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20.07.2020 Successful virtual expo from Windmöller & Hölscher

Windmöller & Hölscher, Lengerich, Germany, on 24th and 25th June held its first virtual expo to present technologies and products initially planned for the major industry trade shows – Interpack and Drupa – that have been postponed until spring 2021. “The past months have been a challenge everywhere. Yet the flexible packaging industry is as busy as ever. That is why it was so important for us to hold a virtual expo and show our customers new technologies and applications that are available now and can help them run their production more efficiently,” said Peter Steinbeck, managing partner at W&H.

To accommodate different time zones, the virtual expo was held live three times a day. Filmed in the 120,000 ft2 W&H Technology Center in Lengerich, and the W&H Academy, two live machine demonstrations and eight technical sessions were broadcast live. In addition, the EXPO offered the opportunity for one-on-one meetings and both individual and group chats.

The live technical sessions were targeted at package printers, industrial sack producers, paper bag manufacturers and film extruders. Other technical sessions covered flexible packaging topics, including sleeve handling solutions for flexographic presses, printing solutions for industrial sacks, heavy duty films for FFS sacks, remote service and paper sack production on machinery from W&H subsidiary, Garant Maschinen. Videos of the demonstrations and sessions are still available for viewing through the W&H sales team.

The Virtual EXPO was put together in just six weeks. “We have been able to accomplish a lot digitally over the past few months from sales calls to live machine trials to service support to the Virtual EXPO. The experience and insights we have gained have been invaluable. At the same time, personal meetings cannot be replaced. They are very important for building relationships and trust. Both digital and personal communications have their place”, concluded Steinbeck.

Rooms of the W&H Academy were transformed into television studios for the live technical sessions; over 2000 participants from 120 countries tuned in

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