At 2nd Print Pack Arabia, 3rd Plastivision Arabia and 3rd Arabia Mold trade visitors, whose numbers hit 6,619 from 88 countries, also used the opportunity to experience firsthand how new technology and equipment will help them achieve greater efficiency and productivity.
The event, which was opened by Deputy Ruler of Sharjah H. H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Salim Bin Sultan Al Qassimi on February 22 and ran until February 25, made Expo Centre Sharjah the gathering point of decision-makers, senior executives and other representatives from the printing, packaging, plastics and molds industries of the region. 
The event also marked the growing partnership of Expo Centre Sharjah with its partners. Expo Centre continued its association with Indian Printing, Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers' Association (IPAMA) for Print Pack Arabia, All India Plastics Manufacturers Association (AIPMA) for Plastivision Arabia and Germany's DEMAT for Arabia Mold.

“Apart from good visitor turnout and positive industry feedback, there were two highpoints for the event. First, most of the machines on display were sold out. Second, enquiries and bookings have already started for the next edition of the biennial event, given that it will be much closer to World Expo 2020 when most of the infrastructure and other related works will be carried out,” said Mr. Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO, Expo Centre Sharjah.
“With the industry constantly evolving and growing more sophisticated, the event also benefitted from regional players who were on the lookout for new technology, products, machinery and business opportunities. Together, the three shows succeeded in providing the regional industry a one-stop shop for all their needs,” added Mr. Midfa.
Right from day one, cutting-edge machinery and equipment on display attracted top executives, decision-makers and representatives of regional printing, packaging, plastics and molds industries in large numbers. 
OKI Middle East received good response for its Pro Series printers. “The Pro Series from OKI featuring vibrant four and five-colour technology and innovative printing processes offered a whole lot of flexibility,” said Mr. John Ross, General Manager, OKI Middle East.
“3D printing is fast becoming popular in the GCC. Our extensive range of 3D printers from leading manufacturers such as MakerBot, Mcor, Stratasys, BigRep and Concept Laser generated a lot of interest and sales leads during the show,” said Ashish Panjabi, COO of Jacky’s Business Solutions, which was the Gold Sponsor of Arabia Mold.
The ComColor X1 Series printers stood out due to their speed and quality. “The production accessories that have been specifically engineered for the ComColor X1 Series offer the most value addition and ROI,” said Justus Sathurni, Business Support Manager at GCG.
Print Pack Arabia also saw the launch of Arab Paper, which focused on paper board, tissue, converting and corrugated industry.
Expo Centre also hosted the ‘Investing in India Summit’, which was addressed by Mr. RK Agarwal, President, AIPMA, and featured presentations by Shurooq, Indian partner states Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh, and was attended by Shri Amar Agarwal, Minister of Commerce & Industry, State Government of Chhattisgarh.
The 2nd Print Pack Arabia was held at Expo Centre Sharjah from February 22 – 25, 2016. It was organized jointly by Expo Centre Sharjah and Indian Printing, Packaging and Allied Machinery Manufacturers' Association (IPAMA) and supported by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It showcased digital printing technology, inks, coatings & varnishes, offset printing technology & machinery, packaging machinery & materials, plates and platemaking equipment, press room handling equipment, print finishing/binding equipment, and printing equipment, machinery & materials, among others.