- Published on Wednesday, 03 October 2012 08:39
- Written by Staff Reporter
JAPAN – Yesterday marked the first day of the 24th edition of the biennial TOKYO PACK, and the 2,289 exhibition booths at the largest and most unique packaging show in Asia were swarmed with visitors interested in advanced Japanese packaging solutions and technologies.
Mr. Yasuhiro Nakane, Parliamentary Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Swedish ambassador Mr. Lars Vargö, and Mr. Kouichi Ikeda, President of the Japan Packaging Institute (JPI), graced the Official Opening Ceremony of TOKYO PACK 2012 this morning together with other distinguished guests.
On behalf of JPI – also the owner and operator of TOKYO PACK – Mr Ikeda thanked exhibitors and visitors for their support: “This exhibition marks our 24th anniversary and is held for four days from today until October 5th here at Tokyo Big Sight in Ariake.
“We are faced with the enormous task of recovering from the Great East Japan Earthquake, and uncertainties about the future of companies and all society from sluggish consumption and the serious unemployment are increasing. In such circumstances, the environment surrounding the packaging industry is also severe.
“However, over 600 companies are participating in this fair as exhibitors this year and the impressive array of their exhibits will certainly satisfy visitors to this international fair. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all the exhibitors and everyone who has assisted us in this exhibition.”
Mr Ikeda said, “I would also like to extend my most cordial thanks to all the officials of the ministries and agencies concerned, and the members of organizations concerned for their assistance.”
Speaking in fluent Japanese, Mr. Lars Vargö, Swedish ambassador to Japan, said, “TOKYO PACK is the biggest packaging exhibition in Asia. Swedish packaging companies have already been here on many occasions and today we have ten companies and three institutes represented at the exhibition.
“It is my strong wish that you all will find old and new partners to discuss further business opportunities with during this exhibition. I also hope that you will find inspiration in each other’s product exhibits in order to come up with the best product solutions.”
AT TOKYO PACK 2012, 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.