The Innovation Zone

National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom
27 - 28/02/2019

At the heart of innovation

We are passionate about innovation...It's in our name after all!

The UK packaging industry has a reputation for producing the very best in cutting edge and iconic packaging. We want to highlight and inspire the innovators of the industry by showcasing some of the fantastic solutions the industry has produced in the last year, and inspire our visitors to strive for innovation themselves with a series of talks and features that look ahead to the packaging of tomorrow. 

This is after all, the home of innovation for the UK packaging industry!

Innovation Stage

The Innovation Stage

The Innovation Stage hosts a range of brands and speakers as they deliver insight and case studies and innovations in industries other than packaging. This Stage offers a great opportunity for visitors to gain cross-industry inspiration that they can apply to their own packaging.

Watch this space for the programme announcement...

The start up village

We are proud to bring you the packaging industry of the future in our exclusive start up area. This is your chance to view a selection of cutting-edge new technologies submitted by the future packaging superstars!

We're currently hand selecting our start up companies, annoucement coming soon.

Innovation Lab


Talkin’ Things

Complete IoT eco-system provider for connected products to enable digital  transformation




Riji, dual ovenable moisture barrier plant-fibre food trays




Hands-free barcode scanners that  improve efficiency and ergonomics






Our new packaging is recyclable, user  friendly and logistically efficient



Linkz IM

Service platform to let your  packaging say more




Aterimo: The flat and flexible solution providing sustainable takeaway meal experiences




An innovative, strong, flexible, biodegradable and recyclable packaging solution



Garçon Wines

Creators of multi award-winning, eco-friendly, flat wine bottles

The Innovation Showcase

Innovation lies at the heart of our show and so this popular feature is returning to shine a light on the fantastic work our suppliers have done over the last year. The Innovation Showcase will see 10 finalists and their ground breaking solutions compete for the title of 'Most Innovative Pack'. Make sure you stop by to experience these products in person and vote for your favourite.


Check out the 2019 Innovation Showcase finalists...

2019 Winner!


Reseal & Recycle

From: FFP Packaging Ltd

The Reseal & Recycle pack was developed to offer an immediate solution that utilises current recycling streams. Completely recyclable, the pack is comprised of a tray, lidding film and resealable label.



From: Sirane Group

Earthpouch is an environmentally-friendly packaging film which can be recycled as part of the paper stream. A paper with a 100% plastic-free heat-sealable coating is formed into the pouch, providing a grease, water and moisture barrier. The material is also available as a reel (Earthfilm) for flow-wrap, and as a bag (Earthbag). 


ZERO plastic barrier packaging board

From: Delipac

Capabilities across the range of packaging sectors are broad and robust including FMCG - frozen food, ice cream, convenience food, food-to-go, ready meals, (ovenable/microwavable/freezable).




Tissue Bags

From: Seaman Paper

Tissue bags were created with the idea of replacing the garment poly bag you use for your online returns. We have created a solution that is 100% paper based, 100% recyclable and 100% biodegradable and FSC and PEFC certified.



From: The Sherwood Group

The Sherwood Group’s Puracoat® is an evolutionary product in food barrier packaging, offering food manufacturers, retailers and brand owners an environmentally friendly solution to conventional plastic, PE and other forms of barrier control.




SEMPACK® packaging is a flexible conical pouch made of multilayer film, and able to stand top up or top down. This innovation is currently one of the first 100% recyclable multi-layer flexible pouch (in full PP or full PE).





From: Schur Flexibles Group

FlexiClose(re) is a reclosable, polyolefinic, rigid MAP solution with high barrier fitting perfectly to our C-Base film and therefore allowing easy recycling of the entire packaging - already certified in Germany!




The perfect ‘eat me, keep me’ food packaging, Twist-Loc, combines total product clarity in lightweight, durable, reusable and recyclable rPET plastic. Manufactured from food grade recycled plastics, Twist-Loc’s innovative integrated locking device is tamper-evident and has zero ‘break-off’ tabs, minimising environmental impact.


Dual Compartment Pouch

From: Clifton Packaging Group Ltd

Clifton is the only UK convertor who has the capability to convert bespoke complex shaped Stand-up Pouches. This was the 1st Dual Compartment Stand-Up Pouch in the chilled ready meal sector. The pouch is only 1 component (printed Stand-up Pouch) which replaces 3 components (tray + lid + sleeve or label). There is up to 70% reduction in plastic used vs. previous formats for this application.


A paper solution for thermal packaging

From: Ranpak 

Ranpak introduces a new application for the cold chain e-commerce market: sustainable thermal packaging. Ranpak now offers unique solutions to use this insulating value also for the thermal packaging of perishable products like groceries, meat, meals and other food ingredients.


CleanPouch® - Aseptic System

From: Scholle IPN UK Ltd.

The Scholle IPN CleanPouch® - Aseptic System is the first pre-made, sterilized spouted pouch system for aseptically-processed products. The System includes: an innovative spout, plug, and cap combination; pouches made within clean room environments; and a small-footprint, high-output aseptic rotary filler, The SureFill® 100P – Aseptic.


COG Drum

From: Cog Containers

Cog drums do not need any wrapping; one strap diagonally across the pallet will hold all the drums in place, their unique shape locks them together. Cog drums due to their unique shape have a huge amount more strength than a standard drum, this allows them to be stacked to the weight limit of the pallet making sure you can maximize the use of your pallet and space.