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October

Making the Most of PACK EXPO
With 13 PACK EXPO shows to its name, Pro Mach (Booth N-5304) is no stranger to exhibiting at PACK EXPO — and that’s for good reason. Pro Mach’s 25 brands span the food, beverage, personal goods and pharmaceutical markets, as does PACK EXPO’s attendee base.

EXPO PACK Guadalajara 2015: 40% Larger Than the 2013 Edition
Hundreds of national and international firms are preparing for EXPO PACK Guadalajara 2015 (Expo Guadalajara, March 10–12), western Mexico’s premier packaging and processing trade show, produced by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. The second edition of EXPO PACK Guadalajara is expected to feature 350 companies exhibiting across 4,500 net square meters (48,000 net square feet). The premier edition of EXPO PACK Guadalajara welcomed more than 300 exhibitors in 3,200 nsm.

Ray Luca Joins PACK EXPO Team
PMMI, The Association of Packaging and Processing Technologies, the owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, is pleased to welcome Ray Luca to the staff as director of expositions. Luca oversees the team responsible for the operations and management of the PACK EXPO events — most immediately at PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2014 (McCormick Place, Chicago; Nov. 2–5).

Showcase of Packaging Innovations® Spotlights Contenders in Worldwide Packaging Competitions
Those looking for packaging innovation will find it in the award-winning designs at PACK EXPO International (Nov. 2–5; McCormick Place). In its 11th year, the Showcase of Packaging Innovations (Booth N-5760), sponsored by the Dow Chemical Company, is expected to inspire the next breakthrough in packaging design.

Cross Pollinate Ideas and Watch Innovations Flower
The Center for Trends and Technology (CTT) (Booth S-3907), sponsored for the second year by Rockwell Automation® and its Partner Network™ Program, will be a center for cross pollinating ideas at PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO (McCormick Place, Chicago: Nov. 2–5, 2014).

ASCO Numatics Sponsors Amazing Packaging Race at PACK EXPO International 2014
PMMI, The Association for Packaging & Processing Technologies, is pleased to announce ASCO Numatics (Booth N-6134) will sponsor the fifth edition of the Amazing Packaging Race at PACK EXPO International (Nov. 2–5; McCormick Place). This marks the fourth time ASCO Numatics has sponsored the contest, which sends teams of students from a mix of schools around the show floor to complete tasks at exhibitor booths.

More Exhibitors than Ever at 2nd-Largest PACK EXPO Event in History
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, predicts 2014 will set some new records for PACK EXPO International (Nov. 2–5; McCormick Place) and the debut of Pharma EXPO, co-produced by PMMI and the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE). Together, the shows will feature 2,400 processing and packaging solutions providers — the highest number of exhibitors ever recorded at any PACK EXPO event — and cover over 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space.

Pharma EXPO Keynote Sessions to Address Effectiveness in Biopharm Manufacturing & Winning Innovation in Pharmaceutical Packaging
Keynote sessions will focus on critical challenges and opportunities in manufacturing operations and pharmaceutical packaging at Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO International (Nov. 2–5, 2014; McCormick Place, Chicago). The show, a joint venture of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, and the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), will feature the keynote addresses as highlights of the Pharma EXPO conference program, which runs from Monday, Nov. 3, through Wednesday, Nov. 5, and features presentations about issues and trends that affect all facets of the pharmaceutical industry, including the medical device, biotechnology, and nutraceutical sectors.

Entire Industry Benefits when Partner Program Convenes at PACK EXPO & Pharma EXPO
Reston, Va.; Oct. 14, 2014 — Industry associations that want to better serve their members and raise their profiles have continued to sign on to the Partner Program at PACK EXPO International 2014 and Pharma EXPO (Nov. 2–5; McCormick Place, Chicago). PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, which owns and produces the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, reports the 2014 group of partners is the largest seen to date.

Lenze Americas Sponsors Lounges at PACK EXPO International & Pharma EXPO 2014
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of PACK EXPO International 2014 (Nov. 2–5; Chicago, Illinois) announces that Lenze Americas will sponsor lounges for exhibitors and PMMI members at PACK EXPO International and the co-located Pharma EXPO 2014.

Pharma EXPO Innovation Stage Brings Education to the Show Floor
In addition to a robust conference schedule and in-booth educational programming, Pharma EXPO (Nov. 2-5; McCormick Place, Chicago) will bring critical insights on industry trends, challenges and breakthrough technologies to the show floor with Innovation Stage. Located in the West Hall, near the entrance of Pharma EXPO, Innovation Stage will deliver a robust line-up of free, 30-minute sessions by exhibitors and other industry experts. The schedule of 10 presentations is now available online.

Take a Break to Innovate at PACK EXPO International 2014
Innovation Stage will bring critical insights to the PACK EXPO International 2014 (Nov. 2–5; McCormick Place, Chicago) show floor with over 50 free presentations addressing a wide range of breakthrough technologies, trends and challenges. The full schedule of sessions is available online.

B&R Industrial Automation Sponsors 6th Annual PACK Solutions Challenge
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is proud to announce B&R Industrial Automation is sponsoring the sixth annual PACK Solutions Challenge at PACK EXPO International 2014, co-located with Pharma EXPO (Nov. 2–5; McCormick Place, Chicago).

PMMI Members will Draw Attention to Packaging, Processing & Manufacturing Jobs During Manufacturing Day 2014
PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is proud to announce that its members are participating in Manufacturing Day on Friday, Oct. 3. Manufacturing Day is an annual event co-sponsored by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA), The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).

Get Smart at PACK EXPO
Innovation Stage, the Food Safety Summit Resource Center, The Reusables Learning Center, The Center for Trends and Technologies — they all mean the same thing: Education on the show floor at PACK EXPO International and the co-located Pharma EXPO (Nov. 2–5, 2014; McCormick Place, Chicago). And they’re just a few of the on-the-floor venues for education at the most comprehensive packaging and processing event on this side of the Atlantic.

Packaging Hall of Fame Class of 2014 to be Honored Nov. 4
On Tuesday, Nov. 4, beginning at 5:15 p.m., the packaging and processing industry will honor Mel Bahr; Jim Downham; Joseph Hotchkiss, Ph.D.; Toru Ichikawa; Bern McPheely and Boh Tsai, Ph.D. at a reception and induction ceremony held in conjunction with PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2014 (McCormick Place, Chicago) at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place.

September

Pharmaceutical Packaging Innovation Advances Quality, Speed & Efficiency
As pharmaceutical manufacturers aim to combat counterfeiters and speed time to market, new package printing technologies are making it easier for them to overcome these hurdles without sacrificing the bottom line. Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO International (Nov. 2–5, 2014; McCormick Place, Chicago) will serve as a resource for the latest in innovations in marking, coding and package printing. The show, a joint venture of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, and the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), will help pharmaceutical manufacturers discover the solutions they need to significantly raise printing speeds, increase efficiency, decrease downtime and reduce operating costs.

PMMI Names Board Members
The PMMI membership elected three members to four-year terms on the PMMI Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors chose its Executive Committee for 2014 at PMMI’s Annual Meeting this week.

PMMI Announces Purchase of Summit Media Group, Inc.
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, has entered into an agreement to purchase Summit Media Group, Inc., publisher of Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging and Contract Packaging. The sale is expected to conclude in late October, according to PMMI Chairman Bill Crist, CEO, Kliklok-Woodman, who delivered the announcement at PMMI’s Annual Meeting today.

PMMI Welcomes New Members
The Board of Directors of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, welcomed 29 new PMMI member companies today. The board voted on the new members during its Sept. 15 meeting, held in conjunction with PMMI's 2014 Annual Meeting.

August

Solutions are the Focus for the Center for Trends & Technologies
The Center for Trends and Technology (CTT) at PACK EXPO International 2014 (Nov. 2–5; McCormick Place, Chicago) will feature 10 daily education sessions, according to CTT sponsor Rockwell Automation and its PartnerNetwork™, and PACK EXPO owner and producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.

GE Intelligent Platforms Sponsors Food Safety Summit Resource Center at PACK EXPO Int’l 2014
PMMI, the owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, is pleased to announce GE’s Intelligent Platforms business is a sponsor of the Food Safety Summit Resource Center (Booth S-2962) at PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2014 (McCormick Place, Chicago; Nov. 2–5).

PMMI Welcomes Gerardo Barajas as EXPO PACK Event Director
PMMI, the owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, is pleased to announce Gerardo Barajas has been hired as director of EXPO PACK Events. In this new role, Barajas will have oversight of EXPO PACK México and EXPO PACK Guadalajara, PMMI’s trade shows in Latin America.

PMMI Study Details Beverage Packaging Trends and Demands
The beverage packaging industry in North America is expected to reach $26.3 billion in 2015, with plastic bottles leading the way in popularity, according to "Beverage Packaging — An Industry Assessment," scheduled for release next month by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.

Packaging Hall of Fame Welcomes 6 New Inductees
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, congratulates the Packaging Hall of Fame Class of 2014. The six inductees will be honored at a reception in the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel on Tuesday, Nov. 4, during PACK EXPO International. Proceeds from the reception will benefit the PMMI Foundation to support packaging and processing education.

AIPIA Congress Explores Profitability of Active & Intelligent Packaging
The Active and Intelligent Packaging Association (AIPIA) will survey the role active and intelligent packaging technology can play in profitability during AIPIA’s Congress (Nov. 2–4) during PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2014 (Nov. 2–5; McCormick Place, Chicago).

IBA Chooses PACK EXPO for Fall Membership Meeting
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, the owner and producer of PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, is pleased to announce the Independent Bakers Association (IBA) will host its 2014 fall membership meeting during PACK EXPO International 2014 McCormick Place, Chicago; Nov. 2–5).

Pharma EXPO to Feature World-Class Conference Program
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, and the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) have announced the full conference program for Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO International (Nov. 2-5, 2014; McCormick Place, Chicago). A joint venture of the two associations, Pharma EXPO will provide the pharmaceutical industry with convenient access to world-class education in addition to innovations for the entire pharmaceutical lifecycle.

AIOE Creates the Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards
PMMI’s Alliance for Innovation & Operational Excellence PMMI’s Alliance for Innovation & Operational Excellence (AIOE) is pleased to announce a new awards program — the Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards, presented in partnership with Food Engineering. The award will recognize the exceptional sustainability achievements within food, beverage and consumer products manufacturing operations.

Bemis Supports PACK gives BACK™ as Gold Sponsor
PACK EXPO owner and producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is pleased to announce Bemis North America, has committed to be a Gold Sponsor of PACK gives BACK™. Making its Chicago debut, the benefit event features comedian Jay Leno, (formerly of The Tonight Show) and is exclusive for PACK EXPO and Pharma EXPO attendees. PACK gives BACK will be held during PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2014 (Nov. 2–5; McCormick Place, Chicago), on Monday, Nov. 3.

July

ISBT Endorses Beverage Cooler Lounge at PACK EXPO Int’l 2014
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, the owner and producer of the PACK EXPO family of trade shows, is pleased to announce the International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT) will endorse and staff The Beverage Cooler Lounge at PACK EXPO International 2014 (McCormick Place, Chicago; Nov. 2–5).

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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