Monday, January 21, 2013

plastprintpack West Africa 2013 in Accra: the natural gate towards the high potential West African market

„Africa, especially West Africa, during the past few years has become a focal point of interest as a market of the future, with high potential. Especially exporters for the food, agricultural and food processing and food packaging industry benefit from this development. West Africa, in 2012, reached a gdp-growth of 5%. Ghana’s growth, however, continuously exceeds 7%, the major reasons being political stability and the exploration of oil fields which have been started in 2010.

According to VDMA-The German Engineering Association, exports of food processing and packaging machinery to West Africa, in 2011, have considerably grown. This is also true for exports of agricultural machinery and equipment. And UN comtrade data prove the same for West African imports of finished food products. For details, please refer to the next page.

The West African countries joined forces in 1975 when founding ECOWAS-The Economic Community of West African States as a regional group of 15 West African countries with the signing of the Treaty of Lagos.

 

Its mission is to promote economic integration across the region. And Accra as the capital of Ghana is the natural gate towards the West African market. ECOWAS nationals for instance do not need a visa to enter Ghana.

On this background and responding to the growth, demand and vitality of West Africa’s industry, fairtrade organises agrofood West Africa in Accra as the 1st International Trade Show on Agriculture and Livestock, Food, Beverage & Packaging Technology and Food, Beverages & Hospitality.

To create valuable synergies, agrofood is held in conjunction with printpackplast West Africa.

We cordially like to welcome the entire global agrofood business community wishing to do business in West Africa to join this major event!“

Martin März, Managing Director, fairtrade 


I am convinced: in 10 years from now we will witness the great Africa boom. By then, for us working in the field of packaging technology, business-wise the continent will play a similarly important role as Asia does today.“

Friedbert Klefenz, President of Bosch Packaging Technology and Chairman of the board of the packaging machinery sector within VDMA-The German Engineering Association


plastprintpack West Africa 2013: Exports of plastics technology to West Africa enjoy staggering growth

The West African market for plastics technology becomes ever more important and enjoys staggering growth. According to VDMA-The German Engineering Association, the West African plastics industry imported plastics machinery and equipment, in 2011, at a volume of 133.5 million Euro, after 96.9 million Euro in 2010. This marks an increase of 37.7%.

Source: VDMA / Graph: fairtrade 2012

plastprintpack West Africa 2013: Fast growing West African imports of printing and packaging technology

plastprintpack West Africa 2013 takes place on the background of fast growing West African imports of printing and packaging technology. According to VDMA-The German Engineering Association, West African imports of printing machinery and equipment, in 2011, have increased to 64.5 million Euro, compared to 36.7 million Euro in 2010, a plus of 75.7%!


Source: VDMA / Graph: fairtrade 2012


West African imports of packaging machinery and equipment, in 2011, have increased by 52.1% (!) to 223.3 million Euro, compared to 146.8 million Euro in 2010.

Source: VDMA /Graph: fairtrade 2012


Valuable synergies: plastprintpack is held in conjunction with agrofood West Africa

To create valuable synergies for exhibitors and trade visitors alike, plastprintpack will be held in conjunction with agrofood West Africa featuring the following exhibition topics:

 


agro West Africa:
International trade show on agriculture and livestock



food+bev tec West Africa:
International trade show on food, beverage & packaging technology



food+hospitality West Africa:
International trade show on food, beverages & hospitality