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Business delegation to interpack 2017, 6 – 9 May 2017

Chamber News
18.05.17 Chamber News

The packaging industry is essential to all other industry sectors. The interpack trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, is the key event for the food, beverage, confectionery, bakery, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, non-food and industrial goods sectors. This event draws more than 2,700 exhibitors from all over the world to present the very latest in packaging systems and machinery, packaging materials, confectionery machinery along with accompanying services.

The Southern African – German Chamber of Commerce and Industry was part of a delegation to interpack organised by the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya, the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria, the Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau, Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA), and the Industrie- und Handelskammer Hannover. The delegation was subsidised by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

The delegation kicked off on Saturday, 6 May 2017, with a seminar at the CCD Congress Centrum Süd at interpack. There were several guest speakers at the seminar. The opening speech was done by Mr Richard Clemens, CEO, Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau, Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA). He was followed by Mr Bernd Jablonoskwi, Global Portfolio Director in Processing & Packaging at Messe Düsseldorf. Then the three German Chambers of Commerce gave a short overview of the packaging and food processing industry in their respective countries as well as a general overview of the Chambers’ services. Mr Thilo Vogeler represented the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya, Dr Marc Lucassen represented the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria, and the Southern African–German Chamber of Commerce and Industry was represented by Ms Danilla van Jaarsveldt. Following the country overview were keynote presentations from Mr Ahmed A. Omah, General Secretary, Institute of Packaging Nigeria and African Packaging Organisation as well as Mr Kimani Rugendo, Managing Director, Kevian Kenya Ltd. The presentations were followed by lunch and informal networking discussions between the guests and the speakers.

After lunch, the delegates had the choice to participate in one of four guided tours through interpack, organised by the VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association:

  • General Packaging Technology
  • Meat Processing and Meat Packaging
  • Processing and Packaging of Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Products
  • Processing and Packaging of Bakery Products and Confectionary

On Sunday, 7 May, the delegates had the chance to explore interpack on their own time. They also had the opportunity for individual B2B meetings. The day was concluded with dinner at a traditional German pub in Cologne by invitation of the VDMA.

The delegation left interpack early on Monday morning, to go to Oelde to visit two food processing and packaging companies and to experience first-hand how these companies operate. The first stop was at GEA Westfalia Separator Group GmbH. Mr Wolf-Dietrich Herberg first introduced the company with a presentation, before the delegates were taken on a factory tour. The factory tour was followed by a light lunch at GEA.

The second stop in Oelde was at HAVER & BOECKER OHG, where the delegation was welcomed by Dr Reinhold Festge, Managing Partner at Haver & Boecker, and his team. After a presentation by Dr Festge, the delegates were divided into two groups for a very intensive tour of the factory and presentation of various packaging machinery. The factory tour was concluded with another presentation of the African representative. Afterwards the delegation was invited to dinner to experience Wesphalian cuisine.

The aim of the delegation was to offer South African business representatives within the packaging industry the opportunity to meet with selected potential business partners, visit packaging manufacturers and institutions within the industry as well as have extended opportunities to build or strengthen their network in Germany.

Feedback from South African participants:

Suzanne McRobert, Sales Manager, LabPrint: “Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of this excellent networking opportunity.”

Wayne Boshoff, Sales Manager, USS Pactech (Pty) Ltd.: “Being on this delegation gave participants the opportunity to gain business contacts with the level of people, whom one usually would not have direct contact to.”