The future of all things packaging – Propak Africa 2019

The show provides a platform for industry experts to netorkDon't miss the return of Africa’s packaging, food processing, plastics, printing and labelling exhibition. It will be taking place from 12 to 15 March at the Expo Centre in Nasrec, Johannesburg. Propak Africa represents a number of industries, which have come to count on the exhibition to showcase the latest innovations and technologies, sustainable packaging initiatives and cutting-edge machinery and equipment.

A number of players in the packaging and related industries are looking forward to engaging with visitors and sharing information on their range of products, services and solutions. Many new products and services will be launched at the show. For the first time in South Africa there will be machinery on display.

‘This event is the place to be to see the future of all things packaging,’ says Sven Smit, event director for Propak Africa.

He says effective, striking and sustainable packaging has never been more important.

‘All the latest innovations will be on show across Propak Africa and co-located shows FoodPro, Pro-Plas Expo, Print Expo and Pro-Label Africa. Our aim is to showcase the latest developments across the full industry life cycle – from the raw materials, to packaging, storage and transport, and finally, recycling and waste management,’ Smit explains.

In addition to the interactive product displays, live demonstrations, advice provided by the technical experts on the stands and several exciting new initiatives will benefit visitors to Propak Africa 2019.

‘There will be free to attend seminars taking place daily at the show, presented by expert speakers. The content will be aligned to the show’s ‘four days and four themes’ topics. The themed days are also part of the show’s new initiatives.

There will be a new Seminar Theatre at this year’s event which will be held in Hall seven.

Visitors will be able to attend all these seminars free of charge.

Packaging for the future, packaging 4.0, top consumer trends, Africa insights, SA packaging market overview and barriers to recycling plastics waste, are among the topics that will be covered.

The line up:

  • Day one will focus on new products
  • Day two will centre on sustainability d
  • Day three will put the spotlight on skills development
  • Day four will be a ‘Local is Lekker’ day in which the South African Propak Africa brand and local manufacturers and products will be celebrated.

‘Other new initiatives will include a Wi-Fi Café in Halls five and seven which will provide free Wi-Fi connectivity as well as charging stations to allow local and international visitors the opportunity to charge their devices,’ says Smit.

He says the team is in the process of finalising a skills development area.

Conversations are taking place around the possibility of having CPD accredited courses alongside the exhibitions. There will also be a display of the Institute of Packaging SA’s Student Goldpack Award winning products. A Propak Africa app has also been developed to keep visitors updated prior to and during the show,’ Smit concludes.

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