interpack Processes and Packaging 2008 was a source of excellent business for the 2,744 exhibitors and 179,000 visitors for the exhibition that ran April 24 to 30 in Düsseldorf, Germany. As a result of contracts and leads, 97% of the participating companies have indicated their intention to exhibit at the next interpack in 2011.
Similarly, of the visitors surveyed, 97% also gave interpack 2008 top marks.
“We have been able to harness the upbeat mood in the run-up to the event and translate it into a basis for closing business deals,” says Wilhelm Niedergöker, managing director of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH
The proportion of visitors attending from outside Germany increased to 62%, with 121 countries represented. Attendees arriving from European countries (62%) were in the majority, but those from Asian nations (20%), and the Indian subcontinent in particular, were well represented. Visitors from South and Central America, for example, similarly made their presence felt.
Some 78% of visitors were interested in process technologies and machinery for packaging as well as packaging production. The second largest segment at interpack Processes and Packaging 2008 – packaging materials and packaging – also accounted for half of the fair's visitors.
One popular segment was the “Bioplastics in Packaging” area that highlighted 40 participating companies. Visitor interest in sustainable plastic materials as a complement to established materials was enormous and promises a further growth spurt in this market.
interpack 2011 is set for May 12 to 18. For more information, visit www.interpack.com.