PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2021

    Highlights and Takeaways

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    The PACK EXPO is known as 'The World's Most Comprehensive Packaging and Processing Event.' Located at the Las Vegas Convention Center this year, the trade show convened the packaging and processing industries in over 740,000 square feet of exhibit space. Attendees enjoyed over 80 free education sessions, roundtables discussing industry issues, dedicated industry pavilions, full-scale machinery displays, and other additional special exhibits. 

    Our Director of Sales & Marketing, Penny Vander Velden, along with other team members greeted customers and potential customers alike, along with 1,500 other exhibitors. 

    "People who attended this year had a reason and a mission to investigate and purchase equipment. The booth displays were stunning, and vendors showed up in droves to engage with attendees." 


    Penny added that it felt good to be back in person.

    "The EXPO ensured COVID protocols were followed, requiring maks for those in attendance. Despite that, it felt great to communicate face-to-face with potential customers and answer any questions they have."


    The EXPO also provided AGC an opportunity to share with attendees what is on the horizon. 

    "AGC is excited about growing as a company and growing our brand as the leading sanitary heat exchanger manufacturer in North America," Vander Veldon said. 


    She continues by saying that there is a strong level of interest in AGC right now. The factory floor is busy, and the team is thrilled to continue servicing customers without the large delays that some industry competitors are facing.


    top takeaways

    Penny really enjoyed her time at this year's tradeshow and came back with some valuable takeaways:

    1. The market is very strong, and people are looking to buy.
    2. People are looking to invest in quality products to help them meet demand.
    3. The landscape of labor has changed, and people in the industry are looking to innovate. This year's event saw a heavy emphasis on robotics and additional ways manufacturers can reduce human touchpoints in their process. There was a focus on creating efficiencies, having less reliance on manual labor, and overall just getting better at what we do and how we do it.
    4. There was a surprising amount of international attendees. Exhibitors found this surprising based on the many travel exemptions needed to enter the United States. They took this as a sign that a global pandemic was not stopping manufacturers from abroad from trying to stay on the cutting edge in the packaging and processing industries.

    What's next for AGC Heat Transfer?

    heat transfer parts on displayAs the 2021 EXPO wraps up, our sales team is busy fielding many inquires and interest requests on products and upcoming innovations. 

    "We are in the business of managing both supply chains and customers' needs right now," Vander Veldon said. "We are continuing to work through what the market is looking for and needs, along with what is coming up. We are thankful for our loyal customers and that we can continue to supply and support them with our U.S.A.-made products." 


    Production Manufacturing: What to expect in 2022 and beyond 

    Innovation and efficiency will remain a strong focus across every industry in the coming months and years. This year's PACK EXPO gave some insight into the ongoing discussion and research around removing as many human touch points as possible throughout the manufacturing process. Companies are focusing on doing anything that can be done to reduce the number of hands needed to manage equipment, produce products, and get them out the door to our customers. 

    Save the Date: PACK Expo Las Vegas 2023

    Come and see us at the next PACK EXPO Las Vegas event, scheduled for two years from now, September 11 - 13th, 2023. Our team will be ready to showcase what is up and coming in our industry, specific to heat transfer plates.

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