Taking advantage of the growing bilateral cooperation between the UAE and India, Expo Centre Sharjah is strengthening its ties with its key partners in India.
The Expo Centre team, led by its CEO Mr. Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, was in New Delhi and Mumbai on October 26 and 27 meeting senior executives of the All India Plastics Manufacturers Association (AIPMA) and Indian Printing, Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers' Association (IPAMA).
Expo Centre Sharjah organises the biennial Plastivision Arabia and the Print Pack Arabia trade shows jointly with AIPMA and IPAMA, respectively. The Expo team included Mr. Sandeep M. Bolar, Business Development Manager.
“Bilateral relations between the UAE and India are fast gaining momentum and we could feel the eagerness at all levels during our meeting with both AIPMA and IPAMA. We are glad that we could find common ground in enhancing our partnerships and as a result we are expecting a much bigger Indian participation for the upcoming Plastivision Arabia and Print Pack Arabia shows,” said Mr. Midfa.
The 3rd Plastivision Arabia 2016 and the 2nd Print Pack Arabia 2016 will be held concurrently at Expo Centre from 22 to 25 February.
The Expo Centre visit comes at a time when the UAE and India are working closely to increase their two-way trade by 60 per cent in five years. Currently, India is the UAE’s second largest trade partner after China, with trade crossing US$ 59 billion in 2014-15.
The two countries have also agreed to boost UAE investment in India to the tune of US$ 75 billion, while India is looking at resuming free trade agreement talks with the GCC.
“India today is a formidable player in the plastics industry. Some of the best quality equipment are being made here. It is also a leader in producing and supplying innovative polymer products and materials to the world. The GCC and the Middle East are attractive markets for Indian makers of the latest machinery, equipment and allied products for the printing and packaging industry,” added Mr. Midfa, explaining the significance of the visit and how it can help boost bilateral trade.
AIPMA, which is the oldest and the largest apex body of the plastics industry in India, organises Plastivision India, the second largest plastics exhibition in India and one of the top trade shows in the world.
IPAMA is the apex body of printing, packaging and allied industries in India. It organizes Print Pack India, the fourth largest exhibition of its kind in the world and the biggest in India.