Visitor numbers up 30% at ICE Europe 2023

ORGANISERS of ICE Europe 2023 have revealed this year’s event attracted 4,850 trade visitors from 64 countries – a 30% increase on last year’s attendance.

The 13th International Converting Exhibition took place in Munich from March 14-16. 338 exhibitors showcased the latest machinery, systems, materials, and accessories shaping the future of the converting industry.

Following the success of this year’s edition, the next ICE Europe event has been confirmed for March 12-14 2024.

Patrick Herman, event director of the converting, paper and print events, on behalf of RX, said, “We are delighted to see such a positive turnout and how this year’s exhibition matched the energy and enthusiasm of our shows before the pandemic. Both exhibitors and visitors were highly satisfied, whether meeting with existing contacts or establishing new business relations.

“This affirms our course for the ICE Europe brand and makes us very proud to be able to provide the converting community with a regular key event – the only of its kind.”

The ICE Awards 2023 ceremony was hosted by RX, and for the first time, in cooperation with C2 Magazines, where best practice, excellence, innovation and outstanding achievements were recognised.

Nicola Hamann, MD of RX, and Martin Hirschmann, editor-in-chief of C2 Magazines, presented the ICE Awards 2023 to three exhibiting companies on the first day of the show. The winners had been determined via online voting. The competition received more than 30 entries, with over 2,500 converting specialists submitting casting votes.

DIENES Werke für Maschinenteile GmbH & Co.KG. received 34% of all votes in the ‘Digital Converting Solutions’ category, picking up an ICE Award for its TEOC (The End of Coincidences), which combines DIENES’ digitalisation activities. Within this framework, the recently launched TEOC service packages include a modular architecture with hardware and software features, which can be combined in accordance to individual customers’ needs.

In the ‘Sustainable Products and Converting Processes’ category, INOMETA GmbH triumphed with 38% of all votes and won for its heating roller, which has been designed to meet the requirements for laminating foils and other substrates. It is said to ensure a reliably constant and homogeneous surface temperature distribution, as this is the prerequisite for uniform web tempering.

With 29% of all votes, tesa SE won the ‘Efficient Production Solutions’ category for its roller wrapping tape: the silicone tape tesa Printer’s Friend 4863 with an embossed surface. The product design is said to ensure high resistance to wear and offers easy application and removal, even after a prolonged time period and exposure to high temperatures.