CMM Announces Major Enhancements to a Re-Energized Converting Machinery/Materials 2005 Show

NEW YORK, NY, USA— CMM organizers recently announced major, new enhancements to the converting industry's notable package printing event held in Chicago every other year. Ranging from new process-focused pavilions and solution centers spread throughout the show floor to special pricing packages for exhibitors, these new enhancements are designed to provide greater value to both attendees and exhibitors, says CMM.

According to Ian Johnston, president and CEO of CMM and of parent company Paperloop, the venue's organizers have been working very closely with its network of association and trade publication partners throughout the world to create new show features that provide real value and measurable solutions for converters. "We have spent the last several weeks talking with our strategic partners, the converting industry's leading authorities, to re-evaluate CMM carefully as well as develop plans for making a great event even better."

Johnston also reports, based on meetings and discussions with many exhibitors, CMM has created a new direction and theme for the event, which is:
Where the World of Converting Solutions Comes Together.
"This new theme reflects the many process-focused areas— or worlds of converting and package printing—to be featured on the show floor. The theme also conveys the large international participation of exhibitors and attendees from more than two-dozen nations," adds Johnston.

Some of the new enhancements to CMM 2005 include:

  • The World of Label and Carton Flexo Solutions

    : An Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) sponsored pavilion and "Solutions Theater" that will serve as a "one-stop-shopping oasis" where converting professionals from around the world can experience what is new and innovative in the flexo marketplace.

  • The World of Metallizing, Coating, and Laminating Solutions

    : An AIMCAL (Association of Industrial Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators) sponsored paviliion and "Solutions Center" where association members can share their latest product and technology solutions with show attendees.

  • The World of Packaging and Label Gravure

    : a Packaging and Label Gravure Association (PLGA) sponsored pavilion and "Solutions Center" where attendees can learn all that's new in the gravure marketplace.

  • The Changing World of Digital Front End

    : A special pavilion and "Solutions Theater" focused on computer-to-plate (CTP) and other DFE (digital front end) topics.

  • Consumer Products Companies' Conference

    : A new conference designed to stimulate buying channel discussions among such leading companies as Procter & Gamble, Kraft, Wrigley, Hershey, and many others.

  • International Pavilions

    : These new areas are being planned for several countries, including Brazil, Canada, and Italy.

  • Information Resources

    : Valuable resources designed to keep the converting marketplace updated on the latest news and developments, including the bi-weekly CMM Marketplace Monitor electronic newsletter.

  • Management Team

    : A new team that brings fresh perspective to re-energizing the industry's "leading exposition and conference."

Johnston says that although some packaging and print shows are trying to add converting components to their shows "under the guise that an increasing number of of their attendees are converters, CMM is the only even that attracts thousands of dedicated converting professionals." He adds, "The marketplace recognizes that [CMM] is the only event focused exclusively on converters and package printers."

Learn more about the re-energized Converting Machinery/Materials trade show at

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