ICE Europe 2019 will devote a section of the show to special films, organisers of the international exhibition for the converting industry have announced.
Digitalisation and the trend for smart products and packaging solutions are said to be driving a “growing demand” for special films, which are used in areas including medical technology, healthcare products and construction.
Liljana Goszdziewski, exhibition director of ICE Europe, speaking on behalf of organisers Mack Brooks Exhibitions explained, “The diverse range of applications of special films offers an enormous business potential for the converting industry in completely new markets. Beside trends in paper, film and foil converting, such as increasing demand for customised and functionalised products as well as for bio-degradable materials, we are seeing an important driver for the industry in special films and film extrusion.
“We have, therefore, designed a unique section within the show, where providers of special films and manufacturers of machines and systems for the extrusion, production or converting of films will present their products and services. We are thus expanding our exhibition profile with an important technology sector for future growth.”
The ’Special Film & Extrusion Area’ will comprise special films (including battery films, biopolymeric films, high barrier films, optical films and weatherable films) as well as extrusion lines for blown films, extrusion lines for flat films and sheets, welding machines and calendars.
More than a year ahead of the exhibition, some 90% of the total net exhibition space of the previous show has already been booked or reserved. At ICE Europe 2017, 429 exhibitors from 28 countries presented their goods to an audience of almost 7,000 visitors.
ICE Europe 2019 will take place at the Munich Trade Fair Centre, Germany, from March 12-14, 2019