REGISTRATION has opened for Packaging Innovations & Empack 2024.
Around 340 suppliers will showcase their latest products, services, and solutions when the event returns to NEC Birmingham, on February 21 and 22.
Organiser Easyfairs said early indications suggest that the event is ‘likely to grow in size and scale again’, with thousands of designers, packaging developers, marketers, founders and buyers expected to attend.
The build-up has already seen organisers promise to ‘further ignite creativity in the packaging sector’.
Event director Renan Joel said, “Packaging Innovations & Empack will, once again, comprehensively address every facet of the packaging journey, uniting a range of experts from diverse industries spanning retail to pharmaceuticals. With an impressive presence of over 340 exhibitors across the four distinct zones, attendees will be immersed in a dynamic showcase.”
The first confirmed speakers are expected to be announced in the coming days.
“It’s all about community, connecting and collaborating,” added Easyfairs’ community & content manager, Parisa Maleki. “The event provides visitors with a cutting-edge insight into the trends and issues within the industry.
“Combine the ability to tap into all of the insight on offer with the opportunity to discover new products, innovation and technology at the event and return to your office full of insight and ideas, and it’s little wonder we’re currently experiencing huge demand for tickets that cost absolutely nothing.”
The event will feature the inaugural Future Trailblazer showcase and awards ceremony. Judges will be honouring those who are driving forces in making a wider change in industries beyond packaging.
Ian Roe, member of the judging panel and director at Mercury Search & Selection, said, “Rather than being the villain, packaging enables us to transport, preserve, and serve goods. Without good packaging, we have waste – and the loss of the resources that went into creating those products. Celebrating the people making the biggest improvements has a double focus. First, improvements are good for the future of the industry and good for society. Second, it should inspire others and the next generation who are the future of our industry.”
The awards comprise five categories and job roles, including Designing for the Future (technologist/designer/print tech); Production Delivery (production operative/engineer); Sustainable Thinking (sustainability professional); Delivery Management (project manager, artwork coordinator); and Making It Happen (buyer, supply chain & logistics/quality assurance).
Packaging Innovations & Empack 2024 are now accepting nominations for the Future Trailblazer showcase, and they can be made by filling out a short online form.