Momentum Builds for Debut of PMMI's Pharma EXPO in 2014

November 24, 2013

Officials from PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, report a groundswell of positive response to Pharma EXPO 2014, which debuts in Chicago, collocated with PACK EXPO International 2014 Nov. 2–5 at McCormick Place.

Pharma EXPO is a joint venture between PMMI, owner and producer of PACK EXPO International, and the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering.

“Pharma EXPO is clearly answering an industry need,” said Jim Pittas, vice president, trade shows, PMMI.

He added, “The combined strength of PACK EXPO shows and ISPE will be a huge benefit to attendees as well as solutions providers.”

With more than 2,000 exhibitors in 1.1 million net square feet, PMMI and ISPE expect to draw some 50,000 attendees, including 5,000 international visitors from 130 countries.

ISPE will present a conference program during the show, and attendees will comingle between Pharma EXPO and PACK EXPO International 2014.

“At our core, ISPE’s focus is to prepare our members to lead global change and innovation in pharmaceutical manufacturing sciences and technology,” said ISPE President and CEO Nancy Berg.

She added, “The show will offer the attendees what they want most — exposure to the latest technologies, the opportunity to attend a full range of education sessions, and a unique opportunity to be inspired by ideas and technologies developed for other industries.”

Historically, upwards of 18 percent of end-users who attend PACK EXPO have identified themselves as pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, while one-third of all the exhibitors at PACK EXPO are suppliers to the pharmaceutical industry.

On its own, Pharma EXPO is expected to draw more than 10,000 attendees and 300 exhibiting companies and cover 200,000-pplus square feet of exhibit space.

Among exhibiting companies already signed up for Parma EXPO is Marchesini Group USA, a long-time PACK EXPO exhibitor.

“It’s important for us to be here, showcasing our new equipment,” said Marchesini Executive Vice President Roger Toll during last month’s PACK EXPO Las Vegas. “The show is growing, and we’ll be at Pharma EXPO next year.”

Pittas said his team has sold more than 50,000 square feet of exhibit space for Pharma EXPO.

“Considering that was our initial projection for the show, and it’s still over a year away, it’s clear we’re well on the way to exceeding our goals,” he added. “The collocation of Pharma EXPO and PACK EXPO will benefit packaging and processing across the line."

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