Message from PMMI president and CEO

June 1, 2020

It is hard to believe we are entering another month in the midst of a pandemic, but here we are. As our Weekly Pulse surveys continue to show us, our industry is uniquely positioned for less of a negative impact from the pandemic than others. The majority of PMMI member plants are up and running, and for most, orders are either up or at least stable. The Weekly Pulse also monitors things like supply chain disruption and the use of remote access technology. Results are posted every Thursday, and last week we launched an UnPACKed with PMMI podcast with Jorge Izquierdo, PMMI vice president of market development, discussing survey trends and implications.

As states in the U.S. and countries overseas begin to slowly reopen, businesses worldwide are facing new challenges. In another new podcast, Amcor talks about dealing with the constantly evolving state of global business. Amcor’s Vice President Jim Keith, who leads global strategies related to health, safety and environmental affairs for the company’s 35,000+ global employees, joins to offer best practices for strategically opening business at home and abroad. You can access these and all of the COVID-19 special series podcasts here.

This week we also are offering a new webinar in our Virtual Townhall series entitled “What Does Back to Work Look Like for Field Service Technicians?” It will look at the unique challenges faced by field service technicians as they head back to work in the field, [SR1] keeping customers’ essential production lines up and running. Tom Egan, vice president, industry services, will lead a discussion with PMMI members on issues such as travel arrangements, quarantine before and after customer visits, customer requirements for entering plants, virtual options and more on Thursday, June 4 at 11 a.m. ET. Register here

PMMI’s biggest focus right now is PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2020 and doing everything we can to support our exhibitors. Last month, governor Pritzker of Illinois unveiled his 5-phase plan to reopen the state but did not provide a clear timeline for the plan. Since his announcement, PMMI Show Management has worked daily with McCormick Place, Chicago Convention and Visitors Bureau and Illinois state leaders to clarify the plan and its implications. In the meantime, the city of Chicago has said that it is on pace to begin easing restrictions on certain activities in early June. In light of this, PMMI is waiting to receive some clarity and direction on how the state is moving forward. Once we know more, we will communicate the information and identify how this impacts our shows. In lieu of that, the PMMI Board of Directors agreed last week to make a decision regarding the status of the shows no later than August. If something should happen prior to August, our exhibitors and members will be notified immediately.

I encourage you to check regularly, and if you have any questions or concerns you’d like to address, please reach out to the PMMI Trade Show Department at 571.612.3200 or [email protected]. My faith in the resilience of our industry remains strong. As we work through this crisis together, PMMI is here to serve and support you.

Thank you,

Jim Pittas

Jim Pittas
President & CEO, PMMI