• interpack 2020 completely booked out
• New structure for a more efficient visit to the trade fair
• SAVE FOOD with new impetus
The interpack 2020 trade fair is totally booked out. By the time the official registration deadline for the most important international event for the packaging industry and related process industries had arrived, businesses had inquired about far more space than was available at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre – as had already been the case with the previous editions. The around 3,000 exhibitors expected from approximately 60 countries will therefore again be occupying all 18 of the available halls as well as large parts of the outdoor facilities when the fair takes place from 7 to 13 May 2020. ‘components – special trade fair by interpack’ with offerings from the industry that supplies packaging technologies, is in its third edition and will again be staged entirely concurrently with interpack in the temporary Hall 18, is also totally booked out. One ticket entitles holders to admission to both fairs.
More efficient trade fair visit
Interpack focuses on packaging solutions and related process technology, addresses target groups in the fields of food, drinks, confectionery, bakery products, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, non-food consumer goods and industrial goods. Exhibitors have now also been brought together to create more focused segments with corresponding offerings in order to prevent visitors from these industries from having to cover long distances. That is why suppliers of processes and machines for the packaging of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics have gathered together in Halls 15 to 17 while interpack 2020 visitors from the fields of machines for labelling and identification technology, packaging- materials production and integrated packaging printing will find what they are looking for in Halls 8a and 8b.
The offerings in these halls have also been more clearly structured so that it will be easier for visitors to find the exhibitors that are of interest to them here. Offerings that focus on specific process steps have also been grouped closer together. This applies not only to the fields already mentioned above but also to the segment for processes and machinery employed in the packaging of food, drinks, consumer and industrial goods that will now be located 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 that will now be located in Halls 1, 3 and 4.
Companies presenting packaging materials and supplies have been positioned centrally around the Haupteingang Nord (Main North Entrance) in Halls 7a, 7, 8a, 9 and 10. Hall 8a offers great potential for synergies. That is where machine suppliers from the fields of packaging production, converting, packaging printing and labelling will be able to find the relevant suppliers of corresponding packaging and materials. The packaging / packaging materials area alone has attracted more than 900 exhibitors.
New: Hall 1 and Eingang Süd (South Entrance)
Halls 1 and 2 – which had first been built in the 1970s – were demolished shortly after interpack 2017 to create space for the Messe Düsseldorf’s architectural flagship: The ‘Neue Messe Süd’ (‘New South Trade Fair Centre’) is now home to the new Hall 1 and an entrance area with a foyer directly in front of it, which boasts a 17-metre-high pointed canopy that has been realised in translucent glass-fibre fabric and integrated LED lighting. It will be providing exhibitors at interpack 2020 with state-of-the-art architecture and technology as well as around 500 square metres of more space. The building also includes six conference rooms and is directly connected to the Congress Center Süd (South).
‘components’ to run entirely concurrently with interpack
The concept of ‘components – special trade fair by interpack’ is to be continued in its tried-and-tested iteration following the success it enjoyed at the last interpack. Visitors will once again find the supplier trade fair in the temporary lightweight Hall 18, which is centrally located within the Düsseldorf exhibition centre and offers around 5,000 square metres of space. This hall is located between Halls 10 and 16 and will be complementing interpack’s portfolio for the entire duration of the trade fair with presentations from the areas of drive, control and sensor technologies, products for industrial image processing, handling technologies and other (machine) components. All visitors and exhibitors at interpack are entitled to free admission to components.
New impetus for SAVE FOOD
During interpack, the topic of SAVE FOOD is going to be brought to the city of Düsseldorf for the first time in with several different campaigns to reduce food losses and waste and will accordingly get the public directly involved. The programme details are currently still being developed in consultation with the official bodies.
‘Life without Packaging?’ conference
Sustainability has been a subject that has been shaping the industry for years and that has recently become a hotly debated issue as a result of the discussion about plastic packaging in particular. The new ‘Life without Packaging?’ conference will be examining the contentious issue of packaging, sustainability and the environment from various aspects to enable both critics and advocates to have their say and explore what is essential and what is avoidable. The event will be focusing on sustainability and environmental impact, hygiene and the reduction of food waste. The top-class speakers include such representatives from the industry 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 organisations will further be joining the line-up of speakers. Prominent voices from science along with sustainability consultants will also be joining the bill: Prof. Dr. Martin Stuchtey, Founder of and Managing Partner at Systemiq, Frank Wellenreither from the ifeu Institute and Sophie Kesselbach from Thinkstep will be introducing their analyses and solutions. The one-day conference will be taking place at the CCD Süd from 10.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. on 12 May, the penultimate day of the fair. Tickets cost € 299.00 and are available from the interpack online shop.
Startup Week in Düsseldorf
The Startup Week is going to be staged concurrently for the first time in the city with interpack – it is an event that will be bringing visionaries, fighters and high-flyers together with innovative companies, services and products of the future. A total of around 150 events, workshops and pitches will be taking place in Düsseldorf.
Online services to help you with your trip to the trade fair
Visitors will find useful tools to help them efficiently plan their visit to the trade fair at www.interpack.com. These tools include the exhibitor database that allows visitors to create their own personal hall plans and a completely revised matchmaking function for initiating meetings with exhibitors along with details about the latest developments being presented by the companies at the fair. An iPhone and Android app are also available for visitors. The apps provide, among other things, the daily updated exhibitor and event database, graphically optimised 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. interpack’s homepage also provides information about the ‘Life without Packaging?’ conference, hotel-booking options and tips for the city’s cultural programme to help you plan your stay in Düsseldorf. Articles from interpack’s ‘Tightly Packed’ magazine with news and trends from the industry are also available through the apps. You fill find a summary of the services to help you prepare your trip to the trade fair.