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Contract packagers plan trade trip to Italy

The Contract Packaging Association will help bring North American members to IPACK-IMA 2015, in Milano, Italy in May.

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The Contract Packaging Association (CPA) will lead a delegation of North American co-packers to the IPACK-IMA 2015 show in Milano, Italy, May 19th to 23rd, "to explore the potential of the European and Mediterranean market," according to the show's organizers. The members CPA expects to travel with will provide a range of services including primary and secondary packaging, filling, assembly and manufacture of packaging systems and logistics services.

IPACK-IMA 2015 will feature five related exhibitions: Meat-Tech, Dairytech, Fruit Innovation, Converflex and Intralogistica Italia.

"The goal of the trade mission for the Contract Packaging Association is to engage in dialogue with the European manufacturing and packaging community to uncover potential opportunities and synergies,” according to Chris Nutley, CPA board president. “We hope to learn about the needs of those manufacturers outside of the United States and find ways to help.”

Contract packaging is "an increasingly important sector in the packaging industry," Guido Corbella, CEO of Ipack-Ima spa,adding his hopes that CPA involvement will mark "the beginning of a key cooperation bound to continue in the future." One factor that helps this goal is that CPA and ipack-Ima Spa are both served in North America by association management firm Kellen Company.

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