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Post published on 01/02/2024

IMA was certified Gold from the Better Stands Programme


  • IMA achieved the highest standard of sustainability through Gold status for its stand design and build at CPHI Barcelona.
  • This important result was achieved thanks to IMA’s collaboration with Xilos, our partner in the design and construction of exhibition booths.
  • IMA commits to sustainability through its IMA ZERO project, not only for its technologies but also for its general way of operating.

At CPHI Barcelona, sustainability is a central matter for the general organization, as well as for all the pharma exhibitors that take part in the show every year and who commit to minimising their impact on the environment.

The CPHI organizers collaborated with IMA on the development of the Better Stands programme: through initiatives like this, exhibitors are encouraged to adopt a more sustainable approach and minimise waste production from disposable stands. Moreover, reusable materials were employed for seminar theatres, networking areas, and further spaces of the exhibition centre, representing a concrete step ahead towards the realization of more eco-friendly events and committing to the goal of having event waste by 2025.

Bronze Silver Gold
Reusable: As Bronze, plus reusable: As Silver, plus reusable or recyclable:
Stand structure & walls Fascia & overhead signage Graphics & decorative items
Platform or raised flooring Rigged structure Floor covering
Furniture & equipment Ceiling  
Lighting Display facilities  


IMA was certified the Gold status for its significant successes in improving the environmental impact of its stand design and build at CPHI Barcelona, achieving in this way the highest standard of sustainability.


The partnership between IMA and Xilos

IMA started to collaborate with Xilos in 2022 for the realization of stands on the occasion of exhibitions.

The two companies share common values, especially for what concerns sustainability. IMA is in fact continuously improving its environmental impact as well as eco-friendly activities, whereas Xilos is part of the EF Group, which not only boasts the ISO 14001 certification, but also the Gold Medal by Ecovadis with a score of 73/100, which is one of the most important platforms for sustainability rating.

Based on this important shared value, IMA and Xilos study and design exhibitions’ stands together, considering natural materials for stand building and the employment of recycled materials, taking concrete actions to minimise events’ waste in the near future. Moreover, the stands planned together by the two firms are characterized by a general harmony that makes visitors feel welcomed, creating a pleasant space where people can meet, stay for a while and learn everything about the IMA world.

Thanks to the great effort and pledge to sustainability by the two parts, IMA could receive the afore-mentioned recognition by the Best Stands programme for its booth at CPHI Barcelona.


About IMA’s commitment to sustainability: IMA ZERO

IMA ZERO is the evolution of IMA’s commitment to Sustainable Development: its ultimate goal is to minimise environmental impact in industrial manufacturing, while promoting and creating a working and living habitat that always puts people and biodiversity at the centre.

The project is divided into 4 main programs:

  • LOW (Low-Impact Program) refers to the pledge to lower the Group’s impact on the environment, reducing emissions, waste, as well as water and energy consumption, and preserving natural resources.
  • NOP (No-Plastic Program) fosters the employment of eco-friendly materials for the gradual reduction of plastic in packaging produced by IMA machines. To this purpose, IMA OPENLab plays a fundamental role: the Group’s network of technological laboratories and testing areas is dedicated to the research of sustainable materials, technologies and production optimisation processes.
  • E-MOB (Sustainable Mobility Program) includes the Group’s projects about sustainable and electric mobility, for example the implementation of e-charging stations at IMA’s plants to charge hybrid and electric cars during working time. The Company’s biggest investment was the acquisition of IMA AUTOMATION ATOP, an Italian excellence in manufacturing lines for the production of e-traction engines, and the acquisition of IMA AUTOMATION FASP.
  • YOU (Human-Centric Program) concerns the Group’s commitment to putting people at the centre, promoting different projects related to equal opportunities, inclusion, integration, professional development, and anything that can improve working and living conditions.

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