Pack Expo Las Vegas 2023 is an efficient and fun way to discover products and partners that move projects forward. Produced by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, Pack Expo is the most comprehensive packaging and processing event in North America with more than 2,000 suppliers showcasing diverse innovations for more than 40 vertical markets including the meat and poultry processing segment.

Registration is open for the show, which is slated for Sept. 11–13, 2023 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. PMMI is expecting 30,000 people to attend representing companies from all over the globe.

“Our industry is stronger than ever and positioned for unprecedented growth, making the connections and innovations that come from a world-class trade show more crucial than ever,” said Jim Pittas, president and chief executive officer, PMMI.

Sustainability Features

New features of the 2023 show include speakers and experiences focused on sustainability. Sustainability Central is an interactive destination focusing on actionable sustainable solutions in manufacturing, materials and design.

“Exhibitors showcasing sustainable solutions via new materials, technology, or strategies such as sustainable processes and machines, renewable and biodegradable packaging, source reduction and light weighting, recyclable and recycled-content materials, or innovations that reduce carbon footprint are easily identified with a Pack Expo Green icon,” show organizers said. “The icon also highlights educational sessions focused on sustainability.”To further signal the industry’s commitment to sustainability solutions in packaging and processing, PMMI Media Group created the Pack Expo Sustainability SolutionsFinder, a targeted curated list of sustainable solutions exhibitors that will be displaying at the show. Exhibitors can participate in a post-show donation program, benefiting local organizations in the Las Vegas area, by donating any unwanted food, electronics, or booth materials. PMMI also will donate or recycle any remaining carpet after the show.

The Reusable Packaging Association will once again sponsor the Reusable Packaging Pavilion featuring exhibitors offering reusable transport packaging. The Reusable Packaging Learning Center is the venue for presentations and panel discussions on a variety of topics related to sustainability and reuse.

The Sustainability Stage features experts on a range of packaging sustainability topics while experts from the Pack Expo Partner Program will address hot topics and industry trends from the Industry Speaks Stage.

Also new to Pack Expo Las Vegas is the Logistics Pavilion, an important addition to the show that will feature targeted solutions related to the supply chain, including warehousing, fulfillment, distribution logistics services and transportation providers.

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A really big show

Demand drives growth, and Pack Expo Las Vegas is no different. Show organizers said due to demand, The Processing Zone currently is 44% larger than in 2021. The Processing Zone supports the integration of processing and packaging and will showcase solutions like homogenizing, heat treating, forming/sizing and coating.

Industry growth is driving the expansion, with 60% of consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies indicating that their investment in packaging machinery will increase in 2023, while 64% said their scheduled projects will increase, according to PMMI’s 2023 Purchasing Plans and Priorities report.

Pack Expo Las Vegas will showcase additional pavilions focused on various aspects of packaging and processing. Pavilions this year include: The PACKage Printing Pavilion, The Containers and Materials Pavilion, The Reusable Packaging Pavilion; The Workforce Development Pavilion, and Association Partner Pavilion.

Additional opportunities to engage with companies and their technologies include:

Innovation Stages: Free, 30-minute seminars on breakthrough technologies and best practices are presented daily by suppliers and subject matter experts on the show floor.

The Forum: Returning to Pack Expo Las Vegas as an interactive industry knowledge exchange, The Forum offers free, 45-minute interactive learning sessions.

Reusable Packaging Learning Center: Here experts will share strategies on reusable packaging system implementation, which can improve material-handling performance, reduce operating costs, create new economic value, and lower supply chain environmental impact.

Technology Excellence Awards: This program recognizes exhibitors’ new innovations never displayed at Pack Expo.

The Showcase of Packaging Innovations: Sponsored by WestRock, this attendee favorite displays award-nominated packaging solutions.

Student opportunities

Pack Expo Las Vegas offers many programs and activities aimed at students looking for careers in packaging and processing.

The Future Innovators Robotics Showcase features local high school robotics teams that have designed and built robots.

And the Amazing Packaging Race invites teams from colleges, trade schools and universities across the United States to race around the Pack Expo Las Vegas show floor and complete tasks or solve problems at the booths of participating exhibitors.

Social celebrations

PACK EXPO Las Vegas is the place to be for collaboration and networking opportunities, such as the First-Time Attendee reception, sponsored by ProMach; Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network breakfast, sponsored by BW Packaging, Emerson, ID Technology, Morrison, Septimatech, SMC Corp, and WestRock; the Young Professionals Networking Event, sponsored by Beckhoff Automation, and more.

PACK gives BACK features an all-new format for 2023. Attendees are encouraged to get an early start to the PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2023 show on Sunday, Sept. 10, by gathering with colleagues and customers to enjoy a private performance of “O” by Cirque du Soleil at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino. Proceeds benefit the PMMI Education Foundation. Tickets are available for single purchase or in blocks of 10 and include general admission seating and drinks/snacks.