Once again the curtain is about to be raised on the UK’s Packaging Innovations exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham. It seems like a cliché to note that the past 12 months has passed in the blink of an eye but the sentiment is shared by many in our sector. The pace of product innovation continues to accelerate. I for one am glad that we have an annual forum that can allow us to take stock for a couple of days.
Yours truly will be speaking at the show’s conference programme today, Wednesday, Feb 27th. I’ll be lifting the veil just a little bit on some developments that must, however, remain firmly under wraps until our launch date of Tuesday March 5th.
Suffice to say that what’s coming our way is good news: I said at the beginning of this year that 2013 would see an inevitable shift towards cooperation in business and in the world at large. And so it is in relation to our March 5th launch where a great number of diverse partners and interests will be gathered around the same table – and all will speak off the same page.
Whisper it soft but I believe that this new initiative gives us an exciting glimpse of the future; of how industry and society – producers and consumers alike – can come to share responsibility for the goods we produce, consume and dispose of.
Until then, a visit to Packaging Innovations exhibition is always worthwhile. Please enjoy this week’s show. I look forward to seeing you there!