Propak Africa to showcase latest innovations, machinery and products

The importance of packaging and related industries will take centre stage at Africa’s most progressive packaging, printing, labelling, food processing and plastics trade exhibition, which will afford over 200 exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their latest technologies and innovations.

Taking place from 8-11 March, at the Expo Centre, Nasrec in Johannesburg, Propak Africa and co-located events The GAPP Print Expo, Pro-Plas Expo, FoodPro Expo and Pro-Label Expo will give visitors the opportunity to see the latest cutting-edge innovations, technologies, machinery, products, systems and services.

Recognised for its ability to link together people and products, build quality business connections and facilitate sales, visitors to the show will have the opportunity to see interactive product displays and live demonstrations of machinery and equipment.

Printing continues to play a significant role in the packaging and labelling industries. Advanced equipment and new approaches to print will be showcased at The GAPP Print Expo, which will be setting the tone for the future of print.

With packaging an essential requirement across most industry sectors, showcasing the full-spectrum of packaging, print-for-packaging, plastics, food processing and labelling together at one venue is of value and benefit for those visiting.

Latest innovations, machinery and products on display

Exhibiting at Propak Africa, Gneuss will be presenting its new MRSjump extruder that can increase or stabilise the polyester viscosity directly to the desired level. For the first time, the processing of materials with low or highly fluctuating input viscosities is possible in a single extrusion step.

Vannpax is excited to launch its 1002™ Manual Cartoner with Automatic gluing and closing, and visitors will be able to see this entry level machine in action. Also on display, will be a Vannpax 1003™ Self-Lock Tray Erector, an Ishida Multi-Head Weigher and a Labelpack label applicator.

CCL Label has developed labels and sleeves that enable recycling, carbon footprint reduction and reuse, and is looking forward to discussing these latest innovations at the show.

Flexographic printers Labprint, who specialise in the printing of pharmaceutical blisterfoil, sachet’s and stick packs, will be sharing its range of products and services at the show.

Speciality High-Performance HACCP compliant food handling conveyor products and the full spectrum of requirements for the sectors of corrugated board, paper, print & packaging and materials handling will be the focus on the Chiorino stand. 

The design of Filkraft’s Rotary Piston Filler is revolutionary and the first of its kind in the world. Visitors can learn how the electronically driven pistons replace the archaic cam system that opens up a plethora of new possibilities. The Filler is ideal for filling yoghurt, oils, sauces and any high viscosity product.

In addition to having some new innovative products on display, Igus will also have the regular stalwarts so many customers can relate to, from low cost automation to energy chains, lubrication free, and low maintenance polymer solutions.

Kube Packaging Marking Solutions’ will be showcasing process and packaging plant equipment, market leading coding and marking track and traceability technology coupled with Oxygen Absorbers. 

Many of its new innovations and solutions in processing equipment and technology will be presented by Anderson Engineering at Propak Africa.

Themed day experiences, conferences and free daily seminars

Initiatives at this year’s Propak Africa include the “every day a themed day” experience with the focus on new products, sustainability, occupational health and safety, and on day four, the last day of the show, a “Local is Lekker” theme. Free-to-attend seminars will be taking place across the four days, as well as two conferences: the Institute of Packaging SA’s “Think Tank” conference on March 8 & 9 and Printing SA conference on March 10. Conference pre-booking is required.

‘We are excited that Propak Africa will be taking place as a live event this year,’ says Mark Anderson, portfolio director at Specialised Exhibitions, a division of Montgomery Group. ‘We have been working hard behind the scenes connecting with our partners, integrating latest exhibition trends and technologies, and planning educational conferences, free seminars, theme days and experiential activities. We are looking forward to the show.’

All Covid-19 regulations will be in place at Propak Africa.