HONG KONG - The Hong Kong International Printing & Packaging Fair opened today at the AsiaWorld-Expo, along with the concurrent Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).
Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), both fairs continue through 30 April, featuring a total of more than 4,700 exhibitors from 36 countries and regions showcasing innovative and eco-friendly products and solutions.
“The Printing & Packaging Fair creates business synergy with the Gifts Fair,” said Benjamin Chau, HKTDC Deputy Executive Director. “Together they provide a wide range of choices in gifts, innovative designs, green printing and intricate packaging products and solutions, matching the sourcing needs of global buyers.”
A total of 171 buying missions from 75 countries and regions are attending the event, generating abundant business opportunities. Comprising more than 13,200 buyers, the buying missions come from major markets, such as Europe, the United States, Japan, Korea, Australia and the Chinese mainland, as well as such developing markets as Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Here are the highlights of some of the exhibitors at the Hong Kong International Printing & Packaging Fair:
Multi-fold pharmaceutical outsert – Crestec (Asia) Ltd (6-B29)
This Hong Kong-subsidiary of Japanese company Crestec Group has developed a pharmaceutical outsert that can have a maximum of 21 folds in a small block.
Printed on extremely thin paper (minimum 35 gsm), the smallest sized outsert that Crestec can deliver is 33mm x 33mm with a 2pt font size.
The company currently serves half of the 60 companies in China that export pharmaceutical products to the US – producing about one million units of outserts monthly - and says this outsert solution helps meet the US market’s demand for adequate pharmaceutical product information in multiple languages.
Conventional pharmaceutical bottled products currently print the necessary product information in a booklet that is packaged along with the bottles in a secondary box. With Crestec’s solution, brands have the option of eliminating the secondary box packaging, sticking the outsert directly onto the bottle’s cap or side face; a gluing machine incorporated in the packaging line is the only additional cost in the production process.
Folded packaging solution for flowers – Mimente (3-H05)
Exhibitor Kevin Christensen from Copenhagen, Denmark-based company Mimente is at the Hong Kong International Printing & Packaging Fair to find buyers for the patent for his innovative packaging foldable container.
In January 2016, Christensen received the worldwide patent for this folding technique, which produces a conical-shaped container he suggests can be used to hold floral bouquets – users have the option to either hold the cone directly, or carry it via strings/ribbons attached to the cone at the sides. Depending on the size required, the cone can be folded in two different ways.
Besides bouquets, confectionery sweets and other gifts can also be accommodated in the ‘cone’.
Any type of foldable material can be used with the folding technique – be it paperboard or stiff plastic sheets, which have the additional benefit of being reusable.
Microwavable sterilizer bag - Xiamen Threestone Packing Material Co Ltd (3-F09)
This laminated two-layer microwavable sterilizer packaging solution offers many end-use application opportunities for brands.
Currently, this exhibitor uses this film solution to manufacture its own-brand ebelbo microwave stream sterilizer bags for breastfeeding equipment. This on-the-go solution provides convenience for breastfeeding mothers, particularly while travelling.
Each bag can be used up to 20 times. After washing the breast pump parts and bottles, the mother only needs to pour 60ml of tap water into the bag along with the items, seal the steam bag and then place it in the microwave. Remaining water can be poured away via a built-in drain sprout after sterilization, before the mother takes out the now-sterilized accessories.
Electronics Decoration for Paper Packaging - Superior EMS Limited (3-D07)
With more than 20 years’ experience, this Hong Kong company incorporates motion, lighting and sound electronic features into paper-based packaging and greeting cards.
The process is simple: printer-converters can send the products to Superior EMS’s factory in Dongguan, China, to incorporate the electronic decoration features, or vice versa. The result is an extremely eye-catching final product that gives brands the competitive edge.