ArabPlast 2005 - the Middle East’s premier trade show for rubber, plastics and plastic packaging - which will see the participation of leading global petrochemical giants, announced that the show has evoked tremendous response internationally resulting in 100 per cent booking of the exhibition space. The show, slated for March 20-23, 2005, will span three exhibition halls (2, 3, 4 & 5A) of Dubai International Exhibition Centre (DIEC).
Commenting on the response to the seventh edition of the fair, Mr. Satish Khanna, General Manager, Al Fajer Information and Services, organisers of the show, said: “This is a clear indication that the Middle East’s plastic industry, a key component of regional economies, is poised for phenomenal growth. Besides the leading players, ArabPlast 2005 will also showcase products and technologies of new entrants who wish to penetrate regional markets.”
Mr. Khanna said the plastic industry is an important part of the region’s manufacturing sector, easily attracting a large chunk of its total investments. Fed by huge petrochemical capacities that have emerged in the region over the past two decades, the downstream plastic industry is growing rapidly, he added.
“The boom in construction and population, coupled with the region’s vibrant commercial and industrial sectors will continue to propel the demand for plastics and allied industries,” Mr. Khanna said.
The consumer durables, engineering, construction and pharmaceutical industries were increasingly finding new uses for plastics, which has also spurred consumption of plastics, he pointed out.
Mr. Khanna noted that the vast consumer market in the Middle East was throwing up new opportunities for entrepreneurs who are interested in investing in the plastic packaging industry in the region.
Al Fajer had announced a partnership with Germany’s leading exhibition organizer Messe Dusseldorf GmbH earlier for ArabPlast 2005. The partnership has raised the profile of ArabPlast 2005 in the global markets, particularly Europe & North America.
The last edition of ArabPlast in 2003 had closed with deals worth US$271 million. Over 228 companies from 18 countries participated in the fair in 2003, which had a trade visitor turnout of 6,528 from across the region, particularly from AGCC countries. The 2005 edition will build on the success achieved in the 2003 show, Mr Khanna said.
ArabPlast 2005 will also feature an international conference for the first time. The International Conference will explore the Arab world’s role on the global plastics industry and also provide delegates with the updated market information on the opportunities and challenges of doing business in this part of the world.
The exhibition will see the participation of leading manufacturers of raw materials including Exxon Mobil, Qatar Petrochemicals, Astra Polymers, Clariant, Borougue, EnerPlastics, Reliance Petrochemicals and Iran Petrochemicals. Other big players include Reifenhauser, Krauss Mafeii, Battenfeld Injection and Kampf of Germany, Piovani, Beilloni of Borghi of Italy and Cincinnati, Technoplast, Starlinger and Theyson of Austria.
Significantly, China is among the three new entrants in ArabPlast 2005, the other two being Spain and Malaysia. Around 300 companies are expected to participate from 25 countries, the leading groups include Germany, Italy, India, China, Korea, Turkey, Malaysia and Taiwan. The exhibition will comprise of 15 pavilions, covering a total of 13,000 square metres. The official pavilions include those of Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, India, Korea, Malaysia and Turkey.
The GCC group consists of SPT Middle East, Emirates National Plastics, Precision Dies, Unipack, Modern Plastics, United Motors and Oman Polypropylene among several others.
The exhibition will display the latest technology in injection moulding, blow moulding and plastic processing. It will also showcase raw materials for plastics such as masterbatches, additives and polymers. ArabPlast will be a veritable trade showcase of a wide spectrum of plastic machinery, plastic/rubber processing technology, pre and post-processing systems, plastic packaging technology, injecting molding, blow molding, wrapping technology, extrusions, chemicals and additives, semi finished goods, engineering plastics, plastic products and many more.
Country and industry associations such as VDMA (Germany), Austria Economic Chamber (Austria), ANAIP (Spain), Assocomoplast (Italy), KPPMIC (Korea), and AIPMA (India), have extended their full cooperation to ArabPlast exhibition.