Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Algeria ranks among Africa‘s Top 4 importers of plastics, packaging and printing technology

plast & printpack alger 2014 the biggest ever featuring 161 technology leaders from 24 countries

According to figures of VDMA-the German Engineering Association, Algeria ranks among Africa‘s Top 4 importers of plastics, packaging and printing technology (in line with South Africa, Egypt and Nigeria).

So it comes as no surprise that the 3rd plast alger and the 4th printpack alger in 2014 is as big and as international as ever before. The record participation of 161 technology leaders from 24 countries testifies to the considerable value the international business community meanwhile attaches to Algeria.

The number of exhibitors reflects an increase of about 50% compared to 2012 (104 exhibitors from 17 countries, 2,388 professional visitors).

The exhibitors come from Algeria, Austria, Belgium, China, Cyprus, Egypt, Germany, Greece, France, India, Iran, Italy, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

The countries with the most exhibitors include Italy with 26 exhibitors, Algeria 23, China 18, France 18, Austria 11, Spain 10, Taiwan 9, Germany 8, India 6, Tunisia and Turkey 5, and Portugal and Switzerland with 3 exhibitors.

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Algeria’s leading plastics, packaging and printing technology trade fair has received the patronage of H.E. the Algerian Minister of Industrial Development and Investment Promotion, Mr Amara Benyounes. The organisers thank minister Benyounes and his team for their support during the preparation of the exhibition.

The organisers also like to thank the institutional partners for their valuable support:

  • AHK Algeria, Algerian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Algiers
  • The Austrian Embassy and Advantage Austria WKO,
  • AVEP-Valencian Association of Plastic Manufacturers in Spain
  • Marchet-Special Agency of the Chamber of Commerce of Ancona
  • Promos-Special Agency of the Milan Chamber of Commerce.

plast & printpack alger are organised by the German trade fair specialists fairtrade and its German-Algerian team.

The decision of the organisers to increase the exhibition space by moving to the bigger "Pavilion A" was a logical consequence of the growing demand of the Algerian plast, print & pack industry and the great success of the 2012 edition.

plast alger 2014 takes place on the background of sharply rising imports. According to VDMA, the German Engineering Association, Algerian imports of plastics and rubber technology amounted to 99,8 million US Dollar in 2012, a plus of 38% (!) compared to 72.3million US Dollar in 2011 and 60.3 million US Dollar in 2010. 


It has been the first time that the annual amount of imports of plastics machinery exceeded the border of 90 million US Dollar. China, Italy, France, Germany, Canada, Taiwan, Spain, Austria and Switzerland were the main supplier countries.

Another important factor: Algerian imports of packaging machinery and equipment went up to 189.6 million US Dollars in 2012, a plus of 36% compared to 2011 . It summed up to 139.2 million US Dollars in 2011 and 140.1 million US Dollars in 2010.

Algeria-The market. Algeria is the economic powerhouse on the African continent. For more information on oil and gas revenues, GDP, foreign exchange reserves, imports and exports, see „The market“.

The Algerian plastics industry…

… is one of the fastest growing and most important sectors in Algeria. The sector’s annual growth rate amounts to 4 to 5% in these past few years. Its growth is driven manifold: by huge governmental projects and infrastructural investments (hydraulics, building and construction, energy, agriculture, gas tubes for Sonelgaz, etc.), as well as by industrial sub-contracting and the demand for packaging materials. The Algerian plastics industry consists of some 2 200 enterprises, among them subsidiaries of heavyweights such as Sonatrach, Enip, Iap, Enpc, but mostly of small and medium sized private enterprises. Around 40% of them are active in injection, 20 % in extrusion, the rest in the fast-growing packaging and plasticulture sectors. The workforce stands at around 20,000.

With an annual consumption of 1 million tons, half of which being imported from Asia and Europe, the Algerian plastics market has an enormous potential. The per capita consumption is between 8 to 10 kg.

The Algerian petrochemical industry …
… is the ninth largest producer of natural gas and the fifteenth largest producer of mineral oil world-wide.

It consists of different state industries which are subsidiary firms of the state oil enterprise Sonatrach. Sonatrach has been investing 4 bn US$ in the modernization of the four existing refining plants to increase the production of oil-derivatives as well as the liquefaction of natural gas. Furthermore, two more refineries are to be erected (in Adrar and Tiaret). In addition, 8 billion US Dollar have been allocated to enlarge the production of PP, PET, PE and polyester.