August 5, 2020: After thoughtful consultation with our Board of Directors, PMMI has made the difficult decision to cancel its in-person PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO in Chicago this year. The PMMI Board determined that due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and the current state and local regulations, it was not possible to have a safe and productive event for attendees and exhibitors.
In this special UnPACKed with PMMI podcast series, hear directly from PMMI member companies on how they are addressing key issues during the COVID-19 crisis, including:
Best Practices for Conducting vFATs
The current COVID-19 pandemic has limited travel and face-to-face interactions with peers, creating challenges for conducting factory acceptance tests (FAT). Many companies are turning to technology in order to effectively complete the FAT process virtually, which is likely to become standard in the post-pandemic way of working. This virtual town hall, moderated by Tom Egan, vice president, industry services on Thursday, August 27 at 11 a.m. EST will explore the best practices set out in the OpX Leadership Network work product, share examples and convey leadership guidance to assist in executing vFATs.
PMMI produced a series of virtual town hall webinars featuring panelists from both PMMI members and CPG customers to assist PMMI member companies with the challenges faced during these unprecedented times. Feel free to share these with your team.
PMMI is an active member of The Council of Manufacturing Associations at NAM, The National Association of Manufacturers. NAM has advised that we are at a critical juncture for additional COVID-19 relief for manufacturers. Talks between House and Senate leaders and the White House are deadlocked, putting at risk needed liability protections for businesses, tax relief for struggling firms and necessary enhancements to the Paycheck Protection Program. Among the many beneficial provisions of the American Renewal Action Plan is a request to ensure that tax incentives for equipment purchases remain. *NEW*
Please consider the American Renewal Action Plan
If you agree, you can help. Please call your members of Congress and ask them to support a COVID-19 relief package that contains these important provisions.
To help keep these priorities at the forefront as negotiations continue, the NAM staff has prepared a tool to facilitate your efforts. Click here to use this tool, and follow these steps:
For those who prefer, there is also a tool for you to email those offices. We hope you will help ensure that Congress and the Administration delivers the needed relief to millions of manufacturing families nationwide.
The NAM launched “Creators Respond” to aid the relief effort by identifying inventory and production capabilities of emergency supplies, and to educate and engage the public on how the industry is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. NAM has now launched the next stage: “Creators Respond—We Can Make It” offering more resources to help highlight manufacturers’ unprecedented efforts to aid people in need:
Here is a snapshot of emerging state and local emergency orders affecting manufacturing operations from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).
Sample Letter Indicating Employees Are Essential
PMMI is not aware of any state preventing employees from going to work, but incase this happens, some members are arming staff with a letter from their employer. Here is a sample template that you can adapt for your use.
Manufacturers Win Essential Business Designations
The federal government declared manufacturing an essential industry. The NAM is helping members address the restrictions in Pennsylvania (see letter to the governor here) while working with partners in other states to help ensure manufacturers' ability to deliver their essential work.
You can help improve the guidance that states are adopting by emailing [email protected] and [email protected] with examples of why all manufacturing and supply chain is critical, life-sustaining infrastructure.
View federal guidance from DHS here.
The editors from Packaging World, ProFood World, Healthcare Packaging and OEM magazine offer the latest updates, insights and input on the current state of the industry.
PMMI has curated a list of useful resources and organized them into a variety of categories for your reference, below, with links to trusted resources available:
This monthly survey monitors the impact of Coronavirus on our industry, and includes questions from PMMI’s quarterly How’s Business survey. Your input will help PMMI support you over the next few months.
Economic Impact of COVID-19: Guidance in an Uncertain Economy 2020 *NEW*
PMMI’s latest report takes an in-depth look at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the packaging and processing industries and on the economy in general, now and projected over the next several years.
End Users Projected to Invest in Packaging Following
The June 2020 Purchasing Index report shows end users in several industries are optimistic about current business conditions driving expansion in 2021 investment. This monthly PMMI Business Intelligence report looks at projected activity and general business conditions across six CPG categories.
Virtual Factory Acceptance Tests: Best Practices
This addendum to the existing Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) work product tackles how to most effectively use communication and connection technologies to allow consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies to interact remotely with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
Remote Equipment Access: Options Analysis Tool
This OpX Leadership Network tool provides a common understanding of various industry methodologies for remotely accessing equipment, and helps both OEMs and CPGs enable safe and secure remote equipment diagnostics and assistance.
See what PMMI members – and the industry – are doing to help the fight against COVID-19.
Tell us your story, we want to hear about your good work. Email [email protected].
To continue making and supplying face shields, Pharmaworks is asking for donations of PETG or PVC packaging material. For companies interested in providing face shields to their local communities with the material they have donated, Pharmaworks will die-cut the sheets for free and only charge for the frames to offset expenses and keep the project going. To learn more visit PWFaceShield.com