Easyfairs is delaying Packaging Innovations & Empack 2022 until May in light of the current coronavirus situation and ongoing travel restrictions.

Scheduled for mid-February and taking place at the NEC, Birmingham, UK the event has now been postponed until 25-26 May this year.

Easyfairs noted that the decision to postpone the event has been made in consultation with the event’s partners, exhibitors, and the packaging community as a whole. It is a result of the impact of the recent and rapid spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, making it, ‘impossible to plan for a successful event in February.’

Renan Joel, divisional director for Easyfairs’ packaging events in the UK and France, commented, ‘It is our mission to run fantastic events that connect the packaging community, drive innovation and business and give a truly inspiring vision of the future. We want to ensure that the next edition of Packaging Innovations & Empack at the NEC does this and moving the event to May will give the whole community the best chance of having the event it deserves.

‘I would like to thank all the stakeholders in our event – exhibitors, associations, media and visitors – for their support for the change in dates. We can’t wait to bring them all together in May and help them drive their innovations for the year to come.’