GERMANY, Nuernberg. With 1,542 exhibitors in a total of eleven exhibition halls, FachPack is continuing its success of recent years before it signs off in 2017 for its traditional break-year. Actually, the exhibition centre Nuremberg will once again be the meeting point for inspiration and specific solutions across the entire packaging process chain. Again this year, a broad range of products and services in the packaging, technology, processing and technology sectors is being opened up to the total of around 40,000 expected trade visitors. The total of over 500 new products and innovations presented in 2016 at FachPack represent the innovativeness of the sector.
Once again this year, with 1,041 exhibitors, the high-performance German packaging industry represents the core of FachPack. The trend towards Europeanization is again continuing this year. It is particularly exhibitors from Germany's immediate neighbours who are travelling to Nuremberg, primarily Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic and Poland. Not only established companies are presenting their products and latest developments. This year, over 20 start-ups are seizing the opportunity to present themselves to the highly qualified trade visitors and make valuable contacts in two BMWi (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy) pavilions for young innovative companies in Halls 3A and 9.
Specialist range represents packaging process chain
According to “the FachPack Plus” motto, FachPack covers the four central market segments of packaging, technology, processing and logistics under one roof and is presenting technologies and ideas for industrial and consumer goods in equal measure. This year the core segments are provided by packing materials, supplies and ancillaries with a total of 891 exhibitors. In the packaging machines, marking and labelling technology areas along with machinery and appliances on the packaging peripheral, 696 exhibitors are showing innovative solutions for labelling, monitoring and recycling packaging. Over and above that, FachPack is the address for efficient logistics processes and services, because packaging and logistics are inextricably entwined. 332 exhibitors are showing how packaged products can be stored, loaded, order picked and transported. Services covering all aspects of packaging and packaging logistics are also essential for the packaging industry. That is why 413 exhibitors are presenting ranges in this sector. Packaging printing and processing along with the latest design trends round off the packaging process chain. 241 exhibitors are showing their expertise and competence in this area, which extends from the pre-press stage through to design up to packaging and label printing. Here, many companies are presenting solutions in various segments: around one fifth also have ranges of products and services allocated to several sectors.
Trends and innovations the focal point
Over 500 new products and innovations are being featured by FachPack in 2016. They are structured in seven Trend Clusters and present the current developments in the packaging industry – both in the exhibitor and product database on the website as well as at the event. Visitors can thus find innovative product solutions extending beyond all product groups. In this context, the latest developments connected with the themes efficiency, sustainability, product safety and Industry 4.0 form the focal point. Central trend themes are: production networking, attractive limited editions, handle with care, marking technology, controlling and networking within the logistics process, signals at the POS as well as adaptable modules for packaging machines.
German packaging market stable in 2015
The German packaging manufacturers have not reported any major changes in comparison to the same period the previous year and can look back on a consistent 2015. As the Gemeinschaftsausschuss Deutscher Verpackungshersteller (GADV, German Packaging Manufacturers Association) reports, sales of packaging materials increased in 2015 by 1.1% to around 32 bn €, while production volume declined slightly by 0.3% to around 19 mill. tons. As in the previous years, with a share of around 45%, plastic packaging generated the most turnover, while, in terms of volume, paper, carton and cardboard packaging, also with a 45% share, accounted for the largest packing supplies segment. In terms of production, in 2015, the picture in the packaging materials sector was predominantly uniform: with the exception of plastic packaging, which, compared to the same period the previous year, increased slightly by 0.5%, while production of all other packaging forms declined at a moderate rate. At 2.0%, metal packaging (steel) registered the largest decline, followed by aluminium packaging, glass packaging and paper, cardboard and carton packaging. In terms of turnover, the picture is divided: here too plastic packaging increased the most at 2.7%, glass also produced a positive display (plus 1.4%). In contrast, the other packaging materials recorded a slight decline.