PMMI cancels this year’s Pack Expo International

Web-based Pack Expo Connects to take place from 9 to13 November 2020

Pack Expo Connects, a web-based expo, will take place from 9 to13 November. Photo - Pack Expo International

The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI) has decided to cancel the Pack Expo International, North America’s one of the biggest packaging expos, and Healthcare Packaging Expo in Chicago this year due to Covid-19 pandemic.

“After thoughtful consultation with the PMMI Board of Directors, PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, has made the difficult decision to cancel its in-person Pack Expo International and Healthcare Packaging Expo in Chicago this year,” PMMI said. “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.”

Pack Expo Connects 2020

To ensure this essential industry remains connected, PMMI media group is using their digital marketing expertise and extensive industry knowledge to launch a live, web-based event, Pack Expo Connects 2020, from 9 to 13 November 2020, complete with live chats, live product demos and equipment, and engaging educational opportunities.

“For over six decades, Pack Expo has been here to serve and connect the industry, and while the pandemic makes it impossible to meet in person this year, connecting the industry is still our top priority. PMMI media group is putting all of the power of the Pack Expo brand into fostering connections between consumer-packaged goods companies and suppliers by driving the entire industry to Pack Expo Connects,” says Jim Pittas, president and chief executive officer of PMMI.

Pack Expo Connects, according to the press release, will facilitate exhibitor and attendee interaction while continuing to offer the ability to see machinery in action through this new platform. This online experience will also offer educational opportunities, including daily jumpstart sessions on hot topics from industry thought leaders and the Innovation Stages, a staple at previous Pack Expo events.

The new ‘Solution Room’ will feature expert-led education sessions. PMMI media group editors will discuss highlights via daily download sessions, bringing attendees up to speed on the latest and greatest solutions on display at Pack Expo Connects. A special Packaging and Processing Women’s Leadership Network event will feature an address from Jan Tharp, president, and chief executive officer of Bumble Bee Foods.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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