EastPack: first show of the new century

More than 600 exhibitors are expected to attract 15ꯠ packaging buyers to the Philadelphia Convention Center, May 23 to 25. Workshops and conferences are also planned.

U.S. packaging will experience its first exhibition of 2000 when EastPack is held May 23 to 25 at Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center. The show, produced by Reed Exhibition Cos. (Newton, MA), will feature more than 600 exhibiting companies occupying 150ꯠ sq’ of floor space.

Held every two years, the EastPack exhibition will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday. An alphabetical list of packaging exhibitors, supplied by Reed, follows.

Along with the show, the Institute of Packaging Professionals (Herndon, VA) will hold conferences at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. At press time, several topics had been announced, including a session on IoPP’s Shippers Guide for 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 23. Gary Hamilton, Evans Industries, a member of the Chemical Packaging Committee, will cover the loading and securing of shipments in intermodal media. Also on Tuesday, the organization will present the first of a two-part conference on Packaging and the Web. Speakers will include VerticalNet’s Mike McNulty, Davis Marsten of SBG Partners, consultant Alf McKinlay and IoPP’s Erin Nikitchyuk. Both sessions will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 on May 23 and 24.

At the same time on Tuesday, Fit-for-purpose packaging graphics will be the title of a session featuring David Luttenberger of Packaging Strategies.

On Wednesday at 8:30, Security in packaging is the subject for Mike Kelley of Specialized Packaging, and former IoPP president. This conference will cover holograms, demetallizing, laser engraving and other technologies, and will also include several panelists. Beginning at the same time, Guides for validating packaging systems is the topic for Howard Leary, Luciano Packaging Technologies. He’ll also report on IoPP’s Validation Committee work toward proposed guidelines. The fee for attending each of the individual conferences is $95, and registration is available through IoPP or its Web site.

Also on Wednesday, from 5 to 7 p.m., Women in Packaging and DuPont are sponsoring what’s called A facilitated businesswomen’s networking reception. Registration is required. For Women in Packaging members, the cost is $35; $40 for nonmembers. Early registrants, before April 15, qualify for a $5 discount. An on-line survey about attendee needs will be tabulated and presented at the reception. One of the facilitators will be consultant Donna Messer.

On the EastPack show floor will be a special Atlantic Food Pavilion that is expected to showcase new and innovative products and services for food processors. These types of companies are historically the single largest attendee group at EastPack, says Howard Friedman, industry vice president for show producer REC.

Because of this, the National Food Processors Assn. (Washington, DC) is offering two full-day workshops, one on Sanitation and another on New processing and packaging technologies.

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