Canadian Packaging

Top 50 Packaging Ideas Expo A Hit!

One-day trade show garners great reviews and fantastic concepts of packaging innovation.

June 6, 2014
by Canadian Packaging Staff

Once again, Canadian Packaging magazine held its Top 50 Packaging Ideas Expo to a resounding success—proof of which can be found in the photos below!

Held at the Mississauga Convention Centre on June 5, 2014, the Top 50 Packaging Ideas Expo sponsored by SEW-Eurodrive was well-attended by hundreds of enthusiastic visitors, much to the delight of the 40 tabletop exhibitors, who vied for attention with a bevy of brilliant packaging ideas and concepts. There was even a Siamese Fighting Fish.

For visitors, not only was it an opportunity to see the latest in technologies and ideas made real, it was an opportune time to impress buyers looking for ways to either improve their production line or for ways to take their brand to the next level, or even to showcase how they can best perform for customers needing some much appreciated help.

The well-attended Top 50 Packaging Ideas Expo also numerous mini seminar sessions presented by some of the exhibitors looking to impress interested parties just why they have the innovative products and technologies one needs to get ahead.

Seminars were duly presented on:

  • Bosch Rexroth’s Indra Drive Mi: cabinet-free drive technology for highest flexibility and efficiency; presented by Bosch Rexroth Canada Corp. electric drive and controls product manager of the Automation Center of Competence Dave Hinder;
  • Smarter Packaging: enabling production protection and brand assurance for paper-based packaging; presented by H.B. Fuller‘s Marketing Manager, North America Asuka Westbrook;
  • Label To Win: using your label to give an advantage on the shelf; presented by QuickLabel System marketing communications specialist Charles Smith;
  • Sustainability in Packaging: cost-saving solutions discussing premade trays versus thermoformed packs; presented by Multivac Canada Inc. packaging equipment specialist Paul Marsden, and;
  • the Smart Servo Package: how it is simple, fast and diverse; presented by show event sponsor SEW-Eurodrive lad mechanical engineer Gabriel Lencar.

Just as in the inaugural 2013 edition of the now-annual Expo, this year’s edition was, to quote Canadian rock n’ roller Kim Mitchell, “creating a buzz, buzz, buzz”, with the actual venue alive with a raucous clamor of exhibitors and visitors hashing out leads and prospective business deals.

Sweet Deal
The Top 50 Packaging Ideas Expo also offered a couple of prizes, one a thank-you to a visitor for registering for the Expo online—won by Mondelez Canada Inc. procurement of external manufacturing and innovation Jean-Francois Guillerez, taking home a Samsung Galaxy Gear SmartWatch.

The other award was given to the company that, as determined by visitors and fellow exhibiting companies, possessed the most innovative packaging idea.

Won by SoOPAK, a Toronto-based printing shop specializing in offering high-quality, cost-effective short-run printing for packaging customers, with company president Carol Jiang adding that there are no die and plate costs for the offset printing, and can offer runs from as low as 500 boxes in a quick turnaround.

Canadian Packaging also awarded one lucky visitor a new Apple iPad Air tablet just for voting for SoOPAK, won by Ideovation‘s Peter Henderson.

Coming in second place in fan voting was Kruger (Krupack Packaging) with their innovative paperboard bottles, and in third-place Bandall, supported here in Canada by Banding Systems Inc., offering simple but highly visible and effective band packaging wrap technology.

Will Canadian Packaging do it again? Public opinion seems to demand it.

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And… for your viewing entertainment, here’s photographic proof showing just how busy the 2014 Top 50 Packaging Ideas Expo was for the exhibitors. Click on an image to view in a gallery:














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