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10th packaging congress OBALKO, October 13–14, 2022

Introductory presentations: Four threats, four experts, four perspectives

Introductory presentations: Four threats, four experts, four perspectives

The packaging industry has not yet fully recovered from the coronavirus crisis (and for that matter it is not clear whether we are really at the end of it) and has immediately been exposed to new threats: 1) rising energy prices; 2) the unavailability of personnel in all positions and related pressure on wage growth; 3) the shortage and high prices of materials, including recycled materials; 4) the decreasing purchasing power of consumers. To fully understand these four threats, we have invited four experts to share their expert opinions:

  1. Josef Kotrba, who is the chairman of Deloitte for the Czech Republic and senior partner of the consulting services department, will speak about the development of the energy market. The managing partner of Deloitte CR in the years 2010–2016, he now deals with consultations for large projects in the electricity industry, mainly in the field of optimization of production and consumption, transformation, renewable sources and distribution.
  2. The present and future of human resources will be discussed by Jaroslava Rezlerová, who has led the company ManpowerGroup with a turnover of four billion CZK for more than two decades. She is a founding member and president of the Association of Personnel Service Providers. Since 2018, she has also served on the board of directors of the American Chamber of Commerce.
  3. Another confirmed speaker is a representative of Smithers, which has been providing data from a variety of fields for nearly 100 years. Globally, it is considered an important source of data, analysis and forecasts of future developments in many sectors, including the packaging industry. And not only in the aggregated form of statistical outputs, but above all in precise analyses of individual packaging types and materials, trends and legislation.
  4. Economic topics will be addressed by a leading economist. The central questions have been clear for a long time – the long-unrecognized level of inflation, consumer behavior during a possible recession or crisis, the purchasing power of the population in relation to retail sales and sales of packaged goods, the effects of economic reality on employment, and companies’ investments in advanced packaging solutions.