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, 180ꯠ to 200ꯠ 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 2ꯠ 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.
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.
A substantial number of U.S. manufacturers will be exhibiting at interpack 96, among them:
Action Packaging Automation
Automatic Liquid Packaging
Doboy Packaging Machinery
Electro Cam Corp.
George D. Woody & Associates
Glue Fast Equipment Co.
R. A. Jones & Co.
Kirby Lester, Inc.
Kwik Lok Corp.
W. A. Lane, Inc.
Metal Edge Intl.
Molded Fiber Glass Tray
New England Machinery
Quadrel Labeling Systems
Sasib Packaging/The Paxall Group
Sencorp Systems, Inc.
Taptone, Div. of Benthos
Videojet Systems Intl.
Also exhibiting will be a large number of multinational companies that have affiliates in the U.S., including:
Bausch & Stroebel
BWI, Fords Holmatic
BWI, KP Aerofill
Haendler & Naterman
Heat & Control
The New Resina Corp.
United Paper Mills
The West Co.
Windmoeller & Hoelscher