The 3rd edition of PrintPack Arabia, which was held at Expo Centre Sharjah from December 11 to 14, 2017 along with the ‘Arabiamold’ and ‘Plastivision Arabia, saw the participation of more than 120 exhibitors from 11 countries. The just-concluded Plastivision Arabia international trade fair and conference served as a bridge between the region’s plastics industry and global equipment manufacturers, suppliers and dealers.
Organised jointly as three specialised trade shows that catered to the plastics, printing & packaging and the mold-making industries, the multi-industry trade event attracted close to 5,500 visitors from 63 countries during its three-day run.
“The 4th Plastivision Arabia played a key role in highlighting untapped growth opportunities in the region, and underscored the fact that expansions as well as an improved product portfolio will help regional companies strengthen their grip in a high-growth market,” said Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Owais, Chairman of Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Expo Centre Sharjah.
“Along with rising spending on infrastructure for mega events like World Expo 2020, improving macro fundamentals of the region will also support the expansion and development of the entire downstream industry,” Al Owais added.
“In a rapidly-evolving and competitive environment, industry players need to monitor performance and make critical decisions for growth and profitability. The success of the show is a true reflection of the phenomenal growth of the plastics industry and its quest to achieve more,” said Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO, Expo Centre Sharjah.
The fastest growing end-user segment for the plastics sector is industrial packaging, followed by consumer and construction segments. Plastics consumption is increasing rapidly in the GCC, added  Al Midfa. As per recent reports, at nearly 25%, the UAE has fastest growing plastics industry market in the GCC in the past decade.
The 4th Plastivision Arabia 2017 was organised in association with All India Plastic Manufacturers Association (AIPMA), which facilitated large participation by Indian machinery makers and suppliers.