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Packaging plays to a full house at EastPack 2006

The East Coast's largest annual packaging and processing tradeshow, EastPack (www.eastpackshow.com) will return to New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, June 6 to 8, along with expanded pavilions for co-located events Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East and the Automation Technology Expo (ATX East). Also joining the event lineup is the Atlantic Design & Manufacturing tradeshow.

Expected to draw approximately 1,500 exhibitors and 30,000 buyers, the expositions will house 10 special-feature product pavilions, three of which will be located within EastPack.

At the Medical/Pharmaceutical and Nutraceutical Packaging Pavilion, attendees will be able to view specialty processing equipment; medical-grade materials and supplies; disposables packaging; trays and kits; blister-packs; tamper-resistant/evident containers; labeling and bar-coding equipment; contract manufacturing services; quality control instruments; and testing, inspection and sterilization services.

To help packagers explore strategies to gain a competitive edge and find the right partner to handle their packaging needs, show manager Canon Communications LLC (www.canontradeshows.com) this year will debut a new Contract Packaging and Outsourcing Services Pavilion. This area will feature contract packagers, manufacturers and outsourcing service providers supplying a host of services, including packaging, labeling and filling; logistics, warehousing and distribution; testing and compliance; R&D, engineering, design and consultation; and more. Notes Canon, the pavilion will offer solutions to implement fixed-cost recognition in design, manufacturing, packaging and distribution and to increase speed-to-market and overall efficiency.

For the cosmetic, fragrance and personal care packaging industries, the Cosmetic & Personal Care Packaging Pavilion will showcase a spectrum of services and supplies. Among them will be stylized bottles, jars, pouches and tubes; specialty labeling; innovative design services; coatings, colorants and finishes; closures, valves, pumps and sprayers; and ties, ribbons and other accessories.

Packagers may also be interested in visiting ATX East, which was held for the first time last year. The event, which Canon says is expected to "increase significantly in size" this year over 2005's inaugural event, will offer information on the latest technological advances in custom automation and assembly, robotics, control software, motors, drives, motion control and more.

Also relevant to packagers, an expanded MEDPAK pavilion in MD&M East will display the latest packaging equipment, materials and services for medical products.

Other enhanced pavilions include PrecisionTec, which will feature suppliers of CNC machine tools, machining centers, EDM, laser equipment and custom metals processors; Medical Electronics, serving the $18-billion medical electronic equipment market; and Quality, where attendees will see a full array of testing and inspection products and services, including optical and laser inspection equipment and more.

New to the expositions is the MicroNanoTec Pavilion, where attendees can see current and next-generation technology at the micron and molecular or nano level for the design and development of medical devices. Exhibitors in this section include suppliers of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), micro components and subassemblies, nano-scale materials and components, molecular analysis instruments and more.

Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday.

For information on registration and other event details, contact Canon at 310/445-4200, or visit the show's website at www.eastpackshow.com.

The following EastPack exhibitors have a marketing message in this issue:

Advanced Poly-Packaging, Inc.— Booth 4439: p. 4.

All Packaging Machinery Corp.—Booth 4433: p. 62.

AMS Filling Systems, Inc.—Booth 4429: p. 3.

Auto Labe Booth Mfg. Co.—Booth 4557: p. 48.

Automated Packaging Systems, Inc.—Booth 4517: p. 13, 77.

Caplugs/Niagra Caps & Plugs—Booth 4221: p. 63.

Cognex Corp.—Booth 3338: p. 61.

CVC Technologies—Booth 4701: C-3.

First Choice Packaging Solutions—Booth 4213: p. 70.

Hitachi America Ltd.—Booth 4000: p. 1.

Imaje USA—Booth 4533: p. 30.

Kaufman Container—Booth 4239: p. 51.

Markem Corp.—Booth 4209: p. 10.

Morrison Container Handling Solutions—Booth 4470: p. 46.

OptiLogistics, Inc.—Booth 4565: p. 69.

QuickLabel Systems, An Astro-Med Product Group—Booth 4511: p. 27.

Rollon Corp.—Booth 3125: p. 16.

RSI Print Systems—Booth 4045: p. 37, C-4.

Tharo Systems, Inc.—Booth 4264: p. 59.

Videojet Technologies, Inc.—Booth 4501: p. 21.

VisiPak—Booth 4152: p. 20.

Wexxar Packaging, Inc.—Booth 4609: p. 33.

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