After three successful days, FachPack closes its doors on Thursday, 26 September, heading off for its traditional break before opening to trade visitors from the packaging industry from 28-30 September 2021.
Around 44,000 trade visitors came to FachPack in Nuremberg from 24-26 September 2019 to learn about innovations and trends in the packaging industry from 1,591 exhibitors. The share of foreign visitors was significantly higher than in previous years, showing that FachPack is living up to its reputation as the European trade fair for packaging, processes and technology. The theme “Environmentally friendly packaging” was a newcomer which caught the mood of the times, running as a common topic through the 12 exhibition halls and supporting programme. People at the exhibition stands, in the forums and at the special shows were eagerly networking and discussing the best packaging options. Particularly innovative solutions were recognised with the German Packaging Awards and Sustainability Awards at FachPack 2019.
“I am overwhelmed by the dynamism, energy and innovative spirit of the packaging industry that have been evident at the trade fair over the last three days. Digitalisation, e-commerce, brand experience – there are so many trends, and the exhibitors are facing up to the urgent questions and have already presented marketable products. And this is particularly true with regard to sustainability, which has been a topic in the industry for many years, but has now really taken off,” says Cornelia Fehlner, Head of FachPack, NürnbergMesse. Nearly half of the 1,591 exhibitors addressed the topic of “Environmentally friendly packaging” on their stands.
FachPack offered a comprehensive range all along the packaging process chain, from packaging materials and packaging machines through packaging printing and finishing to logistics systems and services. 39 per cent of the companies came from abroad, with Italy (76), the Netherlands (55), Switzerland (47), the Czech Republic (47), Poland (47), Turkey (42), Austria (41), France (39), Spain (25) and Belgium (24) leading the way.
Trade visitors: 90 per cent share in decisions on purchasing
Exhibitors particularly praised the high quality of the trade visitors, as confirmed by a visitor survey conducted by an independent institute. Around 90 per cent of trade visitors stated that they were involved in purchasing and procurement decisions made by their company. Every other trade visitor has a leading position, about one in five is a member of senior management. Visitors came primarily from the food and beverage, pharmaceutical and medical, cosmetics, chemicals, electronics and automotive sectors. One visitor in ten is active in retail.
Forums, hands-on workshops and start-ups very popular with the public
The supporting programme with its innovative formats, such as the Open Workshop Area in Hall 9 or the three special areas where national and international start-ups presented themselves, was very popular. There were 120 technical papers in both the PackBox and TechBox forums, half of them on various aspects of environmentally friendly packaging. Hot topics such as design for recycling, recycling management or bio-based plastics were addressed, and speakers came from renowned companies such as the No-Waste shopping platform Loop, Tesco or Procter & Gamble. The leading research institutes and associations were also represented. Some lectures had four times as many listeners as seats. In all, there were around 10,000 listeners (2018: 7,500) to both forums on all three days of the fair.