Postponing plastprintpack & agrofood West Africa to 2021
Since the situation regarding COVID-19 in Ivory Coast cannot yet be perfectly assessed, the date planned for agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa in 2020 would come too early to ensure a high-quality and efficient international platform. Please mind that the event is therefore postponed to 14 – 16 October 2021.
Postponing the event to 2021 best reflects the current situation. It corresponds to our responsibility for a safe international trade show and an outstanding event with the highest possible added value for all parties involved.
However, we wish to assure all exhibitors that their registration as exhibitor remains unchanged and valid for the new date.
In order to provide you with a professional platform to generate valuable business contacts in Africa still this year, we also invite you to participate in the Virtual agrofood & plastprintpack Middle East Africa 2021.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused. For any further questions or enquiry please do not hesitate to contact us.
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The Ivorian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development opened plastprintpack & agrofood West Africa 2018
After 4 editions in Accra, Ghana, fairtrade held the 5th edition of plastprintpack & agrofood West Africa in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The event was officially opened on November 20 by the Ivorian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly.
The French-speaking West Africa is a rather homogenous market of about 110 million inhabitants
The increasing demand throughout the rather homogenous French-speaking West African market of 110 million inhabitants and the good general economic situation in Côte d'Ivoire continue to offer positive prospects for suppliers of plastprintpack & agrofood technology.
With the exception of Guinea, all countries use the franc CFA franc, which is linked to the euro. The currency facilitates not only the overseas export of machinery from Europe and Asia to Abidjan, but also the export of food within the French-speaking countries of West Africa.
Excellent pre-conditions for plastprintpack West Africa 2020.
The West African plastprintpack sector provides great chances for doing business
The West African plastprintpack sector provides great chances for doing business:
- West Africa imported plastics technology at a value of EUR 143 million in 2016. The major West African market, apart from Nigeria, being Ivory Coast with 34%, followed by Ghana and Senegal.
- West African imports of printing and paper technology amounted to EUR 122 million in 2016. Ivory Coast, apart from Nigeria, ranks first with 33%, followed by Ghana and Guinea.
- Last but not least West Africa imported packaging technology at a value of EUR 240 million in 2016. Here again its major market, apart from Nigeria, is Ivory Coast with 30%.
German Pavilion 2020
Great news for German exhibitors: An official German Pavilion will be presented featuring German exhibitors displaying their solutions and products.
The German Pavilion is presented by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture in cooperation with the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry AUMA.
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Review 2018: 80 exhibitors from 17 countries - 50+ speakers from around the globe at high-profile conferences
The AMAPLAST & ACIMGA stand was a reference point
VDMA symposium & Bosch seminar
The 5th edition of the plastprintpack & agrofood West Africa took place for the first time in Abidjan from 20 to 22 November, at the Radisson Blu Hotel Abidjan Airport. Organized by the German trade fair specialist fairtrade Messe and their Ivorian partners 2A Consult, this professional trade show is aimed at the West African plastics, printing and packaging industry including food and beverage manufacturers.
80 exhibitors from 17 countries participated. Among them many of the global leaders in their specific industry. The exhibitors came from Austria, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom and USA.
The AMAPLAST & ACIMGA stand was a reference point for West African operators interested in Italian plastics & rubber and printing & converting machines
"Sub-Saharan countries, especially in the Western area of the African continent, represent interesting emerging markets for the Italian plastics and rubber machinery, equipment, moulds as well as printing and converting machines. Though the relevant exports value is still low, compared to other traditional destinations, prospects are quite good. This is the reason why AMAPLAST and ACIMGA have been monitoring these regions, first of all by attending sector exhibitions.
The AMAPLAST and ACIMGA stand at plastprintpack West Africa 2018 was a reference point for local operators interested in collecting information on the Italian plastics and rubber, printing and converting machinery industry, which is a global leader, especially in light of important capabilities such as: products’ thickness reduction, energy saving, Industry 4.0 and recycling solutions." (Mr Mario Maggiani - General Manager - AMAPLAST)
A quality conference programme
The exhibition was accompanied by top quality conferences and events featuring 50+ speakers from around the globe.
VDMA: Symposium on plastic packaging and recycling
In conjunction with plastprintpack & agrofood West Africa 2018 the VDMA German Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association organized a symposium focusing on West African needs.
Theme of the symposium: How European plastic and rubber machines can make a valuable contribution to the West African plastic, packaging and recycling industries
The following companies and experts were present:
- Engel - Mr. Hamzeh Hamzehehloo
- Erema - Mr. Franz Weixlbaumer & Mr. Christian Hell
- Gabler - Mr. Nicolas Fey
- llig - Mr. Jochen Butz
- Kautex - Mr. Mohamed Ikar
- Kurtz - Mr. Walter Kurtz
- Pallmann - Mr. Paul Kenneth Amas
Bosch seminar on processing & packaging of local high added value products such as coffee, cocoa, cereals, …
BOSCH Group (Packaging Technology & Thermotechnology), in association with BÜHLER, two worldwide industry leaders, held a seminar to discover the processing and packaging technologies adapted to West African markets, at a time when all the initiatives of governments and industries in the West African Region are converging on the need for local processing of agricultural products which should generate more added value and better competitiveness in both Local and International markets.
With the participation of GROFIN Côte d'Ivoire, provider of financial support solutions for agro-industrial projects.
Strong international support
plastprintpack & agrofood West Africa 2018 enjoy the support of the following international institutions:
- France - adepta French Agrofood Association & French Embassy Côte d'Ivoire
- Germany - German Embassy Abidjan, AHK Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana
- Italy – Italian Embassy Côte d'Ivoire
- Netherlands - Agricultural Counselor for West Africa with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, NABC Netherlands-African Business Council, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation
- Turkey – Ministry of Economy, Turkish Embassy Côte d'Ivoire
France, the Netherlands and Turkey were present with official national pavilions.