A record-breaking Pack Expo International and co-located Pharma EXPO 2016 opened its doors on Sunday, November 6, to attendees seeking new technologies and insights from 2,500-plus exhibitors over 1.25 million net square feet of exhibit space.
“We are excited to welcome the industry to this record-breaking edition of Pack Expo International and Pharma Expo,” says PMMI senior vice president Jim Pittas. “In a time when innovation is critical for success, professionals across a wide range of industries attend Pack Expo and Pharma Expo because they know these shows provide the platform, education programs and connections they need to uncover new technologies to grow their business.” The shows offer several guide post destinations, such as The Materials and Containers Pavilion, The Processing Zone, The Reusable Packaging Pavilion, The Food Safety Summit Resource Center and the largest ever Innovation Stage program. This year it includes 71 sessions of free on-floor education at four stages to help attendees find the new solutions and insights they need with greater efficiency. The latest addition to the long list of convenience-enhancing features is the NextGEN Networking Fair, which took place in the Education and Workforce Development Pavilion (North Hall, Mezzanine) from 3 to 5 p.m. The event aims to connect both supplier companies and consumer goods manufacturers with student talent.
In addition to increasing participation and an expanding list of show features, Pack Expo International and Pharma EXPO 2016, produced in partnership with the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering, ISPE, also boast the largest ever Partner Program, with 31 associations and 11 international pavilion organizers from all reaches of the processing and packaging communities. Included are the Contract Packaging Association, the Brazilian Packaging Association, Japan Packaging Machinery Manufacturers, the International Dairy Foods Association and the United Fresh Produce Association – just to name a few.
With so much to see, attendees looking to make the most of their time on the show floor can use the “My Show Planner” function, accessible on both show websites, which helps professionals find suppliers, key technologies and educational opportunities. With this tool, they can make on-site appointments with exhibitors and formalize their schedule for an efficient, customized experience at North America’s largest processing and packaging event this year. Another way for attendees to make sure they get the most out of their visit to the show is by downloading the mobile app from either the Apple Store or Google Play. With the app, attendees have all event information at their fingertips, also including, floorplans, exhibitor listings, conference sessions, special events, new products and product categories, as well as the ability to plan an
agenda, taken notes, and even get directions through the show halls in McCormick Place.
Registration for PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2016 is still open on-site for a fee of $100 for attendees. On-site registration can be completed at three separate locations in McCormick Place (West Building – Level 3; North Building 228 – Level 2; Lakeside Center Lobby – Level 2) and runs through Wednesday, Nov. 11.
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, represents the voice of more than 750 North American manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, components and materials as well as providers of related equipment and services to the packaging and processing industry. We work to advance a variety of industries by connecting consumer goods companies with manufacturing solutions through the world class PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, leading trade media and a wide range of resources to empower our members. The PACK EXPO trade shows unite the world of processing and packaging to advance the industries they serve: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Pharma EXPO, PACK EXPO
East, EXPO PACK México, EXPO PACK Guadalajara and ProFood Tech, launching in April 2017. PMMI Media Group connects manufacturers to the latest solutions, trends and innovations in processing and packaging year-round through brands including Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, Contract Packaging, ProFood World and Packaging + Processing OEM. PMMI Business Drivers assist members in pursuing operational excellence through workforce development initiatives, deliver actionable business intelligence on economic, market and industry trends to support members' growth strategies, and actively connect the supply chain throughout the year.