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Redefining Packaging: Touchpoint Packaging at drupa 2024

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How can brands reach their full potential using package design and production? drupa will present innovative solutions from May 28 to June 7, 2024 in Düsseldorf, Germany. touchpoint packaging in Hall 3 will be a hot spot for topics regarding the future of packaging.

Industry players, trade and university representatives, designers, materials suppliers, printers and converters – they will all come together at touchpoint packaging at drupa 2024. This is the place to discuss the future of packaging, present joint projects and above all to offer brand owners insight into the possibilities of print in packaging as well as cutting-edge technologies. With the motto “Ready to redefine packaging?”, touchpoint packaging will provide valuable input with a special focus on consumer needs, technical developments, legal framework conditions and particularly on the full potential of packaging in marketing. Visitors can look forward to solutions and inspirations for their food, non-food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic brands. As a growth market, the packaging sector plays a key role for the printing industry and is also considered a driver of innovation.

Messe Düsseldorf has again teamed up with the European Brand and Packaging Design Association (epda) to provide conceptual and operational support for the drupa trade fair. epda promotes dialogue between design agencies, the packaging industry and brand owners.

Packaging experts along the entire value chain - from materials procurement to production and workflow to finishing - are partners and active participants in the initiative at drupa. With 4evergreen, Actega, Adobe, Esko, Heidelberg, Henkel, HP, Huber Group, Hybrid Software Group, Koenig & Bauer, Landa, Leonhard Kurz, Linked2Brands, manroland Goss, Mayr-Melnhof, Mondi, Saueressig, STI, X-Rite and Zecher, a total of 20 industry leaders are taking part. The initiative also includes exciting projects and innovations relating to packaging. As content and media partners, Mintel and Packaging Europe will also contribute their expertise.

From neo-ecology to glocalisation
What is important when designing sustainable packaging concepts and how is AI becoming a driver of innovation in packaging production and design? touchpoint packaging’s primary focus will be on the megatrends of sustainability and digitalization. Based on the findings of global players such as Heineken, Ritter Sport and Lego regarding the most important challenges in the field of packaging, touchpoint packaging was designed as an inspiration hub with five subject areas: “Neo-ecology” will focus on circular economy and sustainability, “Connectivity” will look at cutting-edge technologies, “Glocalisation” will offer ideas on balancing global efficiency and local relevance, “Consumer Mind” will present the most important consumer trends and “Future Regulations” will provide information on dealing with new sustainability requirements.

Researching and developing together
Partnerships have often led to creative and sustainable packaging solutions in the past, which is why touchpoint packaging is once again promoting valuable cooperation projects this year. For example, the NABA design school and its industry partners mondi, Landa and Koenig & Bauer will jointly present the results of their work. The best product and packaging solutions from this project will be manufactured and presented at drupa. In addition, visitors will be able to see the winning projects of the epda Future Packaging Award.

A wide range of expertise
During the drupa trade fair, this touchpoint program will feature daily keynotes, panels and table talks. One highlight will be the presentation by Mintel. The market research company analyzes consumer trends, product introductions and new packaging worldwide and thus provides its customers with exclusive knowledge and expertise to stay well ahead of the competition. At drupa 2024, the focus will be on artificial intelligence as a driver of innovation for the packaging industry. Benjamin Punchard, Global Packaging Insights Director at Mintel, will talk about AI technologies such as machine learning and robotics automation that optimize production and supply chains while also allowing for sustainable and consumer-oriented packaging design. Pioneers like Nestlé and Coca-Cola are already using AI to improve quality assurance and marketing.

Karel Golta, CEO of INDEED INNOVATION, will appear as an “innovation rebel” at drupa. His talk will highlight the importance of circular economy to promote a sustainable global ecosystem. Golta calls on companies to rethink innovation and take bold steps to improve the future of all life on earth. According to Golta, the power of design plays a key role in this process.

Dr Stefan Köhler, Head of Circular Innovation at the STI Group, and Sonja Bähr, Packaging Analyst at TILISCO, will together present central aspects of sustainable packaging to comply with the European packaging regulation at touchpoint packaging. The focus will be on legal compliance and promoting sustainability in the packaging industry.

In an inspiring discussion, Stefan Hilß, CEO of Linked2Brands, and Güneri Tugcu, Senior Partner Manager at Amazon, will highlight how printed packaging – a classic touchpoint for consumers – can become a unique platform with transformative power to engage consumers in highly individualized brand experiences.

Innovation Walk
In addition to the range of events directly at touchpoint packaging, there will be a tour of visionary, smart and intelligent packaging solutions throughout drupa. During this Innovation Walk, taking place on multiple trade fair days, visitors will find inspiration to help them find important points of contact, projects and networking opportunities on the topic.

More information about the tour and the touchpoint packaging program: https://www.drupa.com/en/Program/Forums/touchpoint_packaging_1 

For further information on visiting or exhibiting at drupa 2024, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America; Telephone: (312) 781-5180; E-mail: [email protected]; Visit www.drupa.com and www.mdna.com. Follow us on https://www.linkedin.com/company/mdnachicago/ 

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