On October 5, Canon Communications LLC announced the acquisition of the PACKEX Exhibition & Conference from Comexposium Canada and the Packaging Association of Canada (PAC).
The PACKEX show has been Canada’s premiere packaging industry event for more than half a century with the 2009 edition held in May featured 295 exhibitors, 52,000 net feet of space and attracted 5,500 packaging professionals from all over Canada.
The next PACKEX is scheduled to take place May 10-12, 2011 at the Toronto Congress Centre where the event will jbe co-located with Canon’s newly acquired Plast-Ex–the industry tradeshow for Canada’s plastics processing marketplace, sponsored by the Canadian Plastics Industry Association as well as automation, process, design and manufacturing and Green manufacturing events. The overall event is expected to include 1,100 exhibitors, encompass 150,000 feet of net space and attract 16,000 design and manufacturing professionals from across the full spectrum of advanced manufacturing in Canada.
“We are delighted to continue to sponsor PACKEX. (The) PAC founded, owned and or supported Canada’s packaging industry show for more than 50 years. The event is of great value to all of our members and the packaging community at-large. We are looking forward to working closely with Canon in developing a larger and even more successful PACKEX for our membership in the new co–location format that is planned,” explains James D. Downham, president and chief executive officer of the PAC.
Founded in 1950, the PAC has united the design, supply and use sectors of the packaging industry as a pre-emptive, pro-active cooperative force to address trade competitiveness, environmental and other industry concerns. North American members include global and regional retailers, CPG brand owners, package converters, graphic services, raw material and packaging machinery manufacturers with academic institutions and students added in 2008.
Canon Communications is the world’s leading producer of trade events dedicated to the advanced manufacturing market worldwide. Canon full-facility co-located events in the United States are on both Tradeshow Week’s Top 200 largest shows in North America and on the Fastest 50 list of fastest growing tradeshows. Canon operates the largest co-located advanced manufacturing exhibition in the U.K. as well as events in Germany, France, Ireland, China and Japan.
“The acquisition of PACKEX, the industry event for the Canadian packaging market, along with the sponsorship of the highly respected Packaging Association of Canada provides an ideal anchor for our co-location strategy in Canada,” states Canon chief executive officer Charles McCurdy. "We are really looking forward to producing the event for Canada’s advanced manufacturing sector in Toronto in 2011.”
For more information, visit the Canon Web-site: www.cancom.com.