The high percentage of international visitors resulted in promising business contacts and concrete deals in the seven-digit range for the exhibitors. The visitors in turn benefited from an internationally unrivaled multitude of innovations on display and a unique market overview. Accordingly, almost 98% of the attendees stated in the official survey that they were satisfied or very satisfied with their visit of interpack 2017. They were interested in all ranges and segments of interpack but packaging production was of higher interest than at interpack 2014.
“interpack is an absolute must-go event for companies in this industry and provides unique momentum. Every three years it is not only a one-of-a-kind performance showcase but also the place where suppliers and customers from all over the world get together to network and do business,” says Friedbert Klefenz, president of interpack 2017.
Hans Werner Reinhard, MD-Messe Düsseldorf, adds, “interpack has again impressively confirmed its status as the world’s most important event and innovation platform for the industry every three years. Due to the concept of the newly created global ‘interpack alliance," interpack as its flagship event has also obtained more exposure in the growth markets abroad thereby attracting even more high-caliber experts to Düsseldorf.”
The US was well represented at interpack 2017, with 115 companies (+12% compared to interpack 2014), 31 of which exhibited within the successful US Pavilion, organized by Messe Düsseldorf North America, including AIMCAL and Converting Quarterly.
Top Trends: Digitalization, Industry 4.0 and Sustainability
The further digitalization of production processes on the way to Industry 4.0 applications was a top trend at many booths. Production linked along these lines makes it possible to manufacture personalized packaging efficiently or to guarantee traceability and some companies also focused on virtual reality. Sustainability remained an important topic with companies presenting improved resource efficiency in terms of both the material used and manufacturing processes. In addition, alternative packaging materials gained in importance.
Successful Special Features
The “Industry 4.0” special show organized in cooperation with the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), presenting the latest ideas and applications was very well received by the visitors. A major attraction was the Demonstrator “smart4i,” which produced and packaged personalized power banks.
SAVE FOOD Congress and innovationparc
Six years after the SAVE FOOD launch, the initiative has grown into a broad-based alliance of over 850 international members from industry, associations, NGOs and research institutes.
One of the milestones of the Initiative is the SAVE FOOD Congress at interpack. The third edition held on May 4 pursued a multi-dimensional approach in order to address the issue of food loss and waste. Speakers included high-ranking political representatives such as Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, and Gargi Kaul, Joint Secretary & Financial Adviser at the Indian Ministry for Food Processing Industries, as well as committed NGOs activists and representatives from business. During the Congress the perspective changed, focusing either on global views or national details and conditions – with India as a focal theme this time. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) presented results of a study in India funded by the Initiative in order to identify the reasons for food loss and to find solutions.
As part of the congress the SAVE FOOD partners Messe Düsseldorf and FAO signed a memorandum of understanding in order to continue the cooperation for the next four years. “It is an absolute trademark of interpack to focus on important special topics. We are therefore delighted to be able to also fight food loss and waste with our partner, the FAO, and in cooperation with the industry and other supporters in future, too. This means we are committed to a good cause and at the same time communicate the potential of the packaging industry and related process industries in this context,” explains Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, president/CEO of Messe Düsseldorf.
The special show “innovationparc” also addressed the theme of SAVE FOOD and presented practical solutions for reducing food loss and waste. This included the finalists and winners of the WorldStar Awards of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO). Among others, awards were given to plastic bags for fruit which prolong shelf life due to built-in ripening-gas absorbers.
components: New Concept Well Received
The revised concept of “components – special trade fair by interpack”, was well received by the visitors and the exhibitors were very pleased with their participation and the visitor quality. “The decision to place the second “components” in a central location of the exhibition center after a more subdued debut three years ago and to stage it on all days of interpack, proved absolutely right. There had never been any doubts about the importance of this theme since upstream suppliers with their components and software for packaging and process technologies play a key role for the digitalization of manufacturing processes as Industry 4.0 approaches. We will therefore also establish “components” at trade fairs of the interpack alliance abroad in the future,” remarks Bernd Jablonowski, Global Portfolio Director Processing & Packaging-Messe Düsseldorf.
The next interpack will be held in May 2020 in Düsseldorf, Germany -- with a new South Entrance and a new Hall 1. The exact dates will be revealed at a later date.
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interpack 2017 Exhibitor Statements
Mondi, Albert Klinkhammer, Group Marketing Director
“As the global No.1 trade fair, interpack is a very good platform to enter into dialogue with international customers and also with potential new customers as well as other stakeholders – such as the media or suppliers, for example. What went down very well this year was our new stand design with solutions for our customers but also for end users. Needless to say, we are delighted. We are satisfied with the footfall; it is roughly the same as at the previous interpack. Some of the discussions we had this year were characterized by a very high quality. A key theme at this trade fair is definitely brand perception: this means viewing packaging not only as part of the solution for safe transport but also as part of display solutions for the Point of Sale. Furthermore, the sustainability theme, which has always been taken for granted by Mondi, seems to have become mainstream in the industry.”
HP, Ronen Samuel, General Manager HP Indigo & PWP EMEA
Graphics Solutions Business
“Three years ago we were the only representative from the printing industry that came to interpack. This year, more of us are already using interpack for their business. At interpack companies benefit not only from the high density of international visitors but also from the presence of brand owners. They often come to our stand together with their print service providers to see which solutions HP can offer them.Overall we can say about this year’s trade fair: We are very satisfied with the results.”
UCIMA, Enrico Aureli, President
“interpack is an important meeting point for the global packaging sector – for both exhibitors and visitors. With more than 400 exhibitors, Italian companies account for the biggest national group at the trade fair after Germany. To them interpack is a suitable platform for presenting technical innovations to the public. At interpack we have announced a partnership between UCIMA, our show IPACK-IMA, and Messe Düsseldorf. Both German and Italian packaging machinery manufacturers will definitely be able to benefit from this alliance.”
Innovationparc Exhibitor Statements:
DuPont Chris P. McArdle, Regional Business Director Ethylene Copolymers, DuPont Perfomance Materials
“This year we met far more visitors than in previous years. We received good feedback for our project “The Virtuous Circle“ where smart food design is linked with smart packaging in order to keep pre-packed foodstuffs for children in remote regions of South Africa, for example, fresh for longer and make them attractive, convenient and sustainable at the same time. You can feel that the concept sustainability has really been embraced by the industry, ranks high on the agenda and is really put into practice.”