The traditional curtain-raiser to another year in the OP industry, Paperworld 2006 is here again with its mixture of new products, educational seminars and press launches.
Organiser Messe Frankfurt has spruced up the programme for its premier OP show, which arrives in the wake of a particularly busy year for the company.
2005 saw the Paperworld brand stretch its wings to the US and Asia with Paperworld USA and Paperworld China – the latter proving to be a particular success.
Despite the launch of two new shows, Messe Frankfurt has taken care to keep its main event fresh.
The key new addition to the show is a reaction to the growing concern about counterfeiting in the industry.
Last year, Messe Frankfurt published an information brochure for exhibitors with details of obtaining assistance with counterfeiting concerns. In 2006, the service has been ramped up with a special exhibition stand created to educate manufacturers on how they can protect their products and enforce that protection. Taking place in the foyer of hall 4.1, the stand will have representatives from the German Trade Mark and Patent Office, the Anti-Product Piracy Campaign Committee of German Industry, the ‘Plagiarus’ campaign and the Intellectual Property Rights Department of German Customs.
Away from the perils of counterfeiting, the show will also have its regular visit from designer Gunnar Frank, who will take visitors through the product trends for the year ahead. He uses specially selected items form Paperworld exhibitors to identify the colours, designs and materials that are in vogue.
You can find the Trend Show site in hall 6.1 and take a tour with Frank every day from Wednesday to Sunday at 10.30am and 2pm (just 10.30am on Thursday).
Another event returning this year after a highly successful debut in 2005, is the imaging symposium which will take place at 6pm on Thursday 26 January in hall 1.2. in the Metropol Restaurant. Entitled Brands, Markets, Opinions, the event will include an update on topical industry themes, lively debates and the opportunity for the industry to exchange views on the current state of affairs in the market.
Hall 1.2 will also include an Original Manufacturer’s Centre of Excellence which will have Hewlett-Packard, Lexmark, Canon and Epson providing an entry point for visitors to the imaging segment by way of a special display area.
One final event worth drawing your attention to is the glittering OPI European Office Products Awards dinner on the Thursday evening in The Congress Center, Messe Frankfurt. The biggest names in the global OP industry will gather to recognise the top companies and individuals in a special night beginning with a cocktail reception at 6pm and followed by call to dinner at 7.15pm. A great networking event for the whole industry.