Metpack 2020 postponed due to coronavirus

New dates yet to be announced

Metpack 2020 organized by Messe Essen has been postponed
Metpack 2020 organized by Messe Essen has been postponed

Due to the increasing threat of coronavirus, Messe Essen has postponed Metpack 2020 that was scheduled to take place from 5 to 9 May 2020. The last three days of the event was supposed to coincide with interpack 2020 that is organized by Messe Dusseldorf that has also been postponed according to a press release issued by its organizer. Metpack is a packaging trade fair that focuses mainly on metal packaging and most of the new production processes, machinery and practices make their debut at the event. New dates for Metpack will be announced by Messe Essen at a later stage.

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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

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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