GERMANY, Düsseldorf. This year’s interpack is taking place at the Düsseldorf exhibition centre from 4 to 10 May 2017.
It has recorded the biggest exhibitor demand in its over 55-year history. By the official closing date for registrations for the world’s most important trade fair for the packaging sector and related processing industries, companies had booked about 20% more space than is available at the Düsseldorf exhibition centre with its 19 halls.
Taking place concurrently, the “components” event showcasing the offering of packaging technology suppliers, will probably be fully booked as well – even though the dedicated, temporarily erected lightweight hall offers over twice as much space as at the event’s premiere in 2014. This special show will be staged concurrently in the centrally located, temporary Hall 18 and is freely accessible to all interpack visitors.
In terms of its scope and internationality, interpack is an unparalleled platform for companies with products and solutions from the fields of packaging technology, related processes and packaging materials for the segments of food and beverages, confectionery and bakery products, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, non-food consumer goods and industrial goods. What exhibitors are offering is being supplemented by innovative special themes.
At interpack 2017, the spotlight will be on Industry 4.0, which is being staged in cooperation with the German Engineering Federation (VDMA). In the form of a technology lounge at the VDMA stand, the special show is presenting examples of applications in the packaging machine and process technology sector that open up new opportunities with regards to safety, traceability, copy and piracy protection, and individualised packaging.
The theme of Save Food will again be a prominent one at interpack 2017. The “innovationparc” special show is presenting packaging strategies and solutions that can help to reduce food loss and wastage – including the winners of the national competitions for the Save Food Packaging Awards of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO). Selected in advance of interpack, the winners will be competing against one another for the WorldStar Awards. Also integrated in innovationparc is a lecture forum that companies can use for the presentation of their solutions and strategies. As in 2014, innovationparc is again taking place in a high-quality marquee construction between Halls 2 and 3.
Also scheduled, taking place on the first day of the trade fair, is the third international Save Food Congress with the participation of its partner institutions: the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).