A "rebuilding" year

By Mark A. Spaulding

Perseverance, superior attention to detail, and a whole lot of hard work: these traits and more from the AIMCAL staff, two dozen sponsors and 112 content providers came together to present the successful R2R USA Conference / SPE FlexPackCon® 2021 last week in Orlando. It seemed a little touch-and-go at times leading up to the event but, with nearly 200 industry professionals participating in some aspect of the program, attendees were treated to an excellent conference.

If anything, this was a “rebuilding year” for the R2R USA. With all that the whole world has gone through with COVID-19 for almost two years now, the chance to meet face-to-face once again was not only a good opportunity but crucial for many attendees to learn, better understand, and later apply what 120+ technical presentations, seminars and keynotes offered. Next year looks even more promising as vaccination rates rise, companies become more open to letting employees travel, and people’s concerns for their personal safety ease.

R2R USA, of course, ran alongside ICEC USA 2021. AIMCAL was strongly represented, especially with the 20+ member companies taking part in its Pavilion, as well as the fact that about half of the main show-floor exhibitors were also AIMCAL members. Overall, booth traffic may not have been what everyone would prefer, but quality visitors and an actual in-person show went a long way to please those involved.