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Arabplast 2013 kicks off Monday

WAM DUBAI: The world will consume 540 million tons of plastic in 2020, according to the organizers of Arabplast 2013, the Middle East’s premier trade show for rubber, plastics and petrochemicals. The figure was only 7 million tons in 1960, 196 million tons in 2005 and 260 million tons in 2007 and is expected to cross 365 million tons in 2015.

Organisers added that the Gulf’s consumption will cross 8 percent by 2020, compared to 25 percent by Europe and NAFTA countries, and 37 percent in Asian and Oceanic countries.

This was revealed at a press conference organized in Dubai by Messe D?sseldorf Germany and Al Fajer Information and Services, co-organizers of Arabplast 2013.

Speakers at the press conference emphasized that with the rapidly increasing per capita consumption of plastics in the Gulf, the GCC states should plan for higher production domestically, taking advantage of abundance of petrochemicals materials, the primary raw material for plastics.

Satish Khanna, General Manager, Al Fajer Information and Services, described Arabplast as No. 1 show in the world for value of onsite machines displayed and in the sales volumes of raw materials.

Khanna pointed out that in 2011, over 156 containers of machines were off-loaded at the Arabplast venue, and 154 containers of machines were sold and routed to differing countries in the region.

He added that Arabplast is ranked as number one show in the region and number four in the world in plastics and petrochemicals.

Major sponsors for Arabplast 2013 include QAPCO, BOROUGE, NATPET, PETRORABIGH and TASNEE.

Khanna added that Arabplast 2013 will be 34 % bigger than the 2011 edition, following record number of exhibitors and sponsors.

A record number of 900 companies from 41 countries are participating in Arabplast 2013, a reflection on the growing importance attached by GCC countries to strengthening their manufacturing industries, including plastics and rubber sector. Arabplast 2013 is expected to be visited by more than 26000 trade visitors from 110 countries.

On display at Arabplast 2013 are new products and technologies in injection moulding, blow molding, wrapping and packaging, pre and post plastic processing techniques as well as raw materials, such as additives and polymers. The show covers a wide spectrum of plastic machinery, plastic/rubber processing technology, pre and post-processing systems, plastic packaging technology, injection moulding, blow moulding, wrapping technology, extrusions, chemicals and additives, semi finished goods, engineering plastics and plastic products.

Companies from Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Jordan, KSA, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Netherlands, Turkey, U.A.E, U.K, U.S.A and Vietnam are participating in the show.

Khanna said Arabplast 2013 will showcase latest technologies and track market trends of the Middle East plastics and rubber industry, which continues to be the world’s largest exporter, offloading the majority of its output to international markets.

-Ends- WAM/MMYS

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