PACK EXPO Las Vegas grows alongside the industry


The twentieth anniversary edition of PACK EXPO Las Vegas, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center on 28th to 30th September should be the largest yet, predicts show owner and producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.

While its more than 800,000 net square feet of exhibit space is significant, PMMI also anticipates visitor attendance near 30,000 and over two thousand exhibitors. These industry leaders serve more than 40 vertical markets, an indicator of PACK EXPO Las Vegas’ growth in breadth and depth over the years. The expansion includes the Las Vegas debut of Pharma EXPO, jointly produced by PMMI and the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering.

Charles D Yuska, president and CEO, PMMI, says, “PACK EXPO shows have evolved alongside the needs of attendees and exhibitors, and we’ve come a long way from where we started. Today, PACK EXPO trade shows are always the year’s most comprehensive events for packaging innovation. In the case of PACK EXPO Las Vegas, it’s been a quick jump from regional show to expansive, must-attend event.”

In 1995, PMMI introduced the industry to PACK EXPO West, featuring packaging equipment from 532 exhibitors and attracting 9334 attendees. Exhibit space was about 200,000 net square feet — about 25% of this year’s event. The international flavour of the show has grown as well, with visitors from outside the United States making up 8.3% of the attendee base in 1995 and 18% at the most recent edition, in 2013. The number of international exhibitors also increased from just 54 at the debut event to more than 310 showcasing solutions this year in Las Vegas.

The co-location of Pharma EXPO brings that point home, focusing on supply chain solutions for the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, nutraceutical and medical device industries. The combination of the two shows also presents the opportunity to explore a wide range of industries and ideas.

Brian Barr, packaging systems sales manager, Heat and Control, one of the original exhibitors that will be at this year’s show, says, “PACK EXPO has evolved to serve the broad needs of a diverse market that has packaging as its nucleus. From equipment for food processing, to conveying, packaging, and inspection, this show provides a single forum for presenting and discussing solutions. As a full-service supplier, we need a full-service trade show where our customers can discuss a range of projects at a single location. PACK EXPO is that single source where we can communicate all our products and services to our customers.”

As the event has grown, PMMI has also added customer-centric features designed to help attendees maximise their time on the show floor and leverage networking opportunities. Industry-specific lounges and specialised pavilions like The Brand Zone and provide quick access to the latest developments in specific market niches.

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