Corbella observed that the continued growth of contract packaging is among the trends that Ipack-Ima's sponsors would like the event to address. "According to Rodney Steele of the British Contract Manufacturers and Packers Association, 75 percent of items sold in Europe are not packaged by the brand owner," he said.
Four major shows will all be running concurrently at the Fiera Milano, said Corbella. Alongside of Ipack-Ima, there will be Grafitalia, Converflex, and Plast. Total number of exhibitors is expected to be 4,000, and attendance for all four shows is pegged at 150,000.
Meanwhile, visitors at interpack in the first two days of the April 24-30 event numbered 56,000, a new high for the first two days.
--By Pat Reynolds, Editor, Packaging World