Plastics in Africa conference Somewhere in Africa: Promoting Plastics and Polymers

Editor: Barbara Schulz

Leading industry professionals and experts from around the world will be coming together in Dubai for the second edition of the Plastics in Africa conference on 5 December 2016, organised by specialist plastics industry consultancy AMI.

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The Plastics in Africa conference takes place on 5 December 2016 in Dubai.
The Plastics in Africa conference takes place on 5 December 2016 in Dubai.
(Source: AMI)

Dubai/UAE – The conference will provide a unique networking opportunity and a highly effective forum to meet and discuss the latest developments, opportunities and challenges in the evolving African plastics industry which has been identified as a real growth opportunity.

Africa’s growth is not only fuelled by its natural resources but also by its infrastructure development and emergent middle-class, and cities giving rise to a growing demand for a wide range of products requiring plastics from mobile phones to packaging. Not only that, but plastics products will play a vital role in the many fundamental challenges that the Continent faces from improving its agriculture, providing better water management systems, enabling safe and efficient food distribution and installing reliable power supplies.

The region is already attracting increasing interest from European companies looking at offshoring opportunities, especially in North Africa, while the development of duty free zones has attracted increasing levels of foreign manufacturing investment, mainly from China and India. However, Africa is a very complex market with the needs and market conditions of North Africa markedly different to most countries south of the Sahara.

The diverse programme opens with a market overview session by AMI Consulting and a presentation on investment opportunities from the South African Consulate. Success stories, key learning, difficulties and opportunities will all be covered by Nolanplastica, F2M Group – Fournier Thermoplastiques, MBT South Africa and Farmamak as part of the packed programme.

Delegates will hear about novel materials from Dupont De Nemours, Borouge and Continental Compounders. The programme also features trend setting material and technology developments to help enhance performance and improve process efficiency and sustainability from University of Pretoria and Maguire.

According to the organisers, Plastics in Africa 2016 will offer a high-level networking opportunity to meet with like minded professionals, get expert opinions and debate key issues in this booming industry. The conference will bring together leading industry participants at all levels of the supply chain.

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