Organisers of Hispack, the international packaging exhibition based in Spain, have said that the show will next be held on 31 March 2006, cutting back its frequency from every two years to every three years.
The organisers said that the new dates were agreed unanimously by its committee - which comprises the Fira de Barcelona and the Graphispack Association - adding that the new frequency was better adapted to the changes in the packing and packaging industry. It also said it felt that the new dates would allow for a better response to the needs of the sector; and fit in with the international calendar of industry exhibitions.
"The dilated pace at which new products are introduced, above all machinery; the changes produced in the sector; the demands of companies in order to maximise the profitability of exhibiting; and the international packing and packaging exhibition calendar have all led to the decision to vary the frequency of Hispack," the committee stated in a press release.
The decision means that the frequency of the event now falls in line with it other European counterparts, Interpack (Düsseldorf); Total (Birmingham) and Ipack-ima (Milan), Hispack which are all also held every three years. This will also allow European companies to plan and combine their attendance - as exhibitors or visitors - in trade shows according to their trade needs, thereby avoiding duplication or overlap, the organisers said.
This years Hispack attracted 2,177 companies from 32 countries occupied around 47,000 m2 net at Hispack 2003, a drop in figures compared to the last even held in 2001. Some 30,438 trade visitors attended, 2,303 of which were foreign, mostly from France, Portugal, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom.
The sectors present were: packing and packaging machinery and accessories; bottling machinery and equipment; labelling, coding and marking equipment; machinery for manufacturing processes for products to be packaged; raw materials; packing and packaging materials; ancillary products; POP, sales promotion and design; logistics, handling, storage and distribution; environment; recovery, treatment and recycling; consulting and engineering companies and related services.