Packaging trade fair, Interpack 2017, drew over 170,000 visitors to Dusseldorf where the show was held over the 6-day period of 4-10 May.
According to organisers, of the number of visitors, 74% travelled from abroad, three quarters of whom were “decision makers”.
Over 2,860 companies exhibited at the event, with some deals concluded at the event ranging within the 7-digit figure.
Among the top trends were digitalisation, industry 4.0 and sustainability at this year’s event.
According to the organisers, demand for efficient personalised packaging and as well as issues such as traceability have contributed to the rise of digitalisation and industry 4.0 trends.
“Furthermore, the modular design of packaging machines and process lines and optimised digital operating concepts play a pivotal role in order to reduce complexity in manufacturing and achieve the highest degree of flexibility possible for changing batch sizes or product versions,” said Interpack in a press release 10 May.
Bosch Packaging Technology was one of the major exhibitors that displayed a number of digital solutions in food and healthcare packaging segments.
Among many, the Stuttgart, Germany-based company showcased its Contiline, a seamless bar packaging system, that can pack up to 1,500 bars per minute throughout the entire system – from feeding to primary packaging up to cartoning.
In terms of Industry 4.0, the company makes use of several connected technologies offering its customers solutions from different areas. These include remote support from Bosch experts, live condition monitoring of machines and interactive maintenance support.
Another German technology company, Siemens AG, displayed its products under the motto "innovation in packaging – Benefits of digitalisation".
The focus of Siemens AG's exhibition was directed toward innovative automation solutions for packaging machines, such as its ‘multi-carrier-system’.
In the new machine concepts, according to Siemens, speed, efficiency, individuality and flexibility are in accordance with each other.
Siemens also presented its cloud-based open IoT operating system, MindSphere, in the field of digital services.
According to Interpack, some companies also focused on virtual reality applications that allow machines or equipment to be experienced “holistically”.
The sustainability theme also remained a key topic during the event, with companies presenting improved resource efficiency in terms of both the material used and manufacturing processes.