ICE Europe 2017 closes with increase in international audience
The 10th International Converting Exhibition, ICE Europe 2017, closed its doors last Thursday, after three successful show days full of international business activities, networking and live demonstrations of the latest converting solutions. For the first time prizes have been awarded in an official awards ceremony to four exhibiting companies for best practice and technological excellence.
Once again, ICE Europe was a magnet for converting specialists from all over the world. A total of 6,850 visitors from 68 countries attended the show. With 429 exhibitors from 28 countries, covering a net exhibition space of 11,000 m2, this year’s ICE Europe remained unchanged with respect to size compared to the previous show. Exhibitor and visitor numbers have marginally decreased by 2% each compared to the record event in 2015. A first analysis of the exhibitor feedback shows that a vast majority of the participating companies were highly satisfied with the results of this year’s exhibition. They praised the high quality of trade visitors and reported large numbers of international business contacts.
With its high degree in international attendance, the 10th edition of the leading international exhibition for paper, film and foil converting reflected the importance of global business contacts for the converting industry: 45% of exhibitors and 49% of visitors were from outside Germany; an all-time record in international attendance.
The biggest exhibitor countries after Germany were Italy, Great Britain, Switzerland, the USA, France and the Netherlands. Top ten visitor countries were Germany, Italy, Austria, Poland, Switzerland, Great Britain, France, Spain, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands.