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Packaging Innovations & Empack

The future of branded packaging and technology

16 & 17 February 2022 | Hall 1 NEC Birmingham

See what happened in 2020

Our event provides visitors with cutting-edge insight into the hot topics, trends and issues within the industry. You are invited to take advantage of our free-to-attend seminar programme and engaging show features, delivered by leading brands and industry experts.

Discover new products, innovation and technology at our event and return to your office full of insight and ideas!

Education Hub

The Education Hub was run by specialist publishing company Earth Island to showcase the opportunities the packaging industry has to offer to young professionals. The zone also encouraged packaging companies to offer the next generation of young talent work placement and apprenticeship opportunities. 

Innovation Showcase

Innovation lies at the heart of our show and so this popular feature is returning to shine a light on the fantastic work our suppliers have done over the last year.

The Innovation Showcase will see 12 finalists and their groundbreaking solutions compete for the title of ‘Most Innovative Pack’.

The winner from last year was FFP Packaging Ltd with their ‘Reseal & Recycle’ pack. The pack was developed to offer an immediate solution that utilises current recycling streams. Completely recyclable, the pack is comprised of a tray, lidding film and resealable label.

Ecopack Challenge

In association with Marks & Spencer, this Dragon’s Den style competition invites sustainable packaging creators the chance to pitch their idea to a panel of experienced judges!

The 2020 winner was Gaprie Ltd with their product P.C. Nets, which are designed and manufactured as a reusable alternative to traditional methods for pallet containment!



Start-Up Village

The Start-Up Village offers you the chance to discover the future stars of the industry, with innovative solutions from technology to sustainability.

In 2020 the village showcased everything from disposable chewing gum packaging bins Gumipods, to Glancy 3D – an artificial intelligence for Packaging Design assessment.

Packaging Consultancy Clinic

A popular and regular feature at Packaging Innovations, the Packaging Consultancy Clinic is your opportunity to gain one-to-one and round table personalised advice on any aspect of your packaging. Ask questions, bring along your packaging and gain advice on your burning challenges and issues.

1-2-1 Funding Advice

A new feature at Packaging Innovations; book a 1-2-1 funding advice session with innovative experts from UK Research and Innovation & the Knowledge Transfer Network.

Advice will be centred around the latest government funding available including applying for the Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging funding competition which is now open.

The clinics are to be held in ‘advice booths’ located on the UK Circular Plastics Network stand.

For more information on the timings and details please see here. 

The Trend Zone

The Trend Zone has been collated in association with leading packaging innovation consultancy ThePackHub and will showcase a number of the latest packaging innovations. It will feature initiatives across key trend areas of ‘Biodegradable & Compostable’, ‘Biomaterials Breaking Through’, ‘Recycling Resurgence’, ‘Reusable Systems’, ‘Reducing Waste’, ‘Carbon Concern’, ‘Plastic Elimination’, ‘Functional Enrichment’ and ‘Intelligent Engagement’. The Trend Zone is co-located with ThePackHub’s stand at M48.

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