Board Converting News, August 17, 2020

PACK EXPO Canceled For First Time, PMMI To Launch Web-Based Event After thoughtful consultation with the PMMI Board of Di- rectors, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Pro- cessing Technologies, has made the difficult decision to cancel its in-person PACK EXPO International and Health- care Packaging EXPO in Chicago this year. The PMMI Board determined that due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and the current state and local regulations, it was not possible to have a safe and productive event for attendees and exhibitors. To ensure this essential industry remains connected, PMMI Media Group is using their digital marketing exper- tise and extensive industry knowledge to launch a brand new live, web-based event, PACK EXPO Connects 2020, November 9-13, complete with 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, connect- ing the industry is still our top priority,” says 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 com- panies (CPGs) and suppliers by driving the entire industry to PACK EXPO Connects.”

PACK EXPO Connects will facilitate exhibitor and attendee interaction while continuing to provide the ability to see machinery in action through this new platform. This exciting online experience will also of- fer world-class educational opportunities, including daily Jumpstart sessions on hot topics from industry thought leaders along with the Innovation Stages, a staple at previous PACK EXPO events. The new Solution Room will feature expert-led education ses- sions, and PMMI Media Group editors will discuss highlights via Daily Download sessions, bringing at- tendees up to speed on the latest and greatest solu- tions on display at PACK EXPO Connects. A special Packaging and Processing Women’s Leadership Net- work event will feature an address from Jan Tharp, president and CEO at Bumble Bee Foods. “Connecting the industry has never been more essential as packaging addresses the critical needs of this pandemic,” adds Laura Thompson, Vice Pres- ident, Trade Shows, PMMI. “While nothing can re- place 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.” For more information on exhibiting or attending PACK EXPO Connects, visit . or contact the PMMI Show Department at expo@ or (571) 612-3200.


August 17, 2020

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