Expo Pack México 2011 (June 21-24; Mexico City) saw a 23% jump in attendance over 2010's show, with the total number of visitors up from 21,402 last year to 26,361 for 2011. The show, in its 26th edition and organized by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI), also netted more than 900 exhibitors covering in excess of 16,000 sq m.
PMMI President and CEO Charles D. Yuska said that attendance exceeded everyone's expectations. "The growth [Expo Pack] achieved shows an optimistic outlook by food and consumer goods producers in Latin America," Yuska stated in a release. "That's good news for everyone."
Central American visitors increased for the second year in a row, with buying groups attending from Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica, as well as the Mexican States of Puebla, Queretaro, and Hidalgo. Expo Pack México also had more multiple day visitors to the show, with 5141 attending the event for more than one day, an increase of more than two-thirds (68%) in return visitors.
The show had eight international pavilions, representing Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Spain, and the U.S., as well as a "Made in Jalisco" pavilion. There were also two new pavilions: Procesa, which featured processing machinery and technology for the fruit and vegetable, beverage, dairy, meat, poultry, seafood, frozen; and preserved foods industries; as well as a Containers and Materials Pavilion, showcasing ways to increase visual impact, enhance convenience, maximize shelf life, and add functionality.
The show worked closely with the Mexican Council of the Consumer Goods Industry (ConMexico) and Mexican National Chamber of the Pharmaceutical Industry (CANIFARMA) to offer exclusive, industry-specific conferences for ConMexico and CANIFARMA members. Expo Pack México 2012 returns to Mexico City's Centro Banamex next year from June 26-29, 2012.