Record-level international attendance at Interpack 2017

In its 55-year history, Interpack 2017 has had the highest exhibitor demand The Interpack 2017 trade fair brought together a record attendance of 2 865 companies. About 74 per cent of the approximately 170 500 visitors travelled to Düsseldorf from abroad. Three quarters of these were decision-makers. The event was held from 4 to 10 May in Düsseldorf, Germany.

There was a high percentage of German and international experts from a total of 168 countries among the exhibitors.

Visitors benefitted from an internationally unrivalled multitude of innovations on display and a unique market overview.

This was also reflected in the corresponding high scores they gave the trade fair: just under 98 percent stated in the official survey that they were satisfied or ‘very’ satisfied with their visit to the event.

‘Interpack is an absolute must-go event for companies in this industry and provides unique momentum. Every three years it is not only a one-of-a-kind performance showcase but also the place where suppliers and customers from all over the world get together to network and do business,’ says Friedbert Klefenz, president of Interpack 2017.

Top trends

Proving a top trend at many stands was the further digitalisation of production processes on the way to Industry 4.0 applications. Production linked along these lines makes it possible to manufacture personalised packaging efficiently or guarantee traceability. The modular design of packaging machines, process lines and optimised digital operating concepts play a pivotal role in reducing complexity in manufacturing. It also plays an important role in achieving the highest degree of flexibility possible for changing batch sizes or product versions. Some companies focused on virtual reality applications that allow machines or equipment to be experienced holistically. The sustainability theme remained ‘omnipresent’ at the event. Companies presented improved resource efficiency in the material used with smaller wall thicknesses and in manufacturing processes. Moreover, alternative packaging materials are gaining ground.

Company highlights

Cama tripled the number of visitors to its stand where its best machine was displayed. The newest machine showcased Cama’s development of Industry 4.0, drawing a record-breaking attendance. The IF318 machine, the company’s new innovative ‘pitch-less’ monoblock platform for the robotic forming, loading and closing of cartons, was showcased on stand both in Hannover and Düsseldorf. In addition there was a Cama innovative monoblock BTG system showcased.

The company also rated highly in four of the five categories of the prestigious Rockwell Automation contest.

Australian specialist, Haas showcased innovations for the baking industry at the event. The company targeted all segments of the market, from small-scale producers with limited budgets, to multinational buyers of complete industrial manufacturing lines.

Service concept provider, Romaco Service took advantage of the show and demonstrated Internet enabled smart glasses, which allow the manufacturer’s machines to be monitored from a distance. These glasses connect the responsible Romaco technician to the machine operator at the user via a Wi-Fi interface.

Global supplier of integrated food processing andpackagingsolutions, TNA announced that it received additional orders worth over €7 million during the trade fair. This has been its most successful show. Highlighting TNA’s successful growth into complete turnkey solutions, the company showcased its capabilities in three separate locations. 

Serac and Coveris received the ecodesign award from ‘PackTheFuture’ for Optys, a 100 per cent decorated bottle thermoformed from a pre-printed plastic sheet. The prize award ceremony took place in during the Interpack exhibition.

The Optys bottle is produced in a single stage by vertical thermoforming of an extruded PP sheet on Serac’s machine at medium output (up to 10 000 bph).

No further operation is required for bottle’s decoration since the PP sheet is pre-printed by Coveris.

This simple, cost-efficient single step process allows to save on supply and manufacturing costs, as well as to reduce the footprint of the packaging line through the removal of the labelling machine or sleeve applicator.