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Pack Expo 2019

PACK EXPO returns to the Las Vegas Convention Center from September 23rd to 25th, once again co-located with the Healthcare Packaging EXPO – and it’s going to be the biggest year yet! As the largest event of its kind in North America this year, it boasts 2000 exhibitors inside the 900,000 square foot Las Vegas Convention Center. From demonstrations to education, from networking opportunities to entertainment, many are looking forward to this event.

What can make or break any industry event is organization, and so far, this one is shaping up to be a fantastic success. It’s clear that thoughtful planning and careful organization have gone into bringing in top companies and leaders in the field of innovative packaging. The event organizers have taken this trade show a step further; this year, PACK EXPO will be under the same roof as the Healthcare Packaging EXPO, and admission is granted to both for the price of one.

The Expo website is particularly well-organized and easy to use, and serves as a fantastic resource when planning one’s itinerary. It features clear descriptions of the various offerings, organized within themed and intuitive drop-down menus. There is even a Show Planner App to help manage one’s time and plan a streamlined agenda, ensuring attendees can see more of the booths that pertain to their needs and spend their time where it counts.

The website also offers advice on travel and logistics. According to the site, booking through the Expovision App is the only way to guarantee the best negotiated rate at the local hotels, as well as access to the free shuttle from those hotels to and from the event. These exclusive offers are available to Expo patrons and presenters only.

A small note of warning, however: one should beware of fraudulent, third-party companies who may try and take advantage of Pack Expo attendees. Many recent industry events have been plagued by scammers posing as PMMI Employees in order to sell information or services. All Pack Expo vendors and exhibitors can be identified by their badge displaying an official Pack Expo logo.

Inside the Convention Center, there will be three themed Networking lounges on the show floor – the Candy Bar Lounge, the Snack Break Lounge, and the Beverage Cooler Lounge – each providing a convenient place to sit and network informally.

Special presentations and learning events will be happening regularly throughout the show, with larger presentations hosted on “Innovation Stage” venues on the show floor – one in the Pack Expo itself, and one in the Healthcare packaging expo. These free, 30-minute educational sessions are expected to tackle a variety of today’s important topics, from sustainability and safety, to optimization and “cobots” applications, to effective branding and other new possibilities.

And in a field that is largely underrepresented globally by women, the ladies are breaking down barriers at the Tuesday morning Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network (PPWLN) Breakfast. This year’s theme is Exploring New Territory, and will feature a keynote address by former Director of the Johnson Space Center, and the first Hispanic woman to travel to space, Ellen Ochoa.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the percentage of Latina women who earned a bachelor’s degree in the STEM field from 2015 to 2016 was a mere 3.8 percent. Black women accounted for only 2.9, and Asian women came in at 5 percent. This portion of the event presents a terrific opportunity to connect with women who understand the unique challenges this poses.

As a way to inspire the next generation of company leaders and innovators, this Expo is also hosting two events for youth who are eager to learn and take part. First up, the Amazing Packaging Race, an exciting task-based scavenger hunt, is offered to adventurous and curious university students. Teams will compete against each other completing 10-minute tasks at participating booths.

The second youth event planned for this year is the always popular Future Innovators Robotics Showcase. Teams of high school students from the local Las Vegas area will bring in robots of their own design and demonstrate their skill and creativity. Please note, due to safety concerns, children under 14 will not be permitted on the show floors (including babes in arms).

As an exhibitor, you can expect to meet a wide range of professionals from some of the world’s top companies. Pack Expo receives worldwide attention, with delegates from 125 countries attending and an anticipated 30,000 attendees. Many of the delegates are from the top tier of their companies, with direct or indirect decision-making responsibility. This is certainly going to be the place to be for making connections and to build on business relationships.

And what’s a trade show without a bit of entertainment? In this year’s edition of the Pack Gives Back benefit, sponsor Rockwell Automation proudly presents the phenomenal Steve Miller Band. Kicking off with a networking reception at 4pm on September 23rd, the Steve Miller Band will rock the stage at 5pm. Tickets are $95, and include drinks and hors d’oeuvres. A portion of the funds raised will go to NS2 Serves – a nonprofit company that helps military veterans transition from military to technology and business.

“At PMMI we recognize the sacrifice our veterans and their families have made and are proud to bring the packaging industry together in support of such a worthy cause,” says Jim Pittas, president and CEO, PMMI. “We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome back Rockwell Automation as the title sponsor of PACK gives BACK and thank them for their continued support of this important event.”

For more information, visit the event website at www.packexpolasvegas.com. We are looking forward to this one!

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