RESTON, Va. — The 20th anniversary edition of PACK EXPO Las Vegas, to be held Sept. 28-30 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, is projected to be the show’s largest edition yet, reports show owner and producer PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.
PMMI anticipates visitor attendance near 30,000 with over 2,000 exhibitors covering more than 800,000 net square feet of exhibit space.
An indicator of PACK EXPO Las Vegas’ growth in breadth and depth over the years includes the Las Vegas debut of Pharma EXPO, jointly produced by PMMI and the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE).
Pharma EXPO will focus on supply chain solutions for the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, nutraceutical and medical device industries.
“PACK EXPO shows have evolved alongside the needs of attendees and exhibitors, and we’ve come a long way from where we started,” says Charles D. Yuska, president and CEO, PMMI. “Today, PACK EXPO trade shows are always the year’s most comprehensive events for packaging innovation. In the case of PACK EXPO Las Vegas, it’s been a quick jump from regional show to expansive, must-attend event.”
In 1995, PMMI introduced the industry to PACK EXPO West, featuring packaging equipment from 532 exhibitors and attracting 9,334 attendees. Exhibit space was about 200,000 net square feet — about 25 percent of this year’s event. The international flavor of the show has grown as well, with visitors from outside the United States making up 8.3 percent of the attendee base in 1995 and 18 percent at the most recent edition, in 2013. The number of international exhibitors also increased from just 54 at the debut event to more than 310 showcasing solutions this year in Las Vegas.
In addition to expanding the scope of solutions on the show floor, PACK EXPO Las Vegas has adapted its educational and networking offerings to meet the needs of today’s manufacturing professionals. Its signature Innovation Stage will occupy three stages on the PACK EXPO show floor and a fourth in Pharma EXPO, all with free, 30-minute educational sessions running concurrently throughout each day of the show. Pharma EXPO will also feature a world-class conference program curated by ISPE.
“Over the years, we’ve added features and events, but one thing hasn’t changed,” Yuska says. “PACK EXPO Las Vegas is a venue where industry professionals come together, do business and find the solutions they need for operational excellence.”
For more information and to register, visit packexpolasvegas.com.