PMMI announces return of PACK EXPO East, taking place March 18-20 in Philadelphia; event will feature wide range of packaging and processing solutions for more than 40 vertical markets as well as free educational opportunities

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January 10, 2024 (press release) –

Herndon, VA; January 10, 2024 – PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, announces the return of PACK EXPO East 2024 (March 18-20, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia) this spring. PACK EXPO East 2024, the leading show on the East Coast for packaging and processing professionals, helps attendees identify new technologies, meet key partners, and see innovation in action. PACK EXPO East will bring together 7,000 industry professionals and more than 400 exhibitors spread out over 100,000+ net square feet of space, making it the largest show to date.

“PACK EXPO East brings unparalleled value to manufacturers in this region and beyond. This show provides attendees an up-close view of the latest packaging and processing solutions, an opportunity to make new connections, and personalized help for their biggest manufacturing needs,” says Jim Pittas, president and CEO, PMMI. “PACK EXPO East’s convenient location makes it a must-attend event for packaging and processing professionals in the region seeking to improve and grow their operations.”

The show floor will feature hundreds of solutions that address the trends and challenges driving over 40 vertical markets, including food and beverage, life sciences, pharmaceutical, and medical device, cosmetics and personal care, industrial and household chemical, and many others.

Previous PACK EXPO East attendees attest to the comprehensive solutions, educational opportunities, and networking found on the show floor.

“PACK EXPO East makes it so much easier to connect in person and see the machinery that you are interested in investing in. There is such a wide range of exhibitors here serving almost all industries I can think of that you are bound to find the solution you are looking for. The educational opportunities available are an amazing bonus to an already irreplaceable show,” says Jesse Gracey, production equipment manager, Allen Distribution.

“PACK EXPO East has a lot to offer. I wanted to find flow wrap and bagging machines for my business but there was so much more that I discovered that I didn't realize I could potentially use in my facility. This has definitely been an invaluable networking experience,” says Patricia Verderame, owner, Maven Foods.

Businesses of all sizes and backgrounds have found the show useful.

“As a new business owner, I needed innovations that can help streamline my production. It was hard to see machinery and connect with professionals online, so I decided to come to PACK EXPO East. Initially, I came to find automated shrink wrap equipment but what I found was so much more,” says Karen Armstrong, owner and president, LCI Paper Co.

The show also will feature the Reusable Packaging Pavilion, sponsored by the Reusable Packaging Association (RPA), presenting sustainable packaging solutions to help reduce waste, cut costs, and gain supply chain efficiency. The Association Partner Pavilion will house leading associations dedicated to advancing the packaging and processing industry and offering significant resources, insights, and expertise in one central location. Participating associations include the RPA, Institute of Packaging Professionals, Contract Packaging Association, Flexible Packaging Association, OMAC – Organization for Machine Automation and Control, and the Foundation for Supply Chain Solutions (F4SS) with more being added.

Free educational opportunities are abundant at this year’s show, including new and popular show features. New to PACK EXPO East is Industry Speaks (Booth 1653), where experts from the PACK EXPO Partner Program, covering multiple industry verticals, will address hot topics and industry trends. In the center of the action, the Innovation Stage (Booth 1153) offers opportunities for professional enrichment where exhibitors present free, 30-minute seminars throughout the day. Attendees can learn about breakthrough technologies, innovative applications, and proven approaches from the experts themselves.

Registered attendees can look forward to many networking opportunities after the show floor closes for the day. The PACK EXPO East “A Taste of Philly” opening reception on Monday, March 18, kicks things off with some of the best small bites and beverages the city has to offer. The Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network (PPWLN) networking reception, sponsored by ID Technology and Morrison Container Handling Solutions, will take place on Tuesday, March 19. Emerging professionals in packaging and processing can unwind with their peers at the Young Professionals Network’s (YPN) free networking reception. Learn more about the industry and how to get involved with YPN on Monday, March 18, at SPIN Philadelphia.

Attendees can plan their visit before the show by utilizing the My Show Planner feature to identify and map out exhibitors to visit, search for educational sessions, and more. The PACK EXPO East show app will be available in mid-February and can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play Store to help navigate the show floor and easily locate exhibitors while at the show.

Just a drive or train trip away for most of the East Coast, no other regional event will offer such a wide range of state-of-the-art packaging and processing solutions as PACK EXPO East. For more information and to register, visit packexpoeast.com.

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