More items "Made in the USA," advanced robotics, and retail-ready packaging were all on the docket at PMMI's press conference to kick off interpack, held May 8-14 at Messe Düsseldorf, in Düsseldorf, Germany.
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, addressed the top trends and challenges impacting the North American manufacturing sector. Findings from the association's report, "Quarterly Economic Outlook: Planning for 2nd Quarter 2014" forecast 1.9% growth in U.S. industrial production this year. In addressing the latest trends and challenges impacting North American manufacturers, PMMI provided updates on the PACK EXPO family of trade shows, including Pack Expo Intl. 2014, which will be held Nov. 2-5 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, where companies can find products and services to advance shelf impact, food safety, efficiency, and overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).
"While an evolving regulatory landscape and economic uncertainty present manufacturers with hurdles, advanced processing and packaging technologies are building a bridge to opportunities for growth," says Charles D. Yuska, President and CEO of PMMI. "With over 100 member companies showcasing innovations at interpack—and PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO taking place this fall, we are dedicated to connecting manufacturers around the world with the innovations they need to thrive."
As part of this initiative, PMMI has also launched Top101Innovators, an online platform where interpack attendees can identify and locate PMMI members exhibiting in Düsseldorf. For more information, interpack attendees may also visit PMMI's booth at interpack (Hall 12/F01).