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Pack Expo 2013 – Las Vegas

Nov. 11, 2013 – by Laszlo Horvath & Young Teck Kim Pack Expo is one of the biggest events in the packaging industry bringing broad range of suppliers, manufacturers, and customers of various packaging solutions together. Two faculty, Dr. Young Teck Kim and Dr. Laszlo Horvath are represented the packaging program at Virginia Tech during the expo.


Pack Expo 2013 Zack Shiner, Michael Deck, Andrew Corbin, Young Teck Kim, and Laszlo Horvath representing Virginia Tech at Pack Expo 2013.

The expo provided a great networking opportunity with the relevant packaging industry and also provided a platform to learn about the latest technology. Talking with the companies, it became apparent that the packaging industry is moving toward sustainability and significantly advanced in the area of packaging automation. Despite the great distance and the significant expense, eleven packaging undergraduate students decided to participate in the Expo to broaden their knowledge in the packaging field and to expand their professional network. This year our students participated in the Pack Solution Challenge where they needed to design a solution to a real life problem of one of the packaging companies. The students were competing against students of the other major packaging schools.


Students participated in the annual meeting of the AICC Students participated in the annual meeting of the AICC where they learned about how customer relations influences the bottom line of companies. Students from left to right: Matt Baker, Michael Deck, Andrew Corbin, Jacob Modzelewski, Jonghun Park, Matthew Shiller, Margaret Mabutas, Zack Shiner, Madeline Alden, Alyssa Lopez and Cyrus Adibpour.

Major packaging conference organized by the Alliance of Independent Corrugated Converters (AICC) has been organized during the same days as the 2013 Pack Expo; thus, the students had an opportunity to participate in both. The event provided a great opportunity for Virginia Tech’s students to meet with the leaders of the corrugated industry and to learn about the latest trends in the industry. In addition to the great professional experience, our students also had some time to enjoy what Las Vegas could offer.



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