Board Converting News, October 11, 2021

PACK EXPO Las Vegas And Healthcare Packaging EXPO A Successful Event

The packaging and processing community came together this week for perhaps the most important PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Pack- aging EXPO in its history, according to show producer PMMI, The Associa- tion for Packaging and Processing Technologies. Over 23,000 attendees, eager to find solutions to current challenges, engaged with over 1,500 exhibitors across four expansive halls and more than 740,000-square-feet of exhibit space at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It is reportedly the largest trade show in the U.S. in 2021 so far.

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“In a word, PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO was a success,” said Jim Pittas, President and CEO, PMMI. “Exhibitors and attendees alike were energized by the number of people who attend- ed and more importantly the business conducted from the moment we opened the doors on Monday.” As PMMI’s State of the Industry report highlights, 2020 was a record year for packaging machinery, with the total size of the market in the U.S. increasing to $12.3 billion, growing 14.4 percent. In the case of domestic shipments, 14.7 percent growth reached $9.4 billion, reported Jorge Izqui- erdo, Vice President, Market Development PMMI during Monday’s media briefing. This record year, led to the industry’s readiness to come together to see the latest innovations in person. Matt Jones, Vice President of Sales for Dorner, was pleased with the traffic and leads that he found in his booth, indicating pent-up demand from the industry. “We had a lead goal for all of day one that we achieved by the mid-point of that day, and by late morning of day two, we were al- ready past our expected lead total for the entire show,” said Jones. “Just a great all-around event for Dorner.” Jonathon Titterton, CEO of Coesia Americas and R.A Jones, was also eager to put his stamp of approval on this year’s event as one of the best he could recall. “Coesia had even more leads at this show and more all- around quality engagement with attendees than the last PACK EXPO Las Vegas in 2019,” Titterton said. While attendees buying machinery right off the show floor is not an everyday occurrence, it happens at trade shows, and PACK EXPO Las Ve- gas reported multiple examples of attendees eager to take the equipment CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 The Innovation Stage featured a robust program of over 50 sessions, free to attendees and presented by industry leaders and subject matter experts.



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