Packaging Innovations has it covered the NEC 2014

Packaging Innovations, which takes place at the NEC on 26 and 27 February 2014, will be offering an array of product launches and packaging solutions, so whether it is food and drink packaging, industrial solutions, luxury, cosmetic or pharmaceutical packaging, this show has it covered.

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It will be jam-packed with over 350 exhibitors, and a full learnShops programme, spanning across every aspect of packaging delivered by world-class industry experts, such as Marks & Spencers, Procter & Gamble, Wilkinson, Iceland Foods, Tesco, Asda and olive brand Oloves. Plus there will be plenty of show floor ‘theatre’ in the form of The BIG Packaging Debate, one-to-one advice and the Lions’ Lair.

Show Exhibitors

International exhibitor, Schur Star Systems, will be launching its latest developments in the UK.

Epson will be demonstrating the Epson TM-C3500 colour label printer and the GP-C831, rugged inkjet, tractor feed label printer.

KTEC GROUP will be showcasing its extensive range of Primera label printers, revealing a whole host of label finishes for smaller producers right though to larger companies looking for greater production volume.

HP will be transforming its stand into a ‘digitally printed supermarket’. It will showcase the many consumer items that feature digitally printed labels and packaging that have been printed on HP Indigo Digital Presses.

Making its show debut is environmental start-up company, Bag Re:Born, with a new innovation for the carrier bags market.

Pollard Boxes will unveil its fully automatic Emmeci MC2012 MEB for the manufacture of high quality presentation boxes up to 330mm deep, ideal for luxury drinks packaging.

Plastique, which has been designing innovative thermoformed rigid plastic products for over 34 years, will be adding two new product offerings at the show.

If you are looking to reduce storage and shipping costs Airpack Systems will be showcasing its latest 100 per cent recyclable inflatable packaging solutions for fragile goods that need to be shipped through courier networks.

Those needing to source the latest cosmetic and pharmaceutical packaging will find plenty of expertise at the show with M&H Plastics, Measom Freer, Toly, Aptar Beauty + Home, Leo Luxe and Toly.

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Show Features

There will be a number of new show features. These include an Eye-Tracking Technology Feature, run by Campden BRI, providing a unique opportunity to see through the eye of the consumer, understand what drives their spending behaviour and store navigation. A new Recycling Clinic, run by Recoup, will feature experts providing free, one-to-one recycling advice; and additionally, a 3D Print Feature will enable designers, engineers and educators to test and perfect their work with 3D modelling.

To keep up with latest issues and trends there will be an array of free-to-attend learnShops seminars, with expert and case study speakers spanning the world of print and packaging. Headlining the exciting line-up of speakers will be packaging guru Lars Wallentin, drawing upon his experiences after a 40-year career at Nestlé as head of packaging design. Other key companies featured will be Procter & Gamble, Iceland, Tesco, Wilkinson, Asda and Oloves.

Sun Branding Solutions will present its case study on the redesign of Mondelez International’s European chewing gum brands Trident, Stimorol and Hollywood.

Also topping the bill will be Julia Cole, UK and Ireland Marketing Manager at Hewlett Packard and Trevor Smith from Amberley Adhesive Labels will be hosting a two part seminar.

chazMike Fairley, MD at Labels & Labelling Consultancy, will be discussing the latest print technologies – new brand and marketing opportunities, and building on the theme of labels Ian Schofield, Own Label Manager at Iceland Foods, will be looking at the packaging challenges for retail.

Plus, Steve Morgan from Recoup will give delegates a clear idea of the Plastics Recycling Agenda for 2014 looking at the UK’s progress against its plastic recycling targets and how this will be affecting compliance costs.

The BIG Packaging Debate will also be returning to the NEC, where a panel of packaging experts will form a lively Question Time style session, discussing whether packaging is designed for the consumer or for the supply chain.

Those interested in exploring what active and intelligent packaging can do for their brand can gain tailored and specific advice on the Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association stand. Furthermore, on the second day of the show, the BIG Print Debate will bring industry experts together to discuss whether the latest print technologies provide brands sound ROI or are simply a gimmick.

The 2014 event will feature seven co-located shows in total: Packaging Innovations, Ecopack, Contract Pack, Packtech, Print Innovations, Labelling Innovations and, new for 2014, Converting Innovations.

Visitor registration is free via the Packaging Innovations website www.easyFairs.com/PIUK

Companies interested in exhibiting at Packaging Innovations 2014 can find out more about booking a stand by calling the packaging team on 020 8843 8800 or emailing PackagingUK@easyFairs.com.