Crownhill prides itself on staying up to date with current trends, and attending trade shows gives us an opportunity to research and identify industry shifts in a functional environment. Foam Expo North America was held in Novi, Michigan, on March 26th to the 29th, where Crownhill Vice President, Rodney Taylor, and Director of Sales, Mike Cancilla attended to gain industry insight. Foam’s versatility makes it a key part of our product line, and being part of the world’s largest trade show for the technical foam industry is an opportunity we couldn’t afford to miss.
Foam offers many advantages in packaging; it’s high strength, nonabrasive and cost-effective. Crownhill utilizes foam to protect a wide variety of objects, with a particular focus on fragile products, delicate items and objects with sharp points/edges.
Over the three-day conference, our team gained valuable information, met with many suppliers and purchasers, and learned from some of the top names in the technical foam industry. We conversed with well-known suppliers including Intertape Polymer Group, Pregis, and Sealed Air, creating and strengthening relationships. We were also able to gain a wealth of knowledge about sustainable foam options including reusable, biodegradable, and curbside recyclable foam that will allow us to both serve our customers and communities better.
B2B Matchmaker Meetings were a new feature this year that allowed exhibitioners and attendees to pre-book meetings with each other to take place in dedicated areas. We were able to access this by using the ‘Smarter Shows’ app, that put everything going on at our fingertips and enabled us to effectively organize our time. The app allowed us to be able to have time for formal meetings, informal networking, exploring the tradeshow, and attending guest speakers.
The Tradeshow gave us the ability to see live product demonstrations from MacTac on their clean acrylic adhesives, Rubberlite on HyPUR-cel polyurethane foams, and Avery Dennison on Pressure-Sensitive Tape Construction. These demonstrations allowed us to gain an applied understanding of these new advancements in foam technology that we could take home and apply to our custom packaging solutions.
Foam Expo helped Crownhill discover both new foam options and additional uses for our existing product line. We’re looking forward to next year’s Foam Expo and can’t wait to see how the technical foam industry evolves by then.
You can learn more about Crownhill’s foam options and capabilities by visiting: //www.crownhillpackaging.com/packing-foam/