FachPack 2018 attracted around 45,000 trade visitors to Nuremberg to learn about innovations and trends in the packaging industry, an increase of more than 8%, with a particularly strong growth in numbers from outside Germany. The three-day event occupied 12 exhibition halls for the first time, with 1,644 exhibitors (2016: 1,542) providing an opportunity for in-depth discussion of packaging solutions for consumer and industrial goods. Digitalisation, e-commerce, packaging design, and sustainability in particular provided the key subjects for discussion. The exhibition management has announced that environmentally friendly packaging will be the key theme for FachPack in 2019.
Exhibition Director Cornelia Fehlner believes the packaging industry is in transition. She said: “In addition to challenges of a technical nature, the industry is especially interested in ways to find clever packaging solutions for complex requirements that will also serve the interests of both the environment and the consumer, while also keeping the entire product cycle in focus. In other words, the packaging of the future. This is what we will be concentrating on at FachPack 2019.”
There was a strong presence from Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Austria and Turkey. Trade visitors came mainly from the food and beverage, pharmaceutical and medical technology, cosmetics, chemical and automotive industries.
Products and services on offer covered the packaging process chain from packaging materials and machines to printing and finishing, and logistics systems and services. The largest of these fields was packaging materials (paper, cardboard, plastic and glass) and accessories (abels and seals), with a total of 780 exhibitors.
Many forums and special shows provided an opportunity for professional development and sharing knowledge on all aspects of packaging. Nineteen industry partners helped to organise 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.
An award ceremony on the first day of the fair recognised a total of 40 outstanding solutions covering the entire added value chain in packaging in the form of the 2018 German Packaging Award.
The next FachPack will take place in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from September 24th to 26th 2019.