May 12, 2009

IBWA 2009 Convention to be Held With PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2009

Collaboration will help professionals deal with tighter travel budgets

PMMI has announced the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) will hold its 2009 Convention and Tabletop Trade Show in conjunction with PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2009, to be held Oct. 5 to 7 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The IBWA 2009 Convention and Tabletop Trade Show will take place Oct. 5 to 9. This is the second time the IBWA and PMMI have collaborated to benefit the customer audience, membership and other partners. As before, IBWA Convention and Tabletop Trade Show attendees will receive complimentary admission to PACK EXPO Las Vegas exhibits.
“PACK EXPO has always focused on giving attendees access to the entire packaging supply chain, including the important beverage segment,” said Charles D. Yuska, president and CEO of PMMI, sponsor and producer of PACK EXPO. “Thirty percent of PMMI members serve the beverage market, which accounted for 22.3% of all packaging machinery sales in 2007.”
The collaboration is part of an ongoing effort by PMMI to facilitate value-added programming around PACK EXPO and help packaging professionals deal with a challenging economy and tighter travel budgets. Last week, PMMI announced the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters (AICC) will hold its 2009 Annual Meeting and 14th International Package Design Competition in conjunction with PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2009.
"Packaging is a key concern to all industries. The cooperative effort between IBWA and PMMI has resulted in the co-location of these two top-notch events and provides an opportunity for exploring current and future packing concerns so we are meeting the challenges together,” said Joseph K. Doss, president and CEO of IBWA.
“With each event held in conjunction with PACK EXPO, we capitalize on their natural synergies and give attendees yet another compelling business reason to make the trip to Las Vegas in October,” Yuska said.