ProPak Asia Turns 20, Breaks Records
What better way to celebrate your 20th anniversary than with 30,000 of your closest friends?
ProPak Asia seems to have gotten it right this year, breaking attendance and participation records across the board; setting the bar even higher for shows to follow.
Asia’s premier processing & packaging industry trade show has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a regional packaging event in Singapore. In 2012, the show truly came into its own as the gateway destination for international companies looking to do business with the Asian consumer market.
Show Attendance Highlights Include:
- 3450+ machines exhibited by over 1600 participants
- Nearly 325,000 ft² of show space, 25% larger than last year!
- 40 participating countries
- 12 top nations represented in 10 regional pavilions, including the US, Germany, and the UK
- More than 30,000 visitors over the course of the 4-day event.
This was our second year showcasing York Saw & Knife’s machine knife products to the Asian packaging market, and this year was certainly even better than the last. Not only did we get to connect with old friends and new faces alike, but we also gained some valuable insight into trends in the Asian packaging and processing market. The most dominant themes we saw:
- Safety & Quality Control – from machines to best practices, safety and quality control are at the forefront of packaging and processing concerns.
- Efficiency – Consistently high-quality, safe products are a major concern, but now what to we do to strike the careful balance between reliable excellence and efficient production? Efficiency in products and machines is not an afterthought.
- Sustainability – This is one trend that’s becoming less an afterthought and more a part of business-as-usual every day. With the Food Innovation Asia conference happening alongside ProPak, the focus on sustainability was even stronger.
- Convenience – Convenience packaging is an integral part of Asian cultures, perhaps even in more ways than we see in other countries. Ready-to-eat or heat-and-eat foods are a main focus, with men and women alike more focused on trying to balance the work/home environment.
If you’d like to more about the show, I’d recommend checking out the ProPak Asia Show Daily publications. They’re chock full of insightful articles, facts, and figures to help you catch up on what you missed.
And, don’t forget to check out our photo album on Facebook, too.
Overall, it was a great experience, and I know the team can’t wait to see what next year has to offer!