We hope that this message finds you well. The month of May is now behind us, but it brought us some long-awaited positive, encouraging signs. The trend is set to continue in June, with a further easing of restrictions and a glimpse of a gradual return to normality. Preparations for the ALL4PACK trade show in November are still under way. The team has been busy throughout lockdown and is delighted to be getting back to working full-time on liaising with registered exhibitors, trade show partners and suppliers. We have continued enrolling exhibitors over the last few months, and we will begin our visitor campaign now in early June, a schedule that is typical for an event of this scope.
After such a difficult time for businesses in our sector and across the economy, during which a large number of companies contributed to the national effort by making extraordinary changes - for which we applaud them again now - we are more convinced than ever of the value of an event like ALL4PACK: helping our ecosystem get back to work and boosting business. With this in mind, the central theme of November’s show, “Be part of the Revolution”, takes on its full meaning.
The measures put in place to deal with this crisis that has affected us all have reminded us of something fundamental: the raison d’être and importance of packaging. Without containers, ensuring food safety and consuming and distributing certain products would simply not be possible. Though sometimes maligned, packaging plays a vital role in our society and has proved indispensable for keeping our country’s key sectors going, such as food and essential items, health and hygiene, and home deliveries.
As well as fulfilling this important role, the packaging sector is also in a period of transition. The sector must find new solutions in response to the need to preserve our planet and its resources. The scale of the environmental issues means the challenges are considerable. In a few months’ time ALL4PACK will provide an opportunity to write a new chapter in this field.
One of our primary concerns is being able to welcome participants in complete safety. That is why we are scrupulously preparing various scenarios in close collaboration with everyone involved in the chain, including VIParis and its health and safety label for event venues, Save V. The measures put in place will of course comply with the official guidance and will be adapted as the situation evolves.
We are looking at a number of different measures. Some are more on the technical side and relate to the careful management of visitor numbers, others are more visible and are directly related to precautionary measures such as wearing masks, systematically disinfecting hands (using hand sanitiser), keeping spaces disinfected and well-ventilated, and making passes digital.
ALL4PACK is taking a fully committed, responsible approach to this issue and we will keep you apprised of all decisions made as the situation continues to move in the right direction.
Director of the ALL4PACK Emballage Paris trade show