Pack Expo Nears Sell Out

With more than 1,100 exhibitors already registered to occupy more than one million net square feet of space, PACK EXPO International 2006 has sold 90% of available exhibit space for the upcoming show. Held October 29 - November 2 at Chicago's McCormick Place, PACK EXPO promises to be the year's largest, most comprehensive resource for packaging strategies that build brands.

Sponsored and produced by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI, Arlington, Va.), PACK EXPO International makes it easy to find solutions that increase retail sales, grow brand loyalty and build greater market share - all in a single location. The show will highlight advanced materials and containers to add brand differentiation. PACK EXPO will also feature packaging and processing machinery innovations to help speed new product commercialization, another critical factor in brand success.

Complementing these exhibits will be several technology pavilions. The Containers & Materials Pavilion, one of PACK EXPO's most highly visited features, will focus on innovative solutions that enhance packaging appearance, convenience and product freshness, such as films and foils, plastics, resins and glass.

"Examining how advanced materials and machinery can work in concert together allows packaging concepts to be commercialized efficiently and quickly and enables brands to stay competitive in today's and tomorrow's marketplace," said Charles D. Yuska, president of PMMI. "No other show offers this powerful combination."

The Brand Protection Pavilion will make its debut at PACK EXPO International 2006, highlighting the latest security technologies, brand protection devices, tamper evident features and new materials. Government organizations and other informational resources will also be on hand to help guide attendees in the best ways to maintain brand integrity.

"Counterfeiting, tampering and bioterrorism attempts continue to be major concerns for consumer products companies around the world," said Yuska. "As the level of sophistication increases, packagers must take a more aggressive approach to protect the brands they've carefully nurtured. The Brand Protection Pavilion will give attendees access to the latest overt and covert technologies and intelligence that can help them safeguard their brand's reputation in the marketplace."

PACK EXPO International 2006 will also feature other popular pavilions from past shows. Attendees can visit The Showcase of Packaging Innovations for inspiration from the latest, award-winning packages from a selection of leading packaging organizations from around the world.

The Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Pavilion will once again feature solutions that meet the requirements of the entire supply chain. The Contract Packaging Pavilion will also come back to showcase the latest contract packaging services available to the world's consumer and industrial goods manufacturers.

Finally, the show will be co-located with the Converting and Package Printing Expo (CPP EXPO) and PROCESS EXPO (formerly the Food Processing Machinery EXPO).

In total, PACK EXPO International 2006 will feature more than 1,600 machinery, materials, components and containers exhibitors utilizing 1.2 million net square feet of space. Thousands of packaging solutions will be available to the over 50,000 decision makers and purchasing decision makers who are expected to attend, including 6,000 international visitors from more than 75 countries.

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