interpack 2017: 170,500 Visitors filled Exhibitors’ Order Books
Record-Level International Attendance
The avid interest taken by exhibitors in the run-up to interpack 2017 that brought the world’s biggest and most important trade fair of the packaging sector and related process industries record attendance of 2,865 companies, was followed by trade fair days from 4 to 10 May with high spirits and further records: 74% of the approximately 170,500 visitors travelled to Düsseldorf from abroad – three quarters of them were decision-makers.
Online mail ordering has been growing steadily for many years. At the moment the challenges can be felt particularly in the packaging industry, as nearly 15 million parcels are dispatched in the run-up to Christmas in Germany alone.
Contrary to widespread belief, a recent poll has shown that millennials aren’t all that keen on recycling. Still, they’re quite environment-conscious, and they’re prepared to dig a bit deeper into their pockets for sustainably manufactured products.
The success of a product on international markets is largely determined by the suitability of its packaging. Decisive criteria that must be covered by packaging solutions include not only secure transportation and a long shelf life, but also country-specific traditions.
This issue is not new to the packaging industry: there are numerous solutions to prevent the migration of mineral oils offered by manufacturers but these are only rarely made use of by retailers and food producers.
With bodycare product packaging the highest levels of precision are required in production and processing. As far as the aesthetics of the products is concerned design, colour, surface and texture are key aspects affecting consumer purchasing decisions.
Since the start of 2017 the global paper market as well as the affiliated packaging industry has been feeling the effects of raw material shortages. One of the areas where rising raw material prices are prompting concern is the corrugated card and paper industry.
Bioplastics have been a hot topic in the packaging industry for decades now. Just like with other materials they have their advantages and disadvantages. Only open and honest communication can bring enlightenment.
The market for packaging is growing. Studies show that this growth will especially benefit the food packaging segment and flexible plastics as well as bottles, in particular. Here the sustained trend towards health-conscious products is expected to cause an increase above all in water bottles.
In 2018 sales of packaging are expected to go up to US$ 975 billion. International market research companies have recently studied this successful industry and taken a close look at trends and tomorrow’s packaging solutions.
The new label interpack alliance spans all international events staged by Messe Düsseldorf under its Processing & Packaging portfolio.
The interpack alliance addresses the target groups of food, beverages, confectionery and bakery, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, non-food consumer goods and industrial goods in key emerging markets, focusing on different areas in each individual event.