PACK EXPO International will host more than 30 different processing and packaging groups from around the world as part of the PACK EXPO Partner Program (PEPP). The event (produced by PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies) is scheduled November 2-5 in Chicago.
Jim Pittas, vice president of trade shows for PMMI, told FoodProductionDaily the presence of a diverse array of professionals focused on processing and packaging technology makes PACK EXPO International a useful professional resource.
“The PACK EXPO trade shows are about bringing the industry together—the entire packaging and processing supply chain—to spur innovation,” he said. “With 50,000 attendees expected at PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO, PACK EXPO Partners will enjoy the opportunity to network with packaging and processing professionals and other like-minded associations.”
The Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA) is one of the international groups slated to descend upon PACK EXPO International in November. Mark Dingley, APPMA chairman, said the group is returning for a second year based on success at last year’s event in Las Vegas.
“APPMA exhibited at PACK EXPO in 2013, and it enabled our association to raise its profile on an international scale and to assist companies who are looking to establish themselves in the Australian market by connecting them to our members,” Dingley said.
Pittas said PEPP supports PACK EXPO’s goal of bringing professionals in processing and packaging together to build business.
“PEPP is a clear example of how the packaging and processing communities come together at the PACK EXPO shows,” he said. “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.”
Megan Daum, vice president of sustainability for PEPP member group Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), said CMI will use PACK EXPO as a platform to reach professionals in food, beverage, and other markets about the viability and sustainability of metal can packaging.
“We’re proud that the can is the smart and sustainable solution, and look forward to communicating that platform at PACK EXPO,” she said.
The PEPP members come from nine different companies, representing different aspects of processing and packaging.