ARABPLAST 2013 Closes to Record Results

At the recent staging of Arabplast, 11th Arab International Plastics & Rubber Industry Trade Show & Conference, in Dubai, a record 794 exhibitors from 41 countries showcased their latest machinery and equipment, making it 34% larger than the last event held in 2011.

The No. 1 trade fair for this sector in the region featured country group exhibits from Austria, China, Egypt, GCC, Germany, Great Britain, India, Iran, Italy, Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, and the U.S.

On the visitor side, Arabplast 2013 also recorded increased figures: about 33% more attendees took part, with 39% coming from countries outside GCC. The largest foreign visitor participations were from Saudi Arabia, Oman, Quatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Iran as well as Pakistan, Egypt, and African countries. China, Germany, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria were also well represented.

A total of 49% of the visitors were interested in plastics machinery and plastics equipment, while some 31% focused on raw materials and 20% on thermoforming, extruding, and packaging equipment. More than 67% of the attendees held high-level management positions.

Organized by Al Fajer Information & Services with Messe Düsseldorf as the overseas partner, Arabplast 2013 provided the perfect platform for companies to enter the lucrative plastics and petrochemicals sector in the Middle East and North Africa region. The GCC states are set to become the world’s leading source of petrochemicals and plastics products. The polyethylene production capacities in the GCC countries are expected to increase from 10.7 million tons in 2009 to 21.5 million tons by 2015. The production of polypropylene is anticipated to almost double in volume – from 4.8 million tons in 2009 to 9.5 million tons by 2015.