I attended the 2008 PackExpo at McCormick Place in Chicago just to check out the packaging industry, learn more about some of the current technology, and to catch up with some of my pneumatic customers. The reaction that I got from the exhibitors at PackExpo was mostly positive but mixed.
Some of the exhibitors were very pleased with the traffic at the show and with the number of qualified leads they received. Other exhibitors expressed a little disappointment with the sizeof the audience.
I was at the show on a Wednesday which was the fourth day of the show. While the crowds looked a little light compared to what I remember from previous PackExpos, it was the fourth day and lighter could be the norm.
At any rate, I was very impressed with the abundance of interesting and innovative machines that make up our packaging industry. Speed, precision, reliability, and accuracy are all requirements for modern packaging machinery. All of this was evident at PackExpo 2008.
As for my customer/friends, that part of my visit was very successful. I am very fortunate to have some great friends for customers.