IPACK-IMA in full preparation


Together with the collocated events, IPACK-IMA will occupy almost the entire tradeshow centre in Milan (photo: IPACK-IMA)
Together with the collocated events, IPACK-IMA will occupy almost the entire tradeshow centre in Milan (photo: IPACK-IMA)

IPACK-IMA and MEAT-TECH, due to be held from 29 May to 1 June, are nearly sold out and are expecting to see greater numbers of international visitors. New services and a focus on topical issues are attracting the attention of industry players.

The forthcoming exhibitions IPACK-IMA and MEAT-TECH 2018, organised by Ipack-Ima Srl (the exhibition management company set up as a joint venture by the Italian packaging machinery manufacturers’ association UCIMA and Fiera Milano), were presented to exhibitors last February at the Club House in the Fiera Milano exhibition centre in Milan, Italy.

Riccardo Cavanna and Domenico Lunghi, respectively chairman and managing director of Ipack-Ima Srl, outlined the new features of the programme to the more than 100 people present. The 2018 edition will mark a turning point for the two shows, which are set to be larger, more international in scope and packed with more innovative content than ever before.

Four months before the show opening, more than 90% of the exhibition space had already been assigned to leading Italian and international companies. The two events are growing in terms of both occupied space and number of exhibitors.IPACK-IMA in particular will extend over eight halls divided up according to exhibitor business communities or the specific types of products.

Offerings will also include machinery, equipment and devices relevant to different product sectors. Technologies for labelling, coding & tracking will be located in hall 14 while companies operating in the end-of-linestage will occupy halls 6 and 10, complemented by the products showcased at Intralogistica Italia, the event devoted to internal logistics organised by Deutsche Messe and Ipack-Ima. Last but not least, a new satellite show focused on innovative materials and premium packaging called IPACK-MAT will be making its debut at IPACK-IMA 2018 in hall 14. The leading companies in the field of technologies for automation and robotics will also be present at IPACK-IMA.

The circular economy and sustainability will take centre stage in the space organised by Conai, while the products competing for the Packaging Oscar will be displayed in the area set up by the Italian Institute of Packaging.

Other transversal themes that will be explored through dedicated events and product offerings will include anti-counterfeiting and serialisation in the food, fashion and personal care sectors. Production specifications for “free from” food and sanitary design, own brands and private labels will also be amongst the offerings targeted at food and beverage industry companies.

IPACK-IMA and MEAT-TECH will also benefit from being held concurrently with the other exhibitions in the Innovation Alliance, namely Plast, Print4All and Intralogistica Italia, which together will occupy a net exhibition space of more than 140 000m2 extending over almost the entire Rho-Fiera Milano exhibition centre. A single entrance ticket granting admission to all five shows will simplify attendance for visitors.

The Innovation Alliance is also expecting around 1000 selected buyers who have been invited to the five trade fairs with the support of the Italian Ministry for Economic Development and the Italian Trade Agency ITA. In particular, IPACK-IMA and MEAT-TECH will host buyers from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South America and the United States.