Metal Working Industries
Essen, Germany
05-08 May 2026
Messe Essen GmbH
Messe Essen
3 years
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A pivotal event for the metal packaging industry

METPACK is the only informational and cross-border procurement platform to target successfully the international metal packaging industry. This specialist international trade fair sets the tone for the years to come and is always the first place to see the most cutting-edge technologies in practical use.

The very first edition was held back in 1992 and since that year, METPACK has quickly been promoted to the leading event that covers the entire value chain. Exhibitors cover every link from raw materials and consumable through manufacturing to painting, surface treatment and storage equipment. The product portfolio is more than impressive – nonferrous metals, steel and iron, tubes, cans, caps and drums. You name it, it’s going to be there!


The long road to METPACK 2026 has already begun with early preparations in the present. The in-person trade show will be held between 05.05.2026 and 08.05.2026 at the Messe Essen in Essen. It will not be guided by a strict, comprehensive COVID-19 prevention plan due to the removal of the pandemic-related restrictions.


As an exhibitor, you have a never-ending list with tasks from finding accommodation to figuring out the logistics behind installing your booth. Trade Fair Trips ltd changes the way your approach work trips in the future, because we do it all. You need meeting rooms? We can arrange the right facilities with the relevant A/V equipment in advance. No contractor to do your trade booth? We can send a team to install it.

If you want to be in an excellent hotel close to Messe Essen, look no further. We work with a lot of properties in Essen and can handle any budget. You book hotels for METPACK with access to public transport and at the prices you want. What’s better, we work quick and can deliver a list with the most affordable hotel rates during METPACK within a work day.

On foot
On foot:

Not advisable when travelling from Düsseldorf International Airport

40 mins when travelling from Essen Hauptbahnhof (Central Station)

By car
By car:

15 mins when travelling from Düsseldorf International Airport

10 mins when travelling from Essen Hauptbahnhof (Central Station)

By public transport
By public transport:

55 mins when travelling from Düsseldorf International Airport

25 mins when travelling from Essen Hauptbahnhof (Central Station)


Hotels near METPACK

Hotel Stars Distance to fair City Price
METPACK 2026 Essen A&O Dortmund Hauptbahnhof 37.4 Dortmund from € 147.00 EUR Book Now
METPACK 2026 Essen Premier Inn Dusseldorf City Friedrichstadt Düsseldorf from € 387.00 EUR Book Now
Hotel Bredeney 1.6 Essen from € 257.00 EUR Book Now
METPACK 2026 Essen Hampton by Hilton Düsseldorf City Centre Düsseldorf from € 256.00 EUR Book Now
METPACK 2026 Essen Moxy Duesseldorf City Düsseldorf from € 296.00 EUR Book Now
Courtyard by Marriott Dusseldorf Seestern Düsseldorf from € 294.00 EUR Book Now
METPACK 2026 Essen A&O Dusseldorf Hauptbahnhof Düsseldorf from € 198.00 EUR Book Now
Lindner Hotel BayArena Leverkusen from € 371.00 EUR Book Now
METPACK 2026 Essen Mercure Hotel Dusseldorf City Nord Düsseldorf from € 424.00 EUR Book Now
METPACK 2026 Essen Ramada by Wyndham Essen 3.9 Essen from € 321.00 EUR Book Now

METPACK is a highly successful brand for Essen, Germany. Messe Essen is the sole organiser of METPACK and doubles as the official venue as well. Editions are run at larger intervals than most trade fairs; three years between each.

Only trade visitors are given admissions to the trade fair and programming lasts for five days in total. Working hours have been tentatively set from 09:00 am in the morning until 17:00 pm in the afternoon, but are subject to change and traditionally the last day ends earlier.

Messe Essen is centrally located in Essen, which allows for a swift commute be it by car or by public transport. If you’ve chosen not to rent a car, then you have a quick link to the grounds thanks to the city rail system.

“We have been completely overwhelmed by this year’s METPACK. We did expect our new digital printing machines to be very popular, but we never imagined that our stand would be practically overrun! Our products were the talk of the trade fair. Interest was enormous. We set new standards. It could not have gone better.”

– Ralf Gumbel, Managing Director, KBA-Metalprint;


“We are very pleased with our presence at this year’s METPACK. Feedback from the members of our association and in the metal packaging promotional organisation has been outstanding, and we have also made a lot of new contacts on our stand. For us, as an organisation, METPACK is a valuable platform for nurturing contacts,”

– Sibylle Vollmer, Managing Director Fördergesellschaft Metallverpackungen mbH


“Our overall assessment of the trade fair as exhibitor is very good. The quality of visitors was outstanding, and without any significant wasted coverage. One customer spontaneously ordered our Maschine Can Former CF 589 which he had only become aware of at METPACK,”

– Wolfgang Niemsch, Managing Director, Lanico-Maschinenbau Otto Niemsch

The testimonials above reveal a rather optimistic landscape for manufacturers, which results in a high number of direct sales and sales leads. But what are the numbers saying? Given that METPACK is a highly specialist event, it makes sense for the audience to be concentrated in numbers, and yet organisers register a steady growth.

Last edition saw over 7200 trade visitors (in itself a satisfying number) and 300 exhibitors (a personal record for METPACK). And not just any kind of exhibitors – we are talking big names like Can Man, KBA-MetalPrint, Lanico, Mall + Herlan. This, in turn, attracts only high profile visitors – companies with big budgets and an eagerness to buy. Organisers disclose that that 86% of all trade visitors are employed at decision-making posts. Needless to say, this bodes well for your plans to move products off shelves.


METPACK 2023 took place as a live trade show between 02.05.2023 and 06.05.2023 in Messe Munich. The venue did not feature Covid-19 safety measures due to Germany lifting its pandemic-related restrictions. The event was attended by around 6,500 visitors and 313 exhibitors. 73% of the visiting group were from abroad and 88% had purchasing or procurement expertise. This resulted in many successful business deals. 72% of the visitors considered placing follow-up orders and 82% deemed the presented products and services as greatly positive. 93% of the visitors would attend the next edition and recommend the event to others. Of the exhibitors, 95% will take part in the next rendition.

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