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PACex International Moved to Autumn Due to SARS Scare

The Packaging Association of Canada has postponed its biennial packaging show until the fall because of exhibitor and visitor concerns about Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).The show was origi...

June 1, 2003   Canadian Plastics



The Packaging Association of Canada has postponed its biennial packaging show until the fall because of exhibitor and visitor concerns about Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

The show was originally scheduled to begin May 6 in Toronto. It will now be held on September 30 through to October 2, 2003, at Toronto’s International Centre.

Concerns about travel to Toronto because of the SARS outbreak reached a peak at the end of April, two weeks prior to the scheduled show opening.

“There was considerable concern (among visitors and exhibitors),” reports Ann Van Sluytman, director of communications for the Packaging Association of Canada (PAC). She could not provide figures on the expected percentage of international attendees, but noted that “typically, there’s a fair degree of international presence on the show floor.”

PACex International is Canada’s fifth largest industrial trade show, and had 298 contracted exhibitors when the decision was made to postpone. The show was expanded this year to include FOODtech Marketplace and the Canadian Materials Handling and Logistics show.


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