Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies use large amounts of packaging to protect their products from being damaged and as a means of cutting down on waste. In response to an increase in attention placed on waste and sustainable packaging, the packaging sector is taking significant strides in the use of technology to drive the agenda.
Food packaging helps to maintain food quality, which includes the safety and nutrition aspects of the food, along with the distribution and storage of it. Packaging also helps provide useful information on the product’s traceability, compositional and nutritional content, as well as freshness, through conventional packaging or the increasingly popular technology of “smart packaging”.
Globally and in the Southeast Asia region, several governments and regulators are looking at the introduction of regulations to improve waste management over the long-term; as such, sustainable packaging and the use of technology for waste reduction are seen as potential contributors to making this a reality. Innovations such as bioplastics, sustainable paper packaging, reusable packaging and packaging design are all areas that have come to the forefront.
Recently, in Singapore, the authorities held consultations with industry to discuss the possible introduction of mandatory requirements aimed at reducing packaging waste that arises from consumer products, and fostering more sustainable use of resources in packaging. While discussions are ongoing, such consultations are a sign that more and more issues around packaging, and especially sustainable packaging and waste reduction, are becoming more important to regulators; therefore, industry needs to take heed of these developments.
With so much attention focused on packaging, ProPak Asia 2016
, which takes place from 15 to 18 June at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC) in Bangkok, Thailand, will showcase total processing and packaging solutions for the food, drink and pharmaceutical industries.
ProPak Asia 2016 provides an annual meeting point for those in the food, drink and pharma industries to discuss innovation and technology in these markets, as well as exchange ideas and best practices on how the packaging industry can work hand in hand with food, drink and pharma companies to meet their packaging needs. The event promises to be a forum for industry to discuss the challenges that need to be addressed, in response to the region’s regulatory landscape.
This year’s ProPak Asia event will be the biggest-ever edition in its long 24-year history. Expanding in line with growing demand, it now covers all 7 halls (Halls 101 to 107) at BITEC and presents even more of the latest cutting-edge technology, services and ideas than ever before.
ProPak Asia 2016 will feature more than 1,900 exhibitors from 45 countries, and 16 international pavilions from Australia, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, the UK and the USA. The event attracted 39,298 trade professional visitors from 74 countries last year, and is expecting a high turnout this year, as the Asia region continues to grow and offer expanding business opportunities across the processing and packaging industries.
The event features a long list of supporting industry events, including the Food Innovation Asia Conference 2016, Food Innovation Contest 2016 and Asia Drink Conference 2016 to name a few, which all present new topics and ideas from industry-renowned speakers.
ProPak Asia 2016 is organised by Bangkok Exhibition Services Ltd. (BES).