Reston, Va. — Packaging and processing professionals gathered in Chicago last week for PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2014, the largest packaging and processing trade show in North America. With preliminary figures topping 48,600 attendees, show owner and producer PMMI — The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies — anticipates recording a 6.5 percent attendance jump over 2012.
The four-day event, Nov. 2–5, covered more than 1.2 million net square feet (nsf) of exhibit space in McCormick Place with 2,352 exhibiting companies — an increase of more than 19 percent for exhibiting companies from PACK EXPO International 2012.
“PACK EXPO International 2014 was definitely a success,” says Jim Pittas, senior vice president, PMMI, “Exhibitors sold machines right off the show floor and collected high quality leads from the steady flow of attendees.”
Pre-show registration was well ahead of 2012 figures, and that momentum continued on site. Pharma EXPO, which PMMI produced in partnership with the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), clearly contributed to the surge in attendance, with twice as many attendees identifying their primary or secondary markets as “pharmaceutical.”
Pittas notes the successes of Pharma EXPO and PACK EXPO International 2014 strengthened the groundwork for excellent results for exhibitors at upcoming PACK EXPO trade shows including PACK EXPO East in February and Pharma EXPO and PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015.
“Exhibitors begin planning their strategy for the next PACK EXPO almost immediately after the close of the previous year’s show, and they need to know they’ll get a strong return on their investment,” says Pittas. “The success of the inaugural Pharma EXPO proves the strength of the PACK EXPO brand across all vertical markets and reinforces the industry’s view of PACK EXPO as the preeminent North American packaging and processing show.”
Coming in February, PMMI brings the strength of PACK EXPO to the East Coast with PACK EXPO East (Feb. 16–18, 2015; Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia). Learn more about it at Packexpoeast.com. Registration is $30 through Jan. 21, when it increases to $60.
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is a trade association representing over 650 packaging and processing supply chain companies that provide a full range of packaging and processing machinery, materials, components and containers. PMMI actively brings buyers and sellers together through programs and events such as the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, packexpo.com, PACK EXPO Show Daily, networking events and educational programs.
PMMI organizes the PACK EXPO trade shows: PACK EXPO International, Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO International and presented jointly with the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE); PACK EXPO Las Vegas, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK México and EXPO PACK Guadalajara, connecting participants in the packaging and processing supply chain with their customers around the world. Coming Up: PACK EXPO East, debuting Feb. 16–18, 2015 (Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia); EXPO PACK Guadalajara 2015, March 10–12 (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico); EXPO PACK México 2015, June 16–19 (Mexico City, Mexico); PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015 (Sept. 28-30, Las Vegas Convention Center); Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015.