Products and services at fair reflect packaging process chainFachPack once again had a comprehensive range of products and services on offer, covering the packaging process chain from packaging materials and machines to printing and finishing, and logistics systems and services. The largest of these fields were packaging materials (e.g. paper, cardboard, plastic and glass) and accessories (e.g. labels and seals), with a total of 780 exhibitors. The technical aspects of packaging - in other words, the machines for creating and processing the packaging, the labelling and marking technology, and also the devices for checking, testing and recycling, were displayed by 560 exhibiting companies. There were 297 companies with products and services associated with logistics, i.e. solutions for storage, loading, order picking and transportation of packaged goods. And 224 exhibitors showed the opportunities available for package printing and finishing.
Supporting programme well receivedMany forums and special shows provided an opportunity for professional development and sharing knowledge on all aspects of packaging. Nineteen industry partners helped to organize the PackBox and TechBox forums. A total audience of 7,500 listened to the 100 presentations from 120 speakers and discussion participants. The new Hall 8, covering the fields of package printing and finishing, and the centrally arranged special show on premium packaging, enjoyed immediate popularity. These accounted for about 40 exhibits, which viewers found captivating on account of their design and innovative materials. The pharmaceuticals, medical products and cosmetics area in Hall 3A and the accompanying theme park "Packaging in medical technology and pharmacy" were of particular importance.
Achievements honoured:Packaging innovations in 2018 An award ceremony on the first day of the fair, 25 September, recognised a total of 40 outstanding solutions covering the entire added value chain in packaging in the form of the 2018 German Packaging Award. Two particularly innovative products in the categories of "Sustainability" and "Design and Finishing" secured the exclusive gold award: the innovative, deep-drawn packaging solution FlexiClose(re) from Schur Flexibles Group and the "Seepje" detergent packaging from Hordijk. More information: www.packagingaward.de