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September 29, 2022

Get Ready for PACK EXPO International, With More Features Than Ever


Unmatched Breadth of New Technologies and Materials in Person

The packaging and processing industries are set to come together to share innovations, connect with colleagues, hear from experts, see machinery-in-action and the latest packaging materials at the most comprehensive packaging and processing show in the world in 2022, PACK EXPO International (Oct. 23-26, 2022; McCormick Place, Chicago), produced by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.

“Registration numbers for this year’s show are strong and indicate the industry is ready to come together and see new packaging and processing innovations first-hand from over 2,000 exhibitors,” says Jim Pittas, president and CEO, PMMI. “PACK EXPO International is the most effective and efficient way to find solutions for over 40 vertical markets all under one roof.”

PACK EXPO International 2022 is the only event this year that will showcase entire production line solutions, offer over 100 free educational sessions, and provide attendees everything needed to compete in a changing marketplace. Offering more features than ever before to address unprecedented demands on the industry, show attendees can use My Show Planner to search for products and exhibitors, view the schedule of educational sessions, and even schedule appointments with exhibitors prior to heading to Chicago. And downloading the PACK EXPO International mobile app, sponsored by ProMach, from either the Apple Store or Google Play provides on-the-go access to floor plans, exhibitor listings, special events, new products, and product categories, as well as the ability to plan an agenda, take notes, and navigate the show halls.

“We are excited to offer so many new and returning show features, reflecting the evolving needs of the packaging and processing industry over the past four years,” says Laura Thompson, vice president, trade shows, PMMI.

New at PACK EXPO International

PACK to the Future

PACK to the Future is an interactive exhibit new to PACK EXPO International celebrating the role of packaging and processing throughout history and the impact it is poised to have on our future. This curated exhibit includes historical equipment, materials, and photographs spanning 250 years, journeying through the evolution of packaging and processing, and highlighting how the industry developed alongside civilization. This exhibit will be in the West Building at booth W-20001.  

The PACK to the Future Stage will provide thought-provoking sessions on groundbreaking industry innovations and features free presentations by industry experts on advances in pharmaceutical and cannabis packaging, wireless factory automation, sustainable alternatives, smart packaging, artificial intelligence, and more. The PACK to the Future stage will be in the West Building at booth W-20052.

The Processing Zone

The Processing Zone at PACK EXPO International will house the widest variety of food and beverage processing equipment. Start the search for front-of-the-line solutions such as homogenizing, heat treating, forming/sizing, and coating in The Processing Zone, located in the Lakeside Center at booths LU-7000-LU-7799.

The Processing Innovation Stage (booth LU-7130), located in the Processing Zone, will focus on the latest food and beverage processing breakthroughs.

PACK Match at PACK EXPO International
This complimentary consultation makes its PACK EXPO International debut, providing attendees personalized, one-on-one guidance to locate targeted solutions. PACK Match Advisors are available for 30-minute virtual consultations prior to the show to connect attendees with the right suppliers. Attendees must sign-up prior to October 14 to take advantage of this service.

PACK Challenge

PACK Challenge, sponsored by PepsiCo, is a first of its kind end-to-end packaging competition bringing six high school teams together for a machine-building competition at PACK EXPO International. In addition, Belden will sponsor the Friends & Family reception on Sunday, Oct. 23 from 3-5 p.m. at booth W-17000.

Industry Speaks Stage

Association Partner thought leaders from multiple industry verticals will present the latest industry trends on the Industry Speaks stage, addressing the latest hot button topics and industry trends such as sustainability, remote access, supply chain solutions, augmented reality, operational efficiency, and more. The Industry Speaks stage will be located within the Association Partner Pavilion at booth N-4565.  

New Pavilions at PACK EXPO International

Returning Pavilions at the show:

Even More Free Show Floor Education  

Reusable Packaging Learning Center

Student Opportunities

PACK EXPO International offers programs and activities aimed at getting students excited about careers in packaging.

Develop Your Existing Workforce at PACK EXPO International:

PMMI is offering popular training workshops in Chicago to coincide with PACK EXPO International

Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network (PPWLN) Breakfast:

PPWLN serves to recruit, retain, and advance women’s careers in packaging and processing. Registered attendees of PACK EXPO International are invited to the annual PPWLN Breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. Hear from keynote speaker Dawn Hudson, former Chief Marketing Officer at the National Football League and CEO of Pepsi Cola North America, on her experiences in the workforce. This year, the PPWLN networking event is sponsored by: Emerson, ID Technology, Morrison Container Handling Solutions, Plexpack Corp., Septimatech Group Inc., and SMC Corporation of America. To RSVP for the event click here.

PACK gives BACK™

PACK EXPO’s annual benefit concert, PACK gives BACK returns to Chicago in 2022 on Monday, Oct. 24. Guests will enjoy pre-show networking starting at 4:30 p.m. with refreshments and appetizers followed by a performance at 5:30 p.m. by the multi-megamillion-selling rock band, Styx. Styx draws from over four decades of barn-burning chart hits, joyous singalongs, and hard-driving deep cuts such as, Renegade, Come Sail Away, Lady, Blue Collar Man, Too Much Time On My Hands, Mr. Roboto, Fooling Yourself, and The Grand Illusion. Tickets are $95 each. Take advantage of the 10-for-9 deal to treat customers or business partners to the show. Purchase nine tickets and the tenth is free. Rockwell Automation is the title sponsor and proceeds benefit PMMI Foundation. To buy tickets and for more information, click here

The PMMI Foundation provides financial support for packaging and processing education throughout the U.S and Canada. Since its inception in 1998, the PMMI Foundation has given more than $2.3 million to strengthen the workforce within the packaging and processing industry. 

Young Professional’s Networking Event

The Emerging Leaders Network will host an evening event for young professionals on Monday, Oct. 24 from 7:30-10:30 p.m., sponsored by Beckhoff Automation LLC at Punch Bowl Social in downtown Chicago. PACK EXPO International badge is required for entry. Find out more details or RSVP here.

The Technology Excellence Awards

These awards will recognize the most innovative technologies not yet shown at a previous PACK EXPO. Attendees can vote onsite, on the app, or online for their favorite finalists selected in specific market segments.


The PACK EXPO Green Program is the commitment of PACK EXPO and all its partners, vendors, and exhibitors working together to create a more sustainable world. Learn more about the available resources to aid and advance your company’s unique sustainability goals.

The one-day Emerging Brands Summit, brought to you by PMMI Media Group, will launch at PACK EXPO International 2022. This new program is aimed at founders and leaders of start-up manufacturing companies looking to scale their brand to larger production through either in-house facility build out or outsourced relationships with contract manufacturers and packagers. Exhibitors will include packaging machinery, packaging materials, processing equipment, and contract manufacturers and packagers.

The Industry Meets at PACK EXPO International

Industry Meets brings together industry partners and their audiences as they host their meetings, conferences, and receptions in conjunction with PACK EXPO International. We are currently welcoming the following groups:

With so much to see and experience at PACK EXPO International, first-time attendees can relax, and learn more about the show in the First Timers’ Lounge, sponsored by ProMach.

To learn more and to register, visit packexpointernational.com. Visit the show website for information on the PACK Ready plan.

Gatwiri Muthara

Sr. Manager, Public Relations

PMMI: The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies
[email protected]