Record-level international attendance for interpack 2017

With interpack drawing to a close for another 3 years, the organisers Messe Düsseldorf have been analysing the results – approximately 74% of 170,500 visitors who travelled to Düsseldorf from abroad with three quarters of them being decision-makers.

The high percentage of German and international experts from a total of 168 countries made for an active exhibition with visitors benefitting from an internationally unrivalled multitude of innovations from the packaging world on display and a unique market overview. This was also reflected in the corresponding high scores they gave the trade fair: just under 98% stated in the official survey that they were satisfied or very satisfied with their visit to interpack 2017. They took an interest in all ranges and segments of interpack but packaging media received significantly more attention than at the previous 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,” underlines Friedbert Klefenz, President of interpack 2017. Commenting on this Hans Werner Reinhard, Managing Director at Messe Düsseldorf, explained: “interpack has again impressively confirmed its claim of being the world’s most important event and innovation platform for the industry every three years. Due to the concept of the newly created global ‘interpack alliance’, interpack as its flagship has also obtained more exposure in the growth markets abroad thereby attracting even more high-calibre experts to Düsseldorf.”

Top Trends: Digitalisation, Industry 4.0 and Sustainability

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 to guarantee traceability. The sustainability theme also remained “omnipresent” at interpack 2017. Companies presented improved resource efficiency in terms of both the material used with ever smaller wall thicknesses and of manufacturing processes. Moreover, alternative packaging materials are gaining ground.

The coming interpack will be held in three years’ time, May 2020, at Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre.