Celebrating packaging machine engineering: 10 years Packaging Valley

2017 is an eventful year for Packaging Valley: “Interpack” is imminent and the packaging machine industry network is celebrating its tenth anniversary.

Schwäbisch Hall. From 4th to 10th May 2017, Packaging Valley is represented at Interpack in Düsseldorf. In Hall 16, most of the booths are occupied by Packaging Valley: Seven member companies present a JOINT fair stand and other members are represented at adjoining booths. Other member companies have booths in Halls 15, 6 and 4. This year the network celebrated its tenth anniversary. A reason to look back on all that has been achieved.

10 Years of Packaging Valley – How it all began

It all began as a collaboration of 15 companies in the Hohenlohe region in the south of Germany and has today become the representative brand name for packaging machine engineering. The Association “Packaging Valley” was founded in 2007 as a concept for the united presentation of the regional density of companies in the field of packaging machine engineering and thus the offer of a unique spectrum of competence. Today there are more than 40 member companies in the association. Packaging solutions from Packaging Valley are in demand all over the world. The exchange of know-how amongst member companies of the association makes Packaging Valley an enormously valuable network, both for its members and for customers.


Milestones of Packaging Valley:

  • 2007: 15 member companies set up Packaging Valley Germany e.V.
  • Since 2008: “Students meet Entrepreneurs“ – Recruiting of skilled workforce
  • International student groups visit Packaging Valley at regular intervals
  • 2010: Premiere of the branch event “Packaging Valley Days”.
  • 2013: Book Chronicle: “150 Years of Packaging Machines in South West Germany –
    Inventors, Doers and World Market Leaders” comes onto the market
  • 2014 and 2015: New edition brochure and website – directory of specialists in packaging machine engineering and information on vacant positions and a career portal
  • 2016: Inauguration of the Virtual Reality Center in the Technology Center in Schwäbisch Hall
  • 2017: More than 40 member companies and rising trend


Bernd Hansen, Chairman of the Association and CEO of the Rommelag Group, is convinced that the branch association holds an extremely favourable position. “In Germany and worldwide we are enjoying constantly increasing recognition. International industry experts link our name with innovative special machine engineering. Projects such as the Virtual Reality Center move us forward. And for the next ten years we already have countless new ideas with no limits.”

For customers, friends and members, on this occasion, the tenth anniversary of Packaging Valley there will be a celebration party in the VIP Lounge at Interpack. An open-air celebration for more than 8,000 employees of Packaging Valley is planned for the summer of this year.


Further information on Interpack 2017

The Packaging Valley Lounge is the central meeting point for customers and interested parties and is at the heart of the Joint Stand in Hall 16. Here the companies R. Weiss, Breitner, Stako, Popp, Ho-Ma, Somatec Yilong and OCS are also represented. The adjacent areas are in the hands of members such as Rommelag and Optima. Also in Hall 16: R. Deckert, Seidenader, SorTec and Transova Ruf. In other halls are also the companies Gasti (Hall 17), Ishida, OCS (Hall 15), Heitec, E+K (Hall 6) and PS mako (Hall 4).

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