Thursday, April 2, 2015

plastprintpack & agrofood Nigeria 2015: 85 major players from 26 countries display all of the latest technologies for the modernisation of the Nigerian agrofood industry

Nigeria has decided: "A vote for change and proof the nation has embraced democracy"

EU-Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Michel ARRION, participates at the Opening Session

Seminars & workshops of GIZ, HEIDELBERG, Ishida & KHS

All eyes on plastprintpack & agrofood Nigeria 2015 also in francophone West-Africa

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the people and Government of Nigeria on the largely peaceful and orderly conduct of the presidential and parliamentary elections.

“Observers have generally praised the election. Mr Buhari has become the first opposition candidate to win a presidential election in Nigeria” outlines BBC News on the 1st of April.

Will Ross, BBC in Lagos: “This is a hugely significant moment in Nigeria's turbulent history. The whole election process is a sign that democracy is deepening in Nigeria and may be a tonic to other countries in Africa. Nigerians can start to believe that it is possible to remove politicians through the ballot box.”

Mr Buhari: "We have proven to the world that we are people who have embraced democracy.”

Opening Session featuring VIPs from industry & politics!

The Head of Delegation and EU-Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Michel ARRION, has confirmed his participation at the Opening Session of agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2015. As well as high-ranking representatives of Nigerian and European institutions, associations and companies.

The Opening Session of the exhibition will take place at the Landmark Centre on 28 April at 11am under the motto “ADDING VALUE TO THE MODERNISATION OF THE NIGERIAN AGROFOOD INDUSTRY”.

See the complete speakers' list here.

Learning form the experts - free seminars & workshops by


The visitors of plastprintpack & agrofood Nigeria 2015 benefit from seminars and workshops of GIZ, Ishida, HEIDELBERG and KHS. The participation is free of charge for the visitors and will be held at the Presentation Platform B2.4 and in seminar room D1.

Vast press coverage also in francophone West-Africa!

The importance of plastprintpack & agrofood Nigeria is reflected in the vast press coverage all over francophone West-Africa.

The first plastprintpack & agrofood Nigeria 2015 is scheduled for 28 to 30 April 2015 at the brand-new Landmark Convention Centre in Lagos.

The event is organized by the German trade show specialists fairtrade. Institutional Partners to the event are:

  •     Institute of Packaging Nigeria – IOPN
  •     AHK Nigeria – Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria
  •     NGBA - Nigerian-German Business Association
  •     GIZ - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

85 major players from 26 countries display all of the latest technologies for the modernisation of the Nigerian agrofood industry.

The exhibitors come from Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom – see the list of exhibitors of plastprintpack and agrofood Nigeria 2015.

HEIDELBERG Nigeria are the Platinum Sponsors of the event.

fairtrade welcomes the Institute of Packaging Nigeria–IOPN aboard plastprintpack & agrofood Nigeria 2015

“We are delighted to announce our partnership with the Institute of Packaging Nigeria–IOPN”, says Dominik Rzepka, Head of Marketing and PR with fairtrade. “Welcome aboard agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2015.”

Mr Mike Adekola, President, Institute of Packaging Nigeria - IOPN:

“The presence of the Institute of Packaging Nigeria at plastprintpack & agrofood Nigeria 2015 is ideal for visitors who need a global understanding of the food value chain in Nigeria. From the field to the final consumer including farmers, suppliers, transporters, processors etc.

Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa witnessing a diversification from an oil based economy to an agrofood based economy. The goal of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA), launched in 2012, an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development, is to build commodity value chains and requiring the institutions to unlock Nigeria’s huge agricultural potentials with the targeted outcome such as to add 20 million tons of food to the domestic food supply by 2015.

Africa is the next destination and the rising continent. The 1st International Trade Show plastprintpack & agrofood Nigeria could not have come at a better time. We’re looking forward to participating at plastprintpack & agrofood Nigeria 2015.”

Another excellent fact: the EUROPEAN UNION officially supports agrofood Nigeria 2015. This becomes evident from a letter of 28 October 2014 of Michel ARRION, Head of Delegation and Ambassador of the EUROPEAN UNION – Delegation to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and to the Economic Community of West Africa States.

“…, the European Union works closely with the Nigerian authorities to improve Nigeria’s business environment and competitiveness, to support its industrial revolution agenda and to ensure quality of products.

The food and beverage sector represents a very large segment of the Nigerian manufacturing industry. The sector generates over 1.5m jobs in the country and thus employs 5% of the Nigerian workforce. Moreover, with a market of over 160 million consumers, and a constantly growing population, Nigeria has an increasing demand for packaged and ready-made food products …

Against this background, European suppliers can play an important role in providing the Nigerian food manufacturing and agro-business industry with machinery, equipment and technological know-how meeting a high degree of food safety and compliance with international hygienic standards.

The Delegation of the European Union to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and ECOWAS therefore welcomes the initiative of fairtrade Messe to organize the 1st International Trade Fairs “agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2015” to be held at the Landmark Centre in Lagos on 28-30 April 2015.

We support this important event and wish that during the years to come it will develop into a leading platform for technological exchange in the areas of agrofood, food processing and packaging.”

Nigeria stands for an abundance of natural resources such as oil, gas and agricultural land and an attractive and fast growing consumer market. The country ranks 13 on the list of the largest oil producing countries, well ahead of Norway, Algeria, Angola, Kazakhstan and Qatar. 

With 179 million inhabitants Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the 7th most populous country in the world. Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa, having just overtaken South Africa in this respect. No wonder that it is listed among the ‘next 11’ economies and expected to become one of the world‘s top 20 economies by 2050.

Figures of VDMA-The German Engineering Association confirm this fact: Nigerian imports between 2010 to 2013 of

  • plastics machinery went up from 52 million Euro to 89 million Euro
  • printing and paper technology rose from 39 million Euro to 78 million Euro
  • packaging machinery increased from 85 million Euro to 182 million Euro


See details on major business opportunities Nigeria holds for suppliers of plastprintpack technology and material.

fairtrade have a wealth of experience in organizing professional plast print pack shows as we also organize plast & printpack alger (with 161  exhibitors from 24 countries and 3,083  visitors in 2014) and plastprintpack West Africa, Ghana featuring 81 exhibitors and 1,326 visitors in December 2013.

To create valuable synergies for exhibitors and visitors alike, plastprintpack Nigeria is held in conjunction with agrofood Nigeria, the 1st International Trade Show on Agriculture, Food, Beverage & Packaging Technology and Food, Beverages & Hospitality.

The idea to launch a professional platform especially for the Nigerian business community was brought up by the  exhibitors and the organisers of national pavilions at our agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2013 in Accra last December”, says Martin März, fairtrade’s CEO.

“We then presented the project at two meetings with the economic counsellors of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, the European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden in Lagos in February and September 2014 and received an all-around positive feed-back. Therefore we are excited to create this new major platform for our long-term customers.

As Austria is already committed to participate with a group of companies, the Commercial Counsellor with the Austrian Embassy in Lagos, Ms Nella Hengstler, points out: “Nigeria will be the next global manufacturing hub. The sheer size of Nigeria’s market combined with its large and young work force will attract massive investments in the manufacturing industry. Machines and production materials will continue to be imported, though. I therefore welcome and support agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2015 as it is important for European suppliers to be on ground early before the real run on Nigeria starts”.


The partners of fairtrade in Nigeria are AHK Nigeria - the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria and the Nigerian-German Business Association - NGBA. André Rönne, delegate of AHK and general manager of NGBA points out: “Increasing prosperity and the rapidly increasing population numbers are the consumer-promoting factors in Nigeria, which is also reflected by investments into the construction of shopping malls and the food processing and food packaging industry. The agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria comes at exactly the right time, and we look forward to a constructive and successful cooperation with the fairtrade team. "


HEIDELBERG Nigeria is the Platinum Sponsor of plastprintpack Nigeria 2015. This has been agreed in Lagos in October 2014 between Jakob Bejer, Managing Director of HEIDELBERG Nigeria and the MD of the Heidelberg-based organizer fairtrade, Martin März.  “We are delighted to join forces with the organisers fairtrade and to be the Platinum Sponsor of plastprintpack Nigeria 2015”, points out Jakob Bejer.

Godwin Ogilo, Chief Financial Officer
Jakob Bejer, Managing Director of Heidelberg Nigeria Limited
John O. Onuegbulem, Business Unit Manager, Press/Finishing
(from left to right)

“HEIDELBERG supports the Nigerian and West African printing and publishing industry since decades. We serve the industry as a total solutions provider offering the complete range of HEIDELBERG Solutions from prepress to finishing, digital imaging, digital, label solutions, post-press, second hand refurbished equipment, after sales support, spare parts and consumables. And we look forward to plastprintpack Nigeria 2015 and to stand-out as HEIDELBERG on that top international B2B-platform as technology leader.