Thursday, July 19, 2018

agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2018: The 5th edition enjoys strong support

France, the Netherlands and Turkey with official pavilions

Bosch holds seminar on dry food processing and packaging

VDMA Plastics and Rubber Machinery organises symposium on packaging and recycling

(Heidelberg / Abidjan) The 5th edition of agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa takes shape, as more and more important institutions, associations and companies confirm their participation. According to GTAI Germany Trade & Invest of 16 May 2018, Côte d'Ivoire is becoming the bread basket of West Africa. Agriculture and the food industry, especially in Abidjan, have been very dynamic for years, both in production and processing. 

Both sectors also enjoy a prominent regional position. They supply not only the domestic market but also the other francophone countries of the region, such as Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea, Niger, Togo and Benin. Excellent pre-conditions for agrofood West Africa 2018. Together with its partner event plastprintpack West Africa the show takes place on 20 to 22 November 2018 at the Radisson Blu Hotel Abidjan Airport in Abidjan. 

agrofood is West Africa's 5th International Trade Show on Agriculture, Food processing & packaging, Ingredients, Bakery & pastry and Food & Hospitality. plastprintpack is West Africa's 5th International Plastics, Printing and Packaging Trade Show.

"agrofood West Africa covers the entire value chain - from field to fork with three dedicated events agro AgroTech West Africa, food + bev tec West Africa and food + hospitality West Africa", so Martin März, founder and managing partner at fairtrade. "plastprintpack West Africa covers all relevant industries in the plastics, printing and packaging sector."

Strong international support

agrofood & plastprintpack 2018 enjoys the support of the following international institutions:  

  • France - adepta French agrofood association & French Embassy Côte d'Ivoire
  • Germany - German Embassy Abidjan
  • Italy - Italian Embassy Côte d'Ivoire
  • Netherlands - Agricultural Counselor for West Africa with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Turkey - Ministry of Economy

France, the Netherlands and Turkey have already decided to be present at agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2018 with official national pavilions.

Strategic partnership between fairtrade and DLG

DLG German Agricultural Society enters into strategic partnership with fairtrade and brings in its agro and trade fair expertise by introducing its AgroTech brand to agro West Africa 2018 and onwards. The focus of the cooperation lies on agricultural technology, animal production, flori- and horticulture and hot-house technology. 

Bosch holds seminar on reducing of operating cost within dry food processing and packaging 

World market leader Bosch holds a symposium at agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2018. Trade visitors from the entire region have the opportunity to exchange views for 2-3 hours on the subject of reducing of operating cost within dry food processing and packaging. 

Fact finding mission and symposium by VDMA Plastics and Rubber Machinery

Germany's VDMA Plastics and Rubber Machinery organizes a fact-finding mission to Abidjan in the area of packaging and recycling with 5-10 plastic and rubber machine manufacturers. 

Within the framework of plastprintpack West Africa 2018, a symposium will then be held so that German machine manufacturers can present their companies and get an overview of the trade fair and the Ivorian market. In addition, there will also be company visits to local processors. 

Market update Ivory Coast and West Africa: Good business prospects for the agrofood, plastics and packaging industries

The French-speaking West Africa is a rather homogenous market of about 110 million inhabitants, which is growing by more than 3 million people every year. 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.

According to VDMA, the German Engineering Federation, West Africa imported 187.2 million euros of agricultural equipment. The main markets in West Africa, apart from Nigeria, are Ghana, Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali and Benin, by order of importance.

In the same year, West Africa imported food processing and packaging technology at a value of EUR 557 million, a plus of 10% compared to 2015. The Top 3 major West African markets and their share, apart from Nigeria, are Ghana (23%), Ivory Coast (21%) and Senegal (20%). 

Also the plastprintpack sector provides great chances for doing business as 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. 

And 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%.   

West African food imports increased by 6% to 14.43 billion USD in 2015 according to WTO whereas West African food exports rose by 9% to 15.99 billion USD.