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Austria at Pack Expo International in Chicago

October 22, 2018

6 Austrian companies exhibited at the show and introduced their products

Pack Expo International 2018 is the main event for packaging solutions worldwide with 2,500 exhibitors and 50,000 attendees on a 1.2+ million net sq ft show floor. It took place at McCormick Place in Chicago from October 14th to 17th, 2018. Exhibitors include leading suppliers of equipment, materials, containers, automation technologies, and other supply chain solutions.

Among these 2,500 exhibitors, 6 Austrian companies exhibited at the show and introduced their products:

  1. Constantia Flexibles One of the world’s leading manufacturers of flexible packaging. They supply customers worldwide in many industries such as the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industry. They also work with packaging materials for tablets, capsules, powders, gels, and others.At the Pack Expo, they introduced their idea of sustainable packaging in the form of interactive products. By scanning the package using your phone the brand owner is able to provide you with any information desired. This allows a new communication channel among all parties involved. It enables companies to approach their customers easily and in a cost-effective way. 
  2. STARKRAFT Business Unit of Zellstoff Poels AGA paper brand of Zellstoff Poels AG, a subsidary of the Heinzel Group. Zellstoff Poels is one of the biggest producers of high-quality, elemental chlorine-free bleached long-fiber sulfate pulp in Central and Eastern Europe. 
  3. Teufelberger GmbH A dynamic group of companies working with three key technologies in three strategic divisions – namely extrusion (plastic strapping and baler twines), steel wire ropes, and synthetic fibers. 
  4. KEBA Corp. For more than 45 years Keba has designed and manufactured innovative, easy-to-use automation solutions for packaging and a variety of other industries.
  5. Statec Binder - Columbia/Okura LLC Columbia/Okura LLC designs, integrates and commissions end of line robotic palletizing solutions for most major industries, including packaging.At Pack Expo 2018 they exhibited one of their energy saving products: a machine that starts to work as soon as a package is close to it and stops working when the packaging is done. As of January 2017 a new agreement has combined Columbia/Okura’s leading robotic bag palletizing expertise with the global experience of the Austrian company STATEC BINDER and its leadership in providing flexible solutions for the bagging and palletizing of bulk goods. 
  6. Starlinger & Co GmbH Starlinger, which was founded in 1835, specializes in machinery and process technology for the production of woven plastic packaging and the recycling and refinement of a wide scope of plastics.

Pack Expo International 2018 focused on dealing with today’s major business challenges for companies in the industry. Many new trends emerged at Pack Expo International 2018: Companies are focusing on collecting data, as it is becoming more and more important to be able to work in an efficient way with fewer errors and better forward-looking planning. Additionally, software enabling you to create a virtual product and test it even before you fabricate the machine is seen as a future trend. As in all other industry branches in the packaging market, the smartphone is gaining importance. Controlling the machines by phone and providing specific information on any problems using your mobile device are only two examples of this large, diverse sector which are already part of the market. 

If you are interested in seeing the newest trends in 2019, the next Pack Expo International will take place in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center on September 23rd – 25th, 2019!