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Matt Reynolds, current Director of Content and Research for PMMI Media Group, will succeed Pat Reynolds as Editor of the world’s largest packaging publication, Packaging World, in January 2018.

“From Packaging World’s launch in 1994, Pat Reynolds’ editorial integrity and experience have had a direct impact on making it the most respected packaging media brand in the world today. We were fortunate to have him as part of our founding editorial team,” said Joe Angel, President of PMMI Media Group and Publisher of Packaging World. “We are truly excited that Matt will be taking the helm, carrying on the tradition of editorial leadership and the Reynolds’ legacy. His transition will be under the tutelage of Pat, who will remain as Editor Emeritus. Pat will continue to contribute his valuable experience, insight, and reporting on packaging developments.”

Matt Reynolds has established himself in the packaging community as a respected and trusted journalist. In his time with PMMI Media Group, Matt has been the Director of Custom Media, Content, and Research, driving content decisions and providing innovative ways for suppliers to market their brands. He has also been Editorial Director of PMMI Media Group’s Packaging + Processing OEM, since 2015. He has more than a decade of experience as a journalist and editor, having spent time at publications including Baking Management, Modern Baking, and serving as a technical writer for multiple machine tool and fabrication publications. Reynolds received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, and he holds a MS in Journalism from Roosevelt University.

“I’m honored and excited to assume the mantle of Packaging World Editor,” said Reynolds. “The trade press is a lively, evolving place these days, and the accelerating pace of change makes it an intriguing challenge. I realize that I have big shoes to fill, but I’ll make it my mission to continue narrating developments in the packaging industry in the form of great editorial, all the while exploring the expanding boundaries of B2B media.”

Reaching 55,000 subscribers each month in print and 100,000 unique visitors each month online, Packaging World is the leading media brand for connecting with professionals who use packaging equipment, materials, technology and services.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 12:55

PMMI Announces Purchase of Summit Media Group

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PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, has entered into an agreement to purchase Summit Media Group, Inc., publisher of Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging and Contract Packaging. The sale is expected to conclude in late October, according to PMMI Chairman Bill Crist, CEO, Kliklok-Woodman, who delivered the announcement at PMMI's Annual Meeting.

"Summit is a well-known, highly-respected publisher, with print publications and a significant digital presence that truly complements PMMI's strategic plan. They bring to the table a fully developed platform, an established audience and a high level of brand recognition - all within a proven business model," Crist says.

"PMMI's strategic vision is to create opportunities where businesses and people along the packaging and processing supply chain can convene to network, problem solve and do business," Crist adds. "The robust platform Summit brings to the table will enhance our ability to do that."

"I think it's more than fair to say, PMMI's greatest competitive advantage lies in the strength of our trade shows, programs and services," says PMMI President & CEO Charles D. Yuska, noting that the multi-media platform will strengthen PMMI's position. "This platform will help connect our PACK EXPO exhibitors with the trade show attendees year-round and will support the expanding group of expositions."

Summit President and CEO Joe Angel shares his enthusiasm. "The synergy between our two organizations is one that will enable us both to move to the next level in terms of what we can offer our subscribers, customers, PMMI members and the packaging and processing community as a whole. We're very excited to become part of PMMI, with whom we've had a strong relationship for so many years, and look forward to the new opportunities this strategic acquisition will make possible."

Under the agreement, the Summit Media Group staff will join the PMMI staff, with Summit offices remaining in the Chicago area.

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Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:31

PACK EXPO 2013 Las Vegas

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Manufacturers in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, nutraceutical and medical device industries are facing significant challenges in 2013, including a shifting regulatory landscape, downward pricing pressures and escalating attention to product safety measures. However, players in this highly scrutinized industry must also continue to advance their operations in order to remain competitive and capitalize on expanding opportunities in emerging markets. PACK EXPO will be held September 23-25, 2013 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and feature the latest technologies and a range of education opportunities to help these industry professionals overcome challenges and drive growth.

Now in its third year, The Pharmaceutical Pavilion will highlight the latest advances in equipment and materials such as labeling technologies, filling and inspection systems, blister packaging, tubes and closures. In addition to The Pharmaceutical Pavilion, The Rx Lounge, endorsed by the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), will offer a place for brand owners to network and exchange ideas with colleagues and key decision makers. The ‘Ask-the-Experts’ Forums, staffed by representatives from ISPE, will give attendees an opportunity to seek advice on how to resolve packaging and processing-related challenges.

Attendees will also have access to a series of on-floor education sessions at the Innovation Stage. These free presentations are scheduled to run each day of the show and will include a variety of topics relevant to the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. Details about this programming will be announced in the coming weeks.

Several other specialized pavilions round out the resources available to pharmaceutical attendees. The Brand Zone will showcase packaging materials – including blister and tamper-evident solutions and innovative labeling applications to ensure consumer safety. The Processing Zone will provide a hub for the latest processing equipment. In addition, many processing solutions will also be found throughout the show floor.

Discounted registration rates of $30 per person apply until September 9, 2013; costs increase to $60 per person after that date and on site.

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Monday, 19 November 2012 12:30

PACK EXPO International 2012 Breaks Records

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Packaging and processing professionals gathered in Chicago for PACK EXPO International 2012, the largest packaging and processing trade show in the world this year.

The four-day event, Oct. 28–31, covered more than 1.1 million net square feet (nsf) in McCormick Place with 1,965 exhibiting companies — an increase of over 6 percent for space and 8 percent for exhibiting companies from PACK EXPO International 2010.

Pre-registration for PACK EXPO was up significantly (nearly 10 percent) going into the event, however, the East Coast storm did have some effect on the final attendance numbers. Still, in spite of the storm, PACK EXPO welcomed 45,300 attendees to McCormick Place for the four-day event, which is an increase of 3 percent over the 2010 show. Some of this increase can be credited to the significant growth in the number of international attendees, which was up 8 percent from 2010.

Charles D. Yuska, president & CEO of PMMI owner and producer PACK EXPO, says, “While we fully expected to surpass our attendance goals, the storm’s effect on East Coast travel prohibited many from making the show. However, we still finished with the largest PACK EXPO International since 2006.”

Yuska adds, “The increase in exhibitors speaks to the quality of business done at PACK EXPO. These exhibiting companies invest time and resources, and they have to believe that they are going to get a return on that investment.”

The momentum from the Chicago show continues with exhibitors already planning their presence at PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Sept. 23-25, 2013. Approximately 47,000 square feet of booth space sold during the show in Chicago last week, bringing the current PACK EXPO Las Vegas net square footage to nearly 560,000 nsf, over 20 percent ahead of pace from 2011. This is an excellent indicator that next year’s PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013 will be the largest yet and that business remains on the upswing.

“PACK EXPO International 2012 was definitely a success,” says Yuska, “Traffic was strong, despite the storm, and the exhibitors I spoke with were very pleased with the number and quality of leads they received. I think it’s also significant that exhibitors were already planning ahead and reserving booth space for PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013.”

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PMMI, the owner and producer of PACK EXPO International 2012 (McCormick Place, Chicago; Oct. 28–31), is pleased to announce that highly acclaimed journalist Bob Sirott will moderate the PACK EXPO Lecture Series featuring Dennis Miller and James Carville on Oct. 28. Sirott co-anchors FOX Chicago News at 9.

While he’s been in this particular anchor seat for just over two years, Sirott has been part of the Chicago broadcasting landscape since his time as an NBC Chicago Page in 1966. (By age 19, Sirott was the production and public affairs director at NBC radio station WMAQ.)

Through the 1970s, Sirott, worked his way up in radio. He hosted the morning show at WBBM-FM, and went over to legendary rock powerhouse WLS, where he became the top afternoon radio personality in town, from 1973–1980.

In 1980, Sirott made the jump to television. He became WBBM-TV’s (CBS) first lifestyle and entertainment editor, and received the Chicago Headline Club’s Peter Lisagor Award for his reporting on the death of John Lennon. He was an anchor and correspondent for West 57th, a news magazine program from CBS Network New and won an Emmy award for feature reporting.

In 1990, he went to NBC5, anchoring and shaping news programs; he launched a 6:00–7:00 am news program, “First Thing in the Morning,” and the Emmy award winning commentary series “One More Thing.” He took the “First Thing in the Morning” program format with him to FOX Chicago, for a seven-year stint co-anchoring “FOX Thing in the Morning” with Marianne Murciano, whom he married in 1999.

In 2002, Sirott was the anchor and managing editor of “Chicago Tonight,” a nightly live newsmagazine on Chicago’s PBS affiliate (WTTW/11), expanding the program to an hour, and generating even more critical acclaim. From 2005–2009, Sirott anchored NBC5 late afternoon and evening newscasts as well as the 10:00 pm news.

“If you want to know what’s going on in current events in Chicago, find out what Bob Sirott is talking about. He’s at the top of his field, and the best moderator we could want,” Yuska says.

Registered attendees and exhibitors at PACK EXPO can purchase tickets for the PACK EXPO Leadership Lecture, featuring Dennis Miller and James Carville for $125 per ticket or $1,000 for 10 tickets ($250 savings). The Lecture takes place Sunday, Oct. 28, at 5:15pm.

PMMI is a trade association of more than 600 member companies that manufacture packaging, processing and related converting machinery in the United States, Mexico or Canada; machinery components and packaging containers and materials. PMMI’s vision is to be the leading global resource for the packaging and processing supply chain, and its mission is to improve and promote members' abilities to meet the needs of their customers.

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Tuesday, 08 May 2012 11:40

PACK EXPO Registration Open

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Show organizer and producer PMMI announces that registration for PACK EXPO International 2012 (October 28–31; Chicago, Ill.) is live at

"PACK EXPO registration is officially open," said Charles D. Yuska, president and CEO, PMMI. "And with exhibit sales already topping 1 million net square feet, and the expansion of the customer-centric strategy that made last year's show so effective, attendees will get even more out of their time at PACK EXPO International 2012."

In addition to all of the innovation and insight that PACK EXPO exhibitors bring to the show floor every fall, attendees can look forward to a range of new and returning features at PACK EXPO International 2012:

This year will mark the debut of the Beverage Lounge, which will join the Pharmaceutical, Confectionery and Baking-Snack Lounges, connecting industry professionals with their peers on the show floor.

Attendees will see the return of several industry pavilions, including  the Processing Zone, the sold out Confectionery Pavilion – again sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, the Pharmaceutical Pavilion and the Reusable Packaging Pavilion. These locations will serve as central hubs for their respective industries at PACK EXPO International 2012.

An increased on site presence dedicated to PACK EXPO's Connected Communities, the online platform that connects attendees with their industry peers online with industry news and trends targeted to Baking-Snack, Pharmaceutical and Confectionery industries.

"Every year we make it our mission to make PACK EXPO better than the year before, and we're well on our way to meeting that goal," Yuska added.

Show registration costs $30 online before October 8, 2012. Registration after October 8, 2012, will be $60.

PMMI is a trade association of about 600 member companies that manufacture packaging, processing and related converting machinery in the United States or Canada; machinery components and packaging containers and materials. PMMI's vision is to be the leading global resource for the packaging and processing supply chain, and its mission is to improve and promote members' abilities to meet the needs of their customers.

PMMI organizes the PACK EXPO trade shows: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas and EXPO PACK México, connecting participants in the packaging and processing supply chain with their customers around the world. Coming Up: EXPO PACK México, June 26–29 in Mexico City, Mexico; PACK EXPO International at McCormick Place in Chicago, Oct. 28–31, 2012.

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