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03-12-2014

German fairtrade Launches plastprintpack Nigeria 2015

German trade fair specialists fairtrade launch plastprintpack Nigeria. The 1st International Trade Show on Plastics, Composites, Chemistry and Printing & Packaging Solutions is scheduled for 28 to 30 April 2015 at the brand-new Landmark Convention Centre in Lagos, Nigeria.

Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and its plastics, printing and packaging industry attracts massive private and public investment. To create valuable synergies for exhibitors and visitors alike, plastprintpack Nigeria is held in conjunction with agrofood Nigeria, the 1st International Trade Show on Agriculture & Livestock, Food, Beverage & Packaging Technology and Food, Beverages & Hospitality.

“The idea to launch a professional platform especially for the Nigerian business community was brought up by the exhibitors and the organisers of national pavilions at our plastprintpack & agrofood West Africa 2013 in Accra last December”, says Martin März, fairtrade’s CEO. “Then we presented the project at a meeting with the economic counsellors of Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden in Lagos this February and received an all-around positive feed-back. Therefore we are excited to create this new major platform for our long-term customers.”

Nigerian imports of plastics machinery and equipment (in million EUR)

Nigerian imports of plastics machinery and equipment (in million EUR)

Experts frequently describe Nigeria as the economic powerhouse in West Africa, because it is the 2nd largest economy in Africa, expected to overtake South Africa in the near future and expected to become one of the world's Top 20 economies by 2050. The figures of VDMA – The German Engineering Association – confirm the growing investments. The Nigerian imports of plastics machinery went up from EUR 52 million to EUR 83 million in the years 2010 to 2012, an increase of 59 %. Printing and paper technology imports rose from EUR 39 million to EUR 52 million, a plus of 33 %. An increase by 69 % was recorded by packaging machinery; imports grew from EUR 85 million to EUR 144 million.

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