Pack Expo 2020: 61 packaging trade shows to consider attending at

Pack Expo, Packaging Expo, Trade Shows, Fairs, Events, Exposition, Exhibition… you can call them whatever you want. But you know they will be on your calendar for 2020. Attending trade shows and events can be one of the most interesting ways to stay on top of market news, expand your network and finding technologies that are revolutionizing the industry. And, of course, do business, both as an exhibitor or an attendee. Around the world, you can participate in packaging industry events and get the most out of them. For this, it is important to prepare your trip in advance and set clear goals for each of them. To make your journey easier, we have prepared a guide to the best packaging events in 2020 (see below). Download the Ultimate List with more than 150 Packaging Events Worldwide: 2021 & 2022 How to get the best out of events and packaging trade shows? Be really aware of your interests After all, why are you going to the event? Reflect on your expectations, interests and main problems experienced to help direct your participation. See what is in line with your objective and ask questions to be answered. Give a…

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Why should a manufacturing company go to a tech event? Notes from Web Summit

When a partner told me about the Alpha Program, on the Web Summit 2019, I was a bit curious. "We are from the industry sector, our software is for the Packaging Industry...uh, let's think". But then we applied, passed for such a huge process where only 1 in 10 companies get chosen and were approved. So, it was official. PackIOT was in! Now, a few days after the end of Web Summit, we are so glad that we opened our minds to participate in the most important technology event in the world. So, we are sharing some thoughts from our experience with people from the industry sector. First of all, we need to be aware of what's Web Summit. Forbes has called it “the best technology conference on the planet”; The New York Times claimed that it assembles “a grand conclave of the tech industry’s high priests.” In 2019 more than 70 thousand participants from 163 countries, and more than 2 thousand startups came to Lisbon in search of an opportunity to share their ideas and grow their business. Huge, right? In general terms, we still realize that the industry and the technology ecosystem are far apart. Concepts of innovation, cloud,…

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What we believe in and what PackIOT stands for

Our manifesto. How we will make a difference in the manufacturing industry? The world is full of smart people, full of successful companies, full of great products, so why did we have to create a new one? The manufacturing industry has been carrying the economy of the world on its shoulders for the past 200 years. It has made it possible for families to get out of poverty. Yes, it surely had its share in creating a lot of trouble too, such as pollution and some degree of concentration of wealth. But no one should doubt that the industry has brought us here where we are: the most prosperous age of humanity. However, we are in the middle of a new revolution, the digital revolution, and the manufacturing industry is being left behind. In the eyes of our youngsters, in the eyes of our society, the industry is not exactly the most desired place to work. Who’s to blame? Not the society, not the government and surely not the youngsters. For the sake of “industrial secrets”, manufacturing companies have closed their doors to the world, living as islands and time has passed. The internet came, social networks…

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How Data will change the Manufacturing Industry

A quiet revolution is happening There is a quiet revolution going on. In some places, it is already beginning to cause some rumors, while in others—in manufacturing plants, for example—it is much less heard of (perhaps due to the noise of the machines running). Entire industries are being disrupted in a very short time: In five years, Uber has greater market value than General Motors, and Airbnb is worth more than Accor hotels without owning a single hotel room (U $ 31Bi versus $ 15Bi). And this is happening due to speed, shifting paradigms, and especially the ability to make data-driven decisions. I have visited around 97 factories in my life (the number broken proves credibility), and perhaps half of them (you can choose the "bigger half" or "smaller half") have been packaging factories. The other half were in the automotive industry. In the past ten years I’ve been to manufacturing plants in Latin America, USA, Europe and Asia. I’ve seen spectacular plants (C-Pack in Brazil, BMW in Munich and ALUCON in Thailand amongst the most impressive ones) and have also seen plants where operators seemed to be working in a bunker, unaware that World War II…

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