Pack Print International 2017 highlighted Thailand’s strength as South-east Asia’s printing and packaging hub with top-class capabilities. The full spectrum of the pack and print value chain was displayed at the show — with in-demand machinery and 4.0-driven solutions presented by 300 exhibitors from 20 countries, including national pavilions and groups from Austria, China, Germany, Malaysia, Taiwan, and for the first time, Singapore.
This year’s event, held at BITEC, Bangkok from September 20-23, was officially opened by Dr Somchai Harnhirun, Permanent Secretary, Thailand’s Ministry of Industry.
Optimizing the attractive opportunities that Thailand and the region offer to international players, 550 companies from some 24 countries gathered across the two exhibitions.
A main attraction this year was the One Stop Pack & Print Pavilion. Brought together by the exhibition’s co-organizers, the pavilion showcased 25 award-winning, creative and innovative packaging from Thailand covering the F&B, pharmaceuticals, electronics, cosmetics and personal-care sectors and more.
The One Stop Pack & Print Pavilion served as a targeted platform where innovative packaging designs, packaging end-users and producers, material suppliers and machine manufacturers could all come together to source and share best practices in navigating the dynamic packaging and printing ecosystem.
Framing this setting was the focus on Packaging and Printing 4.0 — where innovation and technological advancements brought new synergies and perspectives to packaging and print — as conveyed through the three pillars of packaging 4.0 comprising package, packaging process for manufacturing and packaging production.
“I am positive that the insights exchanged at the exhibition and the pavilion would be a step forward in strengthening and upping the competitiveness of Thailand’s packaging and printing industries, and foremostly in contribution towards the Thai economy,” said Noppadol Krairiksh, president, The Thai Packaging Association.
Pimnara Jiranithitnon, president, The Thai Printing Association, added: “We are pleased to have received the support of key government and industry organisations including the Ministry of Industry, The Federation of Thai Industries which includes 45 industrial clubs, as well as Printing and Packaging Cluster of the Federation of Thai Industries towards the One Stop Pack & Print Pavilion.
In line with the nation’s Thailand 4.0 development plan, the sixth edition of Pack print International sported the theme “Packaging and Printing for the Future” to bring forward latest technological innovations.
“With this, packaging and printing trade professionals will be able to reach out to many member companies and packaging users, get free professional advice from an alliance of packaging and print-related associations, agencies and institutes, as well as learn from successful case studies by champions of industry.”
Held alongside this trade event was T-PLAS 2017 — the international trade fair for the plastics and rubber industries. According to organizer Messe Düsseldorf Asia, both exhibitions were “exemplary in emphasizing the importance of cross-trade partnerships” and paved influential business connections in the synergistic packaging, printing, plastics and rubber industries.
Optimizing the attractive opportunities that Thailand and the region offer to international players, 550 companies from some 24 countries gathered across the two exhibitions. A series of concurrent seminars, conferences, technical presentations and product demonstrations, centred on the latest market trends and technological advancements, was held over the four-day trade show.