Leaders explore the future of glass packaging

Bucher Emhart organizes Summit 19, May 21 - 23, 2019, Zurich, Switzerland

Glass packaging has been going through major changes in the years since the last conference in 2013.

New legislations are challenging the production of glass packaging, energy costs continue to rise – but so do expectations for individual designs and thus increased flexibility.

Summit19 – leaders explore the future of glass packaging – is a major global conference in which leaders from the glass packaging industry will explore again the themes, innovations and possibilities that lie ahead.

The future is not about the success of specific companies. It’s about working together to build a strong, sustainable industry that benefits everyone, and that’s what this event is all about.

Hotel room will be reserved at the Renaissance Tower Hotel in Zurich upon registration to the event. Once their travel information are updated participants will receive hotel confirmations with check-in and check-out dates.

Confirmed speeches are:

  • Bucher Emhart Glass President, Martin Jetter, will start and end the proceedings on Day 2 with his Welcome and Closing talks. On Day 3 he will be conducting a “Message in a bottle” activity at the end of the event.
  • Jacques Sanche, CEO of Bucher Industries, will deliver a key note speech.
  • Dr. Daniel Dettling, Founder of the Denkfabrik Institute for Future Policy, describes his presentation: “As digital transformation leads Industry and Work 4.0, ‘Generation R’ will grow up to experience robots and machines as welcome assistants, creating opportunities not threats. This talk suggests that instead of dark factories, people will be freer to focus on skilled roles within manufacturing.”
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus W. Wellershoff, CEO/Partner at Wellershoff & Partners Ltd., said his speech “will try to focus on underlying growth trends, the current short-term outlook and will hypothesize about where the challenges will be in the next recession.”

Programme of the event

Day 1
CLOUDS Bar in Prime Tower, Zurich

17:00 – Late Opening Event
To start the conference proceedings, participant are invited to join the hosts at their Welcome Event held in the stunning CLOUDS Bar. Situated in Zurich’s famous Prime Tower, the venue offers spectacular views of the entire city. With drinks and entertainment on arrival and delicious food served from 18:30, the welcome event is the ideal place to network and begin exploring the themes and trends that will be discussed at the conference.

Day 2
Maag Music Hall, Zurich

09:00-09:15 Welcome Talk Martin Jetter, President of Bucher Emhart Glass
09:15-09:30 Key Note Jacques Sanche, CEO of Bucher Industries
09:30-10:30 Generation R and the future of work Dr. Daniel Dettling, Founder of the Denkfabrik Institute for Future Policy
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-11:45 Global Economy – an outlook Prof. Dr. Klaus W. Wellershoff, CEO/Partner at Wellershoff & Partners Ltd.


Day 3
Renaissance Tower Hotel, Zurich

09:00-09:30 The new world – a challenge and opportunity for the glass industry Werner Gessner, VP Sales at Bucher Emhart Glass
09:30-10:30 The future of glass melting caught in the crossfire of environmental policy and economics Alexander Sorg, Managing Partner of SORG
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:00 The future of forming: How new technologies will impact the operation of glass plants Dr. Matthias Kümmerle, VP Technology at Bucher Emhart Glass
12:00-12:30 Traceability – opportunity or threat? Richard van Breda, IS Engineering
12:30-14:00 Lunch and group photo
14:00-14:30 People and technology – how suppliers can support application and operation know-how in future glass plants Brian Rodger, Director Special Projects at Bucher Emhart Glass
14:30-15:00 People and technology: Driving the change of mindsets and skillsets in the future glass plant Etienne Bouwer, Director Human Resources at Gallo Glass
15:00-15:45 The impact of the technology shift on investment strategies. The future is not free Dr. Daniel Schippan, Founder / Managing Partner of
15:45-16:00 A message in a bottle Martin Jetter, President of Bucher Emhart Glass
16:00-17:00 Farewell drinks and snacks


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