EXPO PACK México 2014, which took place in Mexico City at Mexico City’s Centro Banamex, closed on June 20, marking the show’s second consecutive sold-out event, according to show owner and organizer PMMI (PMMI.org), The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. With its 18,738 net square meters (201,694 sq. ft.) of exhibit space, 1,025 exhibitors and 25,015 visitors, this year’s was one of the largest overall events in the history of EXPO PACK México’s history.

EXPO PACK Mexico is an international marketplace and one of the largest processing and packaging events in Latin America. Exhibitors include global suppliers from 20 countries, and nine countries organized International Pavilions.

“We appreciate the continued support of our association partners from around the world,” Yuska adds:

  • Argentina – Fundacion ExportAR
  • Brazil — INP (Brazilian Plastic Institute)
  • China — China Council for the Promotion of International Trade
  • France — ADEPTA (Association for the Development of International Trade)
  • Spain — AMEC-ENVASGRAF (Spanish Packaging Machinery Association)
  • Spain – Murcia Region
  • Taiwan — Chan Chao
  • United States, Canada & Mexico — PMMI

PMMI reported 159 members at the show, including the 82 members exhibiting in the PMMI Pavilion. This year’s PMMI Pavilion grew to 2,235 net square meters (24,057 net square feet) — 5% larger than in 2013.

“Solutions providers from all over the world see the opportunities in Mexico and Latin America, which reinforces the strength of the packaging and processing marketplace there,” says Charles D. Yuska, President & CEO, PMMI.  “

More than 25,000 visitors attended the 2014 event, making it the third-largest turn out in EXPO PACK Mexico’s 29-year history.

“Manufacturers in Latin America need new packaging and processing solutions, and they know EXPO PACK México is a critical resource,” Yuska says.

Buyers traveled from 29 of the 32 Mexican states, including buying groups from Puebla, Queretaro and Guanajuato, and international enthusiasm for the show continued to grow. Latin America buyers came from Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador Guatemala, Peru and Venezuela.

EXPO PACK Mexico continues to receive major support from leading industry organizations in Mexico and Latin America.

“We can’t overstate the value of the support we receive from these groups,” Yuska says. “Our partnerships strengthen our attendee outreach efforts, and we’re pleased and proud to have their members at the show. These are the leading organizations in the Latin American and Mexican consumer goods industry.”

This year’s partners include:

  • ANPDAPAC (Mexican Bottled Water Association)
  • CANAFEM (Metal Packaging Manufacturers National Chamber)
  • CANAGRAF (National Chamber of Graphic Arts)
  • CANAINCA (Mexican Association of Processed Foods)
  • CANIFARMA (Mexican Pharmaceutical Association)
  • CANIPEC (Mexican Chamber of Perfumes, Cosmetics & Toiletries)
  • CIAJ (Food Chamber of Jalisco)

“Clearly, our partnerships with these leading organizations strengthened our attendee outreach efforts, and increased the value of attending the show. We’re pleased and proud to have their support,” Yuska says.

 With the close of EXPO PACK Mexico, PMMI will turn its attention to the second edition of EXPO PACK Guadalajara (Guadalajara, Jalisco; March 10-12, 2015). This event, tailored to industry in western Mexico, is expected to draw 10,000 attendees to 4,000 net square meters of exhibit space and more than 350 exhibiting companies.