Some 2,815 visitors attended Tissue World 2013 in Barcelona in what was the shows most successful event yet.
The figure comprises of exhibitors, delegates, speakers and visitors and is an increase of 40% on figures from Tissue World Nice 2011.
There were 190 exhibitors in total, 54 of which were new businesses, while people from 92 countries attended.
On the show floor, there were more companies showcasing live machinery than ever before.
Some 331 people attended the conference, the key themes at which included sustainability, recycled fibre, production and energy efficiencies.
There was great participation from across the world’s supply chain, from pulp supply to retailers.
Morris Housen, chief executive and president at USA-based Erving Paper Mills, told TW: “The event was a hit. The action at the exhibits was energetic and the presentations were compelling and topical.”
He added that he was impressed with the well roundedness of the exhibitors.
“I met with suppliers that affected every aspect of my operation. The paper machine builders were clearly the stars of the show with record numbers of installations and shifting technology.
“In terms of themes, what excited me most was the bullishness of the exhibitors and the attendees. I’ve been to a lot of trade shows, none are ever this active from the opening day until the closing bell.
“And Barcelona was a perfect backdrop to frame the excitement of our industry and its bright future.”
Jordi Gomà-Camps Travé, production manager at Spanish tissue producer Gomà-Camps, told TW: “We took the most profit out of the possibility of having several suppliers in the same place and having the opportunity to discuss with them and compare among them in order to plan our next steps towards sustainability and competitiveness.
“The show ran very well and it was definitely better than in Nice. It is always interesting to change and refresh ideas.”
For TW’s summary of the event, see the April/May issue of Tissue World magazine.Below: Exhibitors and visitors celebrate the Tissue World Runnability awards!