On November 19, 2013 at the Mississauga Convention Centre, the initial edition of the Top 50 Packaging Ideas Expo took place with exhibitors smiling at the number of leads gathered during the one-day show.
Sponsored by SEW-Eurodrive Company of Canada Ltd., and organized by Canadian Packaging magazine, the event showcased just under 40 table-top exhibitors, and welcomed hundreds of visitors seeking innovative and technologically marvelous packaging solutions.
Equally as important, the exhibitors walked away happy armed with numerous leads for sales.
The most popular packaging technologies revolved around augmented reality which was being showcased by Atlantic Packaging Products Ltd., who were voted by the Expo visitors for their innovative packaging idea. (See image below)
If you aren’t sure what augmented reality is, you need to pay more attention to the advertising in Canadian Packaging magazine and even to the articles we post here on our website.
At the Expo, Atlantic Packaging Products offered visitors a free pack of kid’s dinosaur stickers/labels, that when accessed with an App via a smartphone animated the dinosaurs ON the screen of the smartphone. The labels became visually interactive.
Close on its heels, with an eye towards future uses being developed was ProVantage Automation of Ancaster, Ont., who offered actual excursions into virtual reality… showcasing a way to train packaging machine operators safely and inexpensively, without the risk of injury or equipment damage.
Presented below is a virtual who’s-who of the Canadian packaging industry – the exhibitors who made the Top 50 Packaging Ideas expo a rousing success:
SEW-Eurodrive Company of Canada Ltd. - Show sponsor.
Atlantic Packaging exhibit: (from left): Vito, Brian (SteamPak), Dasha and Luis.
Brad of ProVantage Automation teaching a visitor how to use the virtual reality technology.
QuickLabel Systems showing off the quality of their new Kiaro! color inkjet label printer.
Alan (left) of Independent Corrugator Inc. and Lanson share a smile at the Expo.
Norampac, a Division of Cascades Canada ULC
(From left): Andrew, Brian and Frank of Sealed Air.
IPL Plastics getting the leads.
Gerry of H.B. Fuller Canada explaining the benefits of a proper adhesive.
Greg of Hibar Systems Limited.
Michael (left) and Daniel of Pineberry Manufacturing Inc.
Buckhorn Canada Inc. knows bulk containers!
(From Left) Graham, George and Jason of Ahearn & Soper Inc.
Michael and Rafaela of Igus inc.
Representing Alex E. Jones & Associates Ltd. are Gerry Celucci of Shawpak (left) and Gail Misener of Sealstrip Corporation.
Rick Gessler of Delkor Systems Inc. knows his cartoning, tray and case packing.
Leo of Tempo Plastics Limited not only had a good time explaining his company's shelflife innovations, but also hosted a rousing seminar discussion on the subject.
CTM Labeling Systems
Denis of O-I and Susan of Saxco Canada, Co.
Festo's Will and James (right) are all smiles at the Expo.
Brian St. Germain of Technical Adhesives Ltd. considers the adhesive applications of a corrugated pack with Joseph Campbell of Atlantic Packaging.
Mark Conforti of WeighPack Systems Inc.
(From left) Gerald, Allison, Paul and Narayanan of Metro Label Company Ltd.
Todd (left) of RockTenn and Tom of RTS Packaging Canada Inc.
Always an uplifting experience at UniTrak Corporation Ltd!
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Cedarlane Shipping Supplies offers a complete line of engineered climate control products for the storage and transportation of perishable and time-sensitive goods.
Sonja and Tim of CiMa-Pak.
Rob (left) and Fred Cousineau of Cousins Packaging Inc.
Weber Marking Systems with their labels and label marking systems.
Leonard Rudner of PAC—The Packaging Association.
Matt Hamel of Plexpack Corp.
Electromate Industrial Sales Ltd. is Canada's largest distributor of performance servo/stepper systems, positioning systems and power transmission products for the industrial marketplace.
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