The 7th edition of PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL at BITEC in Bangkok was a resounding success. Over 19,000 trade visitors from 62 countries attended the International Packaging and Printing Exhibition for Asia – a 15% increase compared to the 2017 staging. Over 30% came from overseas, with the majority traveling from India, Singapore, Malaysia, China, and Myanmar. With 325 companies from 30 countries, exhibitor participation also increased by 10%. The trade show featured country group exhibits from Germany, China, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan.
PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL was organized by Messe Düsseldorf Asia, The Thai Packaging Association and The Thai Printing Association and is modeled after the sectors’ leading trade fairs, drupa and interpack,, organized by Messe Düsseldorf in Germany.
International visiting delegations traveled to PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL 2019 from the Korea Packaging Association, the Myanmar Paper & Pulp Association, the Myanmar Printers and Publishers Association, from Japan, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. The visitors represented a wide range of industries and application sectors, including printing, packaging converting, marketing, publishing and media as well as vertical markets and future technologies industry.
The trade fair featured several product premieres by global brands such as the worldwide launch of the offset press Speedmaster CX 75 by Heidelberg and Masterwork. A German-made machine for commercial, label and packaging printing packed with optimizations in the feeder, delivery and color configuration, the press was sold on the second day of the show along with all the machines on display at Heidelberg’s booth.
Canon’s Southeast Asia introduced its Océ Colorado 1650, a 64-inch production graphics printer featuring two innovations in the form of a new flexible ink, and Océ FLXfinish technology. Three units were sold by the end of the first day of the exhibition.
HP presented its end-to-end web-to-print solutions at the exhibition, including the debut of the HP Indigo 7000 sheet-fed digital offset color press to the Thai market. New was also the HP Digital Print Pavilion featuring real-life customer testimonials, case studies and the diverse applications of HP’s Indigo technology.
Japanese brand OKI presented the newly launched label printers - the Pro1040 and Pro1050 – the world’s first, small single-cut label specialized printers. Other renowned packaging and printing companies displaying their products included Koenig & Bauer, Konica Minolta, Riso, Fujifilm, Ricoh, Bobst, KURZ, Zund, Fuji Xerox, SCG Packaging, Sansin, Selic Corp and PMC Label Materials.
“Sales and business promotion activities remain at the heart of a trade exhibition and we are delighted that many successful business dealings and collaborations were formed right on the spot at PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL 2019. The energy and energy on all four show days coupled with the healthy increase in visitor numbers, particularly from those overseas, reinforces the exhibition’s draw as a focal point for suppliers and buyers to gain prospects and quality leads, as well as to make business connections and inroads into Thailand and the regional marketplace,” stated Gernot Ringling, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf Asia.
Special features at PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL included the One Stop Pack & Print Pavilion, the Labelling Zone, the Prototype showcase, displays of product packaging designs by students of the Toyota Art Camp University and winning entries of the AsiaStar 2019 Awards.
The exhibits were supported by an extensive ancillary program consisting of over 50 events by 35 industry experts. More than 1,500 delegates took part in the ASEAN Printing and Packaging Conference held in conjunction with the ASEAN Printing Forum 2019, the Asian packaging seminar on sustainable packaging for the circular economy by the Asian Packaging Federation, the Food & Beverage Packaging conference, the 2019 Asian Print Awards, the workshop about professional product photography by Photo Business Association, Thailand, as well as technical presentations by the exhibitors.
PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL will return to BITEC in Bangkok from September 22 – 25, 2021. For further information on visiting or exhibiting at PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL 2021, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, Telephone: (312) 781-5180; E-mail: email@example.com; Visit www.pack-print.de and www.mdna.com; Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/mdnachicago, Facebook page ‘PackPrintInternational’.
“Southeast Asia is one of our biggest markets, specifically Thailand and this is why we chose to launch our premier machine, the Océ Colorado 1650 here in Bangkok at PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL 2019. The show has been really well-attended and a lot of people have been at our booth. We have also signed on several new customers for the Océ Colorado 1650. Great success has been achieved so there is no reason for us not to be back in 2021.”
- Mr Steve Ford, Managing Director, Production Printing, Océ – Asia
“This is one of the largest packaging and printing exhibitions in the region and has a very strong international following. We have been able to meet with quality customers from Philippines, Myanmar and the surrounding region – so it has served to be a good meeting point and participation for us.”
- Mr T Masahiko, OKI Data (Singapore) Pte Ltd
“Southeast Asia is a big and strong market and international companies need to be here. PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL is the right international exhibition that can link us with many relevant customers in the region.”
- Ms Chaweewan Poomtien, General Manager, Huber Inks (Thailand)
‘This is our 5th time participating and we have seen the exhibition evolve over the years – which is why we made the decision to launch our sheetfed offset press Speedmaster CX 75 at the exhibition. All the machines at the booth have been sold which is a great success for us.”
- Mr Jochen Bender, Managing Director, Heidelberg Graphics (Thailand) Ltd
“PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL is well known in the Thai market and one of the biggest one of its kind here. It attracts a wide audience and that is why we have chosen to invest in the exhibition by bringing our latest innovations here.”
- Mr Suparat Chotikultanachai, Country Manager, HP Indigo and Paperwide Web Press Solutions, Thailand, HP Inc (Thailand) Ltd
“This is my first time at PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL and I have visited drupa in Düsseldorf several times. I was looking for printing and post-press machines and found several suitable potentials. It has been a successful visit for me.”
- Mr Tobias Maurer, Chief Technology Officer, Lovely Print, Laos
“I have visited several times and the exhibition continues to offer high quality printing products and solutions with a good range of brand names including Fuji Xerox, HP, Ricoh.”
- Mr Amporn Phengsauy, General Manager, J Print Co. Ltd, Thailand