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PMMI Adds Supplier Members

Wed, 12/21/2005 - 8:24am

For the first time since its creation in 1933, Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) is expanding its membership with a new category: supplier members.

The 514 members of Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) members recently voted to broaden its scope with the addition of “supplier members” to the Institute. The vote, 3 to 1 in favor of adding supplier members, was held during October by mail ballot and was announced at PMMI’s Annual Meeting held in Washington, DC.

"In today’s competitive business climate, organizations are seeking long-term strategic relationships in order to cultivate real innovation and focused customer solutions,” said Charles D. Yuska, president of PMMI. “Adding this new division to PMMI’s membership will help encourage and promote dynamic relationships between two important groups, original equipment manufacturers and their components suppliers.”

To be eligible to join PMMI as supplier members, companies will have to meet new criteria for this membership category. Supplier members have been identified as original manufacturers of commercially available packaging machinery components, who are not engaged in manufacturing packaging machinery and packaging-related converting machinery as defined by PMMI’s Bylaws.

"Our goal is to add components suppliers to PMMI’s membership base including motion controls companies and vision systems, for example,” added Yuska. “Having supplier members officially a part of PMMI will facilitate the conversations that need to take place with industry leaders regarding innovation, emerging technology and packaging trends. The ultimate goal is to help serve the consumer and industrial goods communities.”

To become a supplier member, the company must submit the online membership application and be approved by the PMMI Board of Directors. Similar to general membership, the PMMI Board of Directors will vote new supplier members in twice a year at the spring and fall board meetings. Companies can apply online at www.pmmi.org. Applications will be accepted after January 1, 2006.

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) is a trade association whose more than 500 members manufacture packaging and packaging-related converting machinery in the United States and Canada. PMMI's vision is to be the leading global resource for packaging. Its mission is to improve and promote members' abilities to meet the needs of their customers. Visit www.pmmi.org for more information.

PMMI is the sponsor and producer of the PACK EXPO shows, the world's leading packaging shows. PACK EXPO International takes place October 29 - November 2, 2006 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, USA. PMMI also produces EXPO PACK México, the premier packaging show in Mexico serving the Latin American region. This show will be held June 27-30, 2006 at Centro Banamex, Mexico City, Mexico. PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2007 will be held October 15 - 17, 2007 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, USA. Visit www.packexpo.com to learn more

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