PRO2PAC Promising show figures

Organisers of the Pro2pac event in London in March have said that initial indications show visitor numbers were up, despite the difficult economic conditions.

Pending an ABC audit, event organisers claim visitor figures rose by 6% on the previous year's standing of 13,747.

In fact, several of the 2009 exhibitors have already booked space for the 2011 event, with companies such as Industrial Washing Machines (IWM), Nicholl Food Packaging, Orbital Food Machinery and Ulma Packaging planning to attend.

IWM MD Carl Hollier said: "We thought the show was excellent and definitely worth attending - so much so that we have already put our name down for the next one.

"The visitors were of the right calibre and we've generated some exciting potential new leads."

Midsomer Norton firm Machines 4 Food also said it has booked for the 2011 show. Director Michael Ruck said the show was brilliant for the company and a good number of people visited the stand.

Pro2pac group exhibition director Ian Crawford said: "We are delighted with the feedback we've received from exhibitors and visitors alike.

The significant number of high-calibre visitors and the range of exciting solutions all under one roof made for a truly fantastic show.

Perhaps indicative of the current economic climate, the sold-out event reflected industry opinion that, despite all the modern avenues, an exhibition really is one of the most cost-effective ways of doing business; seeing, feeling and actually experiencing a whole variety of products as well as being able to speak to skilled technicians to gain an insight into how the equipment works is invaluable in these tough times."

The next show takes place on 13-16 March 2011 at ExCeL London.