Flagship PACK EXPO Show Among Fastest-Growing US Trade Shows


PACK EXPO International, owned and produced by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, has received Trade Show Executive’s (TSE) coveted “Fastest 50 Grand Award” in the “Fastest Growing Biennial Show [Sheer Numbers]” category. The 2014 edition of PACK EXPO International, which included Pharma EXPO, increased in size by 75,338 net square feet, 387 exhibitors and 6,363 attendees.

“PMMI’s PACK EXPO International ran way ahead of the pack in 2014, growing an impressive five times faster than the average trade show,” says Darlene Gudea, president of Trade Show Executive Media Group.

TSE also ranked PACK EXPO International as “37th Fastest-Growing Show of 2014” in the “Number of Exhibiting Companies” category, and honored the show with its Gold 100 Award for its status as one of the largest trade shows of 2014 in net square feet of exhibit space.

The growth of PACK EXPO has been notable throughout its 59-year history. Since PMMI introduced PACK EXPO in 1956, it has evolved from a single show with 136 exhibitors, 5,000 attendees and 43,116 net square feet of exhibit space into a portfolio with more than seven shows in the United States and Mexico. The first of the trade shows, now known as PACK EXPO International, takes place biennially at Chicago’s McCormick Place, and hosted 48,400 attendees and 2,352 exhibitors in more than 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space in 2014.

“PMMI has long been considered a maverick in the trade show industry, with bold ideas ranging from its in-house service contractor to its unique exhibitor package plans. PMMI’s strong management team, led by [President & CEO] Chuck Yuska, keeps PACK EXPO International thriving with its focus on creating great value for exhibitors and developing programs that make it a must-attend event,” Gudea says.

PMMI’s next event, PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015, takes place Sept. 28–30 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and includes the co-located Pharma EXPO. The combined event will welcome more than 2,000 exhibitors and 30,000 attendees in over 800,000 net square feet of exhibit space.

To learn more about PACK EXPO Las Vegas, visit Registration is $30 per person through Sept. 14, when it increases to $100, and includes admission to all exhibits.

About PMMI
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies is a trade association representing more than 700 companies that provide a full range of processing and packaging machinery, materials, components and containers. PMMI actively brings buyers and sellers together through initiatives such as, educational programs and world-class events, connecting participants in the processing and packaging supply chain with their customers around the world. PMMI produces the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows that include PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015 (Sept. 28–30, Las Vegas Convention Center); Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015; EXPO PACK México 2016, May 17–20, (Mexico City, Expo Bancomer Santa Fe); PACK EXPO International 2016, Nov. 6–9 (McCormick Place, Chicago, Ill.); Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO International 2016; PACK EXPO East 2017, Feb. 27–March 1, (Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia) and EXPO PACK Guadalajara 2017, June 13–15, 2017 (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico). PMMI owns PMMI Media Group, a market-leading B2B media company that produces information for processing and packaging professionals, bringing together solution providers and end-users and facilitating connectivity throughout the supply chain. Its world class media brands Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, Contract Packaging and Packaging + Processing OEM are proven leaders in covering this diverse and dynamic marketplace, and its digital products incorporate leading edge media technologies to deliver informed, actionable business intelligence to the industry. PMMI Media Group also produces The Automation Conference, an annual education and networking forum, taking place in Chicago each spring.

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Shana Marais
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