(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The plastics mold-making printing and packaging industries have descended on sharjah as the region?s only multi-industry trade event got under way at expo centre sharjah
The second plastivision arabia second arabia mold inaugural print pack arabia and the 5th international conference for plastics conversion (plasticon 2014) were jointly inaugurated on monday by shaikh mohammad bin saud bin sultan al qasimi chairman of the sharjah department of central finance and indrajit pal i.a.s. secretary department of chemicals and petrochemicals of india.
Shaikh mohammad bin saud bin sultan al qasimi tours plastivision arabia at sharjah expo center on monday. — kt photo by m. sajjad
All the shows and the conference are running simultaneously and will continue until april 10 at expo centre sharjah.
Ahmed mohammed al midfa chairman sharjah chamber of commerce and industry; saif mohammed al midfa ceo expo centre sharjah; top executives of co-organisers all india plastics manufacturers association demat indian printing packaging and allied machinery manufacturers’ association (ipama) gulf petrochemicals and chemicals association and other guests attended the opening ceremony.
“plastics consumption in the middle east is driven by the packaging and construction industries followed by consumer goods and textiles. a rapidly growing young population big-ticket construction projects and bigger penetration of pre-packed foods are driving consumption prompting region’s plastics producers to look at acquiring new machinery and technology to keep pace with demand” said ahmed mohammed al midfa.
According to a pci films consulting report the flexible packaging industry in the middle east and africa is valued at 4 billion in 2013 and is growing five per cent annually. the second largest consumer of plastics the construction sector has around 3.45 trillion worth of projects in the design bid or construction stage until 2025 in the gcc according to another report.
“with plastics being an ideal packaging material for all sorts of commercial and industrial users the introduction of print pack arabia will give a new dimension to plastivision arabia & arabia mold” said saif mohammed al midfa.
Print pack arabia
Spurred by rising regional advertising spend expanding retail landscape and increasing exports the printing and packaging industry is looking at print pack arabia as the best platform to source their requirements of new technology designs and products. this is particularly so because 80 per cent of firms operating in the field are based in sharjah and the northern emirates.
“visitors can expect new technology that are cost-effective and will help in improving productivity by several folds. 3d solutions to printing and mold-making will be a one such new technology the regional industries are keenly waiting for. the technology can fundamentally change many aspects of the manufacturing process” added saif mohammed al midfa.
Aiming to be a dedicated meeting and sourcing point for the regional printing and packaging industry which is expected to touch us11 billion by 2015 the inaugural print pack arabia is jointly organised by expo centre sharjah and the ipama the apex body of printing packaging and allied industries in india. “it is a matter of great pride to see the unveiling a new trade show at expo centre sharjah. the calendar of events at expo centre is growing consistently and i am sure print pack arabia will be a landmark event for the regional printing and packaging industry” said ahmed mohammed midfa after the opening ceremony.
“i am sure that the tie-up with ipama will help sharjah take centre stage in the fast-growing printing and packing industry in the middle east region and successfully complement the plastivision arabia arabia mold and plasticon held simultaneously” he added.
Print pack arabia is featuring more than 70 exhibitors apart from two special pavilions from india and china and a knowledge-sharing platform through the technical seminars.