Thursday, October 30, 2014

HEIDELBERG Nigeria becomes Platinum Sponsor

EUROPEAN UNION supports plastprintpack Nigeria 2015 

Nigeria holds major business opportunities for international suppliers

The EUROPEAN UNION officially supports agrofood & plastprintpack 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 … industry with machinery, equipment and technological know-how …

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 …”


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.

It is against this backdrop that fairtrade launch plastprintpack Nigeria. The 1st International Trade Show on Plastics, Composites, Chemistry and Printing & Packaging Solutions and Material is scheduled for 28 to 30 April 2015 at the brand-new Landmark Convention Centre in Lagos.

And already more than six months before its opening, the event

  • enjoys the official support of the EUROPEAN UNION,
  • HEIDELBERG Nigeria have become the Platinum Sponsors,
  • the EXPO AUSTRIA PAVILION has been reserved with a minimum of five Austrian companies and
  • leading suppliers such as Bosch, BSW, Heidelberg, Kautex, Konica Minolta, NGR, Nissei ASB, R.R. Plast, Windmöller & Hölscher, … have already booked their stands.

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.

Accomodation & Shuttle. “We will make the stay in Lagos comfortable for our exhibitors as we organize a shuttle-service from the airport to the Four Points Sheraton Hotel , and from there on a daily basis to and from the Landmark Convention Centre”, says Dominik Rzepka, head of PR and marketing with fairtrade. 

The Landmark Convention Centre – The Venue. The brand-new Landmark Convention Centre is strategically positioned on the grounds of Landmark Village, a spectacular beach front location extending over 9.4 acres on Victoria Island, the heart of the vibrant and lively Lagos business district.

Lying in close proximity to the British International School, Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Oriental Hotel, The Palms Shopping Mall, Exxon Mobil HQ and Diamond Bank HQ, this location makes it easily accessible from anywhere in the city. The Landmark Village develops over 300 meters of beachfront overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and accommodating also the Hard Rock Café and the Shiro Japanese Restaurant.

plastprintpack Nigeria 2015: Exports of plastics technology to Nigeria enjoy staggering growth

The Nigerian market for plastics technology becomes ever more important and enjoys staggering growth. According to VDMA-The German Engineering Association, the Nigerian plastics industry imported plastics machinery and equipment, in 2013, at a volume of 89.5 million Euro, a plus of 7.7% compared to 2012.

Nigerian imports of plastics machinery and equipment (in million Euro)

Source: VDMA // Graph: fairtrade 2014

plastprintpack Nigeria 2015: Fast growing Nigerian imports of packaging and printing and paper technology

Nigerian imports of packaging machinery and equipment, in 2013, have increased by 26.3% to 182.0 million Euro, compared to 144.0 million Euro in 2012.

Nigerian imports of packaging machinery and equipment (in million Euro)

Source: VDMA // Graph: fairtrade 2014

Nigerian imports of printing and paper technology have increased by 50.6% to 78.5 million Euro in 2013, compared to 52.1 million Euro in 2012.

Nigerian imports of printing and paper technology (in million Euro)

Source: VDMA // Graph: fairtrade 2014

Nigerian imports of plastics in primary forms (in billion US $)

Source: GTAI // Graph: fairtrade 2014

The Industry Portal. The plastprintpack Industry Portal allows exhibitors and visitors to connect before, during and after the event. 

The organizer.
The event is organized by the German trade fair specialists fairtrade. ISO 9001:2008 certified, and being a member of UFI - The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, fairtrade organizes events according to the UFI quality norms.

Nigeria – The economic power house.
In Nigeria, considerable oil and gas revenues together with economic opening, liberalisation and privatisation have created constant GDP growth of between 6% and 8% during the past few years. … more