This year's Interpack, the international trade fair for the food packaging industry held in Düsseldorf, Germany, attracted 175,000 visitors from 103 countries and 2,557 exhibitors from 51 nations.
Although the number of attendees exceeded the trade show organisers' expectations, fewer visitors from the United States travelled to interpack 2002.
More than six out of ten Interpack 2002 visitors came from European countries, with 39 per cent travelling to the show from outside of the continent. Compared to the previous show, visitors increased from Eastern Europe, Japan, Israel, India, and Iran.
"From the first day on, visitor participation was outstanding, and the percentage of international trade visitors was high," says Ernst H. Berndl, president of Interpack 2002.
On the exhibitor side, 46 companies displayed products within the North American Pavilion, organized by Messe Düsseldorf North America and co-organized by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.
Among the exhibitors, 63 per cent were based outside of Germany. Italy was the leading foreign exhibitor nation (453 companies), followed by Great Britain (156), France (149), the Netherlands (127), and the United States (99). Exhibitors showcased their new products and technologies in 17 halls.
The next Interpack is scheduled for 21 to 27 April, 2005, at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany. For further information on visiting or exhibiting at interpack 2005, see www.interpack.com.