Pack Print International moves to 19-22 October 2022
08 October 2021: Messe Dusseldorf Asia and Thai Packaging Association and have announced the move of PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL in Bangkok, to the later part of 2022; it is now scheduled for 19-22 October. The decision has been taken following in-depth discussions with partners in Thailand, together with domestic and international exhibitors.
In light of the current COVID-19 situation in Thailand where Bangkok is marked as a dark-red zone and large scale events are still restricted for the foreseeable future, coupled with the varied quarantine requirements for returning international travellers, this has made planning with any certainty and confidence extremely challenging for exhibitors.
Gernot Ringling, Managing Director, Messe Dusseldorf Asia, said “With the exhibition about five months away, this would mean that international exhibitors and attendees would need to start their preparations now especially for those bringing in machinery and equipment. However, considering the growing uncertainty despite falling COVID-19 cases in Thailand and increased vaccination efforts, it has been understandably difficult for companies to commit their trade fair participation.”
“Therefore, the proactive decision to act was made early in the interest of all participants involved, both for health and economic standpoints. The shift to October, we believe will afford sufficient time for the industry to adjust their plans as in-person meetings in a safe environment continue to be in demand as the world prepares to transit to the endemic stage of COVID-19,” said Ringling.
For the two trade associations, The Thai Packaging Association and Thai Printing Association, the unanimous decision to push the exhibition by eight months was welcomed by the industries they represent. According to Manit Kamolsuwan, President of The Thai Packaging Association, with prospects for an economic recovery this year dimmed due to the latest wave of COVID-19 infections, focus for many businesses especially SMEs will be getting back on track so moving the exhibition to the later part of 2022 was a difficult but necessary decision.