Packaging Innovations takes place twice a year, NEC in the spring and London in the autumn. They have very different flavours with the Birmingham event focusing more on the machinery, thus attracting an audience of those making packaging or perhaps using packing equipment. This has swollen in recent years to include labels and carton production, manufacturers often alongside converters.
Organiser Easyfairs in reality colocates five overlapping events which are colour coded to help visitors. There are also four stages for presentations and the obligatory content to site alongside the exhibitors. And the future role for plastics in packaging will surely be debated. The Education Hub makes its first appearance at the event(s) with the intention of providing information to youngsters thinking about a career in packaging.
Expect to see around 300 exhibitors over the two days.