Canadian Packaging

For all intents and purposes, the PACKEX Toronto 2011 tradeshow was a huge success.

Held June 21-23, 2011 at the Toronto Congress Centre, the 35th edition of Canada’s longest running national packaging exhibition drew large crowds and even larger rave reviews from the 300-plus exhibitors.

Leonard Rudner, Deco Labels & Tags‘ vice-president of sales and marketing for North America says, “From the opening bell, its been consistent. We’ve got some great leads and we’re doing some quotations.”

Says Shannon Helmer, ASCO Numatics‘ head of marketing, “We’ve had quite a bit of activity at our booth, and we’ve got a few good leads.”

Corrupal president Yvan Quirion agreed: “It’s been a good show for us—but now comes the hard part; we have to do the follow up on all our leads.”

The PACKEX Toronto 2011 event was the first for new show organizer UBM Canon, who along with the packaging exhibition, also co-located other manufacturing tradeshows: PLAST-EX, Automation Technology Expo Canada (ATX Canada), Design & Manufacturing Canada, PTX Canada|Powder Bulks Solids Canada, and Green Manufacturing Expo Canada.

For Lagrotta Packaging Group Inc., the PACKEX Toronto 2011 was its first foray into a tradeshow, and despite hearing a lot of negative things about recent attendance woes at tradeshows, company president Danny Lagrotta was pleasantly surprised. “This event blew away all those negative criticism I had heard. It’s been really busy here and I’ve got a lot of great leads.

“A lot of my suppliers came down to the show for a walkaround, and they too were impressed and want to be part of the next PACKEX Toronto show.”

KUKA Robotics Corporation chief executive officer (Canada) and president (U.S.) Stu Shepherd felt PACKEX Toronto 2011 was vastly better than it was two years ago, and like many companies, uses the show as an opportunity to network with suppliers and its customers: We like the venue; we had better traffic, and while the quantity of people talking to us was not high, the quality of people talking to us was not only better, but more important to us.

Shepherd adds, “We’re satisfied enough to have signed up again two years from now.”

Other highly popular events include: the very well-attended all-day Walmart Sustainable Packaging Conference V, the Compete Globally Through Automation panel discussion; Expanding Your Exports roundtable; Packaging For Food Safety seminar; and the PAC Leadership Awards Gala reception and dinner—all organized by PAC—The Packaging Association.

Summing up, Max Vicini, the managing director with FlexLink Systems Canada Inc. stated: “It’s been a great show, with a lot of quality leads—more than we expected, in fact.

“We’ll be back for PACKEX Toronto 2013.”


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