PulPaper in Helsinki
PulPaper, PacTec and Wood & Bioenergy were organised in Messukeskus in Helsinki on 29–31 May 2018. The events included the exhibition, seminars and other programming, evening programme and visits to the Metsä Group bioproduct mill in Äänekoski and the Kotkamills board mill.
The event saw almost 500 companies ranging from forest industry giants to small start-up businesses and was visited by more than 9,200 visitors. The stands and the programming highlighted the potential of circular economy, new materials, innovative packing methods and IoT, artificial intelligence and augmented reality.
The theme of the renewed PulPaper, looking into the future, and the new cooperation with professionals of the packing and bioenergy sectors sparked a lot of interest, and the number of the conference attendees was almost tripled since the previous event. The companies’ strong faith in the future could be sensed in the event’s positive atmosphere, which one seasoned visitor summarised like this: “PulPaper returned to its roots,”.
Focus on future’s potential
Finland is a leader of the forest industry, constantly developing new wood-based products in addition to the traditional paper and pulp industry. The theme of the event, “Visit tomorrow today,” refers to new innovations and technologies that the forest industry can harness to evolve in the digitalising world.
The Finnish packing industry is thriving, and PacTec Helsinki has established itself as an important meeting place for the packing industry. The quality programme and innovations presented by the exhibitors offered a versatile glance into the present and future topics of the field. The event atmosphere was great and we received plenty of positive feedback from both visitors and exhibitors, says Antro Säilä, CEO of the Finnish Packaging Association.
The simultaneous events were accompanied for the first time by the Wood & Bioenergy event. The new event was well received by the industry.
The next PacTec in 2020, PulPaper in 2022
The next forest cluster event is planned together with professionals for spring 2020. The next PulPaper is organised in four years in 2022. The PacTec fair is organised in March 2020 together with FoodTec, a food industry event, Sign, Print & Pack, a graphic industry event, and Gastro Helsinki, a food and restaurant event. Packing, food and graphic industries have significant synergy benefits that will profit the fair visitors and exhibitors during the renewed fair.
A strong combination of simultaneous events will offer new possibilities for all industries.