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Six events to be staged together in Milan

An extensive program is planned for May 19 to 23 as Ipack-Ima, Fruitech, Intralogistica Italia, Converflex, Grafitalia, and MeatTech will be staged together at Fieramilano in Milan, Italy.

Centrexpo/Ipack-Ima is combining all six of these shows in what it calls the largest, most comprehensive product and service display in the processing, packaging, logistics, converting, printing, and meat industries. The announcement was made today during a press briefing held at Process Expo in Chicago.

The main theme of the 2015 edition of Ipack-Ima is “Sustainable packaging for development.” It echoes the theme chosen for Expo Milano, the World’s Fair that is also being held in Milan from May through October.

“What we have made is a precise strategic choice,” says Guido Corbella, recently ratified as CEO of the Centrexpo/Ipack-Ima Group under Felice Rossini’s chairmanship. “Every three years we construct events capable of best serving the different publics attending our exhibitions. We plan to increasingly focus on our business communities, which grow to become full-fledged, specialized exhibitions as in the case with Fruitech. There are increasingly frequent connections and synergies across different industry sectors. Process automation, safety, and traceability are elements shared by virtually all supply chains. Being able to compare vertical solutions in each area together with the technological advances in related industries is an extraordinary opportunity that today only our group can offer.”

Today Centrexpo/Ipack-Ima is present in the world’s most important marketplaces. The Chinese and Indian markets are managed by the group’s own representative offices as well as through agreements with key partners, resulting in more market opportunities for exhibiting companies. In Russia, Centrexpo organizes and manages the participation of Italian companies in Upakovka-Upak Italia, an event staged in cooperation with Messe Dusseldorf. In Africa, Ipack-Ima will debut next year with a large-scale project: East Afripack in Nairobi, Kenya, featuring high-level partnerships including the East African Community, the Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development-Government of Kenya, and UNIDO.

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