Propak Cape to spotlight latest packaging and related industry trends
Taking place at the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC) from 24-26 October, Propak Cape will put the spotlight on the latest trends across the packaging, food processing, plastics, print, labelling, and wine & olive oil production industries.
Visitors will see the latest in sustainability focussed packaging solutions whilst at Propak Cape; from packaging production to integrated packaging printing. Eco-friendly alternatives to traditional packaging, and lightweight on-the-go and ready-to-eat food packaging will be on view, as well as the expanded use of smart packaging with QR codes taking consumers from package to augmented reality through immersive experiences. New trends in secondary packaging materials will also be on display using more environmentally friendly materials that are biodegradable, recyclable, or reusable.
Packaging is an integral part of essential industries such as food and beverages, healthcare, cosmetics and personal care, and these industries will be represented at Propak Cape.
With FoodPro, Pro-Plas Expo, Print Expo, Pro-Label Expo, and the Wine & Olive Oil Production Expo incorporated within Propak Cape, visitors will also be able to see the latest in digital print offerings for digital printed packaging and the newest equipment and materials in labelling.
There were many challenges in the food and beverage industry last year such as having to overcome supply chain problems and shortages. However, some of these challenges also helped to accelerate exciting innovation and growth in the food and beverage space. Propak Cape is the perfect showcase for many of these innovations. Optimising food production through automation in production facilities is on the rise as the industry expands to meet the demands of increasing food and beverage consumption.
Plastics continue to play a vital role in packaging for its value in the storage and transportation of food items. Visitors to Propak Cape will see that the industry is continuing to work hard to ensure that plastics remain sustainable and have a positive impact on people and the environment through striving to transform the traditional linier economy into a plastics circular economy, where plastics remain in circulation for longer periods of time and are reused and recycled at the end of their lifespan.
“Propak Cape is a must-visit for those looking to source new products and services in packaging and its related industries and to engage with leading technical experts in these industries,” says Mark Anderson, Portfolio Director at Specialised Exhibitions, organisers of the show. “Over 160 industry suppliers will use this unique platform to showcase latest industry trends and cutting-edge technology,” he says, “and visitors will have the opportunity to see world-class machinery in action and discover solutions for improved efficiency and cost containment.”
“For the first time, we are bringing the concept of Theme Days to Propak Cape,” explains Anderson. “The opening day will highlight new products and innovation, on day two, sustainability focussed packaging solutions and trends will be in the spotlight, and on the final day automation within the packaging and related industries will be in focus. Our daily free-to-attend seminar series will embrace these themes with industry experts sharing their knowledge and insights.”
Propak Cape is endorsed by the Institute of Packaging SA (IPSA), Packaging SA, Plastics SA, and Printing SA. IPSA will be running a conference alongside Propak Cape, and the Aerosol Manufacturers Association (AMA) will be hosting a breakfast and half-day workshop.
“More than 98% of available exhibition stands have already been sold. We encourage those who have not yet booked their space to do so. There are also still some prime sponsorship opportunities available,” concludes Anderson.