The trade show date in March remains unchanged
Following the recent relaxation of covid and travel restrictions in many European countries, trade show organizer Mack-Brooks Exhibitions has confirmed that the three jointly scheduled spring trade shows for the converting, paper and printing industries will go ahead as planned. “ICE Europe,” “CCE International” and “Inprint Munich” will open their doors to trade show visitors at the Munich exhibition center from March 15 to 17, 2022 – simultaneously and face-to-face. This will end a long dry spell for the converting, paper and printing industries.
“We can’t wait to finally welcome our exhibitors and visitors back to the trade shows,” says Patrick Herman, trade show director for Converting, Paper and Printing, on behalf of organizer Mack-Brooks Exhibitions. Of course, we can’t rule out all eventualities, but a lot would have to happen before there would be a postponement. So for the first time since the pandemic began, converting, printing and finishing professionals will have the opportunity to reconnect directly with their technology providers and peers.”
New this year, “ICE Europe”, “CCE International” and “Inprint Munich” will be held in parallel as part of the exhibition collective, with an enormous array of printing, paper and converting solutions for a wide range of manufacturing sectors. Trade visitors enjoy full access to all exhibition booths on the total net exhibition area of more than 13,500 square meters. This allows them to benefit from a unique range of solutions and increased synergies among suppliers. In total, more than 460 international companies will present their latest machines, components and services that can be used to optimize production processes or product properties.
A large proportion of the “ICE Europe”, “CCE International” and “Inprint Munich” visitors work in similar industrial sectors, for example packaging, plastics and paper, consumer electronics, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, food and beverages, transport and logistics, mechanical engineering, textiles and furniture. The challenge is the same everywhere: to always be ready and able to respond to the latest market trends and market demands within the shortest possible time, caused by the permanent acceleration of retail and online trade.
“There is an ongoing need for creative and customized products with specific performance features for specific end-uses, often including digital elements. To keep up, manufacturers need to invest in new solutions, such as new surface treatments or mechanical processes to improve the functionality or certain properties of products. High efficiency and sustainability are becoming increasingly important, both in terms of the manufacturing process and the end product,” explains Patrick Herman.
“So a typical ‘ICE Europe’ or ‘CCE International’ visitor may first be looking for a clever converting solution to produce a fully recyclable packaging blank. At the same time, however, he will also have technical challenges further down his production line in mind and will be looking to keep the entire production process as lean and environmentally friendly as possible, for example by adding an integrated printing solution for labeling or decorating his finished film, paper or board product – and that’s exactly the kind of solution he will find right next door at ,Inprint Munich’!”
To help ease the time-consuming search for suitable technology providers, a new AI-powered matchmaking service: this suggests relevant people to contact and helps buyers network more intelligently. This makes it easier for attendees to prepare for their visit to the show and make efficient use of their time onsite. The new matchmaking service covers all three trade shows and ensures that visitors can make direct contact with all suppliers of interest – regardless of whether they are exhibiting at “ICE Europe”, “CCE International” or “Inprint Munich”.
All three events follow a robust set of measures to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved. Over the past few months, Mack-Brooks Exhibitions and event partner Messe München have impressively demonstrated on several occasions that they are capable of managing major trade events in a Covid-safe manner, including the November edition of “Inter Airport Europe,” an international trade show with more than 10,000 attendees. “Our experience in event management enables our trade show teams to proactively take care of the Covid security of our trade events according to the currently valid protection guidelines. At the same time, we are able to change our security and admission procedures on short notice if necessary,” explains Patrick Herman. “We will ensure safe and responsible execution to make this event a successful milestone for all show attendees and show teams.”