Metpack 2026 details announced

Image: Schuchrat Kurbanov/©Messe Essen GmbH

Messe Essen is setting the course for a successful Metpack 2026. Only a few months after the 2023 edition, the organiser and the Metpack Committee have agreed to adjust the trade fair period to four days – and thus make the event more efficient and attractive. This means that the international metal packaging industry will next meet from 5 to 8 May 2026 in Halls 1, 2 and 3 of Messe Essen to discuss innovations and trends. From Tuesday to Thursday, Metpack will now open one hour longer from 9am. to 6pm, and on Friday, the last day of the trade fair, from 9am to 3pm.

During the 2023 edition, the world’s leading trade fair for the production and processing of metal packaging was still held for five days – and thus into Saturday. “This model of also holding the event on Saturday has proven to be outdated,” explains Oliver P Kuhrt, CEO of Messe Essen. “Exhibitor and visitor surveys have shown that many of our guests are already leaving on the Friday of the trade fair. An extended version of the event into the weekend is therefore obsolete,” Kuhrt said.

There will also be no loss of quality because the opening hours on the other days of the fair have been adjusted. Instead of opening until 5pm. as usual, Messe Essen will now open its halls at Metpack until 6pm from Monday to Thursday. “We are responding to the industry’s desire for greater harmonisation and more efficiency and are certain that the path we have taken will lead us to a successful event in 2026,” said Christina Kleinpaß, project manager of Metpack, looking forward to the next edition of the trade fair.

The registration documents for Metpack 2026 are now available on the website:

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