Industry Connections Abound at PACK EXPO International 2022

PACK EXPO International (Oct. 23-26, 2022; McCormick Place, Chicago) will offer attendees from more than 40 vertical markets the opportunity to connect in many ways. From educational opportunities to open forums to receptions, PACK EXPO International, produced by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is the place to forge essential connections needed to move this industry forward.

As the show floor opens, the Emerging Brands Summit will bring together new brands with experts in manufacturing and packaging to develop a blueprint to scale operations. This new one-day event is happening Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CT in McCormick Place, Room S100.

Networking opportunities, tabletop exhibits, and content-rich educational sessions provide emerging brand visionaries the tools for growth through scaled operations with manufacturing and packaging experts. Attendees can also consult with expert advisors, participate in group discussions, and explore supplier exhibits.

In addition to connecting with the 2,000+ exhibitors showcasing breakthrough packaging and processing solutions on the 1.2 million net square foot show floor, attendees can connect with peers at several key events:

PACK gives BACK™
PACK EXPO’s annual benefit concert, PACK gives BACK, returns to Chicago in 2022 on Monday, Oct. 24. Guests will enjoy pre-show networking starting at 4:30 p.m. CT with refreshments and appetizers followed by a performance at 5:30 p.m. CT by the multi-mega million-selling rock band, Styx. Styx draws from over four decades of barn-burning chart hits, joyous singalongs, and hard-driving deep cuts such as Renegade, Come Sail Away, Lady, Blue Collar Man, Too Much Time On My Hands, Mr. Roboto, Fooling Yourself, and The Grand Illusion. Tickets are $95 each. Take advantage of the 10-for-9 deal to treat customers or business partners to the show. Purchase nine tickets and the tenth is free. Rockwell Automation is the title sponsor and proceeds benefit PMMI Foundation. To buy tickets and for more information, click here.

The PMMI Foundation provides financial support for packaging and processing education throughout the U.S and Canada. Since its inception in 1998, the PMMI Foundation has given more than $2.3 million to strengthen the workforce within the packaging and processing industry. 

Young Professional’s Networking Event
The Emerging Leaders Network will host an evening event for young professionals on Monday, Oct. 24 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. CT, sponsored by Beckhoff Automation LLC at Punch Bowl Social in downtown Chicago. A PACK EXPO International badge is required for entry. Find out more details or RSVP here.

Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network (PPWLN) Breakfast
PPWLN serves to recruit, retain, and advance women’s careers in packaging and processing. Registered attendees of PACK EXPO International are invited to the annual PPWLN Breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. CT. Hear from keynote speaker Dawn Hudson, former Chief Marketing Officer at the National Football League, and CEO of Pepsi Cola North America, on her experiences in the workforce. This year, the PPWLN networking event is sponsored by: Emerson, ID Technology, Morrison Container Handling Solutions, Plexpack Corp., Septimatech Group Inc., and SMC Corporation of America. To RSVP for the event click here.

In addition to these events, several key industry partners are holding meetings and events in conjunction with PACK EXPO International.

To learn more and to register, visit

2023 Events

May 22-24 | AICC Packaging Xperience, Chicago, IL. (

May 23-24| Elementary Nonwovens Training Course, Cary, NC (

June 6-8| Absorbent Hygiene Training Course, Cary, NC (

June 20-22 | Adhesives and Bonding Expo, Novi, MI (

June 20-23| Nonwoven Product Development & Innovation, Raleigh, NC (

July 17-18| WIPES Academy, Atlanta, GA (

July 17-20| World of Wipes® (WOW) International Conference, Atlanta, GA (

August 1-4| Intermediate Nonwovens Training Course, Raleigh, NC (

August 22-23| Elementary Nonwovens Training Course, Cary, NC (

September 11-13 | Pack Expo Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV (

September 11-14 | Label Expo Europe (

September 12-14| Fiber & Filament Extrusion Fundamentals, Raleigh, NC (

September 26-27| RISE® (Research, Innovation & Science for Engineered Fabrics), Raleigh, NC (

October 2-5, 2023 | R2R USA Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (

October 10-11| Filter Media Training Course, Chicago, IL (

October 10-12| FiltXPO™ | International Filtration/Separation Exhibition & Technical Conference, Chicago, IL (

Oct 18-20 | Printing United, Atlanta, GA (

October 24-27| Intermediate Nonwovens Training Course, Cary, NC & Raleigh, NC (

November 13-16| HYGIENIX™ | The Premier Event for Absorbent Hygiene & Personal Care Markets, New Orleans (

December 5-8| Fabric Property Development & Characterization, Raleigh, NC (

2024 Events

Jan 9-11 | ICEC USA, Orlando, FL (

2025 Events

Oct 8-15 | K 2025, Messe Düsseldorf (

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