Major U.S. tradeshows shatter previous records

The 2022 Printing United Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center October 19-21 saw visitors and exhibitors from around the world gather in-person under one roof for the first time since 2019. The global event drew registrants from 121 countries, and was an overwhelming success according to attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, and partners alike. The signs of success were evident as far back as June of 2022 when attendee registration eclipsed 4,000 in just one month – the fastest in the expo’s history! A total of 701 exhibitors from around the world occupied 1 million square feet on the show floor. Of special note, global CEOs, managing directors, and senior-level leaders attended this year, supporting commercial, digital, apparel, digital textile, packaging, mailing and fulfillment, and wide-format exhibitors. From an attendance standpoint, there were 7% more visitors on-site this year than the inaugural tradeshow in Dallas, Texas, October 23-25, 2019, that drew over 30,000 attendees. Booth sales are already underway for next year’s event at the Atlanta Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, October 18-20, 2023. In fact, 80% of the exhibit floor is already sold out!

Pack Expo was also a resounding success

Over 44,200 visitors to the 2022 Pack Expo International tradeshow packed McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, October 23-26 to find solutions to current challenges, discover new products and technology, and engage with over 2,000 exhibitors who occupied more than 1.2 million sq. ft. of exhibit space across four expansive halls. Showcased were the latest advances in packaging, processing automation and robotics, materials and containers, digital printing, labeling and more. The tradeshow also offered solutions to one of the most urgent issues facing our industry today – supply-chain chaos. Final attendance figures surpassed the 2018 and 2016 Pack Expo events while offering more features than ever before, according to show producer PMMI (The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies). PMMI added that it was vital for the packaging and processing industries to come together to share innovations, connect with colleagues, hear from experts, and see the latest machinery in action, while offering over 100 educational sessions and solutions in over 40 vertical markets. “There’s been so much innovation in our industry since this show’s last in-person installment in 2018, that end users simply could not afford to miss the latest breakthroughs in action, that continue to drive the industry forward,” said Jim Pittas, President and CEO at PMMI.

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