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Sustainability on the Agenda at PACK EXPO International 2012

Meeting sustainability goals takes time. It also often requires new equipment, materials and processes. For manufacturers involved in the sustainability journey, PACK EXPO International 2012 (October 23-31; McCormick Place, Chicago) is a dynamic resource for all three.

“In just a few years, sustainability has transformed from a buzzword to the new normal in manufacturing,” said Charles D. Yuska, president & CEO, PMMI. “But implanting sustainability initiatives is a marathon, not a sprint. That’s why we are committed to making PACK EXPO a comprehensive resource for the innovation and insights manufactures need to drive these initiatives, year after year, advance after advance.”

Exhibitors featuring sustainability-enhancing solutions, ranging from environmentally-friendly materials to energy efficient equipment, will be easily identified both on www.packexpo.com and the show floor with a PACK EXPO Green logo.

Visitors to the show website searching for technologies to reduce material, waste, energy or water usage need only look for the green icon next to exhibitor names, or input “green” into a keyword search. On site, PACK EXPO Green logos will be posted on special signage in exhibitor booths and the exhibitor directory.

Conference at PACK EXPO Addresses Sustainability    
To complement the technologies seen on the show floor, The Conference at PACK EXPO, sponsored by DuPont, will feature a Sustainability track focusing exclusively on initiatives, challenges and solutions across the supply chain. Industry partners organizing the content include The Alliance for Innovation & Operational Excellence (AIOE), The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP), PAC NEXT (The Packaging Association of Canada) and The Reusable Packaging Association (RPA).

Sessions on the Sustainability Track include “A Journey to Sustainability Excellence”, featuring Don Adams, vice president, Sustainability at Keystone Foods, Jarod Cook, director, Environmental Services, Del Monte Foods and Shankar Raman, director, Business Development, Siemens as they discuss the critical factors in overcoming obstacles to meet sustainability-related goals  (Monday October 29; 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.). Anne Roulin, head of packaging, Nestlé, will also present ways in which the company’s Packaging Impact Quick Evaluation Tool (PIQET) have helped it enhance the sustainability of its packaging in the session entitled “Packaging Sustainability and the Food Value Chain” (Tuesday, October 30; 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

For the full conference schedule, visit www.packexpo.com.

Registration for The Conference at PACK EXPO is available at www.packexpo.com at a cost of $99 per session through October 8, 2012, when tickets increase to $125 per session. Ticket price includes admission to the PACK EXPO show floor.

In addition to regular conference programming, the PACK EXPO Lecture Series will feature a spirited discussion between nationally renowned commentator and comedian Dennis Miller, and James Carville, political consultant and former advisor to President Bill Clinton. The two speakers will provide their views on the 2012 Elections and respond to audience questions on Sunday, October 28 at 5:15 p.m. Tickets for this special event will be sold separately from Conference session tickets or general registration, at a cost of $125 or $1,000 for a package of 10.

Minimizing the Show’s Footprint

Together, PMMI and McCormick Place are helping to eliminate the environmental impact of PACK EXPO International 2012 by:

  •     Eliminating badge holders — and keeping many pounds of plastic out of landfills;
  •     Working with catering partner, SAVOR…Chicago, which uses biodegradable flatware, straws, serving dishes and cups throughout the food court;
  •     Fulfilling 10 percent of annual electricity needs with renewable sources;
  •     Using 100 percent recycled paper products in facility restrooms

Registration fees for PACK EXPO International 2012 are $30 through Oct. 8. After that date, the cost increases to $60. Register online at www.packexpo.com.

About PMMI  
PMMI is a trade association of more than 600 member companies that manufacture packaging, processing and related converting machinery in the United States, Canada or Mexico; machinery components and packaging containers and materials. PMMI’s vision is to be the leading global resource for the packaging and processing supply chain, and its mission is to improve and promote members’ abilities to meet the needs of their customers.

PMMI organizes the PACK EXPO trade shows: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas and EXPO PACK México, connecting participants in the packaging and processing supply chain with their customers around the world. Coming Up: PACK EXPO International at McCormick Place in Chicago, Oct. 28–31, 2012; EXPO PACK Guadalajara, Feb. 27–March 1, 2013, in Guadalajara, Mexico. EXPO PACK México, June 18-21, 2013 in Mexico City, Mexico.

Learn more about PMMI and the PACK EXPO trade shows at PMMI.org and Packexpo.com.