PACK EXPO REPORT – NOVEMBER 1, 2012
Despite a lower than expected visitor turnout due to the airport closures on the east coast due to Hurricane Sandy, initial indications are that this year’s show was a resounding success. A large contingent of Canadian based customers were actively looking for new automation solutions to acquire for their production operations. There was a general sense of optimism from all corners of the North American manufacturing sector as they continue to automate to stay competitive in the global market.
Food safety and product inspection continue to be one of the areas of focus for many manufacturers pursuing GFSI and BRC certification for their operations. Plan Automation’s supplier partners in this category, Eagle PI, Fortress and VISYS, all experienced high levels of interest for their market leading products.
Douglas Machine, the North American leader in case packing, shrink-wrapping, cartoning and sleeving introduced two new case packing platforms that will enhance an already strong line-up of technologically advanced solutions.
Overall it was another successful event where our world class customers got to meet with our world class suppliers at the Mecca of packaging automation. We can now all look forward to next year’s show in Las Vegas.
JP PERREAULT AWARDED THE COVETED “ROCK THROWER” AWARD FROM WEXXAR
At the annual WEXXAR social event held during this year’s show, JP Perreault, Managing Partner of Plan Automation, was announced as the winner of the prestigious “Rock Thrower” awarded for his professional and persistent promotion of the WEXXAR/BEL/IPAK line of case/tray erectors and sealing equipment. Plan Automation as a master distributor for Wexxar, has become their largest volume producer in North America for these products in 2012.
PLAN AUTOMATION APPOINTED NATIONAL DISTRIBUTOR FOR SHANKLIN
Another market leader in packaging automation has selected Plan Automation as their national distributor for Canada. Shanklin a division of Sealed Air Corporation, and the leader in total enclosure shrink-wrap systems has partnered with Plan Automation for development of the Canadian market. Plan will continue the tradition of providing comprehensive sales, service and parts support for this category leading manufacturer.