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2020-08-06 15:31:35

Pack Expo Canceled for First Time in 60-Year History

2020-08-06 15:31:35

Pack Expo International and Healthcare Packaging Expo, which was scheduled to take place in Chicago later this year, is canceled -- for the first time in the event's 60-plus year history.

After thoughtful consultation with the PMMI Board of Directors, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, says they made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person event.

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.

The New Live, Web-Based Event is November 9-13

To ensure this essential industry remains connected, PMMI Media Group is using their digital marketing expertise and extensive industry knowledge to launch a brand new live, web-based event -- PACK EXPO Connects 2020.

The event will feature live chats, live product demos, and equipment -- and engaging educational opportunities.

Jim Pittas, president and CEO, PMMI, says, “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."

Pittas continues, "PMMI Media Group is putting all of the power of the Pack Expo brand into fostering connections between consumer-packaged goods companies (CPGs) and suppliers by driving the entire industry to PACK EXPO Connects."

The digital event will facilitate exhibitor and attendee interaction while continuing to provide the ability to see machinery in action through this new platform.

The online experience will also offer educational opportunities, including daily Jumpstart sessions on hot topics from industry thought leaders along with the Innovation Stages. A new Solution Room will feature expert-led education sessions.

Laura Thompson, vice president, trade shows, PMMI, adds, “While nothing can replace an in-person event, PACK EXPO Connects will push the digital boundaries of virtual to provide the resources the industry needs to solve today's unique packaging challenges.”