Strategically positioned PACK EXPO East houses education and innovative solutions

Reston, Va.; Jan. 10, 2017 — While food and beverage remain the largest sectors in terms of packaging machinery needs, no market can keep pace with the pharmaceutical growth forecast through 2020, according to the 2016 State of the Industry U.S. Packaging Machinery Report. Produced by PMMI, The Association for Processing and Packaging Technologies, the report projects pharmaceuticals to grow at a CAGR of 2.8 percent through 2020, surpassing $700 million for the first time.

The greatest influence on growth in the pharmaceutical industry is general economic development. As more people can afford access to drugs, this will, in turn, drive growth in packaging and packaging equipment for pharmaceuticals. And, as the U.S. population becomes more health conscious and adopts healthier lifestyles, life expectancy is increasing and creating a greater demand for medicines for the elderly.

Another factor driving a rise in the market is the pharmaceutical industry's willingness to investigate and adopt new technologies. One of the recent developments in this sector is packaging machinery without electrical cabinets or cabinet-less machinery. The servo modules within the control architecture for robots, significantly reduces the number of electronic parts, eliminating the need for some cabinets. Benefits of this include lower maintenance costs (due to reduced electronics), greater efficiency and the availability and use of identical system parts.

Should this technology prove successful in the pharmaceutical sector, other markets that are typically slower to adopt new technologies may embrace it as well.

The most efficient way to find innovations that serve pharma with the potential to cross-pollinate other industries is PACK EXPO East (Feb. 27–March 1, 2017). Located in the heart of the country’s largest concentration of life science and pharmaceutical companies, Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center expects over 7,000 attendees to exchange ideas with 400 exhibitors across 100,000 net square feet of exhibition space. The site also positions PACK EXPO East within 200 miles of one-third of U.S. consumer packaged goods companies (CPGs) in the industry-rich Northeast.

In addition to a robust index of exhibitors, the Innovation Stage at PACK EXPO East offers free 30-minute education sessions directly on the show floor, including fresh looks at new technologies provided by exhibitors and industry experts.

The two-day Healthcare Packaging and Processing Conference (Feb. 27 and 28) is another offering at PACK EXPO East for the expanding pharma market, with nine tracks of sessions and technology workshops. The first day of the program highlights Serialization, Packaging Challenges and Strategies for Success Materials Testing, Packaging Machinery Automation, Government Regulatory Updates and Packaging and Processing Automation Control. Day two tackles Track and Trace Unique Device Identifiers, Supply Chain Security and Temperature Management, Serialization Pilot Tests and CMO’s Role, as well as Life Sciences Processing. Conference registration is $95 per seminar and includes access to PACK EXPO East. After Feb. 10, the price increases to $130 per seminar.

Registration for PACK EXPO East is $30 for a limited time. Price will increase to an on-site fee of $100. Register online at www.packexpoeast.com.

About PMMI
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, represents the voice of more than 750 North American manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, components and materials as well as providers of related equipment and services to the packaging and processing industry. We work to advance a variety of industries by connecting consumer goods companies with manufacturing solutions through the world-class PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, leading trade media and a wide range of resources to empower our members. The PACK EXPO trade shows unite the world of processing and packaging to advance the industries they serve: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Healthcare Packaging EXPO, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK México, EXPO PACK Guadalajara and ProFood Tech, launching in April 2017. PMMI Media Group connects manufacturers to the latest solutions, trends and innovations in processing and packaging year-round through brands including Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, Contract Packaging, ProFood World and Packaging + Processing OEM. PMMI Business Drivers assist members in pursuing operational excellence through workforce development initiatives, deliver actionable business intelligence on economic, market and industry trends to support members' growth strategies, and actively connect the supply chain throughout the year.

Learn more at PMMI.org and PACKEXPO.com and PMMIMediaGroup.com.

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