PACK EXPO International takes place next month and promises to be an exciting showcase of all things packaging. Taking place in Chicago, IL, PACK EXPO International will be held at the McCormick Place and feature packaging innovations from around the world. But, PACK EXPO doesn’t stop at packaging machinery companies and suppliers. The show reaches out to every aspect of the packaging industry by offering a variety of education opportunities right on the show floor (see here) along with several lounges and resource centers.
To create a better integrated industry PMMI has invited more than 30 leading packaging and processing professional associations from all over the world to come to PACK EXPO International though the PACK EXPO Partner Program (PEPP).
PACK EXPO International
November 2-5, 2014
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday- Tuesday
9:00 am – 3:00 pm Wednesday
McCormick Place | Chicago, Illinois USA
PACK gives BACK featuring comedian, Jay Leno
Monday, November 3
Reception begins at 4:30 pm, performance at 5:30 pm
South Building Grand Ballroom in McCormick Place
Ticket price is $100, and will include beer, wine and light hors d’oeuvres at the reception. A portion of ticket sales will support the K9s for Warriors charity.
“PEPP is a clear example of how the packaging and processing communities come together at the PACK EXPO shows,” says Jim Pittas, vice president, Trade Shows, PMMI. “PMMI knows how important our association partnerships are to furthering our industries and our missions. The partnership program opens the door to building and strengthening those partnerships.”
This year a new center for contract packaging is popping up to help brands determine how they might be able to use a contract packager. Also, PMMI has found there is some confusion throughout the packaging industry related to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). To help packagers looking to make sense of these new laws, PACK EXPO International offers the Food Safety Summit Resource Center to lend a hand.
Contract packagers come to PACK EXPO
PMMI and the Contract Packaging Association (CPA) are bringing a new feature, the Contract Packaging Association Sourcing Center, to PACK EXPO International. The new show feature, in the Grand Concourse adjacent to the Association Pavilion, will be a showcase for the capabilities of contract packagers.
“In addition to the CPA members who will exhibit there, the Contract Packaging Association Sourcing Center will feature a display of innovative packages alongside experts who can speak to the benefits of using contract packagers,” says Charles D. Yuska, president & CEO, PMMI.
Contract packagers can provide a wide range of services to consumer goods companies (CPGs). To showcase these services and help CPGs learn what they might need, The Contract Packaging Sourcing Center will be near the entrance of the North Hall.
“The opportunity to collaborate with PMMI is very exciting. PACK EXPO consistently attracts top-level brands and buyers, and they are the target market for our messages about the role contract packagers can play,” says CPA president Chris Nutley, president, MSW Packaging. “This gives us a chance to present a full spectrum of contract packaging solutions and knowledge at the most comprehensive packaging and processing trade show in North America this year.”
PACK EXPO International is sure to be another excellent showcase of all the packaging industry is working towards, and this unique convergence of packagers, processors and brands should inspire new collaborations and innovations for the future.
PACK EXPO International 2014 will feature free seminars throughout each day of the show, and it will all take place right on the show floor in the midst of all the action.
The Innovation Stage at PACK EXPO brings you educational talks on breakthrough technologies and techniques with applications in a wide variety of industries.
The Center for Trends & Technology:
The Center for Trends & Technology – Improving Production through Innovation is sponsored by Rockwell Automation® and its PartnerNetwork™ Program and is free and open to all attendees. From presentations and interactive kiosks, you’ll learn about the absolute latest technologies and emerging trends.
Presentations feature experts from Rockwell Automation, Grantek Systems, Cisco, Interstates Control Systems, Microsoft, Stone Technology and AIOE on topics like:
- Machine Safety – how safety and productivity are complementary
- The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) – its impact on your supply chain operations
- The Internet of Things (IoT) – what it means for manufacturing
- Security control networks, remote support and the IoT
- Serialization – best practices in reducing risk
- Line Optimization / Performance – turning plant floor data into actionable information
Food Safety Summit Resource Center:
Stop by the Food Safety Summit Resource Center in Booth #2962 for information, one-on-one consultations and FREE presentations addressing critical food safety issues, the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
Clemson University Packaging Emporium:
By popular demand, Clemson returns to PACK EXPO with its fascinating and revealing biometric technology in a very special exhibit, the Clemson University’s CUshop. Don’t miss the chance to try out their eye-tracking technology, virtual reality and packaging insights testing for yourself.
Reusables Learning Center:
The Reusables Learning Center, endorsed by the Reusable Packaging Association (RPA), brings you free education sessions on integrating reusables into your supply chain and capitalizing on their many benefits.
The Contract Packaging Association Sourcing Center:
In this special space on the PACK EXPO International show floor, you can explore the capabilities and services of the nation’s leading contract packagers, talk with experts and find a partner whose core competency answers your needs.
In-Depth Knowledge for Better Purchase Decisions – How can you improve your buying decisions and get more value from the purchases you make? Get to know suppliers and their products in-depth by attending their in-booth education sessions.