This year’s Packaging Innovations & Empack apparently hosted 454 suppliers across the Packaging Innovations, Empack, and Contract Pack & Fulfilment events, with attendees presenting compostable packaging solutions, paper bubble wrap, and more at the event.

With a reported 6,900 visitors attending the event, Easyfairs says the three event stages saw 71 speakers across the two days including ex-Dyson principal engineer Ben Edmonds, with his talk on the Innovation & Design stage about innovation in the workplace. At the same time, sustainability consultant to global brands and retailers Steve Lister spoke on the Circular Economy Stage with his presentation on the key stages of sustainability for packaging, why sustainability matters, how sustainability has evolved, and the key trends in 2024.

TIPA Compostable Packaging showcased its compostable packaging solutions at Packaging Innovations. Gary Tee, head of sales Europe for TIPA, said:

“We chose this event because of the audience we could put ourselves in front of. If you’re not in the market talking and sharing information, then people don’t know what you have to offer, and this event allows us to do that. The technical aspect of what you sell is important, but knowing how that fits in and the benefits it can bring further down the process is vital.”

Elsewhere, LEIPA Group’s Papair, said to produce the first bubble wrap made from 100% paper, was crowned winner of the Innovation Gallery and the most innovative packaging project of the past 12 months, while Lucy Boston, head of marketing & communication at Carlton Packaging; Chris Yapp, director at Tri-Locker; and Abigail Sawyer-Parker, packaging technologist at ProAmpac, walked away with a Future Trailblazer award for their contributions to the future of packaging.

“It really has been a fantastic two days!” said Naomi Stewart, marketing manager at Easyfairs. “The atmosphere across the show has been electric, and there has just been this determination to make things happen and do business right from the get-go.

“Everywhere you look, big brands are getting around the table with often multiple suppliers to work out plans, knowledge and ideas are being shared around every corner, and when you distil all of that and more, there’s just a tangible sense of pride in the contribution that our industry makes to the everyday lives of people across the globe.

“Feedback has already been so positive from exhibitors and the visitors who turned out in their droves. 2024 proved that the offer to see things, talk directly to manufacturers, network and listen to the latest trends remains a huge pull.

“More exciting plans are already afoot for 2025, and we will announce those in due course, but for now, we are all ears to feedback, as listening has always been at the core of our ability to serve the packaging community better.”

Later this year the UK will see the return of London Packaging Week, scheduled for 11-12th September and covering four events: Packaging Première for luxury packaging; PCD for perfume, cosmetics and personal care packaging; PLD for premium drinks packaging and Food & Consumer Pack for food and consumer goods packaging.

IFE Manufacturing 2024 will also take place at ExCeL London on 25-27th March 2024; and Thomas Fricke, IMA Pharma Commercial Director & IMA Safe Pharma & Cosmetic Sales and Marketing Director, recently spoke to Packaging Europe about IMA’s presence at ACHEMA, a significant event for the international process industries and their suppliers.

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