According to Montgomery Africa, the organisers of Propak West Africa, two months prior to the show, the exhibition was already 80 sold out, confirming a place for this new event in the West African market. Held in conjunction FoodPro West Africa, Pro-Label West Africa and Print Expo West Africa – Propak West Africa 2012 is dedicated to those involved with food processing, packaging, printing, labelling and plastics. It offers exhibitors the opportunity to explore the possibility of expanding business opportunities in the West African region, while providing visitors from all over Africa with the opportunity to source from the widest range of suppliers. It will be held at the Eko Convention Centre in Lagos, Nigeria, from 4-6 September.
‘There are so many innovative trends emerging in this industry at the moment,’ comments Lydia Botha, new business development manager at Montgomery Africa. ‘Some of these include manufacturers now opting for better materials made from renewable resources and developing sophisticated, cost-effective technologies to meet consumer demands. In addition, some of the latest packaging technologies can now counteract premature food perishing in Africa.’
And, while exhibitors can demonstrate these and many of the other latest innovations through their product launches at the show, visitors, including specifiers, buyers and senior decision-makers – will have the opportunity to compare products and suppliers and keep abreast of the latest industry trends by attending educational seminars. Visitors can also extend their network of contacts by meeting up with other industry peers and industry experts.
The organisers have long recognised the potential for a show in one of the world’s fastest growing economies: the West African region is poised for phenomenal growth and at the very centre of it all, Nigeria boasts a GDP in excess of $200 billion. Propak Africa itself has a 20-year legacy in South Africa as the definitive event for the packaging industry that brings world-class suppliers face-to-face with buyers.