FachPack 2018 – Closing report
GERMANY • FachPack 2018 brought about 45,000 trade visitors (2016: 41,014) to the Nuremberg show from 25 to 27 September to learn about innovations and trends in the packaging industry.
This represents an increase of more than 8% with particularly strong growth in numbers from outside Germany. The event occupied 12 exhibition halls for the first time, with 1644 exhibitors (2016: 1542) providing an opportunity for in-depth discussion of packaging solutions for consumer and industrial goods. Digitalisation, e-commerce, packaging design, and sustainability in particular provided the key subjects for discussion. The exhibition management has announced that environmentally friendly packaging will be the key theme for FachPack in 2019.
Exhibitors: 38% international
At the heart of this year’s FachPack, once again, was the strongly performing German packaging industry, with 1,023 exhibitors with international exhibitors accounted for 38% of the total. There was a strong presence from the neighbouring European countries, especially Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Austria and Turkey. According to survey results from an independent institute, 98% of visitors were happy with the products and services on offer at FachPack.
Trade visitors came mainly from the food and beverage, pharmaceutical and medical technology, cosmetics, chemical and automotive industries. Some o90% of the trade visitors said they were involved in making the purchasing and procurement decisions in their respective businesses. About half of the trade visitors held senior positions, and as many as one in five were from management.
Products and services
FachPack once again had a comprehensive range of products and services on offer, covering the packaging process chain from packaging materials and machines to printing and finishing, and logistics systems and services. The largest of these fields were packaging materials (e.g. paper, cardboard, plastic and glass) and accessories (e.g. labels and seals), with a total of 780 exhibitors. The technical aspects of packaging – in other words, the machines for creating and processing the packaging, the labelling and marking technology, and also the devices for checking, testing and recycling, were displayed by 560 exhibiting companies. There were 297 companies with products and services associated with logistics, i.e. solutions for storage, loading, order picking and transportation of packaged goods. And 224 exhibitors showed the opportunities available for package printing and finishing.
Supporting programme well received
Many forums and special shows provided an opportunity for professional development and sharing knowledge on all aspects of packaging. Nineteen industry partners helped to organize the PackBox and TechBox forums. A total audience of 7,500 listened to the 100 presentations from 120 speakers and discussion participants. The new Hall 8, covering the fields of package printing and finishing, and the centrally arranged special show on premium packaging, enjoyed immediate popularity. These accounted for about 40 exhibits, which viewers found captivating on account of their design and innovative materials. The pharmaceuticals, medical products and cosmetics area in Hall 3A and the accompanying theme park “Packaging in medical technology and pharmacy” were of particular importance.
The next FachPack will take place in the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 24 to 26 September 2019.