Show Time!

Stuart Pritchard January 26, 2016

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Pack your bag and grab your badge, February is almost upon us and with it comes the need to head to the NEC as the Packaging Innovations Show returns to Brum…

Packaging Innovations, the UK’s leading packaging event, returns to Birmingham’s NEC on 24th & 25th February 2016, alongside Empack and Label&Print, covering the whole packaging spectrum. Visitors can expect to discover an abundance of product launches and new

Packaggedon is set to start in Brum...

Packaggedon is set to start in Brum…

packaging solutions, in addition to a wealth of first time and international exhibitors.

The show, which is committed to bringing the UK packaging industry together, will demonstrate the most advanced innovations, inspire new developments and look at the latest machinery. Contract packers and manufacturers will also have opportunity to promote their services at Contract Pack and new sustainability features at Ecopack.

Gerry Sherwood, Event Director for Easyfairs’ UK Packaging Portfolio, says: “Our shows play a pivotal role within the UK’s packaging market, pioneering the latest innovations and looking into the future of branded and inspirational packaging. Recent reports showed that the packaging industry is currently worth $424 billion globally, of which Europe contributes $127 billion. It is therefore vital for shows like ours to continue leading the way, ensuring we are producing the very best in order to stay competitive. I can’t wait to see what the 2016 show has to offer!”

TAKE THE FLOOR

As always, innovation is set to take centre stage on the show floor, with numerous exhibitors using the show to present new products and solutions to key decision makers and senior packaging figures. For instance, Fantastak will be launching its SuperRoller. It is the latest development in industrial adhesive tape application, holding up to 75 metres of double sided adhesive tape. It features a cartridge form re-

Back to school at the Learnshop

Back to school at the Learnshop

fill, which means no threading and faster tape changing. Skanem will be launching its new intelligent labels, which will enable consumers to interact directly with the brand, brand owners and its retailers, using smartphone technology. Skanem will also debut its new peel ‘n’ read label with multicolour pages on the inside.

Hamilton Adhesive Labels, meanwhile, will be introducing its successful installation of its latest MPS EF Series UV Flexo Multi Colour Printing Press; with many new features, including the ability to produce Multi-layer six page labels, ‘Quick Change’ set-up and Job Memory, delivering very high-quality labels.

CS Labels will be using the show to present two new products to the packaging market, firstly, its stand-up pouches, printed digitally using Xeikon technology, making it the only company in the world that can perform this action successfully at the moment. Secondly its heat transfer products, which are printed on a roll then applied using heat.

Roisbros will be there to present a new series of boxes for hot and cold food portions, salads and oily products called the Special Delivery series. Features include six-corners, leak-proof and collapsible, making it more cost-effective in terms of transport and warehousing costs compared to conical boxes. Whilst Beardow Adams will be showcasing its major new innovation, the BAMFutura 50’s range – the most technologically advanced adhesive in packaging, offering the broadest spectrum of hot and cold temperature resistance. It also has a low odour and is quick setting.

DISPLAY AWAY

Simply Cartons will be displaying the capabilities of its new press, which offers eight colours, giving more design options. It can produce spot

Shoulder-to-shoulder in the aisles

Shoulder-to-shoulder in the aisles

varnishes with super tight registration and depth of colour, plus it can now print directly onto APET. Addressing & Mailing Solutions will be launching AMS Ilumina, its new heavy stock printer, which has the ability to print on stock up to 500gsm, and A-Safe will be showing its new rack protection solution, iFlex RackGuards. It will also display its new range of pedestrian guardrails and vehicle check systems, which are made from a new material Memaplex; a robust, flexible polyolefin blend of eight materials and rubber additives that flexes on impact, before absorbing and dissipating the impact force.

Specialists in high performance paper cushion packaging, Easypack, will be using the show to launch its Spiral Pro dispenser, which delivers high volumes of 100% recycled void fill paper packaging in seconds, whilst Kite Packaging is utilising Empack 2016 to raise its profile within the industry. Not only is it taking the largest stand ever seen by Easyfairs, but it will also introduce its range of new products to the UK market.

LISTEN UP

New for 2016 will be an array of show features, including The Great Innovation Debate, The Innovation Showcase and The Rising Star Scheme. Plus, show favourites including The BIG Print Debate, the Drinks, Pharmaceutical and Retail Symposiums will all be returning due to popular demand.

There will also be a full Learnshops programme, featuring a prestigious line-up of packaging and brand professionals, with Keynote speakers including Weetabix, Innocent Drinks, Kraft Heinz, Britvic, Taylors of Harrogate, John Lewis, Wilkos, JML Group, The Body Shop, SABMiller plc and Quorn Foods. This high-level, yet highly practical, free to attend two-day programme will run throughout the event, also featuring experts from Quintessential Brands, Little Fingers Organic Baby Food, Sun Branding Solutions, Cambridge Design Partnership and branding agency, Hornall Anderson.

For anyone interested in visiting, free registration can be found at www.easyfairs.com/PIUK, www.easyfairs.com/EmpackUK and www.easyfairs.com/Label&PrintUK or via the show team on +44 (0)20 8843 8800 or PackagingUK@easyfairs.com.