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PMMI announces new additions to PACK EXPO International for 2010

PMMI announces new additions to PACK EXPO International for 2010

PACK EXPO 2010PMMI is adding significant new features to PACK EXPO International for 2010,  including a pavilion devoted to reusable packaging and a pavilion for the paper, packaging and supplies distribution industry. In addition, PACK EXPO International for 2010 also gets a new conference that will discuss a variety of topics related to manufacturing excellence.

Reusable Packaging Pavilion
The new Reusable Packaging Pavilion is sponsored by the Reusable Packaging Association (RPA). RPA will also host a series of educational sessions and workshops on the final two days of the show. The collaboration, now in its second year, is part of an on-going effort by PMMI to facilitate value-added programming around PACK EXPO and help processors and packagers get more accomplished in a single trip.

“From the beginning, PACK EXPO has been committed to evolving with the needs of its global audience,” says Charles D. Yuska, president and CEO of PMMI, the sponsor and producer of PACK EXPO. “Adding a pavilion that focuses on reusable packaging, which offers brand owners economic, environmental and social benefits, allows attendees to expand their knowledge while spending time in one convenient location.”

Located in McCormick Place’s Lakeside Center, the Reusable Packaging Pavilion will span 3,000 net square feet and feature more than 20 exhibitors spotlighting reusable pallets, hand-held containers, bulk containers, dunnage and other transport packaging solutions.

RPA will also sponsor a series of educational sessions and workshops on Tuesday November 2 and Wednesday November 3. Led by industry experts and end-users, the sessions will focus on a range of topics related to reusable packaging including sustainability, safety, RFID and effects on the supply chain. Each day’s schedule will also include a keynote presentation. Speakers will be announced in the coming months.

DistriPak Pavilion

The DistriPak Pavilion will make its PACK EXPO International debut this fall. The pavilion is sponsored by NPTA Alliance (formerly the National Paper Trade Association).

NPTA Alliance represents the $60-plus billion paper, packaging and supplies distribution industry, and its members serve a wide range of end users, including manufacturers within every segment, including electronics; food & beverage/wine; bakery & snack; cosmetics & toiletries; dairy; pharmaceutical; chemical; candy & confection; and paper & textiles.

“PMMI is actively pursuing partnerships like this one with NPTA Alliance because they provide an extra layer of depth for attendees,” says Yuska. “It’s all part of offering attendees the opportunity to address every aspect of their production line needs,”

NPTA Alliance CEO Newell Holt notes the DistriPak Pavilion was also part of PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2009, and 2010 will mark its PACK EXPO International debut. “Because NPTA Alliance will be at PACK EXPO International 2010, distributors and end users will get a chance to connect with distribution firms and each other,” he says. “Attendees will benefit from a new avenue for finding the leading industrial packaging distributors and machinery and materials manufacturers who sell through the distribution channel. For exhibitors, it’s a way to reach end user and distributor senior executives and purchasing decision makers of highly-qualified prospects.”

To make the most of this opportunity, NPTA plans several events to coincide with the dates of PACK EXPO:  An NPTA Alliance booth on the show floor, an NPTA Packaging Segment networking reception, and a meeting of the NPTA Packaging Committee.

“The DistriPak Pavilion at PACK EXPO is a unique opportunity for exhibitors and attendees, and NPTA is pleased to provide that additional value to exhibitors and attendees at this year’s event,” said Newell Holt, NPTA CEO.

Manufacturing Excellence Conference 
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is partnering with PMMI and co-locating the first ever Manufacturing Excellence Conference during this fall’s PACK EXPO International 2010.

The Manufacturing Excellence Conference will deliver two days of education on topics including product safety, sustainability and operational reliability. The event will be held Monday, November 1 and Tuesday, November 2, as part of PACK EXPO International.

“We are extremely pleased to have the leading trade association that represents the world’s food, beverage and consumer packaged goods companies to co-locate this important event during PACK EXPO International,” says Yuska. “GMA member companies such as Kraft, Georgia Pacific, Coca-Cola, Unilever and The Hershey Company attend PACK EXPO International to find the latest in processing and packaging solutions, and now can benefit from world class education from GMA’s Manufacturing Excellence Conference.”

“PACK EXPO is the perfect venue to host a comprehensive manufacturing conference that will deliver new and innovative solutions for our industry’s most pressing issues,” says Pamela G. Bailey, President and CEO of GMA. “By partnering with PMMI, our goal is to provide GMA members and all of our industry partners a forum where we can work to align manufacturing, engineering, and plant management problem solving in the critical areas of product safety, sustainability and operational reliability.”

About PMMI

PMMI is a trade association with more than 530 member companies that manufacture packaging, processing and 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 meet the needs of their customers.

PMMI organizes the PACK EXPO trade shows: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas and EXPO PACK México, connecting packaging and processing equipment and materials suppliers with their customers around the world. Coming in 2010: EXPO PACK México in Mexico City, June 22–25, and PACK EXPO International, Oct. 31–Nov. 3, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. PACK EXPO Las Vegas returns to the Las Vegas Convention Center Sept. 26–28, 2011. Learn more about PMMI and the PACK EXPO trade shows at and


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