of Sharp
International, a Virginia-based company that specializes in lightweight
recycled containerboard and equipment for the corrugated industry. Randy
serves as a catalyst for Europe-to-North America commercial activities as the
North American agent for Serra (Serrapid), Leipa GmbH, Friese, Corrugating
Rolls, Mecoval Core Chucks, and Korutest/Chalmers Dynamic Stiffness
Tester. Randy travels extensively to Europe and offers a unique
perspective to his clients in the US and Canada.
Randy is also the creator and editor of the online magazine, www.container-board.com
, which focuses exclusively
on the corrugated industry.
Randy is a regular speaker at corrugated industry events and is a member of
both the AICC and TAPPI and serves on several committees including the AICC’s
Sustainability committee and Tappi/Corbotec.
Randy and his wife of 18 years, Stephanie, currently reside in Chesapeake, VA with their three children Helena, Parker, and Lilly.
Creator & Editor of Container-board.com
Mr. Anaya is an engineer with more than 29-year experience in the industry. Along the years, he worked as project engineer, Industrial Engineer Manager, Material Control Manager, General Manager, and Paper Division CEO in several in companies such as Compañia Papelera Maldonado S.A., Papelera de Chihuahua S.A., and Grupo Industrial Copamex. In 1993, he was appointed CEO and General Manager of Papeles y Conversiones de Mexico S.A. de C.V.
Dr. Oscar Vera Ferrer
Partner Director of Asesoria y Estrategia Economica, S.C.
Vera has a degree in Economics from UNAM, a PhD in Economics from York
University, England, and a Diploma from the Institute for Management Studies,
Lausana, Switzerland. He has been CEO of the Center for Economic Studies of the
Private Sector, Corporate Director of Economic Studies of DESC Group, Chief
Economist for Mexico and Latin America of Deutsche Bank, A.G. (Germany),
Mexico’s representative in the Corporate Economists Advisory Group of the
International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, France, and President of the
Economic Studies Committee of Finan. He has also been Visiting Professor at the
University of Alberta, Canada. Today,
Oscar is Partner Director of Asesoria y
Estrategia Economica, S.C. He has published 3 books and several articles in
specialized journals in Mexico and abroad.
Strategic Planning Director
Mario Perez has a degree
in International Business from Tecnológico de Monterrey, a diploma in Supply
Chain from EBC and eCommerce from LITS Ebusiness Academy. Ten years of
experience in development, design, implementation and execution of processes
and strategies adapted to the development of business models of eCommerce & digital business. Mario is an expert in the use of Google Analytics, and other BI models. Mario
has developed in areas of procurement, marketing and digital
strategy in companies such as Linio, Level Up store in Air Design and Air
Design PETS projects.
Production Seminar (FFG, RDC & DP)
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Speaker: Les Pickering
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Les Pickering will present the best practices for the performance and results of Flexo primping machines (FFG), rotary die cutting machines (RDC) and digital printing (DP).
The AICC meeting is the ideal place to meet
those members who will be relevant to improve your business. You will meet with
industry leaders, marketing and production experts, and industry suppliers as
well as your peers to learn about innovation in products, best practices, and
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Trade Fair - 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Cocktail Hour - 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Spotlight of Industry Innovations
Thursday, May 17, 2018 | 11:45 am – 1:00 pm
The companies below will be presenting on the new innovations that will help to improve the industry!
The deadline to submit
the presentation is Friday, May 4.
Arizlu Empaque Inteligente
Friday, May 18, 2018
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
A Mexican company expert in the manufacture of corrugated cardboard box, able to understand the needs of their customers to provide a personalized service and innovation proposals to improve the behavior of their packaging.
Their main satisfaction and differentiation in the market is the immediate response of corrugated cardboard packaging solutions, from a sheet for its transformation, to the ready box to pack.
Arizlu Empaque Inteligente is positioned in the market as a company that offers an efficient response to our customers, ensuring the integrity and image of your product.
They have production facilities and equipment in constant innovation, capable of responding to the demands and high market requirements, actively participating with our clients in the design and selection of the best alternatives for the packaging of their products.
Riu Plaza Guadalajara Hotel
AICC Mexico Room Rates:
Deluxe room $85.00 USD per night + tax
Executive room $125.00 USD per night + taxSuite room $175.00 USD per night + tax
Reservation Deadline: Friday, May 4, 2018
Reserve Online: Make online reservations
Reserve Room by Phone: Call toll free at 01-800-225-5748 (Mexico) | 1-888-748-4990 (US) Hotel Group Code: AICC18.
**Attendees are encouraged to make their hotel reservations before the group cut-off dat
e of Friday, May 4, 2018 in order to be guaranteed availability, and to ensure they receive the special group rate.
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Cancellations received in writing from May 1 to the 10 will receive 50% of
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Cancellations received in writing on or after May 11 and no-shows will NOT
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