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July

Biotechnologists Will Uncover Innovation at Pharma EXPO
Professionals in the rapidly-growing biotechnology industry will find the solutions they seek well supported at this fall’s debut of Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO International (Nov. 2-5, 2014; McCormick Place, Chicago).

International Paper Sponsors PACK gives BACK
PACK EXPO owner and producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is pleased to announce that International Paper is a Gold Sponsor of PACK gives BACK™. The Monday, Nov. 3, event features comedian Jay Leno (formerly of The Tonight Show) and will be held during PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2014 (Nov. 2–5; McCormick Place, Chicago).

Pro Mach Signs on as Title Sponsor of PACK gives BACK
PACK EXPO owner and producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is pleased to announce Pro Mach, Inc., has committed to be a Title Sponsor of PACK gives BACK™. This event, open only to PACK EXPO and Pharma EXPO registrants, will be held during PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2014 (Nov. 2–5; McCormick Place, Chicago), on Monday, Nov. 3, and features comedian Jay Leno (formerly of The Tonight Show).

Pharma EXPO Serves Growing Medical Device Industry
The global medical device industry has grown significantly over the last five years, and it is projected to reach approximately $302 billion by 2017 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.1 percent (2011-2017) (Global Medical Device Industry 2012-2017, Lucintel). To serve this growing industry, Pharma EXPO 2014 (Nov. 2-5; McCormick Place, Chicago), co-located with PACK EXPO International, will provide solutions medical device manufacturers can use to enhance efficiency, speed and time to market, and to ensure regulatory compliance.

PMMI Announces 2014 Packaging Hall of Fame Commission
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, announces the 2014 Packaging Hall of Fame Commission. This group of industry professionals, educators and journalists will determine the Packaging Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

Contract Packagers are Choosing PACK EXPO
PMMI, owner and producer of PACK EXPO International 2014 (McCormick Place, Chicago; Nov. 2–5) and the Contract Packaging Association (CPA) are bringing a new feature, the Contract Packaging Association Sourcing Center, to PACK EXPO International and the co-located Pharma EXPO this fall (McCormick Place, Chicago; Nov. 2–5, 2014).

Processing & Packaging Industry Groups Converge at PACK EXPO
PMMI, owner and producer of PACK EXPO International 2014, is pleased to announce more than 30 leading packaging and processing professional associations from all over the world will be on hand at PACK EXPO International 2014 (McCormick Place, Chicago; Nov. 2–5) in the Association Pavilion, on the Grand Concourse at the North Hall entrance.

June

In Memoriam: A.J. Janosko

Sold Out EXPO PACK México Brings Latin American Industry Together
EXPO PACK México 2014 (Mexico City, June 17–20) in Mexico City’s Centro Banamex closed on June 20, marking the show’s second consecutive sold-out event, according to show owner and organizer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. With its 18,738 net square meters (201,694 sq. ft.) of exhibit space, 1,025 exhibitors and 25,015 visitors, this year’s was one of the largest overall events in the history of EXPO PACK México’s history.

PMMI’s Food Safety & Traceability Report Dives into FSMA Perceptions & Next Steps
Many stakeholders across the food industry appear to be confused about implementation deadlines surrounding the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), according to a recent study from PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. Compiled from 64 interviews with manufacturing professionals, the report details food manufacturers’ perceptions of FSMA, and how equipment manufacturers can best help them respond to the upcoming regulations. PMMI has also released a corresponding infographic to accompany the study findings.

DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers Sponsors PACK gives BACK™
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO trade shows, is pleased to announce that DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers (DuPont) is a title sponsor of PACK gives BACK™.. PACK gives BACK™ is one of the signature events of PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2014 (Nov. 2 – 5; McCormick Place, Chicago).

Retail Ready Packaging Hits the Shelves and the CPGs
Rrrip! The stock boy opens and places a tray of product on the shelf. Rrrip! He does it again. A few more times and he’s done — in a fraction of the time and with better results than if he had placed the product piece by piece.

Nominations Open for Packaging Hall of Fame
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, the owner and producer of the PACK EXPO family of trade shows, is accepting nominations for the Packaging Hall of Fame Class of 2014. The deadline for nominations is July 15, 2014.

May

Discover "Next Generation" Packaging Ideas at FMI Connect
Attendees at FMI Connect 2014 will have the opportunity to experience what’s in store for packaging at retail, as product packaging and displays continue to play a critical role in consumers’ overall shopping experience.

PMMI Membership Structure Shifts to Better Reflect Industry Needs
PMMI members this month voted to expand its definition of “General Member” to include companies that manufacture processing machinery in North America. The shift, which is the first change to the General Member category since PMMI was incorporated in 1933, underscores PMMI’s focus on the processing and packaging supply chain.

The Processing Zone Returns to PACK EXPO International
According to a recent study released by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, 75 percent of manufacturers use robots at some point along their manufacturing line, including processing operations involving direct food contact. The report indicates that use of robotics has more than tripled in a number of industries in the past five years.

Baked-In Success
According to a recent IBISWorld report, revenue for snack food manufacturers in the United States has grown an estimated 3.4 percent annually over the last five years — with today’s revenue totaling $33.1 billion. To help baking and snack brands satisfy their growing market, PACK EXPO International 2014 (Nov. 2–5; McCormick Place, Chicago), North America’s largest resource for processing and packaging technologies this year, will provide access to thousands of technologies.

Energy, Enthusiasm & EXPO PACK México 2014
In just a few weeks, EXPO PACK México 2014 (Centro Banamex, Mexico City; June 17–20) will open with a sold-out show floor (18,500 net square meters/200,000 net square feet), and over 1,000 exhibitors, according to show owner and producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.

Economic Growth & Urbanization Drive Retail Ready Packaging Expansion
Retail ready packaging (RRP) markets around the world have grown and will continue to expand. PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Hall 12/F01), announced the findings of its RRP study today at interpack (May 8-14; Messe D?sseldorf, D?sseldorf, Germany). According to the survey of OEMs, end-user manufacturers and retailers, Europe projected the largest market value for 2012 at $24.7 billion, more than quadruple the 2012 US value of $5.5 billion, which has seen a growth rate of 1.4 percent in the same period.

PMMI Talks North American Pharmaceutical Trends at interpack
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, today addressed top trends in robotics and retail ready packaging at interpack (May 8-14; Messe D?sseldorf, D?sseldorf, Germany). According to PMMI’s recent study on robotics usage and trends, robots are projected to be used for 27 percent of primary packaging for medical devices by 2018, compared to just three percent in 2013. For pharmaceuticals, robots are expected to handle 34 percent of primary packaging operations, up from 21 percent in 2013.

PMMI Talks Robotics and Retail Ready Innovation at interpack
More items "Made in the USA", advanced robotics and retail ready packaging were all on the docket at PMMI's press conference to kick off interpack (May 8-14; Messe Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany). PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (Hall 12/F01), addressed the top trends and challenges impacting the North American manufacturing sector. Findings from the association's report, "Quarterly Economic Outlook: Planning for 2nd Quarter 2014" forecast 1.9 percent growth in US Industrial Production this year.

Bosch Packaging Technology Sponsors Registration Kiosks
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of EXPO PACK México and the PACK EXPO trade shows, announces longtime exhibitor Bosch Packaging Technology is supporting EXPO PACK México 2014 (Centro Banamex, Mexico City; June 17-20) as the exclusive sponsor for attendee self-registration kiosks.

Center for Trends & Technology Educational Series Spotlights Efficiency & Efficacy in Production
PMMI, owner and producer of PACK EXPO International, and Center for Trends & Technology (CTT) sponsors Rockwell Automation and its PartnerNetwork™ Program have established a slate of presenters and topic areas for the educational sessions to be presented at The Center for Trends & Technology (CTT): Improving Production through Innovation, at PACK EXPO International 2014 (McCormick Place, Chicago; Nov. 2–5).

Wallace Church Presents at the PMMI – PACK EXPO Possibilities in Packaging Innovation Pavilion at FMI Connect 2014
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO family of trade shows, is pleased to announce Rob Wallace, managing partner of New York-based brand identity and package design firm Wallace Church, will present at the PMMI – PACK EXPO Possibilities in Packaging Innovation Pavilion at FMI Connect 2014 (McCormick Place, Chicago; June 11–12).

PACK EXPO Supports WPO's WorldStar Awards as Platinum Sponsor
PMMI, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO family of trade shows, is pleased to announce PACK EXPO’s support, as a Platinum Sponsor, of the World Packaging Organisation’s (WPO) WorldStar Awards ceremony. WPO will present the awards Tuesday, May 13, during interpack (Düsseldorf, Germany; May 8–14).

April

Bosch Brings Morning Coffee Service to PACK EXPO Int'l & Pharma EXPO
PMMI, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO trade shows, is pleased to announce Bosch Packaging Technology (Booth S-3514 and Booth W-603) will sponsor morning coffee service for exhibitors and attendees at PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2014 (Nov. 2-5; McCormick Place, Chicago). This is the first time any organization has offered complimentary coffee to all at the show.

Pharma EXPO Grows to Meet Industry Demand
The global spend on medicines is expected to reach $1 trillion in 2014 and is forecast to grow at 3 to 5 percent CAGR over the next five years, according to a recent study by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. As the global pharmaceutical industry prepares for this growth, so does the debut edition of Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO International 2014 (November 2?5; McCormick Place, Chicago). Already 85 percent sold out months before its opening, the exhibition is co-produced by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, and the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), the world?s largest not-for-profit association leading scientific, technical and regulatory advancement throughout the pharmaceutical lifecycle.

Center for Trends & Technology Makes Second PACK EXPO Appearance
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, the owner and producer of PACK EXPO International 2014 (Nov. 2-5; McCormick Place, Chicago), announces the Center for Trends & Technology (CTT): Improving Production through Innovation will make its second appearance at PACK EXPO, sponsored again by Rockwell Automation and its PartnerNetwork™ program. The exhibit first appeared at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013.

Anticipation Builds: Exhibit Sales Open for PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015 and Pharma EXPO’s Las Vegas Debut
PACK EXPO owner and producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, and the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) are pleased to announce their joint venture, Pharma EXPO, will make its Las Vegas debut in Fall 2015, co-located with PACK EXPO Las Vegas (Sept. 28–30, 2015; Las Vegas Convention Center).

PMMI Partners with Ipack-Ima to Launch East Afripack
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is pleased to announce their new partnership in producing East Afripack, the processing, packaging and converting technologies exhibition, with Ipack-Ima Spa, Italy's leading trade fair producer promoting the processing and packaging technology industries.

PMMI Announces Return of PACK gives BACK™ with Celebrated Comedian Jay Leno
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO trade shows, announces the return of PACK gives BACK™, Monday, Nov. 3, at 5:30 p.m. at PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2014 (Nov. 2–5, 2014; McCormick Place, Chicago). The event, open to PACK EXPO and Pharma EXPO registrants, will feature comedian Jay Leno. A portion of ticket sales will support the K9s for Warriors charity.

PMMI Welcomes New Members
The Board of Directors of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, announces new PMMI member companies. The Board voted on the new members during its April 5 meeting, held in conjunction with PMMI's 2014 Executive Leadership Conference (Indian Wells, Calif.).

B&CMA Endorses and Hosts the Baking–Snack Break Lounge at PACK EXPO Int’l 2014
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO trade shows, and the Biscuit and Cracker Manufacturers Association (B&CMA) announce B&CMA will endorse and staff The Baking–Snack Break Lounge at PACK EXPO International 2014 (Nov. 2–5; McCormick Place, Chicago). The lounge will be the central meeting place and information center for the baking and snack industry at the show.

March

PACK EXPO East Shifts Dates to Accommodate Exhibitor Demand
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, announces PACK EXPO East 2015 will take place Feb. 16–18 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The new dates allow PMMI to better meet exhibitor demand, which has already exceeded expectations.

Pro Mach Plans Big Returns at EXPO PACK México
PMMI: the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of EXPO PACK México and the PACK EXPO trade shows, announces Pro Mach has renewed its support of EXPO PACK México (Centro Banamex, Mexico; June 17-20, 2014) with a comprehensive sponsorship package.

PMMI Brings Innovation to interpack
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, will help manufacturers from around the world discover solutions from North America’s top innovators at interpack (May 8-14; Messe D?sseldorf, D?sseldorf, Germany). One-hundred and eighty-five PMMI member companies will exhibit at the show, offering technologies to advance line speed, efficiency and food safety initiatives as well as enhancing shelf appeal. Additionally, PMMI’s booth (Hall 12/F01) will have resources and experts on-hand to offer insights on the latest trends and technologies driving North America’s growing manufacturing sector.

With Industry Support, EXPO PACK Guadalajara 2015 Adds Processing, Pharma and Package Printing Pavilions
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, announces new pavilions for processing, pharmaceutical/medical devices and package printing, and new dates for the 2015 edition of its EXPO PACK Guadalajara.

Find Smart Solutions for Lifecycle Innovation at Pharma EXPO Debut
PMMI, The Association for Packaging Technologies, and the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), announce registration is open for Pharma EXPO 2014 (McCormick Place–West Building, Chicago; Nov. 2–5). The new event is co-located with PACK EXPO International and produced in partnership by PACK EXPO owner and producer PMMI and ISPE.

The Dow Chemical Company to Sponsor The Showcase of Packaging Innovations®
PACK EXPO owner and producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is pleased to announce that The Dow Chemical Company will sponsor The Showcase of Packaging Innovations® at PACK EXPO International 2014 (Nov. 2-5; McCormick Place, Chicago).

PMMI, Ipack-Ima Announce New Level of Cooperation
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO trade shows, and Ipack-Ima SpA announce a new partnership wherein Ipack-Ima will be the exclusive representative in Italy for the PACK EXPO trade shows.

PMMI–PACK EXPO Presents Options for Food Packaging and Retail at FMI Connect 2014
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO trade shows, and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) today described their joint effort to better communicate the many roles packaging can play in food retail merchandising and along the supply chain.

PACK EXPO Int’l/Pharma EXPO 2014 Registration Opens
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO trade shows announces registration is open for PACK EXPO International 2014 (McCormick Place, Chicago; Nov. 2–5) and the co-located Pharma EXPO, produced in partnership with the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE).

February

No Longer Harbingers of the Future, Robotics are Today’s Technology
New jobs, greater safety and increased productivity: These are just a few benefits ascribed to robotic technologies by participants in the newest business intelligence study by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, “Trends in Robotics Market Assessment 2014.”

AIOE Releases OEE Opportunity Calculator
The Alliance for Innovation and Operational Excellence (AIOE), founded by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies in 2011, has released an Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) Opportunity Calculator.

ISPE Announces Call for Proposals for First-Ever Conference at Pharma EXPO
The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) announces a call for proposals for the Conference at Pharma EXPO (McCormick Place, West Building, Chicago; Nov. 2–5, 2014), co-located with PACK EXPO International 2014 and produced in partnership with PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. The call is open to individuals and groups.

PMMI Announces Additional 2014 Opportunities for Risk Assessment Workshops
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is pleased to announce additional opportunities to attend its risk assessment training workshops in 2014. Risk assessment is a tool manufacturers can use to evaluate their equipment for potential health and safety hazards during the production phase —before a potential hazard can cause an incident or accident. Additional workshop dates include: March 19-20 (Exton, Pa.), June 10-11 (Saint Paul, Minn.) and Oct. 31–Nov. 1, during PACK EXPO International 2014 (McCormick Place, Chicago).

Purdue Calumet Chooses PMMI Mechatronics Certificates as Standard for Training Under DOL Grant
The Department of Labor TAACCCT grant requires participants to earn a nationally-recognized credential. For participants trained at Purdue University Calumet, that means PMMI Mechatronics Certificates.

Manufacturers are Investing in Mexico
Mexican manufacturers are the second-largest importers of U.S. packaging and processing machinery, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Quarterly Import/Export Statistics for Sept. 2013. The report notes changes of 15.79 percent (increasing to $48 million) for processing equipment and 10.43 percent for packaging machinery (increasing to $115 million) since the same period in 2012.

Kliklok-Woodman & Hub Folding Box Partner to Jointly Support PMMI Pavilion at FMI Connect 2014
PMMI is pleased to announce Kliklok-Woodman and Hub Folding Box Company, Inc., have agreed to a joint sponsorship at The PMMI – PACK EXPO Possibilities in Packaging Innovation Pavilion at FMI Connect 2014 (McCormick Place, Chicago; June 11–12).

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