TOKYO – Asia’s premier packaging exhibition TOKYO PACK 2014 opened on Tuesday, 7 October, with 680 companies in the 51,380m2 exhibition space showcasing cutting-edge Japanese packaging solutions and technologies designed and developed to meet today’s consumer needs and demands.
Mr. Shigeki Iwai – Parliamentary Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Mr. Motoki Ozaki - President of the Japan Packaging Institute, Mr. Shigetaro Asano – Vice President of the Japan Packaging Institute, Mr. Kiyoshi Otsubo – Vice President of the Japan Packaging Institute, Mr. Yoshitaka Ozawa - Chairman, TOKYO PACK Working Committee, and Mr. Steven Pacitti – Vice President, International Packaging Press Organization (IPPO), officiated at the Opening Ceremony of TOKYO PACK 2014 in the morning.
Describing TOKYO PACK 2014 as a “global venue for the exchange of packaging information, the exploration of next generation packaging, and the promotion of international friendship”, Mr. Motoki Ozaki, President of the Japan Packaging Institute (JPI) – the industry packaging association that also owns and operates TOKYO PACK 2014 – said, “Recently the Japanese economy has begun to see some hopeful signs, but the packaging industry still has to negotiate some difficult phases with the hike in consumption tax and the rising raw material costs.
“A major challenge for Japan’s packaging industry today is how it contributes to the formation of a sustainable society by realizing a packaging industry harmonized with society,” he noted.
At TOKYO PACK 2014, Mr. Ozaki expressed confidence that the exhibition will help both exhibitors and visitors alike explore the latest advanced Japanese packaging solutions and technologies developed for today’s business and consumer needs to help create a sustainable society.
Mr. Ozaki said, “On behalf of JPI, I would like to express my deepest thanks to all of you who have given us liberal support and cooperation for the opening of this fair, and express my genuine appreciation to the exhibitors for their great assistance and to the ministries and agencies concerned and various other organizations for their support and cooperation.
Mr. Steven Pacitti, Vice President of International Packaging Press Organisation, said, “Japan has long pioneered developments in all areas of packaging and there remains a direct correlation here between product quality and packaging quality.
“Japanese packaging often transcends the basic objective of protecting a product and creates an object that demands attention in its own right. The technologies and science behind those solutions have enabled Japanese companies to enjoy great success on the international stage. And what better place to showcase these solutions than here, at TOKYO PACK.”
AT TOKYO PACK 2014, key industry categories on exhibit include packaging materials and containers, packaging material and substrates and design. Packaging machinery on show includes equipment for the printing and converting sectors, inspection and measurement, food and pharmaceutical processing and transport/logistics sectors, distribution systems and other packaging-related equipment.
About Tokyo Pack
Launched in 1966 and owned and operated directly by the Japan Packaging Institute (JPI), the biennial (every two years) exhibition features more than 2,489 booths representing 680 companies in the 51,380m2 exhibition space, which attracts more than 70,000 visitors from inside Japan and overseas.
During the last edition, more than 170,000 people visited TOKYO PACK 2012 during the four-day exhibition. For more information, visit here.
* TokyoPack14_OpeningCeremony.jpg: Opening Ceremony of TOKYO PACK 2014 on Tuesday, 7 October 2014
* TokyoPack14_Reception.jpg: Cheerleaders celebrated the start of TOKYO PACK 2014 at the Official Welcome Reception on the evening of Tuesday, 7 October 2014.