Read what our exhibitors said:
Mr. Jose Luis Navas García, Trade Manager for Africa - Manufacturas Inplast
Our company has an experience of 30 years in the manufacture of caps and containers in general, and for the last 20 years it has specialized in caps for the sections of mineral water, juices, dairy products and soft drinks.
The Algerian market is very important and we have been working with Algeria for seven years now.
So far, I have had excellent visitors on my booth here at plast alger 2018. I've already been able to make some very good contacts.
Mr. Gautier Meyer, Sales South Mediterranean Area – Addiplast Group
Our company is specialised in the formulation, manufacturing, flame-retardancy and coloration of compounds and masterbatches Polypropylene, Polycarbonate and Polyamide.
Algeria is a market with an important presence of the automotive and electric industry.
It is very important for our company to participate here at plast alger 2018 and to be able to present ourselves on the Algerian plastic market.
Mr David Zhang, Senior Manager; Ms Daisy Wu, Sales Manager – Jiangsu Xinrongplas Machinery Co., Ltd.
Algeria is one of the top developed countries in Africa. We think plast alger 2018 is a chance for us to get in touch with visitors from other countries.
We are satisfied with the customers here at our booth and we also checked with other exhibitors and most of them are really satisfied with the whole show.
Mr Ali Abu Soufeh, Plant Manager – AL-MOASRON Plastic Industry Co.
Our company is one of the largest companies working in the field of cement, iron, wood, and plastic industries (plastic tanks, road barriers, filler) in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Algeria is an Arab country and doing exchange with this African market is really good for us.
At plast alger 2018 we meet good customers from the plastics bags industry.
The location and the arrangements here are really great.
Mr Piermarco Cairoli – Amaplast
The Algerian market is important for us because Italian machines for plastics and rubber are the second supplier to Algerian industries in the plastics and rubber sector.
We are looking for industrial enterprises to transform plastics and rubber into final products.
The highlights at plast alger 2018 are the international buyers and good “new comers” from all over Maghreb.
Mr Johnson Dai, Overseas Marketing & Sales Manager - Dekuma Rubber and Plastic Technology (Dongguan) Ltd.
Dekuma has been paying special attention to the North African market such as Algeria, Morocco, Egypt etc.
Algeria has a strong industrial basis. We believe Algeria and Africa in general are potential markets.
Our customers usually are the manufacturers of final products like plastic factories. We are also looking for a technical team here at plast alger 2018 capable to provide technical services in the local market.
The organization is really great here.
Mr Darshan Dalal (right), Head Operations - Chem-Tech International Plastic Factory
Chem-Tech International Plastic Factory is part three-decade old SITNA Group and prides itself as the first proper solution for PET preform in the State of Qatar.
Algeria and the Mahreb countries are important markets as they are fast growing economies.
So far we are satisfied with the professional visitors here at plast alger 2018.
All the arrangements and the whole exhibition center are really great.
Read what our guests of honor said!
Mr Kheir-Eddine Medjoubi, Secretary General - Ministry of Industry and Mines
On behalf of the Ministry of Industry and Mines, I warmly welcome you. We are delighted that Algiers is the place for Africa's largest trade fair for the plastics industry, plast alger 2018.
It is our declared aim to increase industrial production in Algeria and thus replace unnecessary imports. The technological leaders present at the trade fair play an important role here, providing machines and systems that will enable us to achieve this goal.
Finally, I wish all exhibitors and visitors a successful plast alger and a pleasant stay in Algiers.
Mr Andreas Fiedler, Council of Ministers - German Ambassy
First of all, I would like to congratulate the organizers for having increased the number of participants by more than 50% since the last time and for being able to count today up to 260 exhibitors. This illustrates the importance of this sector for the economy.
Algeria has embarked on a policy of economic diversification and national production. To this end, the opportunities offered by plastics and plastics processing provide a very appropriate asset.
Algeria is today the largest importer of plastics in primary forms on the African continent.But it is also the second-largest importer of plastics technology in Africa and the largest importer of packaging technology. There is a dynamic that shows the willingness and potential to develop this sector far beyond the mere importation of consumption.
Germany wants to be - and already is - a reliable and strong partner in this process. Our country is a key global partner in the production of machinery and chemicals. The world's leading trade fairs in the field such as "K" , "drupa" and "Interpack" are all held regularly in Düsseldorf. Messe Düsseldorf is also a partner of the fair here in Algiers.
Plastics and plastics products are intended to contribute to the efficient use of resources and make our lives easier. Because of its diversity, plastics create jobs and generate entrepreneurial opportunities. And this in the ecological, economic and social triad.
It is in this respect that I welcome the programme of conferences and workshops to be held over the next two days here, in which German speakers will actively participate to share their experiences. Let me underline here the presence of our international cooperation organization in Algeria, the GIZ, which has been engaged for years in concrete projects with Algerian partners to achieve the circular economy. You will have the opportunity to explore this subject further with their experts during the conferences.
Mr Franz Bachleitner, Commercial Advisor - Austrian Embassy
I am delighted to note the strong Austrian participation at plast alger 2018 with 11 exhibitors under a Pavilion. This reflects the importance attached by Austrian economic operators to the processing and value added sector in Algeria.
Thanks to the modernization efforts of the Algerian government, we can see that the diversification of the Algerian economy is gradually taking shape.
For example, the plastics industry in Algeria has been benefiting for more than 10 years from the transfer of Austrian technology and know-how, particularly in the packaging, profile and PVC joinery segments as well as the recycling of plastics.
The Austrian plastics industry is one of the most advanced in the world and stands out for its internationally recognised quality standards. Austrian companies are leaders in equipment and machinery.
Algeria has been pursuing for more than a decade a policy of environmental protection which is focused on the recycling of plastic waste through the creation of many SMEs in the field of recycling.
Recycling of plastic waste is a segment in which Austrian companies possess a great deal of know-how and high technology, both for recycling in plastics processing companies and for the recovery and recycling of plastic waste.
Austrian expertise in the machinery sector is highly valued in the European and international markets.
Mr Salvador Benedito Gómez, President - Association of Plastic Producers in Valencia AVEP
The Valencian community represents 50% of exports to Algeria from Spain.
Plastics are Spain's fifth largest export sector from Spain to Algeria with a volume of over 142 million euros, having had a positive evolution in 2016, which is much more important given the restrictions on certain products.
We are not going to question the need for cooperation, it is necessary, it is essential, self-sufficiency is not possible in any area, let alone in a sector such as plastics.
Mr Ahmed Omah, Editorial Director & Publisher–Nigeria Packaging & Nigeria Graphics, Executive Director–Institute of Packaging Nigeria IOPN, Board Member-World Packaging Organization WPO, 1st Vice President-African Packaging Organization
A wide range of plastic materials are in fact among the very useful and friendly materials used in packaging. It has been said before, but worthy of reiterating here, that it is not plastics that cause unsightly litter around our county side.
The fact remains that people, the lack of discipline, and the lack of municipal systems are the real problem.
Many people look at “Plastic” as a single packaging material which is generally considered damaging to the environment.This perception is unfounded and untrue. Plastics, especially from packaging, have gained increasing attention in waste management, driving many policy initiatives to improve the circularity of plastics in the economy. There has been a remarkable increase in the recycling of plastic packaging.
We can hardly imagine our everyday life without products made of plastics. They contribute greatly to more resource efficiency – whether in various industries, in domestic appliances, in medical equipment, you name it! This valuable material reduces the weight and sound of cars. It provides lightweight solutions, secures packaging, and insulates buildings, thus reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Extend shelf life of food, reducing postharvest loss in food.
In all its diversity, the plastics processing industry is a creator of jobs and a generator of entrepreneurial opportunities. At the end of its life cycle a product made from plastics can be recycled into new materials, raw materials, or energy. Plastic materials and their producers can thus make an important contribution to all three pillars of sustainability viz: the environment, social life, and the economy.
Mrs Besma Belbedjaoui - Plasticycle Algeria
As I like to repeat, "Environment and economy make a country rich."
These aspects of global development are now one and the same, contrary to the idea that environmental values are hindrances to a country's economic and industrial development.
On the occasion of the fifth edition of plast & printpack alger, we want to shed light on these two complementary and intrinsically interrelated aspects of recycling and the circular economy, environmentally and socially just and financially viable.
At the heart of the circular economy, recycling is the main contributor to saving raw materials and reducing pressure on non-renewable resources.
Plasticycle Algérie was born in 2012, an eco-responsible social company that treats plastic waste in order to transform it into straw and then into granules of regenerating material that can be reused by several other industries, in particular the plastic, textile and packaging industries.
Last but not least, I would like to thank fairtrade and Messe Düsseldorf for bringing us together today and for setting up this wonderful exchange platform around the plastics industry. Thank you everyone and have a great show.
Mr Erhard Wienkamp, Executive Director Foreign Trade Fairs Division - Messe Düsseldorf
As you know, the Messe Düsseldorf is the new partner to fairtrade and has been involved in the realisation of the plast & printpack alger since last year. With sales of around 360 million euros in 2017, the Messe Düsseldorf Group has been able to consolidate its position as one of the world's most successful trade-fair companies.
Visitors to such trade fairs as the plast & printpack alger will also benefit from our profound expertise.
Thanks to our global network, our great international competence and our good contacts to the global industry, we have been able to work with our partner fairtrade to get the industry excited about Algiers as a highly interesting trade-fair location and to offer a comprehensive information and order platform for experts and specialists here.
Throughout the next few days it will not only be possible to gain an overview of the current state of materials and production technologies at the stands, it will also be possible to discuss general trends and individual solutions with experts from all around the world. The innovative spectrum and the diverse range will be providing valuable insights into technical possibilities and future market opportunities. Only those who invest in modern plants and materials will be able to survive the competition because customer demands will continue to increase. And to this end, visitors will be able to launch directly into business negotiations here.
Mr Martin März, Managing Director - fairtrade Messe
The 5th plast alger in 2018 is as big and international as ever. The record attendance of 212 exhibitors (+46% compared to 2016) from 25 countries underlines that this is one of the most important trade fairs in Africa in these fields.
You will wonder how this strong growth occurred.The following facts explain this growth impressively. The EUROMAP European Plastics and Rubber Machinery Country Pole confirms significant double-digit growth for the Maghreb countries, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia as well as for West African countries such as Nigeria.
On the other hand, Algeria has by far the highest growth rates. Per capita consumption of plastics in Algeria increased from 10 kg in 2007 to 23 kg in 2017 and consumption of plastics in Algeria almost tripled during the same period.
As almost all raw materials are imported, the Algerian market has great potential for exporters of raw materials. For example, imports of plastic raw materials increased by 13% per year between 2007 and 2015. In 2016, Algeria spent $1.9 billion for such imports.
According to the German Federation of Engineering VDMA, Algeria's plastics industry is experiencing the strongest growth in Africa, and Algeria is among the two largest importers of plastic technology in Africa.