Pack Print International Returns in October 2022 Premiere Staging of Corrutec Asia

After being postponed due the pandemic, PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL – International Packaging and Printing Exhibition for Asia — will return for its eighth edition from October 19 – 22, 2022 at BITEC in Bangkok, Thailand. CorruTec ASIA, the new event for corrugated packaging, will be held concurrently. Thailand continues to be the region’s hub for the packaging and printing sectors and the co-location of the two events will offer synergies for all participants and bring together Thailand’s packaging, printing and corrugated packaging industries.

PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL is jointly organized by The Thai Packaging Association, The Thai Printing Association and Messe Düsseldorf Asia (MDA), while CorruTec Asia is co-organized by MDA and the Thai Corrugated Packaging Association.

Messe Düsseldorf Asia, took the opportunity to rethink what PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL and CorruTec ASIA can offer and to open up new and unique perspectives and thus strong business potential for exhibitors, trade visitors and the industries as a whole.

Gernot Ringling, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf Asia, stated: “The pandemic has served as an accelerant in multiple ways, particularly spurring the adoption of e-commerce and innovation. It has also magnified the value and power of human connection and importance of face-to-face interactions, and it is proven that the business community is keen and ready for the return of MICE events. We are looking forward to bringing decision makers from the industries together in October, to a dynamic show floor to generate new business and establish new contacts. In addition to smart business matching opportunities, the six focus areas at PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL 2022 – artificial intelligence, sustainability, digital economy, 3D printing, security and safety, and premium design – will set the stage for an exhibition like no other.”

With Thailand stepping up efforts to welcome back large-scale international business events, TCEB (Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau) is well on its way to positioning the country as the preferred MICE destination in the region. PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL and CorruTec Asia will be take place later in the year against a backdrop of stronger global business activity, unrestricted travel and overall confidence.

In the fourth quarter of last year, Thailand’s economy showed optimistic growth, rebounding faster than expected, on robust exports and a recovery in domestic activity following the easing of pandemic restriction and international travel restrains. Strong growth continues in foreign investments in target sectors such as smart electronics, specialty chemicals, bioplastics and the medical cluster[1]. Other industries that are expected to see continued growth include exports and digital business and their supply chains. This includes automotive and parts, food products, e-commerce, delivery and packaging services, logistics and warehouses, IT solutions, cybersecurity services, telemedicine and hard disk drives as well as cloud data centers and digital asset platforms[2].

Mr. Kriengkrai Thiennukul, Vice Chairman, Industrial Promotion Support, The Federation of Thai Industries, commented: “It has been and continues to be a challenging landscape for Thailand and world economies. Now is the time for us to enhance capacity and foster growth of Thai industries by promoting the use of science, technology, innovation and digitalization in product development and production efficiency improvement; skills development – management, technology and innovation – of entrepreneurs, workers and all players in the value chain. Thus, these two exhibitions provide an ideal showcase for the industry to share best practices and also for the international business community to experience Thai capabilities and what we have to offer.”

The growing e-commerce market and surge in demand for consumer goods and health products have been driving demand for packaging. “There are enormous opportunities for Thai manufacturers and entrepreneurs, the prospects of the global packaging business are promising, with the world market forecast to grow by 7.5% annually through 2027[3]. Thai companies should heighten efforts to better position themselves for global opportunities, ramp up their competitiveness and tap on this growing market,” said Mr. Manit Kamolsuwan, President, The Thai Packaging Association. Currently, Thailand is the largest exporter of packaging in ASEAN.

The pandemic has also manifested itself as a catalyst for new developments and ideas, particularly with changing consumer demand. “The marketplace has to adapt and renew itself,” remarked Mr. Chusak Deetrakunwattanapoen, President, Thai Corrugated Packaging Association. He cited the example of how the industry came together at the height of the COVID-19 health crisis to help with the short supply of hospital beds by recycling corrugated paper and carton boxes to produce thousands of field hospital beds.

Digital label and packaging print volume have also seen a significant increase in the last couple of years due to customization, short lead-time and high SKU printing from ready to eat food. “In recent months we have seen some companies focus their business on customized labelling, variable label printing, corrugated packaging and packaging to include QR codes. This is the time for the Thai printing industry and commercial printers to invest in new machinery and digital machines to automate workflows to be able to run productions with smaller manpower resources and to serve demand from e-commerce,” said Mr. Pongthira Pathanapiradej, President, The Thai Printing Association.“

The theme of PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL 2022 will be “Defining Packaging and Printing in Asia” with focus on technology and innovation. Showcasing the latest trends with their machinery and product solutions will be renowned brands from Germany, Japan and Switzerland such as Bobst, Heidelberg, Konica Minolta, Tsukatani, Zund, as well as leading national companies including Comprint, Cyber SM, Nationwide and Sansin Printing Machine Material.

Over 12,5000 trade show visitors, including some 30% from outside Thailand and some 250 international exhibitors are expected at PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL and CorruTec Asia. Attendees will come mainly from the printing and packaging industries as well as vertical markets such as consumer products, cosmetics, luxury goods, medical, banking and security technology.

PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL is modelled after the sectors’ leading trade fairs, drupa and interpack, organized by the Messe Düsseldorf Group in Germany. For further information on visiting or exhibiting at PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL and Corrutec Asia 2022, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America; Telephone: (312) 781-5180; E-mail: info@mdna.com; Visit www.pack-print.de, www.corrutec-asia.com and www.mdna.com.

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