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Las Vegas – PMMI – PackExpo 2015

Founded in 1933, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is a trade association made up of more than 700 member companies that manufacture packaging, processing and packaging-related converting machinery, commercially-available packaging machinery components, containers and materials, all across NAFTA markets the United States, Canada and Mexico. PMMI claims to be the leading global resource for processing and packaging issues. Its mission is to improve and promote its members’ success in a global packaging marketplace, and PMMI members are the industry-leading solutions providers in the processing and packaging supply chain. If all that sounds overly serious, remember the PMMI Foundation Golf Tournament at the Bali Hai Golf Club, Las Vegas, which raised $40,000 in support of education. You see this tube of golf balls? Nice packaging…

Las Vegas Trade Shows: International Parking Institute #IPI2015

IPI is the International Parking Institute, and the IPI Conference & Expo is the world’s largest educational and networking event for parking and transportation professionals. Thousands of attendees gathered for four days of meetings, keynotes, leadership discussions, networking, awards, special events, tours of parking facilities — the definition of a thrill? You haven’t lived till you’ve experienced one of these tours of parking facilities — and an exhibit hall with more than 250 exhibitors. A revolution is driving the parking industry thanks to new approaches in the design, management, and operation of public and private parking. Smarter approaches to parking can improve urban mobility, reduce congestion and enhance sustainability. Government officials, architects, urban planners, transportation officials, suppliers, consultants, and economic decision-makers were all there to feed their magnetic tickets into the slot. Hey, sir, excuse me… sir… sir? You cannot park there… #IPI2015

Orlando: POWER-GEN International

POWER-GEN International is the world’s biggest power generation event, focusing on the industry’s latest innovations, technical trends and business strategies. The show attracts a broad range of qualified power professionals with impressive purchasing power. Over the years POWER-GEN International has provided a world stage for the innovations, ideas and solutions that have informed the power generation industry.  What industry trends and developments were up for discussion?  Well, things like demand response, emissions control, gas turbine technologies, hybrid solutions, on-site power, plant performance, project financing, competitive power generation, fossil technologies…  The experts were there to share their insights and experiences with industry colleagues, and to help attendees take an in-depth look at specific industry hot topics by teaching a half-day, one-day or two-day workshop. Wait, what was that about fossil technologies?  You mean POWER-GEN was already going in the Cretaceous Era?  #POWERGEN

Reno: American Exploration & Mining Association

AEMA is the American Exploration & Mining Association.  According to keynoter Brian
Schweitzer, former governor of Montana, “Developing mineral resources in
North America has never been more important. Resource nationalism and our dependence on critical and strategic metals from China, South Africa, Russia, etc. have hurt America’s economy and forced us into reliance on unfriendly and/or unstable nations. Many
mining companies have learned the hard way how important it is to do business in safe geopolitical regions that respect the rule of law… read North America”.  The governor had a point, particularly considering growing supply problems and instability in places like Russia and the Middle East. The mining industry and land management agencies contend with significant technical, legal, and financial considerations for mine closure, we heard in another session. Mine closure challenges run the gamut from remediating turn-of-the-century abandoned mines to closing modern operations. Thing about closure is, you have to resign yourself to it to, well… find closure…

San Antonio: Clean Gulf

The explosive growth in domestic oil and gas production has dramatically altered the oil and gas production and transportation industry in North America. It is estimated that the U.S. has now surpassed Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas. According to EIA, oil production grew by 1.1 million barrels a day last year to 8.1 million barrels a day total, and continues to grow. Over 2,000 attendees converged on San Antonio Texas for the CLEAN GULF Conference & Exhibition. Key professionals and decision makers from throughout the Gulf Coast and beyond came together to discuss the latest trends and best practices in response operations. Attendees came away with viable solutions they could incorporate to safely produce and transport petroleum products, and effectively respond when a spill occurs. In addition to the conference sessions, the exhibit floor featured more than 150 companies ready to assist with finding new oil-pollution solutions and technologies.  Hey, careful with that sample, you’re spilling oil on my shirt…. #CleanGulf2014

Chicago: Pack Expo International

Pack Expo International was put together to let 50,000 attendees from 130 countries focus on processing and packaging solutions, while exploring technologies that apply to any and every industry. In four productive days, delegates could see packaging innovations from more than 2,000 exhibiting companies, trade ideas with end-users from other industries, solve production and branding challenges with the latest technologies, and discover capabilities they didn’t even know existed, we were told.  There were pavilions like The Brand Zone (containers and materials), The Confectionery Pavilion (solutions for candy and snacks), The Processing Zone (food and beverage processing solutions), and The Reusable Packaging Pavilion, where you could check out pallets, bulk containers, and other waste-reducing devices and initiatives.  There was even a tie-in to PharmaEXPO.  All in all, quite a “package”…  #PACKEXPO

Las Vegas: National Hardwood Lumber Association – NHLA

NHLA is the National Hardwood Lumber Association, founded in 1898 to “establish a uniform system of grading rules for the measurement and inspection of hardwood lumber”.  The Association can take members from the Inspector Training School, where a career in the hardwood industry takes root (root – tree – wood – lumber, geddit?), to technical short courses and on-site company training by an NHLA National Inspector.  But NHLA educational offerings are not limited to hardwood lumber grading. After all, this is the world’s largest and oldest hardwood industry association, representing more than 1,200 companies and one million hardwood specialist outfits that produce, use and sell North American hardwood lumber, or provide equipment, supplies and services to the hardwood industry. ‘Lumbering’ though the woods like this?  It must be ‘hard’…