The countdown has begun for the 12th and the 14th edition of ADF&PCD Paris. This year is again a turning point because the upcoming edition of ADF&PCD PARIS will be held on the 31st January and 1st February 2018 in a new, more spacious, highly functional area at the Porte de Versailles, Hall 7.

Christelle ANYA, ADF&PCD Event Director, backed by her entire team, is actively preparing this event at the beginning of the year. She answers three important questions.

How is the 2018 edition of ADF&PCD PARIS shaping up?

Everything is shaping up extremely well. Once again, the event will be full. 478 exhibitors have confirmed their attendance, including 129 newcomers, such as: 5 SEPT ETIQUETTES, ARCONVERT, CM SMART CONNECT, DB TECHNIQUE, GLASS SURFACE TECHNOLOGY, SINGULUS, TOLY, …

All these new companies are aiming for growth, and some of them have chosen ADF&PCD to preview their innovations.

After all these resoundingly successful editions, what are the new developments to further the progression of this event?

The format of the plenary conferences is changing this year. Our team has worked hard, conducting market research, meeting brands and industries, to understand their challenges and incorporate them into a high-level conference programme.

The round table discussions will address global trends in Europe and the world, customer relations and regulations, and, of course, sustainable development and innovation, leading topics at ADF&PCD.

A series of fascinating subjects will thus be proposed this year to attendees during these two days in the form of panel discussions where brands, design agencies and experts will come to describe their vision and stance.

Furthermore, you will discover new events at the heart of the exhibition, like the Accelerator Zone specifically dedicated to the start-ups selected on the strength of their innovations in terms of materials and/or substances, etc. These young companies have addressed environmental and/or economic issues, inter alia.

Or the Innovation & Technology Theatre, a conference area at the heart of the event, open to all, where exhibitors will showcase their new products in an interactive manner.

In 2016, Easyfairs bought the Pentawards to round off its global packaging event portfolio. As this event is now a component part of our group, we have set aside a dedicated area at ADF&PCD PARIS 2018 for the Pentawards; they are a permanent exhibition that travels around the world to present the prize winners and thus the most surprising, innovative packaging in the world.

The event will also be equipped with NFC+ technology!

Our exhibitors and visitors innovate, and so do we! All the attendees will thus be equipped with smart badges to collect digital information at exhibitor stands and receive a summary of their visit!

Tell us about the ADF&PCD AWARDS given at ADF&PCD?

It is true that they are another one of the event highlights. Every year, a few weeks before the event, the numerous products in competition are assessed according to the various criteria pertaining to their category by the members of the ADF and PCD Juries. These two days are packed with exchanges and debates; it is always a wonderful, very friendly moment, and a means to highlight progress in the industry and reward the teams that worked on these projects!

The award-winning products will be announced at the official ceremony – at the event - on the 31st January for ADF, at 16h45, and the 1st February for PCD, at 14h, in their respective conference halls. ADF&PCD PARIS 2018, a genuine platform for the industry, looks forward to welcoming you at the first, leading packaging event of the year.

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