Packaging looks to the East Propak East Africa

Propak East Africa is Kenya’s largest printing, packing and plastics exhibition and is set to return next year from 17 – 19 March 2015 at The Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC).


The show ran for the first time in April last year and was a terrific success. The exhibition attracted 65 companies from 15 countries whose products and services stemmed from a variety of industries such as working machinery, raw materials, food processing equipment and printing. With over 2000 visitors, 89 percent of whom were qualified decision makers and 66 percent seeking to purchase new products, Propak East Africa has become the biggest gathering of industry leaders in East Africa.


The Propak East Africa conference ran alongside the exhibition and focused on the development and growth of the East African packaging, printing and plastics industry. It encompassed a cross section of the entire packaging industry and was geared to share insight into the current East African market opportunity. Topics included trends within the market, as well as a panel discussion featuring top international and local speakers. Technological drivers and innovative developments relating to packaging, distribution and equipment technologies were complemented by dedicated presentations. In conjunction with the Propak East Africa exhibition, this content-based platform informed and educated delegates as well as offered outstanding industry networking opportunities.


The 2015 conference brought over 100 delegates from Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, South Africa, Kenya as well as other internationals from further afield, and allowed those top professionals an opportunity to network with industry peers.


The fundamental success of the whole event stems from the strength of the Propak brand and its portfolio throughout Africa. Show organisers with their longstanding presence in the market have compiled an unrivalled database of top industry professionals from the entire African continent. The largest ever Propak Cape and Propak West Africa took place in September and October this year and were met with overwhelming success. This presence, that encompasses all of Sub-Saharan Africa, allows exhibitors, visitors and delegates a brand consistency. In joining any Propak event, participants will benefit from consistent and quality results that are achieved in every exhibition.


Kenya has the leading economy in East Africa. As a country, it has had consistent annual growth of up to five percent that has been relatively unaffected by the global economic downturn. With East Africa consisting of 20 countries and with nearly 400 million people, it is already established as a major business destination within Africa. In addition to this, with many corporations seeing the South African market as saturated, and with it being geographically central in Africa, Kenya has become a major country for corporations wanting to enter the African market and in setting up businesses.


Looking toward the future, Kenya has one of the youngest working populations in Africa. With nearly 50 percent of people under the age of 18, this future working population will only help boost the economy in the years to come.


Propak East Africa 2015 welcomes various returning exhibitors. To name a few, these include Filmatic Machinery, KEP Services, Nichrome, Polyoak Packaging, Signode Packaging, Statpack Industries and Wraptech Machines. Of those who have returned, 55 percent of exhibitors have increased their space, a number of whom doubled the 2014 size. Propak East Africa 2015 is expecting 50% of exhibitors to be new and also welcomes official international pavilions from Austria, China, Italy, Taiwan and Turkey.  


Propak East Africa return exhibitor, Keith Dilkes spoke about the show. ‘The first Propak East Africa exhibition was extremely positive for Polyoak Packaging as experts in offset printing and in-mould labelling on rigid plastic packaging. The show generated substantial interest amongst potential East African customers in Polyoak’s extensive range.’


The Propak East Africa organisers have announced that they expect a 25 percent increase in both visitor and exhibitor numbers for the 2015 exhibition. Already 75 percent of the exhibition space has been sold and the organisers are expecting the show to sell out in advance of the opening in March next year. Visitors will get the chance to peruse machinery and network with key industry professionals. They will be able to seek and order new equipment, whilst meeting new customers and networking with existing clients.


‘After a fantastic first year we are delighted with the huge amount of interest for the 2015 exhibition,’ said Exhibition Director Alexander Angus. ‘Not only do we have new companies exhibiting, many have returned with the vast majority increasing their space for the next edition.’


Montgomery ECO, the organisers of Propak East Africa, currently runs two other exhibitions in Kenya making them one of the largest exhibitions organisers in the country. The company, which is part of the internationally based Montgomery Group, organises over 60 events throughout the world in over fifteen countries and has been running exhibitions since 1895. For them, investment in Africa is one of their key focuses in the next five years, which is why in the last two years exhibitions have been launched throughout South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya. This overall experience, the level of knowledge in running exhibitions in Africa and the Propak Brand, gives Propak East Africa all the ingredients needed to succeed.


The Kenyatta International Conference Centre, the venue for Propak East Africa, is the largest MICE venue in Kenya. It is one of a kind in the country and was purposely built for conference/ exhibition tourism. The 30-storey landmark of Kenya’s skyline has hosted high profile conferences and exhibitions over the last 40 years.


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