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On the 60th Anniversary of its debut, PACK EXPO International and the co-located Pharma EXPO served as the world’s largest and most comprehensive processing and packaging show in 2016.

Show owner and producer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, reported that PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2016 was the largest show in the history of PACK EXPO. A record breaking 2,512 exhibitors spread over an unprecedented 1.25 million net square feet of exhibit space welcomed more than 47,000 targeted buyers.

“Exhibitors reported that not only were leads up, but the quality of the attendees continues to grow,” says Jim Pittas, sr. vice president of PMMI. “A full audit of the event will be forthcoming, but all initial reports from exhibitors and attendees clearly show PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2016 was an overwhelming success.”

Long-time exhibitor and Fortune 500 mainstay Sealed Air, Charlotte, North Carolina, supported the anecdotal evidence, calling 2016 one of its finest PACK EXPO events.

“Our senior management has been talking this year's show up for months and, with lots of self-driven planning and promotions, it was one of the best we've ever had,” says Jenn Grubenstetter, executive director of Global Communications/Product Care for Sealed Air. “We secured an average of 200 organic leads per day in addition to hosting 350 customers and channel partners for pre-scheduled meetings.”

The buzz on the McCormick Place show floor also confirmed that exhibitors and attendees from companies of all sizes found a rewarding, and some claim unparalleled, experience at the four-day event.

“This PACK EXPO International was our best show yet,” says Virginia Price, CEO and founder of exhibitor Planet CanIt, Highland Park, Illinois. “We are always excited when we have the opportunity to meet manufacturers seeking a high-end packaging solution. At this show, we [saw] top-level executives, marketers and package designers for brands across the food, toy, personal care and other industries we serve.”

Exhibitors and exhibit space were not the only records broken. In no previous year has PACK EXPO received as many endorsements as this year with the largest ever Partner Program including 31 associations. International pavilion organizers came from all corners of the globe, including Argentina, Bavaria, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Taiwan.

Long-time attendee Preston Jackson, shipping supervisor for LECO Corporation, St. Joseph, Michigan appreciates that a show as large as PACK EXPO offers opportunities for everyone.

“We are a small manufacturing company looking for big ideas and came to the show specifically for sealers for a low-volume project,” Jackson says. “Even being a small company we have been able to find solutions at PACK EXPO.”

The education offerings for PACK EXPO were also the largest in the history of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows. The three Innovation Stages at PACK EXPO and one at Pharma EXPO offered free on-floor education, while The Pharma EXPO Conference Program, produced by International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering, (ISPE) provided three topic tracks covering manufacturing operations, compliance trends and pharmaceutical packaging.

One particularly well-received new addition to PACK EXPO International’s long list of convenience-enhancing features was the NextGEN Networking Fair, the event that connected both supplier companies and consumer goods manufacturers with student talent in the Education and Workforce Development Pavilion. Fourteen teams of students from 10 partner schools also participated in the Amazing Packaging Race, sponsored by ASCO. A team made up of undergrads from Indiana State University, Cal Poly, Virginia Tech and Rutgers University took home iPads for finishing first in the seventh annual competition. ASCO also awarded $5,000 academic scholarships to Nathaniel Weger, a junior at the University of Iowa, and Quinnlan Sweeney, a junior at Clemson University.

As if the show, the educational opportunities and networking weren’t enough, PMMI hosted the 6th annual PACK gives BACK™ featuring the magic and comedy act of Penn and Teller. The sold-out event, sponsored by co-title sponsors Rockwell Automation and DuPont and Bronze sponsor Massman Automation Designs, LLC, had over 1,400 attendees. A portion of the proceeds will benefit No Greater Sacrifice (NGS), a nonprofit organization providing educational scholarships to the children of wounded and fallen military.

“We took the band Chicago to Las Vegas last year so we thought we should bring a little Las Vegas to Chicago this year and raised money for a great cause,” says Jim Pittas. “Thank you to the sponsors and all those who attended and donated to NGS.”

About PMMI
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, represents the voice of more than 750 North American manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, components and materials as well as providers of related equipment and services to the packaging and processing industry. We work to advance a variety of industries by connecting consumer goods companies with manufacturing solutions through the world class PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, leading trade media and a wide range of resources to empower our members. The PACK EXPO trade shows unite the world of processing and packaging to advance the industries they serve: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Pharma EXPO, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK México, EXPO PACK Guadalajara and ProFood Tech, launching in April 2017. PMMI Media Group connects manufacturers to the latest solutions, trends and innovations in processing and packaging year-round through brands including Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, Contract Packaging, ProFood World and Packaging + Processing OEM. PMMI Business Drivers assist members in pursuing operational excellence through workforce development initiatives, deliver actionable business intelligence on economic, market and industry trends to support members' growth strategies, and actively connect the supply chain throughout the year.

Learn more at PMMI.org and Packexpo.com and pmmimediagroup.com.

Almac Clinical Technologies, part of the Almac Group, the world’s largest privately-held contract pharmaceutical development and manufacturing organisation announced the formation of a strategic partnership with inVentiv Health, a leading biopharma outsourcing company combining a leading CRO and the industry’s only Contract Commercial Organization (CCO).

The partnership presents an opportunity for both organisations to provide clients and sites with streamlined access to best-in-class clinical trial Interactive Response Technology (IRT) solutions.

Through the strategic partnership, Almac Clinical Technologies will now provide IRT solutions to inVentiv clients, including its market-leading IXRS® technology. This technology has been used in over 2,000 trials and provides sponsors with the visibility and control needed to make data-driven decisions. inVentiv Health’s IRT specialists will also join Almac Clinical Technologies’ 500+ person expert consultancy team. This team and technology transition will allow Almac and inVentiv to seamlessly service current inVentiv Health IRT clients.

Gregory Skalicky, Chief Commercial Officer, inVentiv Health Clinical Division commented:
“We’re committed to accelerating clinical trials and see tremendous value in applying leading technology solutions to streamline the process. This partnership will enable inVentiv Health to enhance its clinical services continuum by offering clients access to Almac’s comprehensive, best-in-class IRT services to unlock further efficiencies in trial study configuration and deployment.”

inVentiv Health selected Almac as a partner based on Almac’s dedication to customer focus, quality, expertise and innovation. These factors align with inVentiv Health’s commitment to accelerating client success.

Valarie Higgins, President & Managing Director, Almac Clinical Technologies commented:
"This partnership reaffirms Almac’s position as the global leader in clinical technology solutions, like IRT. We’re thrilled to partner with inVentiv Health as their organisational mission aligns seamlessly with the ethos and priorities of the Almac Group. We look forward to our exciting new venture together and the opportunity to offer clients an expanded array of choices to help support the critical work they do every day.”

Almac Clinical Technologies and inVentiv Health will be exhibiting at the 8th annual SCOPE Summit for Clinical Operations Executives on 24-26 of January 2017. Representatives from both organisations will be available to discuss the partnership in greater detail.

About Almac Group: 'Partnering to Advance Human Health'
The Almac Group is an established contract development and manufacturing organisation that provides an extensive range of integrated services to the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors globally. The services range from R&D, biomarker discovery development and commercialisation, API manufacture, formulation development, clinical trial supply, IXRS® technology (IVRS/IWRS) through to commercial-scale manufacture.

The international company is a privately owned organisation that has organically grown over 40 years and now employs in excess of 4,500 highly skilled personnel. Almac is headquartered in Craigavon, Northern Ireland with operations in the UK, Ireland, across the US (Pennsylvania, North Carolina and California) and in Asia (Singapore and Tokyo).https://www.almacgroup.com

About inVentiv Health
inVentiv Health is a global professional services organization designed to help the biopharmaceutical industry accelerate the delivery of much-needed therapies to market. Our combined Clinical Research Organization (CRO) and Contract Commercial Organization (CCO) offer a differentiated suite of services, processes and integrated solutions that improve client performance. With more than 15,000 employees and the ability to support clients in 90 countries, our global scale and deep therapeutic expertise enable inVentiv to help clients successfully navigate an increasingly complex environment. For more information, visit www.inVentivHealth.com

See more at: http://inventivhealth.com/our-ideas/press/2016/almac-group-announces-strategic-partnership-with-inventiv-health#sthash.R42dFccG.dpuf

Yusen Logistics, a leading provider of contract logistics and air/ocean freight forwarding has selected Swisslog Warehouse & Distribution Solutions to deliver the innovative AutoStore Automated System in Singapore.

 The autonomous robots, which sit on the top of an aluminum grid as part of the innovative storage system, is expected to go into operation in 2017.

This light goods automatic storage and retrieval system (Autostore) investment is a result of Yusen Logistics’ deep insight into the philosophy of the shared economy and the need to manage rising business costs in the current global, lower-growth economy.

“The future of logistics is paved with innovation and automated technology. The industry has been transforming and growing in the coming years. The third party logistics industry itself is gearing up to take on the challenges and the opportunities offered by the latest technological advancements.

With innovative systems like AutoStore, it allows us to be ready for the future of logistics,” says Mr. Francis Kwa, Head of Contract Logistics, Yusen Logistics. “Innovation will bring about a brighter future as new skills, and innovative products and services are created.”

A joint effort between Yusen Logistics and Swisslog, the Tuas Warehouse will be equipped with the innovative AutoStore system to serve multiple customers under one roof and to cater to its growing needs. Swisslog will be responsible for the implementation of the AutoStore System that includes approximately 16,595 space for stored items.

“This investment enables Yusen to deliver five times more put-away and retrieval throughput without increasing current operating headcount cost. Storage volume is doubled in the same storage space in the warehouse. Doubling the volume of storage capacity within the current footprint coupled with productivity gains is the means to gain a competitive edge in a global economy that is being disrupted by technology.  This investment is one of the many innovations Yusen is embarking on to become a truly global total logistics provider,” added Mr Francis Kwa.

“Singapore is a key logistics hub in Asia, in particular ASEAN,” says Mr. Ng Kim Hung, Managing Director of Yusen Logistics. “This partnership with Swisslog is redefining cost, speed and flexibility in regional light goods distribution for our customers. This goods-to-person technology investment is a testament to Yusen investing in the future growth and transformation of Singapore’s logistics infrastructure”

“The Asia-Pacific region is an important growth market,” says Dr. Christian Baur, Chief Operating Officer of the Swisslog Group and CEO of Warehouse & Distribution Solutions (WDS) Division. “I’m very excited about this order in Singapore. It’s a key step to grow our business and demonstrates the success of our global growth strategy.”

“Today, cutting edge technologies like AutoStore System are revolutionizing the logistics industry to provide faster and more reliable delivery,” adds Koh Seng Teck, Head of Southeast Asia, Swisslog’s Warehouse & Distribution Solutions division. “We are excited to receive this order for our Innovative AutoStore solution from Yusen Logistics who is also actively involved in light goods distribution logistics. This partnership demonstrates our innovative solutions and the expertise of our team to transform the landscape for automation in logistics. We look forward to continuing to support Yusen’s growth.”

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