Sold out Interpack 2020 promises best of packaging to visitors

Ahead of Interpack 2020, the leading trade fair for the processing and packaging industry, to be held from 7 to 13 May 2020, the organisers Messe Düsseldorf held a media and industry interaction in Delhi on 12 December 2019. On the panel were Bernd Jablonowski, global portfolio director, processing and packaging, Messe Düsseldorf, Arvind Goenka, vice-chairman, the Plastics Export Promotion Council and Thomas Schlitt, managing director, Messe Düsseldorf India, who interacted and updated the industry on the latest developments at Interpack 2020, market trends and industry insights.

20 Dec 2019 | By Rahul Kumar

(l-r) Bernd Jablonowski and Thomas Schlitt of Messe Düsseldorf India, and Arvind Goenka, vice-chairman, the Plastics Export Promotion Council during the press meet

The fully booked out Interpack 2020 will see 3,000 exhibitors from 60 countries occupying 18 halls as well as large parts of the outdoor facilities.

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 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.

The concept of ‘components – special trade fair by Interpack’ will 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-sqmt 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.

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.

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 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.