Interpack – the international packaging fair for the food, beverages, confectionery, bakery, pharmaceutics, cosmetics, non-food sectors, and industry, which returns to Dusseldorf in 2023 after a gap of six years – has already been booked out.
“You cannot afford not to attend Interpack after six years. We are already fully sold out, every single square meter is booked and we have a huge waiting list. This is a good sign that the participants believe in the future of trade shows and in the future of packaging and processing,” Thomas Dohse, global portfolio director – processing and packaging, Messe Dusseldorf, said. Dohse was speaking at an event held at JW Marriot Hotel in Mumbai on December 8.
Interpack 2023 will be held at Messe Dusseldorf from 4 to 10 May 2023. The main themes will be the circular economy, resource management, digital technology, and product safety. There will be 18 halls with more than 2,700 exhibitors.
Dohse said that in the previous Interpack editions, the show was divided into two areas – the machines and the materials sections. But in 2023, Interpack will be more focused as visitors now travel to the show for two or three days and want to explore only their areas of interest.
“For example halls 1,3 and 4 are for bakery and confectionery machines while halls 15, 16, and 17 are for pharma and cosmetics machinery. We have a new area for packaging production and packaging printing in 8A and marking and labeling in 8B. Hall 18 will be a temporary area that will host the components show,” he said.
Interpack 2023 will have a few specials – there will be presentations on seven themed days, and for the first time at Interpack, the European co-packing association will have a joint presentation on contract packaging. Dohse informed the audience that the Save Food initiative will restart at Interpack 2023, which will also have a WPO alliance lounge where the WPO awards will be announced.
Richard Clemens, managing director of the VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association, speaking about the latest trends in the packaging industry, said the circular economy and sustainable solutions are in demand globally.
Krunal Goda from the Plastic Export Promotion Council or Plexconcil said the council will provide financial assistance to Indian plastic packaging industry exporters at Interpack 2023, and promote the ‘Make in India’ theme.
“We have an India pavilion at Interpack of about 400 square meters, although we had demanded 600 square meters. We want to show Brand India on a grand scale to the global industry. We are working with Indian embassies to organize a one-on-one interaction with quality global customers at Interpack,” Goda said.