( 2 May 2023 - 6 May 2023 )
Location: Germany , Essen
Organizer: Messe Essen GmbH

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Metpack 2023 will take place between the 2nd and 6th of May 2023. The event will be in an in-person format. The venue will have a strict COVID-19 prevention plan in place. An overview of the guidelines will be published on the official website. 

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Metpack is the leading event for the metal packaging industry. It is where manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and other professionals in the sector gather. The fair is where specialists can learn about the latest trends. Founded in 1993 Metpack takes place every 3 years at Messe Essen. It is among the leading MICE events for Essen and its neighbours. This includes cities such as Düsseldorf, Cologne, and Dortmund.

Business Profile of the Event 

Metpack is the international hub for professionals working in the metal packaging industry. Such include metal packaging manufacturers, suppliers, machine manufacturers, and distributors. Besides the metal packaging industry, several other industries attend the fair as well. Such include the chemistry industry including household chemistry, petrochemicals, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics. The non-food and industrial goods sectors also tend to attend. The food and beverage industry also sends delegates including manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors. Among the notable companies that attend the fair are Aerosol Europe, and Actega GmbH. 

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Metpack is an international fair that can help in completing several important goals. Among them is networking with other members of the industry. Additionally, the event can help professionals in expanding specialist knowledge. Also, the fair can help professionals in the industry to expand their business. This is due to the platform allowing them to make important purchases or new connections. Metpack is also the location for creating brand awareness and gaining recognition. 

The fair has a detailed program that can help professionals in achieving such goals. This includes the Metpack Conference, where leading industry figures host different lectures. The topics of the lectures tend to focus on subjects such as the latest trends and innovations. They also often provide overviews on current and future issues. These feature subjects such as sustainability, material alternatives and others. 

The Metpack’s program also includes the Metpack Innovation Award ceremony. During the ceremony, a specialist jury chooses a winner to receive an award for their contribution. This contribution is in the form of an innovation that increases metal packaging product quality. It must also reduce their costs. The Award can be of particular help for aspiring companies or start-ups. This is because the prize provides international recognition. 

Another main event of the fair is the exhibition of the latest products and innovations. This includes a showcasing of the products and the option to observe processes. Additionally, the exhibition includes areas for testing new products. Such areas allow attendees to learn about new developments. Developments that can help them expand their business. It can also help them in making important purchasing decisions. They can also gain new connections, such as finding new suppliers. The exhibition consists of several areas to make navigating easier. The areas include:

  • Equipment and machines for manufacturing cans and can-ends
  • Equipment and machines for manufacturing caps
  • Equipment and machines for manufacturing aluminium tubes and containers 
  • Equipment and machines for manufacturing drums and drum closures
  • Equipment for surface treatment
  • Printing and coating equipment, including curing
  • Closing and Can filling equipment
  • Can and cap line auxiliary equipment
  • Equipment for pollution control-, cleaning- and recycling noise-reduction 
  • Equipment for secondary packaging 
  • Equipment for secondary transport
  • Equipment for storage
  • Supplying equipment for metal-packaging
  • Consumable and primary materials
  • Materials for secondary packaging
  • Services related to the industry

The fair’s program also features many testing events and product analyses. Metpack should be attended by professionals working in several industries. Such include the metal packaging such as manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors. Machine operators and technicians should also opt to attend the event. Professionals working in related industries should likewise visit Metpack. Such include the chemical industry as well as the food & beverage industry. 


Metpack is a triennial fair that takes place at Messe Essen for 5 days. Messe Essen GmbH organizes the event, which often coincides with Interpack. The fair’s opening hours tend to be between 9 am and 6 pm for all 5 days. 

Messe Essen is an easy-to-reach venue because of its convenient location. For example, you can reach the messe in 40 minutes from the Essen/Mülheim Airport by bus. Likewise, when travelling from the central railway station, you will need 6 minutes. 

Essen is a city that is easy to navigate and travel to and from. This is due to the extensive public transport system the metropolis has. The system consists of bus, train, and taxi routes. The routes link all districts and the surrounding area. The network is easy to use, as many of the modes of transport permit the use of prepaid cards. Additionally, all routes and stations can be found in both city maps and on the stations. Essen has plentiful options for accommodation and dining. Such include hostels, hotels, guest houses, and apartments. Among the dining options, there are clubs, bars, bistros, and restaurants. Accommodation can be found in many districts of the city, including Rüttenscheid. 

Audience and Statistics

Metpack is a high-profile event that receives many international visitors. For instance, the 2017 edition of the fair received around 7200 visitors. 5477 of the trade visitors were from countries outside of Germany. Among them are sovereign states such as China, Japan, Italy, Russia, the USA, the UK, and others. There were also around 300 exhibitors at the fair, with 247 of them being international. 

Many sectors and industries sent delegates to the fair. Such include for instance the chemical industry. The sectors include household chemistry, petrochemicals, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics. The food & beverage industry also attends. Most of the attendants represent the confectionery, bakery, or beer sectors. The non-food and industrial sector also sends delegates, such as distributors and manufacturers. This is because many of the products use metal containers for storage or transportation. The metal packaging industry includes several sectors. Among them are the packaging machinery, packaging technology and packaging materials. Other sectors include packing aids and confectionery machinery.


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