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METPACK - The world's leading trade fair for metal packaging

Every three years Messe Essen with METPACK becomes the most important global meeting place for the international metal packaging industry. Numerous global players present sustainable and cost-efficient solutions for the production, refinement, painting and recycling of metal packaging at the world's leading trade fair. Metpack is the nucleus for innovation and a communication platform at the same time. The METPACK Innovation Award is also presented at every trade fair. Most recently, it went to the manufacturer of a high-performance UV LED system for curing printing inks, lacquers and adhesives on metal packaging. The absence of mercury means that there is no ozone and no undesirable radiation. As the undisputed No. 1 in the industry, METPACK impressively demonstrates the level of innovation and knowledge of today and tomorrow.

Exhibitor opinions

We have been completely overwhelmed by this year’s METPACK. We did expect our new digital printing machines to be very popular, but we never imagined that our stand would be practically overrun! Our products were the talk of the trade fair. Interest was enormous. We set new standards. It could not have gone better.
Ralf Gumbel, Managing Director, KBA-Metalprint
METPACK brings the key providers of technology, such as Belvac, together to provide a world class venue to manufactures of metal packages around the world. For many years, Belvac has participated in, and viewed, the METPACK exhibition as the absolute premier trade show for the can making industry. This year in particular, Belvac has successfully introduced new product offerings and technologies which will re-shape the industry for the benefit of all can makers. Belvac’s experience this year with genuine interest in, such as the Belvac Canformer Trimmer Combination and Belvac Ceramic Solutions, were well received and will continue to create interest long after the show concludes. The show traffic was focused and positive providing wide exposure to a great deal of Belvac’s traditional customers. In addition, Belvac has been approached by many technology providers for long term partnering opportunities.
Rick Steigerwald, President, Belvac Production Machinery
We are very pleased with our presence at this year’s METPACK. Feedback from the members of our association and in the metal packaging promotional organisation has been outstanding, and we have also made a lot of new contacts on our stand. For us, as an organisation, METPACK is a valuable platform for nurturing contacts. So we certainly imagine that we will be present again as exhibitors in 2020.
Sibylle Vollmer, Managing Director Fördergesellschaft Metallverpackungen (Promotional organisation for metal packaging) mbH
Our overall assessment of the trade fair as exhibitor is very good. The quality of visitors was outstanding, and without any significant wasted coverage. One customer spontaneously ordered our Maschine Can Former CF 589 which he had only become aware of at METPACK. Of course, this sort of surprise business is particularly pleasing. What METPACK also showed: worldwide competition is on the increase. Manufacturers from countries which have not surfaced much previously, are increasingly improving. That will be a challenge for German machine manufacturers.
Wolfgang Niemsch, Managing Director, Lanico-Maschinenbau Otto Niemsch
METPACK is one of the most important trade fairs in our calendar. We have been full exhibitors at it since 2005, so this is the fifth time we have been represented at METPACK - a minor anniversary! And we have been happy with our participation this year as well, as expected. We have had many visitors to our stand and the discussions have been high-quality. Around 15% of them were first contacts - that is a very satisfactory result for us. We have always considered METPACK to be a very well organised trade fair. Even last-minute requests are met quickly and accurately. And we were very pleased with the high international contingent at the trade fair this time - lots of visitors from countries far away from our headquarters. Overall, METPACK offers a good overview of what the current hot topics in the industry are.
Anna Maria Mazzilli, Metlac, Image/Communication/PR Manager
Our participation in the trade fair was very positive and successful. It was even beyond our expectations, in particular with regard to the quality of the very well informed visitors and discussions. The highlight, of course, was to win the METPACK Innovation Award in Gold for our high-performance UV LED systems. The award has further boosted interest in our products. We are definitely back in 2020.
Matteo Soprani, Metalprint Sales Manager, PrintabLED
This is the first time we have exhibited at METPACK, and we are absolutely satisfied with the feedback. The topic focused on this year provided a perfect framework for us to present our innovative product portfolio in the area of embossing technology and 3D effects on drinks cans. With a first-rate professional audience, the world’s leading trade fair offered precisely the right target group, and our visitor frequency numbers were outstanding. For us, METPACK 2017 was a resounding success!
Peter Hensel-Ehren, Key Account Manager, SCHAWK! Germany
We’re really pleased to be exhibiting at METPACK again this year. METPACK is a very busy trade exhibition for those of us who work in the metal packaging industry. Every day we’ve had a constant flow of visitors to the Tata Steel stand and the discussions have been high quality. What struck me is how truly global METPACK is: we’ve had visitors from practically every continent this week. On our stand, there has been a good level of discussion around Protact laminated steel with particular interest around our latest development, Protact for 3 piece cans. In general, METPACK has been very successful for us. We’re looking forward to the next one.
Carlo Di Terlizzi, Marketing Communications Manager, Tata Steel
25 years of METPACK in Essen. Congratulations! This year we experienced an excellent showcase for the industry. On our thyssenkrupp stand in the centre of Hall 3, we were able successfully to present our customers with brand-new products rasselstein® Solid, rasselstein® Solidflex and rasselstein® Ultra Low Earing. Our initial conclusions would already be that we are well positioned for the future with these products. The market demands rapid processes and significant material savings. Together with our customers, our innovative products enable us to play an active role in shaping this development. METPACK, which has continued to grow as a concentrated specialist forum for the industry, has again given us a great opportunity to enter into intensive dialogue with customers. Taking part in the METPACK trade fair is an important cornerstone for us in our long-term market presence.
Christian Pürschel, Head of Communications + Market Development, thyssenkrupp Rasselstein:
Valspar’s commitment to the global metal can industry was very evident this year at METPACK 2017 in Essen, Germany. This trade fair has been an extremely effective way for Valspar to showcase its pioneering ValPure® Next Generation Packaging coatings technology with customers around the world, as acknowledged by the 2017 Bronze METPACK Innovation Award for our ValPure® V70 Next Generation Epoxy Coating. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the trade fair, we congratulate METPACK on another record attendance of exhibitors, and look forward to continuing our commitment to ensure future success.
Tom Mallen, Director Global Regulatory and Strategic Services Packaging, Valspar: