As it’s vital for the packaging and processing industries to come together and share innovations, connect with colleagues, hear from experts and see machinery-in-action — PACK EXPO International 2022 is an effective way to do it all, offering solutions for more than 40 vertical markets. The show will take place Oct. 23-26 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

“There has been so much innovation in our industry since this show’s last in person installment in 2018 that end users can’t afford to miss this opportunity to see the latest breakthroughs live, in-action,” said Jim Pittas, president and CEO of PMMI, in a statement. “No other show in the world this year will offer what PACK EXPO International offers. We can’t wait to return to Chicago to debut our brand-new show features, reinstate show favorites, and continue to drive the industry forward.”

New show features include:

The interactive PACK to the Future Exhibit, which celebrates the role of packaging and processing through history and the impact it is poised to have in the future. Accompanied by an educational component, the PACK to the Future Stage will provide free industry-expert presentations on cutting-edge industry advancements.

The PACK Match at PACK EXPO International debuts, providing attendees complimentary personalized, one-on-one guidance with PACK Match Advisors to connect attendees with the right suppliers.

The Emerging Brands Summit, also launching at PACK EXPO International 2022, will be a one-day event featuring educational content, tabletop exhibits and expert advisors. This new program is aimed at founders and leaders of startup manufacturing companies looking to scale their brand to larger production through either in-house facility build out or outsourced relationships with contract manufacturers and packagers. Exhibitors will include packaging machinery, packaging materials, processing equipment and contract manufacturing and packaging.

PACK Challenge is a brand-new packaging competition that brings high school teams together for a head-to-head machine-building competition. The winning school will be awarded $5,000 with an additional $2,000 split between individual team members. Afterward, the teams will take the machines back to their school, providing future students the opportunity for hands-on experience.

The Processing Zone returns to PACK EXPO International in 2022 along with the Processing Innovation Stage focusing on the latest breakthroughs in processing. In today’s manufacturing environment, processing and packaging are integrated systems, making it critical to bring both solutions under one roof.

The new Industry Speaks Stage features expert sessions from the PACK EXPO Partner Program, addressing the latest hot button topics and industry trends across multiple industry verticals.