ORGANISERS of Packaging Innovations and Empack have confirmed the event has been postponed from its February dates to May 25 and 26 2022 due to ongoing pandemic-related guidance and travel restrictions.
Easyfairs explained that the decision was made in consultation with the event’s partners, exhibitors and the community as a whole. It follows the impact of the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, which has led to new recommendations relating to home working and travel restrictions for overseas participants.
This combination of circumstances, Easyfairs admitted, makes it ‘impossible’ to plan for a successful event in February.
The rescheduled event in May will still be held at the NEC in Birmingham.
Renan Joel, divisional director for Easyfairs’ packaging events in the UK and France, said, “It is our mission to run fantastic events that connect the packaging community, drive innovation and business and give a truly inspiring vision of the future. We want to ensure that the next edition of Packaging Innovations & Empack at the NEC does this and moving the event to May will give the whole community the best chance of having the event it deserves.
“I would like to thank all the stakeholders in our event – exhibitors, associations, media and visitors – for their support for the change in dates. We can’t wait to bring them all together in May and help them drive their innovations for the year to come.”