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Messe Essen, Germany
The world's leading fair for metal packaging
The METPACK is the most important meeting place for the international metal packaging industry.
Every three years, the market leaders and many specialised companies from the metal packaging industry present their innovations at the world's leading fair in Essen. The METPACK is a nucleus for innovations and a communication platform at the same time. And so a high-calibre jury confers the METPACK Innovation Award to particularly trendsetting developments which reduce costs and increase quality.
As the undisputed No. 1 of the industry, the METPACK impressively demonstrates the level of innovation and knowledge of both today and tomorrow. We look forward to see you again in May 2 - 5, 2017.
METPACK has continued its success story in 2014 as well
Even bigger and even more international: The world's premier fair for metal packaging attracted more exhibitors once again. This year, 243 companies from 27 nations showed their innovations at Messe Essen – including a large number of global players such as ArcelorMittal, ThyssenKrupp Rasselstein, KBA and Soudronic.
7.100 trade visitors travelled from about 100 countries in order to obtain information about the latest know-how in metal packaging at the global meeting place of the sector. Nearly one third ordered directly at the fair – predominantly in the high six-digit range.
Over 91 percent of the exhibitors showed that they were satisfied with their business success. Moreover, 96 percent of the exhibiting companies are expecting good post-fair business.
"METPACK has once more precisely tapped the pulse of the sector and has impressively highlighted its position as the most important ordering platform anywhere in the world for the international metal packaging industry," was the assessment made by Oliver P. Kuhrt, Chairman and CEO of Messe Essen. The exhibitors see that in exactly the same way: Even now, 95 percent of the exhibitors are already certain that they will be present at the world's premier fair in Essen in the future too.
ESSEN TRADE FAIR HOTELS
There are plenty of reasons to join us FOR THE METPACK ESSEN FAIR Trade Fair .
You will meet knowledgeable industry leaders who will address a range of topics, link informative strategies for building your business, and learn how European demographics and psychographics differ from those in the U.S.
Put simply, if you want to tap into the vital European business market, you need to be at the METPACK ESSEN TTI Travel, the Trade Fair Travel Specialists!
Visit a doctor.
Get a physical and update your vaccines. Depending on what country you are traveling to, you may need particular immunizations. Carry your medications with you on the plane so in the event your luggage is lost, you will have your daily meds on hand. Request a computerized medication list from your pharmacist in case of a medical emergency. And finally, check your insurance policy to confirm you are covered medically overseas, and if not buy travel health protection and medical evacuation insurance to be fully prepared.
Arrive at your destination country early.
Get the lay of the land by arriving a day or two before your meeting and hire a local guide to show you around. Contact the concierge at your hotel for recommendations on who to hire. Request the guide speak English so you can communicate and ask for helpful hints and tips that will be useful while you are visiting and doing business. Ask the concierge and your guide for suggestions of restaurants, coffee shops, and unique sites that are both safe and well regarded.
Give the U.S. State Department a heads up.
Notify the U.S. State Department and sign up to receive important information from the embassy about safety conditions, and be available via text or email should they need to contact you for travel alerts, natural disasters, or other emergencies. Utilize programs such as, "Stay Informed, Stay Connected, Stay Safe!" Smart Traveler Enrollment Program and refer to U.S. Passports and International Travel website for more information.
Contact your credit card company.
Nothing brings your trip to a screeching halt faster than frozen funds. Be sure to let your credit card company know when and where you'll be traveling so you can avoid the frantic call to unlock your card. Credit cards with magnetic strips are not always accepted by businesses, and some establishments do not accept credit cards at all, so make sure to carry a fair amount of local currency to avoid being caught off guard.
Make copies of important documents.
Make duplicates of the following: passport, driver's license, credit/debit cards, birth certificate, and insurance cards. Leave a set of copies at home or with someone you trust to retrieve the information. Pack another set carefully in your carry-on bag. Take a picture of your credit cards and security codes in case you need to access them immediately.
Anticipate technology challenges.
It may be difficult to find a place to charge your cell phone in the middle of the day while traveling. Consider bringing a backup solar powered battery charger. Depending on the country, you might need adaptors for your technology and electronics. Rather than bringing a suitcase full of hair tools and adaptors, invest in a less expensive hair straightener or curling iron when you arrive and use the hotel blow dryer. Even with an adaptor, some electronics can't handle the difference in voltage and will easily burn out.
Research your phone's travel capabilities.
Make a call to your cell phone company and discuss your options. I've found it worth the expense to purchase a travel calling plan when spending time abroad. Text messages and downloading any kind of data will quickly add up without a travel plan. Double check your phone settings and turn off "data fetch" for any programs on your phone that update on their own (i.e. Facebook). This will conserve your data until it's needed.
Brush up on the local language. You can test your skills using an app on your phone such as Duolingo or Google Translate. Don't underestimate a good old fashioned phrase book to get you through simple interactions. Familiarize yourself with the basics beforehand such as, "Hello," "Good-bye," "Excuse me," "My name is _____," "Nice to meet you," "Please," "Thank you," and "Where is the restroom?" to use as you go about your trip.
Photograph your luggage. Anyone who has had the unfortunate experience of losing their luggage can attest that trying to describe to an airport representative what your luggage looks like (i.e. black with wheels) can be vague. A baggage claim ticket is useful, but often lost during the flight and numerous layovers. Make an effort to attach something notable to your suitcases and take a picture of your baggage with your cell phone. Now you can easily identify your luggage in the sea of black bags.
Do your homework. Cultural customs differ from country to country, and it's always prudent to be prepared before you arrive. For example, some countries encourage tipping while others do not. Some regions are close communicators while others are more reserved. It's in your best interest to know something about the culture, etiquette, religion, business values, and particular communication styles before landing on foreign soil.
TTI Travel International Trade Fair Travel Tips
Taking care of details before you depart can make the difference between a smooth trip and a traveling nightmare. Here are a few first steps to get you started on the right foot: