T he demand for plastics is increasing among the members of the Gulf Coop eration Council Bahrain Qatar Kuwait Oman Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates This development is also being strengthened by the trend towards product diversification This in turn is en couraging the region s manufacturing indus try to invest Companies are planning to in crease their production capacity by 25 per cent by 2020 in order to meet the booming demand from sectors such as aviation trans port and packaging A rising population and countless new construction projects are fur ther drivers of growth Annual consumption of plastics per head in the region has also risen At 39 kg consumption is now 33 per cent above the global average Given the strength of the market regional manufactur ers want an event where they can meet their requirements for cost saving equipment that reduces their impact on the environment This is where Plastivision Arabia comes in which will take place for the third time from 22 to 25 February 2016 The combined convention and trade fair is organised every two years jointly by Expo Centre Sharjah and the All India Plastics Man ufacturers Association AIPMA India is the most important trading partner of the United Arab Emirates and the AIPMA organises Plas tivision India in Mumbai of which Plastivi sion Arabia is an offshoot Having been held twice now Plastivision Arabia has established itself as the region s most important industry purchasing platform emphasises Saif Mo hammed Al Midfa CEO of Expo Centre Shar jah Next time there will be even more scope for machinery manufacturers to enter this booming market Just how quickly the plas tics sector is developing is clear from the in crease in the number of manufacturing facili ties in the region covered by the Gulf Cooper ation Council from only 326 factories in 1990 to 1 223 in 2007 and 7 000 in 2013 Manufac turers benefit from the fact that raw materials are so easy to obtain Saudi Arabia the re gion s leading plastics manufacturer and the United Arab Emirates are also important ex porters of plastics They are also benefiting from the general economic upswing on the Arabian peninsula and elsewhere The packaging industry is traditionally important to the plastics industry This seg ment is growing because demand for pack aged food is increasing in the region Conse quently another trade fair will be running in parallel with Plastivision Arabia with the aim being to exploit synergy effects As in 2014 Expo Centre Sharjah will be hosting Print Pack Arabia at the same time in 2016 The Expo Centre Sharjah has also brought in help from the subcontinent for this event as well which will be organised jointly with the Indian Printing Packaging and Allied Ma chinery Manufacturers Association IPAMA Nearly 4 300 trade visitors came to the two fairs in Sharjah 18 months ago Given cur rent sentiment in the Arabian plastics centre there could be even more at the end of Feb ruary www expo centre ae PB 53TradeFairs Internation al 5 2015 SHARJAH The stuff of visions Expo Centre Sharjah offers a platform for the dynamic plastics industry Plastics and machinery manufacturers benefit equally from the trade fair Plastivision Arabia Plastivison Arabia in Sharjah Der Kunststoff Sektor erfährt im arabi schen Raum einen wahren Boom Plastivison Arabia in Sharjah The plastics sector is booming in the Arab world Ph ot o E xp o Ce nt re S ha rja h

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