Live PACK EXPO event cancelled for first time in its 60-plus-year history

The PMMI Board of Directors (The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies), organizers of PACK EXPO events, has made the difficult decision to cancel its in-person PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO set to take place this Novmeber in Chicago. 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 in-peron event for attendees and exhibitors. To ensure this “essential industry remains connected,” PMMI Media Group is using its digital marketing expertise and extensive industry knowledge to launch a new live, web-based event, PACK EXPO Connects 2020, November 9-13 – complete with live chats, live product demonstrations and equipment, and engaging educational opportunities.

Jim Pittas.

“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,” said Jim Pittas, President and CEO of PMMI. “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.” You can view the announcement from Pittas here: Watch Video.

PACK EXPO Connects will facilitate exhibitor and attendee interaction while continuing to provide the ability to see machinery in action through this new platform. This exciting online experience will also offer world-class educational opportunities – including daily Jumpstart sessions on hot topics from industry thought leaders, along with the Innovation Stages, a staple at previous PACK EXPO events. The new Solution Room will feature expert-led education sessions, and 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 CEO at Bumble Bee Foods.

Laura Thompson.

“Connecting the industry has never been more essential, as packaging addresses the critical needs of this pandemic,” added Laura Thompson, Vice President of Trade Shows at PMMI. “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.”

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