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FACHPACK 2024: trailblazer and driving force for the industry

When FACHPACK takes place in Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 24 to 26 September, the long-standing trade fair will once again provide a compact yet comprehensive insight into all relevant issues in the packaging industry.

FACHPACK is set to be the key gathering in Europe this year for the packaging industry and its users. When it takes place in Exhibition Centre Nuremberg from 24 to 26 September, the long-standing trade fair will once again provide a compact yet comprehensive insight into all relevant issues in the packaging industry, in keeping with its theme "Transition in Packaging".

In 11 exhibition halls, around 1,400 exhibitors will showcase innovative packaging solutions for industrial and consumer goods from a wide range of segments. The most pressing and simultaneously most interesting topic for the industry is the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWR) that was adopted at the end of April. Here too, FACHPACK will provide answers to questions about issues like recyclability, reusability and the use of recycled materials.

Exhibitors will be presenting the latest technologies and packaging solutions of day-to-day relevance for numerous sectors like food, luxury foods and beverages, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, chemicals, healthcare, non-food, pet food and other consumer goods. Visitors from segments like automotive, technical articles, medical technology and other industrial goods will also flock to Nuremberg in September.

A special feature of FACHPACK is that it is a "working" trade fair with a hands-on mindset. The aim is for the community to tackle the issues together. In Nuremberg, ideas for innovative and sustainable packaging solutions and concrete approaches are developed when people listen to forum presentations, discuss things with their peers, network with one another and think outside the box. This is the very essence of FACHPACK and in keeping with its motto "We create the future".

To provide orientation and new impetus for the key issues and changes in the packaging industry, FACHPACK 2024 will focus on the powerful trends that are currently affecting the sector and reflect the event theme "Transition in Packaging". Sustainability is at the forefront, and in this context, of course, the recently adopted EU Packaging Directive PPWR.

This regulation's ambitious goal is to reduce waste and lower environmental pollution. Companies are being urged to invest in new and more environmentally compatible solutions. Greater transparency for consumers through improved labelling requirements is now also mandatory. So far, so good. However, considerable criticisms about the legislation have also been raised by various industry players, for example regarding the practical feasibility of the required recyclability and use of recyclates, particularly in food contact applications. The burden on SMEs is another criticism. The PPWR is therefore a balancing act between ecological responsibility and economic viability that will largely set the course for future European environmental and economic policy. At FACHPACK, this topic will be much discussed and hotly debated.

At FACHPACK, there is therefore a clear focus on sustainability and the future viability of the sector, not just at the exhibition stands but also in the diverse supporting programme with its interesting presentations and discussions in the PACKBOX, INNOVATIONBOX and SOLPACK (powered by pacoon) forums, inspiring special shows and awards ceremonies. The topics covered include the circular economy, managing the PPWR requirements, brands and consumer behaviours, automation and AI, man and machine, alternative packaging solutions, new fibre raw materials, and innovations and technological developments. Scientific projects and potential solutions for various industry issues will also be explored. The programme offers a wealth of topics that no packaging professional can afford to miss out on.

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