PACKAGING: Best Feet Put Forward at Propak
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INDUSTRY expo Propak Cape 2008, held last month in Cape Town, showcased the latest in products, trends and innovations to a wide audience group from throughout the Cape and southern Africa.
Exhibition Manager, Michelle Bedser, says she’s delighted with the positive outcome of the show, knowing that 5 375 visitors, a number only slightly down from 2005, were “exposed to the latest and the best of what this innovative industry can produce.”
Due to exhibitor demand the available floor space was increased over the previous show and 160 exhibitors filled the hall, many taking larger stands than in previous shows to accommodate their new machinery and equipment, on show for the first time in many cases.
“Propak Cape created an environment for trading, sourcing of products, education and awareness across the entire spectrum of the combined industries,” says Bedser, “and many of our exhibitors have already signed for Propak Cape 2011 based on their successes achieved this year.”
Richard Appelgren, sales manager at Packaging World said there was “a good buzz with a steady flow of visitors,” and “we have about 150 good leads to follow up and have already booked for 2011.”
Charles Heyns, sales manager at HG Molenaar, said “Propak is the most well known show in South Africa in our industry and by participating we were able to build our brand and gained exposure to new, existing and potential customers.”
Vanessa Bowes, Marketing Manager at Robatech SA said the show “presented a great opportunity to network and to introduce new products and new innovative technology.”
In addition to providing the ideal platform for manufacturers and suppliers of the packaging, food processing, plastics, labelling and print industries to meet with visitors on neutral ground to further the interests of their respective business, it also highlighted once again the local industries commitment to not only world-class standards, but also sustainable environmental solutions as well.
This view was reinforced by other events taking place alongside the show, such as the breakfast seminar organised by the Institute of Packaging SA. Looking at packaging design with a focus on “keeping the end in mind” placed the spotlight on the need for efficient packaging recycling.
The feasibility and probability of materials being recycled has to be considered during the design stage, as there is a fine balance between focusing on protection for distribution and spoilage, and a focus on the environment. The breakfast brought industry leaders together to discuss these issues facing the local industry.
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