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PACK EXPO attracts packagers worldwide

More than 20 global industry groups will participate in PACK EXPO International 2008, Nov. 9–13 at McCormick Place in Chicago. In addition to several North American trade groups, key associations from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Mexico and Russia will be present.

Attendees will be able to connect with representatives of many of these organizations in the Allied Association Pavilion located in the North Grand Concourse, and several of the associations will also participate in The Showcase of Packaging Innovations™, a gallery of more than 300 award-winning packaging designs.

Leading Industry Groups Add Value to PACK EXPO

“Providing attendees with insight into the global packaging industry has always been a priority for PACK EXPO,” says Charles D. Yuska, president and CEO of PMMI, the sponsor and producer of PACK EXPO. “Having industry associations from around the world participate in the show gives attendees a chance to learn about trends and issues in specific geographical regions and packaging industry market segments.”

The following organizations will be present at PACK EXPO International 2008:

ABRE — Brazilian Packaging Association
American Forest & Paper Association
AMEE — Mexican Packaging Association
Association of Independent Corrugated Converters
Automated Imaging Association
Contract Packaging Association
Fibre Box Association
Flexible Packaging Association
IAE — Argentine Packaging Institute
In-Mold Decorating Association
IoPP — Institute of Packaging Professionals
International Molded Fiber Association
International Safe Transit Association
Motion Control Association
OMAC Packaging Workgroup
Packaging Association of Canada/PAC
Packaging Consultants Council of the Institute of Packaging Professionals
Paperboard Packaging Council
Robotic Industries Association
Sercos North America
World Packaging Organisation
International Pavilions Underscore Global Nature of Industry

The Allied Association Pavilion will be just one feature of PACK EXPO’s more than 2,000 exhibitors and 1.1 million net square feet. Augmenting the Allied Association Pavilion are the pavilions sponsored by the following international industry associations:

Brazil: INP — Brazilian Plastics Institute
China: Chinese Food & Packaging Machinery Industry Association
France: ADEPTA — French association for food and packaging technologies
Germany: VDMA — German Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association
Italy: UCIMA — Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association
Japan: JPMMA — Japan Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association
Spain: AMEC–ENVASGRAF — Spanish Packing, Packaging, Bottling, Cartoning and Graphics Machinery Association
United Kingdom: PPMA, Processing & Packaging Machinery Association
Also on site at the show will be pavilions from Bavaria, Belgium’s Wallonia region, and China.

“The presence of these groups also adds to the mix of industry professionals attending PACK EXPO to exchange ideas and information,” says Yuska.

Engineers, R&D specialists, brand managers, marketers and other packaging professionals will take advantage of PACK EXPO International 2008 to discover the latest packaging technologies to enhance brand preference, reduce total systems costs, increase supply chain efficiencies and improve sustainability scores.

To register for PACK EXPO International 2008 or learn more about the show, visit

About PMMI
PMMI is a trade association with more than 550 member companies that manufacture packaging and packaging-related converting machinery, commercially-available packaging machinery components, containers and materials in the United States and Canada. PMMI’s vision is to be the leading global resource for packaging, and its mission is to improve and promote members’ abilities to succeed in a global marketplace. PMMI organizes the PACK EXPO trade shows: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas and EXPO PACK México. Learn more about PMMI at

PACK EXPO International will be held November 9-13, 2008 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. The show will be co-located with PROCESS EXPO and Converting & Package Printing EXPO. PMMI also produces EXPO PACK México, the premier packaging show in Mexico serving the Latin American region. This show will be held June 24-27, 2008 at Centro Banamex, Mexico City, Mexico. PACK EXPO Las Vegas will be held October 5-7, 2009 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Visit for more information.

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