Pack Expo Las Vegas Crowd
Pack Expo Las Vegas attendance increased by 1,000 in 2017.

This year’s Pack Expo Las Vegas raised many questions about the future of packaging as the industry becomes increasingly reliant on big data and automation. The event, held Sept. 25-27 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, showcased new packaging technologies, hosted more than 2,000 exhibitors and pushed the 29,500 attendees to examine how their business is adapting to a fast-paced digital landscape.  

PMMI hosted the largest Pack Expo in its history as the show was nearly 4% larger than in 2015 and attendance increased by 1,000. 

“It was great to see the number of people coming to the show with real-world applications, ready to do business,” said Stacy Johnson, director of marketing and strategic planning, Dorner Mfg. Corp. “We get both quality and quantity attendees from Pack Expo Las Vegas, which is ideal.” 

The Pack Gives Back event offered another milestone as it produced the largest crowd to date in its seven-year history. The standing-room-only crowd was entertained by the rock and roll band The Doobie Brothers. Proceeds from the performance, combined with industry donations and PMMI’s $100,000 match, pushed Pack Expo’s hurricane aid past $325,000.

“The generosity of Pack Expo attendees and exhibitors was truly inspirational,” said Chuck Yuska, president and chief executive officer, PMMI. “Ours is an industry that has consistently risen to the occasion to help others in times of need.”

Read on to discover the issues that will continue to impact the packaging world in the coming years.