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New solutions at Packaging Innovations

We take a look at some of the key exhibitors and new releases at this year’s exhibition

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This year’s exhibition is expected to attract 7,000 visitors with representatives from global brands

Taking place across Halls 6, 7, and 8 of the NEC in Birmingham, Packaging Innovations & Empack brings together 400 exhibitors to showcase new and existing offerings within the worlds of print, packaging, and commerce.

One company making its debut at the show is Zeus Packaging (Stand F54), which is showcasing its commitment to sustainability with a 100% recyclable modular exhibition stand, made from sustainably sourced paper-based materials.

The company is showcasing a range of food and beverage packaging as well as luxury packaging, point of sale units, retail bags, labels, e-commerce boxes, and transit packaging. 

Interestingly the stand is also being powered by a pedal bike in order to generate electricity for the lights and TV screen. This is running alongside its competition for visitors to win a brand-new GT Aggressor Sport bike.

Zeus is showcasing a range of packaging solutions at this year's exhibition

Paper-based Tear Tape

Also attending the event is Filtrona Tapes (Stand B80) which is showcasing its reimagined Supastrip Prism tear tape range alongside other solutions including Supastrip RE:CLOSE, VakTape, and the company’s ECO Range. 

The company’s presence at Packaging Innovations comes ahead of its inclusion at The Tape and Functional Film Expo (TFF Europe) in RAI Amsterdam where tapes innovation manager, Darren Crowder, is speaking about the company’s experience creating a paper-based tear tape. 

Speaking about the presence of Supastrip Prism, Sarah Rutland, market development manager at Filtrona, says: "Supastrip Prism is for brand owners seeking to visualise their potential and help customers quickly identify their product or brand.

"Likened to adding another layer of branding to your product, the Supastrip Prism collection combines the renowned easy opening credentials of Supastrip® tear tape with the high?impact of today's hologram technology.”

The company says its return to the NEC comes one year after its paper based Rippatape Halo was heralded as “one of the UK most innovative packaging solutions at Packaging Innovations & Empack 2023”.

Filtrona's Supastrip Prism tear tape

Rutland adds: "Rippatape Halo is the result of over four years of intensive research and development, and it’s fantastic to see a product based on a single ply, specialised coated paper with no plastic films or laminates, increasingly deployed across a range of industries.” 

Sustainability a Core Focus 
Also exhibiting is Kite Packaging (Stand A60), a supplier of a variety of packaging solutions, based in Coventry, England. 

The business is focusing on cartoning and case erecting, pallet handling and wrapping, and printing and labelling, with an array of void fill and palletisation solutions displayed.

Solutions include shredded papers, a range of SpeedMan dispensers, and Robopac Masterplat for visitors who want to test and trial packaging solutions.

AM Labels (Stand A54) is exhibiting new additions to its portfolio including solutions for manufacturing and warehouse automation, robotics, barcoding, and radio frequency identification (RFID) systems. 

Its main products are the LabelPack COMPACT WA automatic bottle applicator and Afinia Label x350 digital roll-to-roll press. 

The LabelPack COMPACT WA automatic bottle applicator

The bottle applicator is designed to apply labels directly to jars, bottles, and cans, and is being shown at the exhibition for the first time.

The company is also exhibiting a range of colour label printers including models from Epson, Alfinia, and OKI, giving visitors the chance to see a range of different labels being printed.

To fit the theme of sustainability, which is key to this year’s show due to constantly changing regulations and expectations, Coveris (Stand Q46) is showcasing a range of environmental solutions. Its new products fit with its No Waste strategy which looks to eliminate product, packaging, and operational waste for as little environmental impact as possible.

Alternatives to Non-recyclable Materials 

Coveris will be showcasing its MonoFlex Thermoform film packaging, a recyclable and sustainable alternative to non-recyclable materials.

The company will focus on its green initiatives such as ReCover, a waste management process dedicated to advancing the circular economy for plastics, as well as further showcasing its No Waste vision through its packaging centres, Food and Film Science Labs, and recycling sites.

The show also has a range of offerings on display from the likes of FACER (F84), Papier Sprick (C80), Item Products (H60), and IntegraMATERIALS (E96), a new UK-based brand offering eco-conscious packaging solutions.

ReCover Louth De-inking Facility

Speaking about exhibiting at this year’s show, Kieren France, vice president of sales and marketing at Sonoco Europe (Stand R22), says: “We always enjoy exhibiting at Packaging Innovations at the NEC, and we're delighted to return to the event in 2024. 

“Visitors will be able to see our highly recyclable solutions in person and will have the opportunity to speak with our team members about how they can convert their packaging to more sustainable options, such as Sonoco's EnviroCan and GREENCAN."

The company’s Gravy paperboard drum solution won Supply Chain Solution of the Year at the 2022 UK Packaging Awards and is on display at this year’s exhibition.

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