PACK EXPO International 2016 (PACK EXPO 2016), co-located with Pharma EXPO in Chicago, Nov. 6 – 9, is expected to be a record-breaking show that attracts 50,000 attendees, according to event organizers, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies and the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE).
“We are expecting the 2016 installment of PACK EXPO and Pharma EXPO to break records across the board,” said Jim Pittas, PMMI senior vice president, trade shows. “The size of the show, the number of exhibiting companies and total attendance are all projected to surpass past shows. We are projecting the number of exhibiting companies to grow at least 19 percent from the 2014 show, providing attendees the opportunity to forge strong business relationships through face-to-face interaction with industry leaders.”
The four-day event will feature more than 2,300 exhibiting companies and span more than 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space at McCormick Place. Registration for PACK EXPO 2016 allows visitors full access to the Pharma EXPO show floor at no additional cost.
“PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO are where companies come to introduce the industries’ latest processing and packaging advances,” Pittas said. “Having more than 20 vertical markets represented allows for an unsurpassed showcase of production solutions, unavailable in any other setting.”
The show will also provide learning opportunities through a series of presentations taking place at four Innovation Stages located on the show floor. These learning hubs will offer 30-minute seminars on breakthrough ideas and technologies conducted by exhibitors and industry thought leaders.
The Innovation Stages will highlight topics such as the Internet of Things, smart packaging and global packaging trends. Pharma EXPO will host an additional Innovation Stage in the West Lobby to address innovations including blister packaging solutions, thin-film flexible packaging, photostability testing, protective packaging and serialization solutions.
Several show floor features will also host education including The Showcase of Packaging Innovations, sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company, will feature winning entries from competitions all around the world.
PACK EXPO 2016 by the numbers
- 1,200,000 net square feet of exhibit space
- 50,000 attendees
- 2,300 exhibiting companies
- 20 vertical markets represented
“Packaging has evolved over the years into vessels that not only protect the products inside, but [also] enhance them,” said Chuck Yuska, president and CEO, PMMI. “The Showcase of Packaging Innovations at PACK EXPO International spotlights the innovations and inspires future breakthroughs in design and technology.”
In addition, ISPE will host a dedicated conference program at Pharma EXPO where attendees can learn about best practices for manufacturing operations, compliance trends and pharmaceutical packaging, all specific to pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers.
For more information and to register for PACK EXPO 2016, visit http://packexpointernational.com.