Last updated 6/4/20

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 states in the U.S. and countries overseas begin to reopen, businesses are facing new challenges. We have a new podcast and a webinar this week offering insight into the evolving state of global business and, specifically, the unique challenges faced by field service technicians as they head back to work to keep customers’ essential production lines up and running. PMMI’s biggest focus right now is PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO 2020 and doing everything we can to support our exhibitors.

Please check regularly, and if you have any questions please reach out to the PMMI Trade Show Department at 571.612.3200 or [email protected]

PMMI Podcast

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:

Town Hall Series

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.

Webinar Recordings

  • June 4 - Coming soon
  • May 14 - Economics update with ITR Economics
  • May 7 - Ideas for Bringing Workers Back to the Office
  • April 22 - International Perspectives from PMMI Members with a Global Presence

NAM Resources

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: 

  • Count Us In” is a new video that connects today’s mobilization to our World War II legacy and highlights manufacturing’s leading role in this fight. 
  • NAM’s recently relaunched Instagram account, is rolling out a series of illustrations honoring the everyday heroes stepping up for us all. 

Here is a snapshot of emerging state and local emergency orders affecting manufacturing operations from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

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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.

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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.

Additional Resources

IoPP Resources

Become an IoPP Affiliate for a free trial of PackChat

IoPP members are using, PackChat, the packaging ideas exchange, to collaborate on everyday packaging challenges and connect with their industry peers.

During this time of social distancing due to the current COVID-19 crisis, IoPP is providing FREE access to PackChat for all IoPP Affiliates. It is FREE to become an IoPP affiliate – just click here and complete the online application. Once you become an IoPP affiliate you use PackChat until June 15, 2020!

PMMI Media Group

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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.

Additional Resources

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:

  • PWC
    Reboot: Returning to the Workplace
  • CDC
    Opening Up America Again
  • MAPI
    Preparing for Reopening and Workforce Reentry Under COVID-19
  • Don’t Reinvent the Wheel
    Ford and Lear Corp offer detailed public playbooks to consult
  • National Safety Task Force
    Task Force Guides Employee Safety as U.S. Ponders Reopening
  • SHRM
    Navigating Covid-19 – Covid-19 Business Index:  A Bi-weekly report on the state of business in the U.S.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - EEOC
    Resource on Employer Responsibilities to Prevent Discrimination During COVID-19

Navigating business in challenging times.

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Complete the Survey

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 weeks.

Data from this survey is updated the first Thursday of each month.

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Report Projects End Users will Invest in Packaging Operations Following COVID-19

The May 2020 Packaging Machinery Purchasing Index shows end users in the personal care and pharmaceutical/medical device industries are optimistic about increased equipment investment heading into 2021, and those in the food sector report expanded use of cobots/robots. This monthly PMMI Business Intelligence report looks at projected activity, use of technologies and general business conditions across six CPG categories.

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PMMI Helps

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].

Submit Your Story

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

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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.