The Plastivision Arabia international plastics exhibition and conference, which is scheduled to be held at Expo Centre Sharjah next year, is set to generate considerable buzz within one of the fastest growing sectors in the manufacturing industry in the Middle East – packaging.

And, aimed at taking advantage of the favourable market conditions and timing it along with other industry gatherings, the show dates have been advanced from April to January, with the third edition of the biennial show now planned to be held from January 10-13, 2016.

“The third Plastivision Arabia will build on the impressive launch of the show in 2012 and its repeat performance in 2014. Taking into consideration the favourable market condition, we have also decided to advance the show dates, which will benefit both exhibitors and visitors alike,” said Mr Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO, Expo Centre Sharjah.

Expo Centre Sharjah will continue to partner with All India Plastics Manufacturers Association, the oldest and the largest apex body of the plastic industry in India, for the upcoming edition of Plastivision Arabia.

With the US$4 billion flexible packaging industry in the Middle East and Africa forecast to grow five per cent annually, the industry is betting big on the event, which created a record of sorts for the second consecutive edition in 2014 when all the live machines on display were fully sold out.

Plastivision Arabia 2014 featured more than 150 exhibitors at 14,000 sq m of exhibition space. The show had registered a 40 per cent rise in exhibition space occupied and the visitor turnout stood at an impressive 7,277.

“Interestingly, Plastivision Arabia 2012, which had just one sponsor, could boast of the support of the region’s five top petrochemical giants for its second edition in 2014, clearly reflecting the great impact the show has had on the regional plastics industry,” added Mr Midfa.

The show has become a must-visit within the industry largely due to a rise in demand for packaging, with the packaging market being seen as one of the fastest growing sectors in the Middle East.

Manufacturers have benefited in a big way from bulk import and repackaging demand from the GCC given the tax-free, cheaper manufacturing costs and re-export advantage. The GCC is one of the largest re-export markets for food & beverages, pharmaceuticals and consumer goods, leading to a booming packaging market.

“The GCC packaging industry is at the threshold of attaining global importance and keeping this in mind, Plastivision Arabia 2016 will showcase processing, filling and packaging equipment & services, targeting the regional processing & re-packaging industry,” said Mr Midfa.

International trade fair for moldmaking Arabia Mold will be held alongside Plastivision Arabia 2016. The 3rd Arabia Mold will be held in association with DEMAT, the organizer of world-renowned EuroMold trade show and will feature mold-making & tooling machines, design and application development machines and equipment.

Ends About Plastivision Arabia 2016: Plastivision Arabia 2016 will be organized by Expo Centre Sharjah, in association with All India Plastics Manufacturers Association, and the support of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It will be held at Expo Centre Sharjah from January 10-13, 2016, displaying raw materials and machinery for key segments such as plastic processing, injection molding, thermoforming, packaging, industrial users, construction, infrastructure, automobile and telecommunication, among others.