The GAPP Print Expo highlights latest trends in print for packaging

When it comes to invigorating the South African economy following the effects of the global pandemic, the return of live event trade shows and exhibitions will provide a much needed platform for buyers and sellers to connect face-to-face, business partnerships to develop, industries to come together and new products and services to be launched.

The GAPP Print Expo will be taking place from 8-11 March 2022 at the Expo Centre Nasrec, in Johannesburg, alongside Africa’s most progressive packaging, food processing, plastics, printing and labelling trade exhibition, Propak Africa.

Over 200 packaging and related industries’ suppliers will be showcasing the very best that these industries offer. ‘It’s four days of unparalleled access to fresh new thinking and ideas that could take your business to the next level,’ says Mark Anderson, portfolio director at Specialised Exhibitions, organisers of the show.

‘We are excited that exhibitions are taking place as live events again this year,’ says Anderson. ‘The face-to-face interaction that is at the heart of these events has been missed and although online events and virtual exhibitions filled the void and created an environment where buyers and sellers could engage remotely, these fell short of the in-person, face-to-face experience.’

Industry front runners in print for packaging will use this unique platform to introduce state-of-the-art technology, advanced equipment and new approaches to print.

According to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s The Printing Industry in South Africa 2021 Report, digital printing technologies continue their upward trend, whilst one of the biggest developments in printing has been the shift towards smaller runs with greater customisation. 3D printing is increasingly popular and being used for a growing number of applications. Smart labels are getting smarter and storing more information such as expiry dates, batch information and product tracking data, while radio-frequency identification can be attached to products for tracking and tracing. QR codes are also used for item identification, product tracking and providing information to consumers.

‘It is trends such as these that visitors will be able to explore at the show,’ says Anderson. ‘Efficiency improvements, cost containment and targeting new market segments are also top of mind for visitors, to drive improved profitability and better returns. Spending time at The GAPP Print Expo and Propak Africa will enable visitors to find products and solutions to address these priorities.’

What exhibitors will be revealing at the show

JK Services & Coding will be exhibiting the latest 5000 series Citronix continuous inkjet printers for applying sell-by-dates and batch numbers. These systems provide high speed, reliable, non-contact printing onto almost any kind of material. Visitors will also be able to see the Savema Thermal Transfer Overprinter, Limitronic High Resolution ink jet printer, Lead Tech laser marking system and the Intermac RED printer.

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.

Featured on Rotocon’s stand will be live demonstrations of the Ecoline RSH machine for label inspection, slitting, and rewinding and the RDF 340 digital printed label converting and finishing machine. Also presented from the Ecoline portfolio will be the Pro Mount plate mounter and the Pro Clean anilox roller cleaner.

Labels and sleeves developed by CCL Label that enable recycling, carbon footprint reduction and reuse, will be presented at the show together with other latest innovations.

Specialising in blister contract packaging and visual retail ready packaging, Berry Pack will be illustrating the different ways of packaging products in keeping with new global trends. Visitors to their stand will enjoy a one stop shop experience of raw materials, printing, corrugates, blisters and contract packaging.

Celebrating 50 years of innovative packaging supply, Bowler Packaging now also features a dedicated standard products range for the entrepreneur. This is through their recently acquired one-stop shop subsidiary, Skye Packaging. Visitors are invited to talk to them about how to test, try and develop their passion, with the company’s support.

Further, Foster International Packaging – known for its innovative packaging – is making big strides with the offering of recyclable and sustainable packaging solutions. The company is a division of Close the Loop Group, providing end-to-end solutions for brand owners in packaging and urban mining – with the main aim to create a circular economy.

Industry leaders sharing insights

The Seminar Theatre in Hall 5 will host industry leaders from packaging and related industries. Keynote speakers at the daily free-to-attend seminars will be sharing their insights about future developments of the industry and the challenges that these industries face.

In addition to the seminars, the Institute of Packaging SA’s “Think Tank” conference will run four important workshops on 8 and 9 March. The four workshop topics are Print Processes in Packaging, Packaging & Waste Management – the Law & the Facts; A Lean Six Sigma Approach to Quality Management; and Plastic Packaging Unpacked. Printing SA will also be hosting a conference on 10 March. Pre-booking and payment is required.

‘Without compromising on the visitors’ ability to effectively interact with the exhibitors, a number of measures will be in place to ensure that the exhibition complies with the government’s regulations for safe social exchanges,’ explains Anderson. ‘We are looking forward to the show!’

For further information and visitor registration, visit www.propakafrica.co.za