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PACK EXPO International strengthens Association Pavilion

More than 30 leading packaging and processing professional associations from around the world will exhibit in the Association Pavilion at PACK EXPO International from Nov. 2–5 in McCormick Place, according to show owner and producer PMMI.

PMMI invited the organizations to exhibit as part of the PACK EXPO Partner Program (PEPP), which strengthens industry connections. The co-location of Pharma EXPO strengthens the potential connections even further, noted Jim Pittas, vice president of Trade Shows, PMMI.

“The PACK EXPO tradeshows are about bringing the industry together — the entire packaging and processing supply chain — to spur innovation. With 50,000 attendees expected at PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO, PACK EXPO Partners will enjoy the opportunity to network with packaging and processing professionals and other like-minded associations,” Pittas added.

Mark Dingley, chairman, Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), said the group is in its second year in the program because PACK EXPO helps APPMA achieve its goals.

“APPMA exhibited at PACK EXPO in 2013, and it enabled our association to raise its profile on an international scale and to assist companies [that] are looking to establish themselves in the Australian market by connecting them to our members. The program also enables APPMA to continue our relationship with PMMI as one of our international sister associations,” Dingley said.

PMMI’s mission centers on convening the packaging and processing supply chain, Pittas noted, and PEPP is a component of achieving that mission.

“PEPP is a clear example of how the packaging and processing communities come together at the PACK EXPO shows,” stated Pittas. “PMMI knows how important our association partnerships are to furthering our industries and our missions. The partnership program opens the door to building and strengthening those partnerships.”

The Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), another PEPP association, intends to use its time at PACK EXPO to promote its messages about the viability and sustainability of the can, said CMI Vice President of Sustainability Megan Daum.

“CMI is excited for the opportunity to interact with and learn from other members of the packaging industry as well as share our recent work and activities. We’re proud that the can is the smart and sustainable solution, and look forward to communicating that platform at PACK EXPO,” she said.

Associations from nine countries, representing all facets of processing and packaging, will be on hand for PACK EXPO International 2014:

Adhesive and Sealants Council (ASC) AMEC – ENVASGRAF American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
AIMCAL — Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators Asociacion Mexicana de Envase y Embalaje, A.C. (AMEE) Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA)
Brazilian Packaging Association (ABRE) Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) China Food & Packaging Machinery Industry Association (CFPMA)
Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA) Food Marketing Institute (FMI)
Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) Independent Bakers Association (IBA) In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA)
Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) Instituto Argentino del Envase (IAE) International Molded Fiber Association (IMFA)
International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) Ipack-Ima Italian Trade Commission
Japan Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association Michigan State University (MSU) Packaging Alumni Association Midwest Food Processors Association, Inc.  (MWFPA)
Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA) The Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) ODVA, Inc.
PAC, Packaging Consortium PLCopen Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)
SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association TAPPI UCIMA — Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association



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