shows brings together the best of the processing and packaging industries looking for solutions to industry-wide issues,” says Jim Pittas, senior vice president, PMMI. “The associations in the Partner Program are a strong resource for these attendees and exhibitors, and have been a valuable asset to the PACK EXPO shows.”

There are currently 27 associations that will partner with PACK EXPO International 2016, four Pharma EXPO partner associations, and 11 International Pavilion Organizers.

“The Partner Program provides a nice reciprocal marketing benefit for both IoPP and PMMI, whereby more people in the packaging industry can learn about IoPP’s excellent educational programs and IoPP members can stay on top of all the need-to-knows about PACK EXPO,” says Jim George, IoPP’s director of education. “The program is a win-win year in and year out, a huge mutual benefit that enables IoPP and PMMI to continue our robust partnership.”

The organizations involved in the 2016 Partner Program include:

PACK EXPO Partners:

•ABEIF — Brazilian Flexible Packaging Association

•AIMCAL — Association of Internation Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators

•ABRE — Brazilian Packaging Association


•Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA)

•Japan Packaging Machinery Manufacturers

•Contract Packaging Association (CPA)

•Michigan State University Packaging Alumni Association (MSUPAA)

•Flexible Packaging Association (FPA)

•OMAC (The Organization for Machine Automation and Control)

•Flexographic Technical Association (FTA)

•OPC Foundation

•Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA)

•PAC, Packaging Consortium

•Independent Bakers Association (IBA)


•In-Mold Decorating Association (IMDA)

•SNAC International

•Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP)

•SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association

•Instituto Argentino del Envase (IAE)

•Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC)/Green Blue

•International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA)

•United Fresh Produce Association

•International Molded Fiber Association (IMFA)

•World Packaging Organisation (WPO)




Pharma EXPO Partners:

•Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council  (HCPC)

•Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP)

•PIP — Process Industry Practices  

•Virginia Bio


International Pavillion Organizers:


•Agencia Argentina de Inversiones y Cornercio Internacional

•Asia Media Company Limited


•China Council for the Promotion of Int'l. Trade (CCPIT

•Switzerland Global Enterprise

•China Food and Packaging Machinery Association

•UCIMA — Italian Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association

•INP — Brazilian Plastic Insitute / Think Plastic Brazil

•VDMA — German Packaging Machinery Manufacturers

•Italian Trade Commission


PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2016 have over 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space, and are expected to attract 50,000 packaging and processing professionals and 2,300-plus exhibitors.

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