For the first time, attendees at Pack Expo Las Vegas 99 (formerly Pack Expo West) will have a chance to peruse an Outsourcing Resource Pavilion when the show opens at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. Sponsored by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA), the show runs Oct. 18 to 20. As in 1997, the show runs concurrent with the International Exposition for Food Processors, sponsored by the Food Processing Machinery & Supplies Assn. (Alexandria, VA), also held at the Sands.
This year's Pack Expo Las Vegas is building on the success of the last two shows. PMMI estimates that nearly 15ꯠ visitors will attend, with more than 600 exhibitors located in a 300ꯠ sq' area. The IEFP adds another 300 exhibitors and covers 100ꯠ sq'. One registration admits visitors to both shows, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Wednesday.
To help attendees prepare for the show, PMMI offers an informative Web site, www. packexpo.com. The Web site includes hotel and airline details and also allows booking of hotel rooms and flights. Participants also can register for the show and pay related fees on-line. Included on the Web site is a complete overview of the Solutions 99 (see Packaging World, Sept. '99, p. 70, or packworld.com/go/solutions99) workshop, so browsers can decide in advance what workshops will be especially useful to them. A product locator with an interactive floor plan is also a new feature on the Web site. Visitors can "zoom" to the exact booth location of the supplier they need to see. An IEFP link also lets attendees preplan their visits to that show.
Another addition this year is the Latin American Food Industry Export Seminar on Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Jorge Izquierdo, managing director of PMMI Latinoam/rica, M/xico, will speak about The Latin American food industry today: Market review and update. From 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Manuel Marcos, president of CANAICA, Mexico's National Food Processors Assn., will speak about The Mexican food industry: Trends and outlook for the year 2000. From 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Francisco Barragan, Latin American sales manager of Imaje Ink Jet Printing, will speak about What to look for when selecting an agent/representative. During lunch, Andr/s Escalante, president and CEO of Alimentos Corfuerte, Mexico, will discuss What to expect from Mexico's food industry in the year 2000. At 2 p.m., Exporting successes, practical case histories will be discussed by Miguel Castellanos of Key Technology and Alex Araujo of Waukesha Cherry Burrell. At 3 p.m., Jerri Slifer, West Coast regional director of the Bank of the U.S., will discuss Financing projects, the many ways to get your money after the sale. A question-and-answer session will follow the talks.
Solutions 99 program
During the show, several workshops will be held. They begin on Monday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., with Alternatives to traditional rigid food packaging, Distribution packaging, and How to choose the right systems integrator--part one. Also scheduled for Monday, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., are sessions on Pharmaceutical packaging, In-package oxygen scavengers, and the second part of How to choose the right systems integrator.
On Tuesday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. is Flexible pouch packages with advanced opening/reclosing/dispensing features, Packaging technology crossovers, and What's next for hot-fillable PET food and beverage containers? During the 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. time slot: OSHA's new ergonomics standards, Innovative packaging for longer-life refrigerated and frozen foods, and International growth markets.
Slated for 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20, are the sessions Beyond identity: Labeling advances, How ANSI B155.1 will affect the way packaging machinery is designed and Y2K retortable pouches: Are the systems ready this time? Finally on Wednesday, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., will be the sessions Money matters, Contract packaging, and Environmental considerations.
Again this year, the U.S. Department of Commerce has selected the show for the Intl. Buyer Program. In 1997, the number of international attendees was up 135% compared to the 1995 show, and figures are expected to rise again this year. James Boney, of the U.S. Department of Commerce, says, "With the concerted effort of both PMMI and the DOC, we hope to meet and exceed attendance goals for Pack Expo Las Vegas 99 and foster export relationships between international attendees and suppliers."
Despite the packaging emphasis, attendees will find it hard to forget they are in one of the entertainment capitals of the world. Visitors can attend shows and concerts, enjoy the many casinos or dine in fine restaurants.
A list of Pack Expo Las Vegas exhibitors follows, with the exhibitors grouped into 24 categories.