‘Packaging’ and ‘Materials Handling’ becomes “All4Pack”
FRANCE • This Paris show, which closed on November 17, was launched under the new name of All4Pack. The name change was to make the show sound more international, and this may have been successful for the roughly 50% of visitors from outside France. As to the 50% of French visitors, many looked puzzled as they wondered what all-quatre-pack meant.
The show is big – around 1000 exhibitors in three contiguous halls of the modern Paris-Nord exhibition centre. At the previous event in 2014, the combined shows attracted nearly 100 000 visitors. This puts it (almost) in the same class as Interpack (the 2014 show in Düsseldorf attracted 175 000 visitors).
All4Pack 2016 has not yet published any official visitor statistics but your correspondent’s impression is that there were fewer than in previous years.
Label sector well represented
Labels are a part of packaging, and at All4Pack there were over 70 exhibitors showing labels, label applicators or narrow web printing equipment.
Many label press manufacturers are keen to move into the flexible packaging and folding carton sectors. However, only a few exhibited at All4Pack. Digital press specialists Durst and Domino were both present with a range of machines. Dr Vlad Sljapic, Domino’s European director, met at the show, reckons that digital (and in particular Domino’s N610i – will soon be able to equal flexo, with “All the advantages of conventional label printing, and none of the drawbacks”.
Xeikon is also known mainly for its digital label presses but its European marketing manager stated to your correspondent that in his estimation the fastest growth sector for digital printing over the next five years will be folding cartons.
BST Eltromat showed its latest label inspection systems, and Esko its MIS and pre-press software. Jan de Roeck of Esko was upbeat, but thinks that progress in digital printing over the coming years will be “incremental, not exponential”, with the stress being on more automatisation.
More than 30 label converters exhibited at the show, encouraged by French label association UNFEA. Patrick Wack, owner-manager of 5/7 Etiquette could be seen discussing earnestly on the Domino stand (planning another press purchase?). Other well-established label converters exhibiting at the show included Stratus, Reynders and Rako.
Fewer visitors? And if so, why?
Some people think the (as yet unconfirmed) falloff in visitor numbers at this year’s show is due to the terror attacks in Paris. Others point out that other big shows like Drupa are also suffering from lower visitor numbers. The statistics from the 2017 Interpack will give us a clue as to the answer.