The two exhibitions due to be held from 29 May to 1 June are nearly sold out and are expecting to see greater numbers of international visitors.
New services and a focus on topical issues are attracting the attention of industry players.
The forthcoming exhibitions IPACK-IMA and MEAT-TECH 2018, the two events organised by Ipack-Ima Srl (the exhibition management company set up as a joint venture by the Italian packaging machinery manufacturers’ association UCIMA and Fiera Milano), were presented to exhibitors on Monday 5 February at the Club House in the Fiera Milano exhibition centre.
Riccardo Cavanna and Domenico Lunghi, respectively Chairman and Managing Director of Ipack-Ima Srl, outlined the new features of the programme to the more than 100 people present.
The 2018 edition will mark a turning point for the two shows, which are set to be larger, more international in scope and packed with more innovative content than ever before.
The showcased sectors
Four months before the shows are due to begin, more than 90% of the exhibition space has been assigned to leading Italian and international companies. The two events are growing in terms of both occupied space and number of exhibitors.
IPACK-IMA in particular will extend over eight halls divided up according to exhibitor business communities or the specific types of products.
Halls 1 and 3 will be devoted to technologies, materials and accessories for the pasta, bakery, milling and confectionary industries. The presence of leading Italian and international companies confirms IPACK-IMA’s position as the most important exhibition in the world for this sector.
In the adjacent halls 5-7, visitors will have a chance to discover the latest new products for food processing and packaging, with a special focus on fresh & convenience.
The offerings for non-food sectors, particularly cosmetics and industrial goods, will be located in hall 4 along with the liquid filling segment, which will also be well represented in the halls devoted to food industry technologies.
Offerings will also include machinery, equipment and devices relevant to different product sectors. Technologies for labelling, coding & tracking will be located in hall 14 while companies operating in the end-of-line stage will occupy halls 6 and 10, complemented by the products showcased at Intralogistica Italia, the event devoted to internal logistics organised by Deutsche Messe and Ipack-Ima.
Last but not least, a new satellite show focused on innovative materials and premium packaging called IPACK-MAT will be making its debut at IPACK-IMA 2018 in hall 14, where other thematic and display spaces will be available.
All halls will showcase specific materials for the various business communities. The leading companies in the field of technologies for automation and robotics will also be present at IPACK-IMA.
Technologies, auxiliary equipment and ingredients for meat processing will be on display in hall 2 at the East entrance of the exhibition centre. Now in its second edition, the exhibition is the most important European event for the meat industry and will see the participation of the leading companies in the sector.