The three-day expo featured 375 exhibiting companies, spanning over 80,000 square feet and provided the opportunity for Northeast attendees to exchange ideas with leading packaging and processing suppliers. The prime Philadelphia location placed Pack Expo East within 200 miles of one-third of US consumer packaged goods companies (CPGs), including arguably the country’s largest concentration of life science and pharmaceutical businesses.
Attendees and exhibitors alike touted the ease of driving or using public transportation as one of the many advantages of the Philadelphia location. “We are very excited about the future of Pack Expo East,” says Jim Pittas, senior vice president, PMMI. “We are gaining momentum on this new show with both attendees and exhibitors. Walking the show floor, it was obvious that attendees are talking about the challenges they are facing and exhibitors are providing them with the solutions they are looking for. Moving the show later in the calendar year was very well received by the industry.”
This regional event provided attendees with easy access to Pack Expo, offering exhibitors and attendees quality time to gain an understanding of each other’s operations and the challenges facing both sides of the table. Attendees enjoyed seeing new technologies, innovations and working machinery on the show floor. Exhibitors were pleased with the quality of leads they brought in during the show.
“Right from the opening of the show we spoke with educated buyers who knew what they were looking for and were receptive to our recommendations on how we might target a solution,” says Ed Fox, sales manager for Fox IV Technologies. “While the traffic was steady, the intimacy of the regional event allowed for longer interactions and what we feel are solid, quality leads.”
The Innovation Stage brought free education to the show floor and offered attendees and exhibitors a look at breakthrough technologies, innovative applications and proven techniques from industry experts. The Healthcare Packaging and Processing Conference provided life science processing and packaging professionals an efficient way to find innovations that serve their industry.
PMMI also announced that Pack Expo East will return to Philadelphia in April 2018 and then continue on its intended biennial schedule on even-numbered-years.
Upcoming 2017 Pack Expo shows:
- The inaugural ProFood Tech (April 4–6, 2017; McCormick Place, Chicago), the most comprehensive food and beverage show in North America, powered by three trade show leaders – Pack Expo, Anuga and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA)
- Expo Pack Guadalajara (June 13-15, 2017; Expo Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico)
- Pack Expo Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging Expo (Sept. 25–27, 2017; Las Vegas Convention Center)