A change of leadership at interpack

Comprehensive hygiene plan for the 2021 trade fair

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Thomas Dohse project director of interpack since beginning September Photo interpack

Thomas Dohse (50) has been the new leader of interpack in his capacity as project director since September. He follows Bernd Jablonowski, who rose to the managing board of Messe Düsseldorf as an executive director.

Dohse has woven a web of connections within the global packaging industry and the related process industry. He has been part of the interpack team at Messe Düsseldorf since 2005 and led interpack 2017 on an operative level as deputy director. During this period, the father of three supported many formative themes for interpack, such as Save Food and the special shows under the innovationparc label. These are now also successful at the international events within the interpack alliance scope, which will also be led by Dohse in the future.

Due to the Corona pandemic, the upcoming interpack in Düsseldorf was postponed from its original date in May 2020 to the following year. It will now take place from 25 February to 3 March 2021.

Messe Düsseldorf relies on a comprehensive hygiene concept to protect exhibitors and visitors. “interpack is the most important event in the international packaging industry and, especially in times of crisis, provides crucial stimuli in order to build a successful future for the companies involved. Therefore, we give our all-in order to do justice to this responsibility and simultaneously guarantee the best possible protection of the health of the people coming to our trade fair centre,” emphasizes Thomas Dohse.

According to the press statement, the hygiene plan has already proved that it lives up to its motto — “PROTaction – Back to Business” with Caravan Salon, the first trade fair at the Düsseldorf trade fair center after the Corona break. After selling personalized tickets exclusively online before the trade fair, extensive hygiene measures shaped the concept’s implementation on-site. Those interested can find details here.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

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As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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