The packaging industry is essential to all other industry sectors. It’s impossible to think of any product without the sometimes highly complex manufacturing processes behind it – however large or small the company or product might be. All industry sectors require intelligent packaging strategies along the entire value chain, encompassing warehousing, logistics and even administration. The widespread global relevance of the areas covered by interpack and the high calibre of both exhibitors and visitors make interpack in Düsseldorf every three years the go-to international event for a highly knowledgeable specialist audience.
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THE ENTIRE VALUE CHAIN AT ONE TRADE FAIR.
interpack is the essential event for the food, beverage, confectionery, bakery, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, non-food and industrial goods sectors. No other trade fair in the world represents the entire supply chain. And at no other trade fair does the packaging industry provide all industry sectors with tailored solutions and innovative designs based on such a variety of materials.
Innovation begins at interpack
Make new contacts, acquire new clients and leave your mark with an innovative stand design. interpack is a must for global players, innovative mid-sized companies and traditional small businesses alike. It’s where you see technological progress first.
interpack also thinks way outside the box. It’s a trendsetter for progressive and visionary concepts and ideas in the global field of sustainability. Numerous complementary events held during the show provide visitors and exhibitors with valuable inspiration.
Inspiration for the next 3 years
There is more to see in the 18 exhibition halls than you can pack into a week and you can’t get such a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of the competition anywhere else in the world. Around 170,000 specialist visitors from 190 countries are all potential contacts for you.
Make sure you’re there from 04-10 May, 2017 when the professionals meet in Düsseldorf. We’re also active between each interpack, supporting our exhibitors with global trade fairs in regional sales markets.
97% of all participians recommend the trade fair
You’ve probably noticed that, as the organisers, we are more than a little enthusiastic about interpack. But the feedback from participants is just as positive. Whether they are an exhibitor or a visitor, anyone who’s been to interpack wants to return.
Visitors about interpack 2014
“I’m here in my function as product manager of my company in San Marino”. Filiberto Felici works with wrapping machinery, cartoning and taping machines. “I come every interpack to look for new equipment and tools. The interpack is the first fair in Europe, really important for market connections. A development trend is the high-complex structure of the new machines.”
Ken Tanaka has been sent to Germany by his company from Japan which specialises in baggages. “Here, I can combine my job and my interests. For my job I’m looking for new products and machinery; for myself I explore new interest areas. It’s the second time I travelled with my colleague to the fair. This time I’m very impressed by the packing machinery concerned with clothing industry.”
Pooja Tandon is a designer from India who is looking for the latest inventions for her own small company. “I need to know what’s happening and see new developments such as new forms, colours and printings. I think, the most innovative part is the size of packaging. Everything gets smaller, with an emphasis on details. I like it!”
Johan Huysmans just travelled for the seventh time to Düsseldorf from Belgium and works for a company in food industry. “I’m looking for interesting innovations in food packaging – and also what our competitors show.” In his opinion, everything is growing. “Everything gets bigger, I see more non-europe visitors and exhibitors here.”
Mehmet Aydogdu and his son Mustafa come from Germany and they are visiting the interpack fort he first time. “I’m working in packaging industry and want to show my son the world of packaging. The size of the fair is really impressive; everything is very well structured and organized.”
It’s the second time that the US-Americans Alvaro Allende and Lindsay McBeth visit the fair. They are especially interested in processes and machinery for bakery. “We always like to come to Düsseldorf, because the trade fair is very important for the branch of industry. Every time we come here, it is an update for information.”
“We came here for a meeting with our suppliers and we want to know what is happening in our branch,” says Richelle van Helten from the Netherlands who searches with her co-worker for new ideas and informations for their company in the sugar industry. “It’s my first time here and I am impressed. I see a development in bioplastic packaging and I appreciate that.”
The engineer Leonardo Cajiao from Ecuador represents a German company and meets his customers at interpack to show them innovative machinery and processes. “We’re meeting here in Düsseldorf where I can present the latest inventions to my international clients. They are thrilled by the export prices! For our company, the interpack is the most important fair worldwide!”
Exhibitor statements on interpack 2014
sappi, Kerstin Dietze, Marketing Manager:
“This year marked the first time we presented our specialty paper segment at the trade fair. We were looking to interpack to provide us with a platform for our innovative double-capacity specialty paper machine in order to drive development and present our potential. The trade fair with its professional and international audience presents the ideal environment for that! We were able to generate a number of great orders thanks to interested visitors.”
Huber Packaging Group, Bernhard Kürschner, Head of Marketing and Public Relations:
“As the world’s largest packaging trade fair, interpack provides us with excellent opportunities to present our product range and other news to customers. The trade fair is the perfect setting for establishing new customer contacts quickly, because the large number of exhibitors draws in visitors. We’ve supported the Metal Packaging Plaza concept from the start because we wanted tin to be represented – the product itself and its properties in terms of sustainability. We’re taking advantage of the opportunity to introduce our new machine to a wide range of customers, showcase our competencies across various product segments and test customer reactions. We’re very pleased with the results.”
Verband Metallverpackungen e.V. (German Metal Packaging Association – VMV), Jörg Höppner, Managing Director:
“The Metal Packaging Plaza is an excellent opportunity for presenting the metal packaging industry. Messe Düsseldorf has once again succeeded in attracting additional manufacturers, with the result that operative companies have clustered around the forum. Our association is very grateful for the opportunity to support the development of this concept, because the Plaza is the perfect place to spread the message that ‘metal is a permanent material.’ We’re receiving lots of positive feedback, including from companies proud of the sector’s presentation here. The message we’re disseminating at our exhibition is, ‘metal recycles forever,’ because metal is perfectly versatile and can be reused again and again – without any loss of quality.”
Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG, Dr. Andreas Blaschke, Board Member:
“For us, interpack is the largest trade fair event worldwide, absolutely overwhelming! It’s very international, and we establish lots of new contacts here. But it’s not just that the trade fair is great for meeting customers, it also helps to strengthen the bonds within our team, which is truly enjoying the trade fair. Our company is here mostly to network in order to provide the professional audience with a good basis for business.”
Theegarten-Pactec, Markus Rustler, Managing Partner:
“Our company’s been involved since the first edition of the trade fair in Düsseldorf. The largest trade fair worldwide, it’s also the only one with a highly qualified trade audience. interpack’s reputation continues to be on the rise. It gets plenty of coverage in trade publications. For visitors, there’s nothing comparable – anywhere in the world! We’ve noticed the quality of the audience getting better and better. We also welcome the increase in student attendees, because they are the future of the industry, and we can show them their options on a large scale here. The bottom line for Theegarten: interpack 2014 was a complete success!”
Mondi, Albert Klinkhammer, Marketing & Communication Director Europe & International:
“interpack is the perfect platform, because it’s such a great place for establishing contacts with customers and the press – quickly and on a personal level. Part of our company structure aims at further reducing the environmental impact of the paper and packaging industry – sustainability is part of our DNA. That’s why Mondi is investing heavily in green technology, which is well received by our customers, too: There’s an ever stronger trend toward sustainability on the consumer level. We’ve enjoyed lots of good, substantial discussions on this topic. The trade fair definitely lives up to its reputation as an important venue for being in touch with customers!”
Dow, Marc van den Biggelaar, Marketing Director:
“This is our first year exhibiting at interpack, und we’re excited about the opportunity to demonstrate how different materials match up with certain packaging properties. To do so, we’ve conducted both lab tests and field experiments, and we’re presenting the results at interpack. Being here has definitely been worth it, as we’ve already had a chance to discuss new ideas with many of our customers. I can very well imagine returning in 2017.”
Bizerba, Andreas Wegeleben, Director Global Marketing & Communication:
“interpack is a fixture on the sector’s event calendar! In addition to meetings with our traditional packaging solutions customers, we’re also presenting technical innovations this year, with a particular focus on intelligent Machine 4.0 approaches. Our exhibition serves as the voice with which we speak to international contacts, and we’re picking up top-quality new customers at the trade fair. We consider interpack the sector’s leading trade fair and look forward to tallying up our numbers, which should be even better than in 2011.”
Constantia Flexibles International, Cora Helberg, Marketing and Innovation Manager Pharma:
“This is our second appearance at interpack in Düsseldorf, this time with a much larger exhibition area. Our company has grown over the last three years, and that’s something we wanted to show at the trade fair. The trade fair is an important meeting point for Constantia, a place to present our innovations to a high-value international audience. We’re very satisfied with our results! The trade fair fulfilled all our hopes!”
Angus Blundell, Sun Chemical:
This year’s interpack was extremely worthwhile for us. It provided an excellent opportunity to meet with new and existing customers, especially brand owners, many of whom told us that the packaging manifesto that we launched at the show which highlighted our 10-key capabilities for brand owners, supported by our stand demonstrations, addressed the many challenges they face.
FAO, Robert van Otterdijk, Agro-industry officer in the Rural Infrastructure & Agro-Industries Division:
“We‘ve developed the SAVE FOOD concept in collaboration with Messe Düsseldorf, and the implementation at the Innovationparc Packaging turned out beautifully. The concept is very effective in reaching the goals we’ve set: The exhibitors at this tent can present their ideas on how to deal with the issue of food losses and food waste. We’re very happy with the accomplishments of the trade fair and would be delighted to return for the next edition of interpack.”
“We’ve made some important investment decisions in 2014 – featuring our largest exhibition area to date – and we’ve met a fantastic audience! The best advertisement for the trade fair is that the sectors filling the various halls are so well-balanced. Many trade fairs today are eschewing the ‘touch & feel’ factor, but interpack offers the best of what’s available to visitors: Exhibitors have an opportunity to take customers along on a ‘presentation journey,’ which leaves behind a particularly strong impression. The current trend in the industry favours all-in-one solutions: The customer requests from his supplier a solution that’s perfectly structured from start to finish. That’s why Ishida attempts to generate concepts that guarantee consistent performance over long periods of time. The feedback we’ve been getting in talks with high-calibre customer has been very positive throughout.”
Coesia Group, Paolo Pusceddu, Director Global Account Market Development:
“interpack is the best platform to be recognized by the market. We want customers to know us and interpack offers the perfect way to show the complete possibilities that we have. The audience is very high-qualified, because interpack is THE exhibiton and the companies send their top-managers from all over the world. This year, we reached all our goals and are very satisfied with our performance.”
XCOM Africa, Marc-Peter Zander, Managing Partner:
“We organised the ‘Mango Project’ in Kenya in collaboration with interpack and within the framework of the SAVE FOOD Initiative. At our stand at the Innovationparc Packaging, we’re providing information on this project and our consulting services to visitors. The concept of the IPP has been very well received because the save food issue is becoming more prominent, and awareness for the problem among the public is on the rise. Visitors from a wide range of positions are coming together here to have discussions and find inspiration. When we talk to people and present XCOM Africa, they ask us specific questions in search of solutions and visions. Great conversations are possible when the audience is so deeply interested!”
Multivac, Christian Traumann, Managing Director:
“We don’t just use interpack to take care of our existing customers but also as a meeting place for our subsidiaries and employees. Here everyone has an opportunity to identify with the products and the company. Moreover, we’ve had the privilege of getting to know fantastic new customers this year: Our visitor total increased by 10% over 2011, which naturally made us very happy! We noticed two obvious trends at this year’s trade fair: Technology is moving more and more toward smaller packaging sizes, which are being requested by customers again and again. Plus, the SAVE FOOD Initiative is a major focus of the event.”
VDMA, Vera Fritsche, International Trade Fairs, Markets, Economy:
“The Innovationparc Packaging dedicated to the SAVE FOOD issue is worth mentioning as a highlight of the trade fair: The concept worked out very well, and lots of visitors frequented the exhibitor tent – including many young people who attended interpack in connection with the pupil competition. The IPP is a wonderful opportunity to acquaint pupils with the issue of food losses and food waste while piquing their interest in technology. As the sponsoring association, VDMA has supported interpack from the start. The trade fair is characterised by a large number of international attendees: Visitors from every country are represented at the event because of our intense global PR efforts aimed at presenting interpack to end buyers and industry representatives. As it’s always tackled contemporary issues, interpack’s development has been consistently positive. I’ve spoken to a number of companies, and they’re very satisfied with the trade fair and the trade audience.”