The circular economy and sustainability will take centre stage at Ipack-Ima in Milan, Italy next month, with companies also set to explore topics including digitisation, e-commerce, anti-counterfeiting and serialisation across multiple sectors at the exhibition.

‘The Innovation Alliance’ is also expecting around 1,000 selected buyers who have been invited to Ipack-Ima, and the co-hosted Meat-Tech show, with the support of the Italian Ministry for Economic Developent and the Italian Trade Agency ITA. The two shows will host buyers from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South America and the US.

Industrial machinery has a central role in Italy which, according to 2017 data, is worth €23.6 billion ($29.1bn) in terms of overall turnover and employs more than 70,000 people. Said Italian associations AMAPLAST, ACIMGA, ANIMA, ARGI and UCIMA, an average of 70 per cent of the technologies produced in these sectors is exported.

Italy’s industrial printing and converting machinery segment has seen growth of 13 per cent and a turnover of €3.2bn ($3.9bn) for the year 2017. The packaging and processing sector, with an overall value amounting to €10.8bn, has seen a 5.9 per cent increase in turnover.

Alongside Ipack-Ima and Meat-Tech, the trade shows Plast, Print4All and Intralogistica Italia will take place simultaneously (29 May – 1 June).