Record success for Packaging Innovations 2014
The UK’s biggest packaging show, Packaging Innovations, attracted 6004 unique visitors over the two days, an 18 percent increase on last year, with 77 percent of exhibitors rebooking onsite for next year’s show.
The show which took place at Birmingham’s NEC, 26 - 27 February, 2014, included packaging buyers from major names such as GlaxoSmithKline, Lush Cosmetics, Heineken, Britvic Soft Drinks, Danone, Asda and Proctor & Gamble; exhibitors where delighted with the buzz and the visitor footfall from the moment the doors opened.
Alison Church, Event Director at easyFairs UK Ltd, commented: “We couldn’t be more thrilled with how the show went last week – an easyFairs record breaker. The show was lively from start to finish, with both visitor and exhibitor numbers up, we are in a great position to take the show to new heights next year. 2015 will be an even bigger year for us, as the show will be celebrating its 10th edition, so it’s an exciting time for those who are involved with the show.”
Derek Payne, Director of Dubble Bubble Ltd, visiting the show, remarked: “Packaging Innovations NEC is without doubt the premier show for packaging innovations. It brings together all aspects of packaging and print, under the general umbrella of innovation. This show is not about today, it showcases what’s about to happen tomorrow. We are so impressed that we will be exhibiting next year, with our own packaging innovation.”
Packaging Innovations was co-located with six other shows: Ecopack, Contract Pack, Packtech, Print Innovations, Labelling Innovations, and Converting with product launches happening in each. Bag Re:Born launched a new eco-innovation for the carrier bag market; i-Sub Digital successfully rolled out its exclusive Digi-Foil system, which creates colour-accurate mock-ups in under ten minutes; plus Folding carton manufacturer, Benson Group, unveiled its new range of food-to-go products under the Benson Delilicious brand name.
Hayley Mustad, Key Account Manager, at IBIS Packaging Solutions, exhibiting at the show, said: “The footfall this year has been great, with key decision makers from blue chip companies coming onto the stand. Great show, so much so we have booked for 2015, and gone for a bigger stand!”
Also exhibiting at the show was Mark Baker-Homes, Director of Business Development at Intec Printing Solutions, who remarked: “It’s refreshing to see so much interest and demand for the packaging and labelling market. We had blue chip companies coming onto the stand, but also start-ups looking to get into packaging with genuine enthusiasm, which is great to see. We could not have asked for a better show and the easyFairs team is great – they provide fantastic show support, and realise the true value of business. We’ll certainly be here next year.”
The event included a two-day comprehensive free-to-attend learnShops seminar programme, with world-class speakers from DHL Supply Chain, Iceland Foods, The Barts Ingredients TM Co Ltd, Recoup, Marks and Spencer, Wilkinson, Tesco, and Oloves.
Topping the bill was packaging Guru Lars Wallentin, Founder of packagingsense.com, who remarked on the importance of consumer communication within the industry:
"Your brand's positioning determines what you are going to do. Clear positioning will help you define that 'big idea', otherwise you are only selling on price. Whatever we do - whether it's telling a story through packaging or creating an opening ritual, such as Corona and lime or Oreo with its twist, lick, dunk ritual - it's important to create a synergy between the brand and the consumer. In the world of packaging where creativity is endless, it's essential to communicate your message, rather than using your logo to sell. Change the information on your packaging into real communication."
On the second day, Julia Cole, UK and Ireland Marketing Manager at HP, and Trevor Smith from Amberley Adhesive Labels, demonstrated how digital can help brands create a more personal relationship with consumers. Cole remarked: “More brands than ever are engaging directly with the consumer and can utilise the benefits of digital printing to achieve this. As brands learn of the capabilities of digital printing for packaging, they will begin to leverage those techniques that differentiate their products and drive sales by extending their marketing campaigns in to the packaging itself. Shorter runs, just in time delivery and minimal inventory are all key factors in reducing costs and reducing the time to market and digital can help make this possible.”
In addition, the show featured the BIG Print Debate, where Reproflex3, Iceland Foods, Faraday, Print Week and Elmwood London debated: ‘Latest print technologies – gimmick or sound ROI?’. There was a general consensus that there are opportunities for band owners to employ these new printing techniques, but must take care, and to only use them to provide relevant and useful information.
The next UK packaging event in 2014 takes place at the Business Design Centre in London on 30 September and 1 October 2014 focusing on its two strong concepts – Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging - making it the capital’s most exciting and inspirational showcase for everything new and exclusive in packaging design.
Packaging Innovations, Empack and Label&Print will also take place at Birmingham’s NEC on 25 and 26 February in 2015.
Companies interested in exhibiting at Packaging Innovations 2014 can find out more about booking a stand by calling the packaging team on +44 (0)20 8843 8821 or emailing [email protected].
Biden establishes Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force
The US government is to establish a new body with the express purpose of addressing imbalances and other supply chain concerns highlighted in a review of the sector, ordered by President Joe Biden shortly after his inauguration.
The Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force will “focus on areas where a mismatch between supply and demand has been evident,” the White House said. The division will be headed up by the Secretaries of Commerce, Transportation, and Agriculture, and will focus on housing construction, transportation, agriculture and food, and semiconductors - a drastic shortage of which has hit some of the US economy’s biggest industries in consumer technology and vehicle manufacturing.
“The Task Force will bring the full capacity of the federal government to address near-term supply/demand mismatches. It will convene stakeholders to diagnose problems and surface solutions - large and small, public or private - that could help alleviate bottlenecks and supply constraints,” the White House said.
In late February, President Biden ordered a 100 day review of the supply chain across the key areas of medicine, raw materials and agriculture, the findings of which were released this week. While the COVID-19 health crisis had a deleterious effect on the nation’s supply chain, the published assessment of findings says the root cause runs much deeper. The review concludes that “decades of underinvestment”, alongside public policy choices that favour quarterly results and short-term solutions, have left the system “fragile”.
In response, the administration aims to address four key issues head on, strengthening its position in health and medicine, sustainable and alternative energy, critical mineral mining and processing, and computer chips.
Support domestic production of critical medicines
- A syndicate of public and private entities will jointly work towards manufacturing and onshoring of essential medical suppliers, beginning with a list of 50-100 “critical drugs” defined by the Food and Drug Administration.
- The consortium will be led by the Department of Health and Human Services, which will commit an initial $60m towards the development of a “novel platform technologies to increase domestic manufacturing capacity for API”.
- The aim is to increase domestic production and reduce the reliance upon global supply chains, particularly with regards to medications in short supply.
Secure an end-to-end domestic supply chain for advanced batteries
- The Department of Energy will publish a ‘National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries’, beginning a 10 year plan to "develop a domestic lithium battery supply chain that combats the climate crisis by creating good-paying clean energy jobs across America”.
- The effort will leverage billions in funding “to finance key strategic areas of development and fill deficits in the domestic supply chain capacity”.
Invest in sustainable domestic and international production and processing of critical minerals
- An interdepartmental group will be established by the Department of Interior to identify sites where critical minerals can be produced and processed within US borders. It will collaborate with businesses, states, tribal nations and stockholders to “expand sustainable, responsible critical minerals production and processing in the United States”.
- The group will also identify where regulations may need to be updated to ensure new mining and processing “meets strong standards”.
Partner with industry, allies, and partners to address semiconductor shortages
- The Department of Commerce will increase its partnership with industry to support further investment in R&D and production of semiconductor chips. The White House says its aim will be to “facilitate information flow between semiconductor producers and suppliers and end-users”, improving transparency and data sharing.
- Enhanced relationships with foreign allies, including Japan and South Korea will also be strengthened with the express proposed of increasing chip output, promoting further investment in the sector and “to promote fair semiconductor chip allocations”.