Packaging and processing professionals gathered in Chicago in early November for Pack Expo International and Pharma Expo 2014, the largest packaging and processing trade show in North America. With preliminary figures topping 48,600 attendees, show owner and producer PMMI (The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies), anticipates recording a 6.5% attendance jump over 2012.

The four-day event, which took place Nov. 2–5, covered more than 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space in McCormick Place with 2,352 exhibiting companies — an increase of more than 19% for exhibiting companies from Pack Expo 2012.

Pre-show registration was well ahead of 2012 figures and that momentum continued on site. Pharma Expo, which PMMI produced in partnership with the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), likely contributed to the surge in attendance, according to the company, with twice as many attendees identifying their primary or secondary markets as “pharmaceutical.”
Coming up in February, PMMI brings Pack Expo to the East Coast (Feb. 16–18, 2015; Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia). Learn more about it at

Registration is $30 through Jan. 21, when it increases to $60.