USA, Chicago, Ill. Poised to convene 2,500 leading industry suppliers and 50,000 packaging professionals, Pack Expo International and the co-located Healthcare Packaging Expo will be held from 14 to 17 October, 2018, at McCormick Place, Chicago.
Produced by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, these co-located shows feature over 1.2 mill. net square feet of exhibit space, attract visitors from more than 125 countries and have become the biggest gathering of packaging suppliers and manufacturers of goods, including pharmaceuticals and medical devices, in North America.
“As consumer demands for convenience, flexibility and personalization grow, the packaging industry continues to design solutions to meet these expectations. Pack Expo International and Healthcare Packaging Expo bring these innovations to life and provide an opportunity to see new developments in action,” says Laura Thompson, senior director of expositions, PMMI. “If you want to keep up with packaging technology and the latest trends in pharmaceutical manufacturing, you need to attend these shows.”
The Package Printing Pavilion, the industry’s main stage for package printing innovations, will debut at the fair. This 50,000-square foot area, located in the South Building, focuses on the advantages of digital printing; geared toward short-run, on-demand, cost-effective, variable data and personalized packaging. With the advancements in digital printing, more suppliers at the fair are emphasizing smart packaging applications and are exhibiting digital products.
In addition to exploring state-of-the-art packaging technologies, equipment and materials, top consumer packaged goods companies from around the world come to Pack Expo International to exchange ideas with peers and build professional relationships. Beyond the technologies exhibited on the show floor, attendees will find tremendous educational opportunities at the Innovation Stage where suppliers present free 30-minute seminars on breakthrough technologies throughout the three days. Coming off its strong debut at this year’s fair, The Forum at Pack Expo is a new show feature providing attendees an interactive learning experience. The Forum will feature sessions on the latest industry trends followed by small group discussions and Q&A sessions.