plastprintpack & agrofood West Africa: Quality of business contacts initiated leaves exhibitors highly satisfied

Remarkable number of visitors: 1,461

The 5th edition of plastprintpack & agrofood West Africa 2018 was completed with great success.

The exhibitors were very satisfied, as a remarkable number of 1,461 visitors from all over Ivory Coast and neighboring West African countries visited the fair in order to discuss dedicated projects.

Especially the quality of many business leads was emphasized by the exhibitors - see more impressions and read what the exhibitors said. 

According to the plastprintpack West Africa 2018 exhibitor survey 100 % of the exhibitors recommend the event, 95% are satisfied or even very satisfied with the trade show as a whole, also 95% intend to participate again in 2020 and were satisfied with the services provided by the organisers, and 82% are satisfied with the prospects for business after the fair.

Visitors were similarly positive about the event, the analysis being based on a response rate of as much as 20% of visitors: 93% of visitors were completely or partially satisfied with the quality of the business contacts, 88% recommend the fair. Also interesting: 42% of the visitors stated that the most important reason for attending the event was to receive information about new products and innovations. 37% came primarily to attend the conference programme. And 21% attended to establish and expand business contacts.

The Ivorian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development opened the 5th 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. 

Participants and speakers at the opening session included: 

  • Mr. Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • H.E. Mr. Michael Grau, Ambassador of Germany
  • H.E. Mr. Robert van den Dool, Ambassador of the Netherlands
  • H.E. Mrs Esra Demir, Ambassador of Turkey
  • Mr. Frédéric K N'Da Mougo Komenan, Director General of Industrial Activity - Ministry of Commerce, Industry and SME Promotion
  • Mr. Nalaka Sanjeewa, Market Analyst Tea Promotion Division - Sri Lanka Tea Board
  • Mrs. Isabelle Kouamo - adepta
  • Mr. Mario Maggiani, General Manager - Amaplast
  • Mr. Paul März and Mr. Martin März, Managing Directors - fairtrade Messe & Mr. Augustin Akou, Managing Director - 2A

80+ exhibitors from 17 countries - 50+ speakers from around the globe at high-profile conferences - Bolloré was the Gold Sponsor

The AMAPLAST & ACIMGA stand was a reference point

VDMA symposium on how European plastic and rubber machines can make a valuable contribution to the West African plastic, packaging and recycling industries

Bosch seminar on processing & packaging of local high added value products such as coffee, cocoa, cereals, …  

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. 

More than 80 exhibitors from 17 countries have confirmed their participation. Among them many of the global leaders in their specific industry.

The following countries were represented with a particularly large number of exhibitors: 

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.

Bolloré was the GOLD SPONSOR

plastprintpack & agrofood West Africa 2018 is pleased to have gained Bolloré as Gold Sponsor. Founded in 1822, the Bolloré Group is one of the 500 largest companies in the world, with 81,420 employees and a turnover of 18.3 billion euroin 2017. Listed on the Paris Stock Exchange, Bolloré holds strong positions in all its activities around three business lines, Transportation and Logistics, Communication, Electricity Storage and solutions.

The AMAPLAST & ACIMGA stand was a reference point for West African operators interested in Italian plastics & rubber and printing & converting machines

Mr Mario Maggiani
General Manager – AMAPLAST

"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."

A quality conference programme

The exhibition was accompanied by top quality conferences and events featuring 50+ speakers from around the globe.

Please check out the entire programme.

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.

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 2018. Together with its partner event agrofood West Africa the show takes place on 20 to 22 November 2018 at the Radisson Blu Hotel Abidjan Airport in Abidjan.

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%.  

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