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Processing and packaging groups converge at Pack Expo

PMMI, owner and producer of Pack Expo International 2014, is pleased to announce more than 30 leading packaging and processing professional associations from all over the world will be on hand at Pack Expo International 2014 November 2-5 at Chicago's McCormick Place.
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These groups will be in the Association Pavilion on the Grand Concourse at the North Hall entrance.

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, invited the organizations to exhibit as part of the Pack Expo Partner Program (PEPP), a program that strengthens industry connections. The co-location of Pharma EXPO strengthens the potential connections even further, notes Jim Pittas, vice president, Trade Shows, PMMI.

"The Pack Expo trade shows are about bringing the industry together--the entire packaging and processing supply chain--to spur innovation. With 50,000 attendees expected at Pack Expo
International and Pharma EXPO, Pack Expo Partners will enjoy the opportunity to network with packaging and processing professionals and other like-minded associations," Pittas says.

Mark Dingley, chairman, Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), says the group is in its second year in the program, because being at Pack Expo helps APPMA
achieve its goals.

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"APPMA exhibited at Pack Expo in 2013, and it enabled our association to raise its profile on an international scale and to assist companies who are looking to establish themselves in the Australian market by connecting them to our members. The program also enables APPMA to continue our relationship with PMMI as one of our international sister associations," Dingley says.

PMMI's mission centers on convening the packaging and processing supply chain, Pittas notes, and PEPP is a component of achieving that mission.

"PEPP is a clear example of how the packaging and processing communities come together at the Pack Expo shows," says Pittas. "PMMI knows how important our association partnerships are to furthering our industries and our missions. The partnership program opens the door to building and strengthening those partnerships."

The Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), another PEPP association, intends to use its time at Pack Expo to promote its messages about the viability and sustainability of the can, says CMI Vice
President, Sustainability, Megan Daum.

"CMI is excited for the opportunity to interact with and learn from other members of the packaging industry, as well as share our recent work and activities. We're proud that the can is the
smart and sustainable solution, and look forward to communicating that platform at Pack Expo," she says.

Associations from nine countries, representing all facets of processing and packaging, will be on hand for Pack Expo International 2014:               

Adhesive and Sealants Council (ASC)


American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

AIMCAL - Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators

Asociacion Mexicana de Envase y Embalaje, A.C. (AMEE)

Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association    (APPMA)

Brazilian Packaging Association (ABRE)

Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI)

China Food & Packaging Machinery Industry Association    (CFPMA)

Flexible Packaging Association (FPA)

Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA)

Food Marketing Institute (FMI)

Glass Packaging Institute (GPI)

Independent Bakers Association (IBA)


In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA)

Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP)

Instituto Argentino del Envase (IAE)

International Molded Fiber Association (IMFA)

International Safe Transit Association (ISTA)


Italian Trade Commission

Japan Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association

Michigan State University (MSU) Packaging Alumni Association

Midwest Food Processors Association, Inc.  (MWFPA)

Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA)

The Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC)

ODVA, Inc.

PAC, Packaging Consortium


Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association


UCIMA - Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association

To participate in PEPP, contact Alaina Ann Herlihy:


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