Any way you package it, the interpack 2014 tradeshow in Düsseldorf, Germany has been a success.
May 15, 2014
by Canadian Packaging Staff
The interpack 2014 processing and packaging tradeshow has been deemed a successful event by organizers, exhibitors and visitors, alike.
With approximately 2,700 exhibitors in 19 halls of the completely booked Düsseldorf Exhibition Center, interpack 2014 had over 175,000 visitors.
Show organizers say that according to the exhibitors, visitor interest and qualification as well as their willingness to invest were clearly higher than at the excellent previous event in 2011.
Many exhibitors rated the concrete business deals and sales concluded—which partially were spontaneous—as particularly positive.
Friedbert Klefenz, president of the interpack Exhibitors’ Advisory Board 2014 and president of Bosch Packaging Technology, states: “We are very satisfied with the quantity and quality of the visitors at our stand. The interest in our technologies that make a vital contribution to global health and nutrition was enormous. We are pleased with the high number of leads received, including many top executives and potential new customers. Similar comments were made by other exhibitors.
“We were equally thrilled by the high number of international visitors and exhibitors – some 75 per cent of the exhibiting companies are headquartered outside of Germany. With these results, interpack has confirmed its status as the world’s No. 1 trade fair for the packaging sector.”
Adds Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, president and chief executive officer of Messe Düsseldorf, “interpack provided impressive proof of its leading international position again this year. This success confirms our fundamental philosophy of addressing the international industries in their respective markets in a very targeted manner – already in the run-up to the trade fair – thereby bringing them to their most important event in Düsseldorf every three years.”
With a foreign visitor participation of 66 per cent and coming from 120 countries, interpack 2014 not only set a new record for itself but also reached a top rating across all Messe Düsseldorf trade fairs.
The dominating topics at interpack 2014 were resource efficiency for equipment and machinery as well as for packaging material usage, quality and safety to guarantee perfect and counterfeit-proof finished products – especially in such sensitive segments as food/beverage and pharmaceuticals – as well as diversity and flexibility for an ever wider range and shorter product cycles. These themes were addressed by a particularly high number of innovations presented by the exhibiting companies.
A special highlight at interpack 2014 was the U.S. Pavilion, organized by Messe Düsseldorf North America. A total of 30 exhibitors showcased their latest technologies within this successful group exhibit. Overall, 100 U.S. exhibitors took part in the trade fair.
The next staging of interpack is scheduled in spring 2017 in Düsseldorf, with the exact dates not yet determined.