The largest U.S. packaging trade show has sold out for 2012, says PMMI, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO trade shows. PACK EXPO International 2012 will be held Oct. 28-3 at ; McCormick Place in Chicago.
"The sold out status of PACK EXPO speaks volumes to its value as a showcase for the packaging and processing industries," said Charles D. Yuska, president & CEO, PMMI. "With space completely gone three months out, the show has surpassed even our expectations."
PACK EXPO International 2012 will be the largest edition of the show since 2002, with a record 1,800 plus exhibitors showing off the latest in packaging and processing innovation across more than 1.1 million net square feet of exhibit space.
Customer Centric Strategy Highlights Innovation
With all of the packaging and processing technology on display, the customer-centric focus of the show will ensure attendees can make the most of their time on the show floor.
"With new and returning industry pavilions and lounges, partnerships with innovators like Material ConneXions and Mintel, and industry expertise across the show floor and in the conference halls, PACK EXPO International 2012 will be an event that highlights all the best these industries have to offer," Yuska added.
In addition to lounges dedicated to the beverage, baking and snack, confectionery and pharmaceutical industries, the show will feature expertise from the National Confectioners Association (NCA), the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters (AICC), the International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT), and several chapters of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE).
Lecture Series Returns
PACK EXPO 2012 will also see the return of the PACK EXPO Lecture Series, with comedian and pundit Dennis Miller and commentator James Carville taking the stage on Sunday, Oct. 28.
"The discussion between Carville and Miller promises to be not only engaging and entertaining, but particularly relevant in this election year," Yuska said. "We're looking forward to a great event."
Tickets for the PACK EXPO Lecture Series with Dennis Miller and James Carville are available online at www.packexpo.com and cost $125 per person ($100 per person for groups of 10).
PMMI also announced that the Sustainable Packaging Coalitionwill be a show partner. Located near The Brand Zone, the SPC booth (N-5823) will focus on its COMPASS (TM) (Comparative Packaging Assessment) tool. COMPASS helps packaging designers make informed decisions about the lifecycle impacts of their designs, factoring in resource consumption, emissions, life-cycle phases and packaging materials. This allows designers to balance the needs of brand, cost and service with environmental performance when faced with a range of options to fulfill new packaging design requests and track progress over time.
"The unprecedented industry access we'll see at PACK EXPO is something we can't get anywhere else, and it provides the perfect stage for our COMPASS tool," said Minal Mistry, Senior Manager, SPC. "We know the SPC and PACK EXPO can help designers more fully realize the impact their products are having on the world and encourage them to think holistically."
The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) (http://www.sustainablepackaging.org/) is an industry working group dedicated to a more robust environmental vision for packaging. Through strong member support, an informed and science-based approach, supply chain collaborations and continuous outreach, we endeavor to build packaging systems that encourage economic prosperity and a sustainable flow of materials.
To register for PACK EXPO International 2012 visit www.packexpo.com. Discounted registration rates of $30 apply until October 8, 2012. Costs increase to $60 after that date.Learn more about the PACK EXPO trade shows at www.packexpo.com.