Pack Expo East 2022 show overview
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The Pack Expo East 2022 (21-23 March, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia) show floor will be the biggest in its history with record number booth sales and strong attendee registration, according to show producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.
Featuring over 400 exhibitors, this biennial, three-day regional event provides beverage producers and consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies from the Northeast corridor an opportunity to explore the latest packaging and processing technologies in person, connect with suppliers and find solutions in a rapidly changing marketplace.
“Pack Expo East attendees get the best of both worlds—the ability to see a comprehensive range of packaging and processing technologies while still having time for in-depth discussions with suppliers to solve pain points and address challenges,” said Jim Pittas, president and CEO, PMMI. “This easily accessible regional event is the perfect opportunity for a day trip with your team to experience all these solutions first-hand.”
All three days offer free education on the show floor, allowing attendees to talk with suppliers and learn about best practices and industry breakthroughs. The Forum (Booth 1026) offers free, interactive presentations. It will feature 45-minute sessions on the latest industry trends, presented by the OpX Leadership Network, Institute of Packaging Professionals, Contract Packaging Association and PMMI Business Intelligence, followed by small group discussions and Q&A sessions. Also on the show floor, the Innovation Stage (Booth 2226) offers free, 30-minute seminars throughout the day presenting breakthrough technologies, innovative applications, and proven approaches from industry experts.
Pack Expo East also offers programmes and activities to get students interested in careers in packaging and processing. Attendees will see high school robotics teams from the Philadelphia area showcase their design, engineering and troubleshooting skills at the Future Innovators Robotics Showcase (Booth 525). Participating schools include Camden County Technical Schools, Egg Harbor Township Police Activities League, and Central High School of Philadelphia. Attendees also can meet students from PMMI education partner schools in the Workforce Development Pavilion.
Endorsed by top industry associations, the Association Partner Pavilion brings together a mix of professionals, encouraging connections and industry-wide collaboration. Participating associations include the Adhesive and Sealant Council, AIM North America, AIPIA, the Smart Packaging Association, CPA, The Association for Contract Packagers and Manufacturers, Flexible Packaging Association (FPA), F4SS, The Foundation for Supply Chain Solutions, Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP), OMAC – The Organization for Machine Automation and Control and the Reusable Packaging Association (RPA).
In addition to the show floor features, there will be networking opportunities. All attendees and exhibitors will gather and network during the Taste of Philly Pack Expo East Opening Reception (Monday, 21 March; 3-5 pm). Following the opening reception, young professionals in packaging and processing will connect at PMMI’s Young Professionals Networking Reception (Monday, 21 March; 5-7 pm) at SPIN Philadelphia and The Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network (PPWLN) Reception (Tuesday, 22 March; 3-5 pm), sponsored by ID Technology, Morrison Container Handling Solutions, Polypack, Septimatech, SMC Corporation and WLS, will bring women in the industry together in a relaxed meet-and-greet setting.
Registered attendees can plan their visit before the show by utilising the My Show Planner feature on the packexpoeast.com website to identify and map out exhibitors to visit, search education sessions and more. The Pack Expo East show app, sponsored by ProMach, can be downloaded from the Apple App or Google Play Store to help navigate the show floor and find exhibitors easily while at the show.