August 21, 2020 By PrintAction Staff
After consultation with the PMMI Board of Directors, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, has made the decision to cancel the in-person Pack Expo International and Healthcare Packaging Expo, which was set to take place in Chicago this year. The PMMI Board decided that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the current state and local regulations, it was not possible to hold a safe and productive event at this time.
Instead, PMMI Media Group will be launching a brand new live, web-based event, Pack Expo Connects 2020, which will take place Nov. 9-13, and will include live chats, live product demos and equipment and educational opportunities.
“For over six decades, Pack Expo has been here to serve and connect the industry, and while the pandemic makes it impossible to meet in person this year, connecting the industry is still our top priority,” said Jim Pittas, president and CEO, PMMI. “PMMI Media Group is putting all of the power of the Pack Expo brand into fostering connections between consumer-packaged goods companies (CPGs) and suppliers by driving the entire industry to Pack Expo Connects.”
Pack Expo Connects will allow exhibitor and attendee interaction while providing the ability to see machinery in action. Educational opportunities will include daily Jumpstart sessions on hot topics from industry thought leaders, along with Innovation Stages, a staple at previous Pack Expo events. The Solution Room will feature expert-led education sessions, while PMMI Media Group editors will provide highlights via Daily Download sessions. A special Packaging and Processing Women’s Leadership Network event will feature an address from Jan Tharp, president and CEO of Bumble Bee Foods.
“Connecting the industry has never been more essential as packaging addresses the critical needs of this pandemic,” added Laura Thompson, vice president, trade shows, PMMI. “While nothing can replace an in-person event, Pack Expo Connects will push the digital boundaries of virtual to provide the resources the industry needs to solve today’s unique packaging challenges.”
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