As in the past, companies requested more space than is available at the most important international event for the packaging industry and related processing sectors. About 3,000 exhibitors from approximately 60 countries will again occupy all 18 halls at the Fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany, as well as large parts of the outdoor space from May 7-13, 2020. The third edition of "components – special trade fair by interpack’," with offerings from the industry that supplies packaging technologies, will be held concurrently with interpack in the lightweight-construction Hall 18, is also completely sold out.
More efficient trade fair visit
interpack focuses on packaging solutions and related process technology and addresses target groups in the food, drinks, confectionery, bakery products, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, non-food consumer goods and industrial goods sectors. Therefore, exhibitors will now be grouped together to create more-focused segments with corresponding products to make the trade fair visit more efficient. Suppliers of processes and machinery for the packaging of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics will be in Halls 15 to 17 while the segment machinery for labeling and identification technology, packaging-materials production and integrated packaging printing will be located in Halls 8a and 8b.
Products focusing on specific process steps will also be grouped closer together. This applies also to the segment for processes and machinery used for the packaging of food, drinks, consumer and industrial goods which will now be in Halls 5, 6 and 11 to 15 as well as to the segment for processes and machinery for the packaging of confectionery and baked goods now housed in Halls 1, 3 and 4.
Companies presenting packaging materials and supplies will be positioned close to the main North Entrance in Halls 7a, 7, 8a, 9 and 10. This provides synergies to Hall 8a where machine suppliers from the fields of packaging production, converting, packaging printing and labeling will be able to find the relevant suppliers of corresponding packaging and materials. The packaging / packaging materials area alone will feature more than 900 exhibitors.
New: Hall 1 and South Entrance
Halls 1 and 2 – built in the 1970s – were demolished shortly after interpack 2017 to create space for Messe Düsseldorf’s architectural flagship: The “New South Trade Fair Center” is now home to the new Hall 1 and an entrance area with a foyer which boasts a 17-meter-high pointed canopy made of translucent fiberglass fabric and integrated LED lighting. It will provide interpack 2020 exhibitors with state-of-the-art architecture and technology as well as around 5,300 square feet more space. The building also includes six conference rooms and is directly connected to the Congress Center South.
New impetus for SAVE FOOD
During interpack 2020, the topic of SAVE FOOD will be brought to the city of Düsseldorf for the first time with several different campaigns to reduce food loss and waste and will therefore get the public directly involved. The program details are currently still being developed.
‘Life without Packaging?’ conference
Sustainability has been an important topic for years and recently focused particularly on plastic packaging. The new “Life without Packaging?” conference will examine the controversial issue of packaging, sustainability and the environment from various aspects. The event will focus on sustainability and environmental impact, hygiene and the reduction of food waste. The first-class speakers include representatives from the industry such as Prof. Dr. Thomas Müller-Kirschbaum, Head of R&D and Sustainability at Henkel; Louis Lindenberg, Global Packaging Sustainability Director at Unilever; and Xavier Caro, Head of Packaging for the Food Category, Nestlé; as well as Alexander Baumgartner, CEO at Constantia Flexibles. Dr. Marina Beermann from the WWF as well as representatives from environmental organizations will also give presentations.
Prominent representatives from science along with sustainability consultants will also share their knowledge: Prof. Dr. Martin Stuchtey, Founder of and Managing Partner at Systemiq, Frank Wellenreither from the ifeu Institute and Sophie Kesselbach from Thinkstep.
The one-day conference will take place at the CCD South from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on May 12. Tickets cost €299.00 and are available from the interpack online shop at www.interpack.com
Online services and app
The interpack Website www.interpack.com offers helpful tools for efficient planning. This includes the exhibitor database allowing visitors to create their own personal hall plans and a completely revised matchmaking function for setting up meetings with exhibitors and details about the latest developments presented by the companies.
iPhone and Android apps are also available with the daily updated exhibitor and event database, graphically optimized hall plans and exhibitor details, including contact details, product information, forms for arranging appointments as well as the option to save notes about the respective exhibitors. All individual edits will be available on all platforms – regardless of where they were created. Articles from interpack’s Tightly Packed magazine with news and trends from the industry are available through the apps.
The interpack homepage provides information about the “Life without Packaging?” conference, hotel-booking options and the city’s cultural program. More info: www.interpack.com/tradefairplanner
Opening times and prices
interpack 2020 will be open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (May 7-13). Online tickets will be available starting mid-October at www.interpack.com at reduced rates. A new “season ticket” for the entire duration of the trade fair costs €115 online (on-site: €145). All interpack 2020 visitor tickets and exhibitor passes allow holders to travel to and from the trade fair on the public transportation systems within the Rhine-Ruhr Transport Network (VRR) free of charge. This also includes the cities in the regions around the Messe Düsseldorf’s location.
More info: www.interpack.com and www.mdna.com