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The south entrance of the magnificently designed Fiera Milano exhibition space Photo Ipack-Ima

On 10 March 2022 in Milan, a press conference was held with previews of the special edition of Pharmintech powered by Ipack Ima, the international exhibition dedicated to processing and packaging technologies for the pharmaceutical, parapharmaceutical, cosmeceutical, nutraceutical, medical device and biotechnology industries scheduled from 3 to 6 May in Milan, Italy.

The event will take place concurrently with Ipack-Ima, which at Fiera Milano showcases excellence in processing and packaging for the food and non-food industries.

The conference was attended by Sergio Dompé, executive president of Dompé farmaceutici and president of Pharmintech who comments, “The pandemic has shown that technology and research can give great acceleration to life sciences, turning health into the milestone of growth. If we will manage to leverage the historical opportunity of the recovery and resilience facility, giving priority to competitiveness and merit and avoiding the dispersion of resources, Italy and Lombardy can multiply the success stories capable of competing on a global level. However, we must focus on two fronts – cutting-edge research and interdisciplinarity, because it is through synergies with the world of artificial intelligence, digital and material sciences that the most innovative solutions will emerge. In this context, Pharmintech is an important hub capable of accelerating the entire ecosystem through the meeting between the pharmaceutical industry and the world of research and universities, as well as providing an opportunity for suppliers of advanced technologies and solutions to compare.”

Giorgio Bruno of AFI, after reiterating the importance of the positive synergy between trade fair operators and technical-scientific organizations active in the chemical-pharmaceutical field, highlighted the importance, in a strategic perspective, of the relationship between the Italian leadership in the production of pharmaceutical technology. He added that the return to an important international event such as Pharmintech, with which AFI has been collaborating for several editions for the coordination of technical-scientific contents.

Concerning contents and events, the conference was attended by the main partners of the event who anticipated the themes that will enrich an exhibition panorama with over 150 companies specialized in the Life Science sector.

Alberto Bartolini representing AFI outlined the elements of the opening event of Pharmintech scheduled on 3 May. The focus will be on the world of healthcare, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, nutritional supplements and the cosmeceutical market, with an emphasis on regulatory convergence and supply chain management.

Lucia Ceresa for PDA presented the conference entitled ‘Smart Factory: Industry 4.0 applications in parenteral manufacturing’, scheduled for 5 May, which will bring together equipment manufacturers, technology providers and pharmaceutical companies in a debate on digitalization and innovation with significant case histories and applications.

Enzo Lacchini anticipated the contents of the conference proposed by ISPE, in collaboration with Confindustria Medical Devices, which on 6 May will explore the paradigm shift in the sector, in the light of the new Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and the new In Vitro Diagnostic Device Regulation (IVDR).

Lastly, Gian Paolo Crasta of UCIMA focused on the sustainability of consumer goods supply chains, the main theme of “Packaging Speaks Green”, a forum organized by Pack-Media in collaboration with UCIMA and AMAPLAST, which from 3 to 6 May will host a panel of experts, institutions and companies to discuss the relationship between the circular economy and the strategic role of the entire packaging supply chain in various industrial sectors, including Pharma, Beauty & Chemicals.

The organizing team composed of Valerio Soli, President of Ipack Ima, Domenico Lunghi, Director of BU Private Label, Pet & Food Pharma Industry of Bologna Fiere, and Rossano Bozzi, CEO of Ipack Ima, did the honors. They outlined the profile of an important edition of Ipack-Ima which, together with Pharmintech, has already consolidated the presence of over 1,000 exhibitors and is set to be the most important international meeting point for the industry in 2022.

Pharmintech – whose 2022 edition will be organized by Ipack Ima thanks to the agreement signed with the Bologna Fiere Group – has been strategically positioned in Hall 2 with the aim of enhancing the specialization in “Pharma & Nutritional”, “Beauty & Personal Care” and “Chemicals & Home Care” and, at the same time, amplifying the synergies between different exhibition segments that represent Ipack-Ima’s competitive advantage.

As revealed by the Pharmintech Business Monitor in collaboration with MECS, the international life sciences community is experiencing a moment of strong change, with a jump of 13.3% in 2021. This represents a vigorous recovery after the very subdued growth of only 1.1% in 2020. Over the 2021/2025 period, the Observatory forecasts an average annual growth rate of 6.8%.

The appointment with Pharmintech and Ipack-Ima at Fiera Milano, from 3 to 6 May 2022, is therefore the ideal moment for international operators to discuss innovation and new production and market prospects, thanks also to the conjunction with the exhibitions Print4All, Intralogistica Italia and the new Greenplast concept that, together with Ipack-Ima, are part of the Innovation Alliance, the most important supply chain project for instrumental mechanics.

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Naresh Khanna
Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy. Elected vice-president of the International Packaging Press Organization in May 2023.

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