I just returned from DC MJBiz show, their regional show for 2017. MJBiz does 2 shows per year, one in Vegas every November and a “regional spring show” that rotates locations. This being the largest regional show of the year, it serves as a snapshot into the industry and highlights trends that continue.
Here’s a few themes I noticed in May 2017.
- The proliferation of non-cannabis companies entering the industry continues; companies that traditionally cater to pharmaceutical and/or agricultural industries are finally establishing a presence in cannabis
- The pace of industry maturity continues to escalate as seasoned corporate professionals continue to join in droves and leverage their experience from similar mature industries.
- Consolidation, scale, and automation were everywhere you looked.
Here’s a few snapshots of some booths and equipment that illustrate better than words can.
Deutsche Process – had the most crowd-stopping presence at the show. The safe-looking piece is a dryer.
And the photo below shows the talk of the expo: a hydroponics table suspended from the rafters.
It grabbed attention, that’s for sure.
Hightech Extracts one of the many showcasing new CO2 extraction technologies.
Automation on display: The Minimax potting machine made by Javo. Flexible & mobile!
The Fluence booth gets larger every show. An LED manufacturer who is aggressively focused on research.
ATG Pharma showcasing their RoboCap robotic capsule filling machine which can eliminate all hand-filling which is currently the norm.
An automatic capsule banding machine seals the capsules to prevent leaks.
The entire product collection targeting cannabis manufacturers with pharmaceutical-scale equipment.