Propak Africa positioned as essential industry trade forum

Propak Africa 2013The South African and African packaging industries will take centre stage at Propak Africa 2016 at the Expo Centre in Nasrec, Johannesburg. To be held from 15 to 18 March, the trade show will be co-located with Pro-Plas Africa, FoodPro, Pro-Label Africa and The Gapp Print Expo.

Propak Africa is an essential industry trade forum that provides an opportunity for suppliers and manufacturers to showcase latest products, equipment and machinery. Launching new products to market, on site sales, plenty of sales leads and brand visibility were cited by exhibitors as being the major advantages of being part of Propak Africa 2013.

‘Our role at the event is to provide a platform where the latest products and technologies can be showcased in an interactive and pro-active way, enabling exhibitors and visitors to mutually benefit from the experience,’ says Joshua Low, Propak Africa portfolio director at Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, the organisers of the show. ‘We’ve had an overwhelming response to the shows with over 78 per cent of available space already sold.’

Keeping up with new trends in plastics

While consumers don’t buy products because of their packaging, this element plays an increasingly important role in helping consumers make purchasing decisions. Besides the basic function of protecting pack contents, packaging is used to brand products, communicate marketing messages, pass on information about the product, as well as decorate and differentiate offerings.

New packaging trends to be featured include sustainable packaging, large value packs, concentrated packs, multi-use packaging and new functional forms.

Pro-Plas Africa will focus on new developments and technologies in the local plastics industry. One such area is the growth in biodegradable plastic packaging, which is being fuelled by consumer demand for more environmentally sustainable products.

‘Pro-Plas Africa will showcase plastics processing machinery, blow moulding equipment, extrusion machines, granulators, injection moulders, processing aids and relevant materials,’ comments Low.

Propak Africa is endorsed by the Institute of Packaging South Africa (IPSA), Plastics SA and Printing SA.

Contact Leatitia van Straten, marketing director at Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery at for more information.

Companies exhibiting at Pro-Plas Africa include:

  • Afripack Packaging
  • Afritrade
  • Bernd Triebiger Enterprises
  • Bidvest Afcom
  • Bosch Packaging Technology
  • Chemipol
  • Contract Tools
  • Filmatic
  • Filtec Automation
  • Future Packaging
  • Golden Era Group
  • Haitian Huayuan SA Machinery
  • Hestico
  • HG Molenaar
  • Inoxpa South Africa
  • JPak
  • MGSA
  • MJH Machine Tools
  • Multivac Southern Africa
  • Nissei ASB
  • Pakmatic
  • Pakmax
  • Plastichem
  • PMD Packaging
  • Polyoak
  • Pyrotechnical Marketing
  • Qualitechs
  • Rawmac
  • Relloy and Safrique.

Other leading names at Propak Africa include:

  • Acepak
  • Trempack Trading
  • Ulma Packaging Systems SA
  • USS Pactech
  • Yaskawa SA