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interpack 96: more reasons than ever to go

The world's largest packaging trade show, interpack 96 in Dsseldorf, adds more conferences to its May agenda. But new equipment and machinery from around the world is still the big attraction.
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No matter how you approach it the sheer breadth of interpack 96 makes the show more appealing and more daunting to visit. Like the most recent interpack in 1993 180 to 200 visitors are expected for the seven-day show May 9 to 15 at Messe Dsseldorf Fairgrounds; show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. More than 2 exhibits will encompass 15 separate exhibition halls.

As always the attendance numbers and the space the show occupies are staggering. However it's important to point out that European show attendance includes exhibitors and the public. Expositions in Europe do not limit entry to business people only. And again this year interpack 96 will devote two complete exhibit halls and parts of two others to manufacturers of machinery exclusively for confectioners.

Qualifiers aside packaging machinery will fill nine exhibit halls (covering 1.4 million sq') and packaging materials and packages will be displayed in more than three halls. As overwhelming as this sounds keep in mind that Messe Dsseldorf is different from conventional U.S. exhibition sites. It's a self-contained 145-acre campus that includes conference and banquet rooms travel and transportation agencies a selection of restaurants shops banks and a post office.

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This show is truly international in scope. Over half of the exhibitors (55%) are from companies outside Germany nearly the same percentage of attendees. In fact U.S. visitors outnumber foreign attendees from all countries except The Netherlands and France. Visitors from the U.S. will be especially welcomed at the U.S. pavilion in Hall 10 cosponsored by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute. U.S. travel arrangements to Dsseldorf and for side trips can be made through Arrington Travel Center (Phone: 800/200-6338).

Just as co-locating of shows is becoming common in the U.S. interpack has for the second time attracted METPACK '96 an international trade show for food and beverage canmaking. METPACK (see p. 39 for more details) is scheduled for May 7 to 11 in Essen Germany just a half-hour from Messe Dsseldorf by car or train.

Conferences on environment

As befits such a gathering of packaging specialists interpack 96 is surrounded by a variety of conferences and seminars.

May 9: The International Symposium on Packaging and the Environment will be held at the Congress Center at the fairgrounds. Dr. Angela Merkel Germany's Minister for the Environment is the keynote speaker. Presentations will cover Germany's closed-loop recycling systems Duales Deutschland other European recycling programs and particularly the European Union directive on packaging.

May 10: The International Mechanical Engineering Forum also at the Congress Center will focus on "Opportunities in the Growing Asian Market."

In addition other organizations plan to hold conferences coincident with interpack 96:

May 7-8: Nova-Pack '96 sponsored by Schotland Business Research (Phone: 609/466-9191) will concentrate on polyethylene terephthalate packaging innovations for food and beverages. It will be held at the Dsseldorf Hilton Hotel.

May 8: AmeriPack will discuss the global transfer of packaging technology. It's sponsored by the Institute of Packaging Professionals (Phone: 800/432-4085) and will be held at Hotel Nikko in Dsseldorf.

May 8-9: METPACK '96 Congress is scheduled to be held in Essen Germany the site of METPACK the International Trade Fair for Metal Packaging (see p. 39). The Congress is sponsored by Packaging Strategies (Phone: 610/436-4220). A list of exhibitors of interest to U.S. packagers follows.

U.S. exhibitors

A substantial number of U.S. manufacturers will be exhibiting at interpack 96 among them:

Action Packaging Automation

Alcoa Zepf

AlliedSignal Inc.

Automatic Liquid Packaging

Autoprod Inc.

Better Packages

Cortec

Cozzoli Machine

Diagraph Corp.

Do-It Corp.

Doboy Packaging Machinery

Douglas Machine

Econocorp Inc.

EG&G Instruments

Electro Cam Corp.

ELF Machines

Elmar Industries

Felins Inc.

George D. Woody & Associates

Glue Fast Equipment Co.

Hartness Intl.

Hueck Foils

Inkjet Inc.

R. A. Jones & Co.

Key Technology

Kirby Lester Inc.

Klockner-Bartelt Inc.

Koch Supplies

Kwik Lok Corp.

W. A. Lane Inc.

Lasertechnics

Marsh Co.

Mateer-Burt Co.

McBrady Eng.

Metal Edge Intl.

Mocon/Modern Controls

Molded Fiber Glass Tray

New England Machinery

Optima Corp.

Osgood Industries

Pace Packaging

Packaging Machinery

Manufacturers Institute

Packaging World

Park Products

Peerless Machinery

Peters Machinery

Pinnacle Automation

Portola Packaging

PurePulse Technologies

Quadrel Labeling Systems

Sasib Packaging/The Paxall Group

Sencorp Systems Inc.

Shanklin Corp.

Sonoco Products

Stokes-Merrill

Styrotech Corp.

Taptone Div. of Benthos

Tops Engineering

Videojet Systems Intl.

Also exhibiting will be a large number of multinational companies that have affiliates in the U.S. including:

A-B-C Packaging

ACMA

Alcan

All Fill

Alpha Dot

Amplas

Angelus Machine

Anker Machine

Applied Holographics

Automated Packaging

Avery Label

Balluff

Bausch & Stroebel

Bradman-Lake

Bekum Machinery

BFB

Bizerba

Bilwinco

Blueprint Automation

Boekels

Robert Bosch

BP Chemicals

Branson Ultrasonics

BWI Fords Holmatic

BWI Inex

BWI KP Aerofill

Cape Systems

Cavanna

CHEP

Cintex

Combi

Continental Can

Continental PET

Courtalds Films

Cyklop

Dubuit Machines

Enercon

Erca

Esselte Meto

Fawema

Flexicon

Focke Co.

fp Packaging

Fuji Seal

Garvens Automation

Gasti

GE Plastics

Genpack

Luigi Goglio

Graseby

Haendler & Naterman

Hassia

Hayssen

Heat & Control

Hema Intl.

Heuft Systems

Hoechst

ICI

Ilapak

Adolf Illig

IMA Packaging

Imaje

Interroll

Intersleeve

Intralox

Ishida

ITW Dynatech

IWK Packaging

Jagenberg

Johnson Controls

Kallfass

Kalish

KHS Machine

Kisters Machine

Klockner Haensel

Klockner Pentaplast

Krones

Kuraray

Lamiflex

Langen

Langguth

Lawson Mardon

Leuze Electronic

Loma

Longford

Lumonics

Markem

Mead

Mettler Toledo

Mobil Plastics

Moellers Machinery

MSK Packaging

Multivac

Nefab

The New Resina Corp.

Newtec

Norden

Nordson

Ocme

OK Intl.

Packaging Technologies

Pactec

Padlocker

Paper Converting

Perstorp

Pfankuch

Piab

Piepenbrock

Posimat

Rexam Medical

Rexnord

Remy Equipment

rommelag

Rosenlew

Rose Forgrove

Rovema

Safeline

Sartorius

Sato

Scheidegger

Gerhard Schubert

Seidenader Machine

Christian Senning

Serac

Sidel

SIG

Signode

Soco System

Sollas

Spear

Strapack

Strapex

Superfos

System Print

Tetra Laval

Tipper Tie

Uhlmann

United Paper Mills

Valco

Videojet

Weber Marking

Weckerle

The West Co.

White Cap

Willett

Windmoeller & Hoelscher

Woodman

Yamato Scale

Zalkin

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