PMMI, owner and producer of PACK EXPO International, announced ASCO Numatics will sponsor the “Amazing Packaging Race” for the second time at its upcoming 2012 conference, Oct. 28-31 in Chicago. The event pits teams of packaging students from programs around the country against each other in a race to gather points by completing tasks at specific PACK EXPO booths.

PMMI expects PACK EXPO to host more than 46,000 attendees and 1,800 exhibitors in over 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space. Using monies generated by sponsorships and fundraisers, such as the PMMI Education & Training Foundation Golf Tournament at PACK EXPO Las Vegas, the PMMI Education & Training Foundation will finance travel scholarships for roughly 200 to 300 students.

Participating exhibitors will be asked to contribute $500 to the foundation, which will support scholarships and other educational assistance for students at PMMI”s partner schools in the United States and Canada.

ASCO’s Amazing Packaging Race sponsorship in 2011 laid the groundwork for their continuing participation. “Sponsoring the Amazing Packaging Race [in 2011] gave us an opportunity to participate in the industry on a new and very exciting level, while at the same time providing a forum for us to announce the winners of our own engineering scholarship before an audience of their peers,” says Robert W. Kemple Jr., executive vice president, sales and marketing–Americas, ASCO Numatics, in a prepared statement.

At PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011, 44 students from nine schools competed, and 19 exhibiting companies took part in the Amazing Packaging Race. Participation is open to any of PMMI’s partner schools in the United States and Canada, and PACK EXPO 2012 exhibitors.

To participate in the 2012 Amazing Packaging Race, contact Danny Martinez, education & workforce development coordinator, PMMI: 571.612.3204 or danny@pmmi.org.

To learn more about the ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarships at the ASCO Numatics website www.asconumatics.com/scholarship.