Top plastics, petchem expo opens in Dubai
Dubai, January 7, 2013
Arabplast 2013, the Middle East's premier trade show for rubber, plastics and petrochemicals, opened today in Dubai, featuring a record number of 900 companies from 41 countries.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy, who stressed the importance of plastics and petrochemicals industry as the UAE has made remarkable growth in the production of raw materials and in adopting best technologies and practices from countries like Germany, Austria and Japan.
He said that the UAE industrial sector contributed 16 percent to the GDP in 2012, and this percentage is expected to rise up to 3 per cent in 2013. Al Mansoori said the UAE industrial sector was driven by three key pillars: petrochemicals, aluminium and steel.
Al Mansoori said that petrochemicals play an effective role in bridging the import-export imbalance between the UAE and countries in North America and Europe, as the UAE can give greater emphasis to export of petrochemicals.
He also emphasised that there were great opportunities for UAE nationals to work in the industrial industries in technical domains as well as marketing and sales and accounting.
The show, co-organised by Messe Düsseldorf Germany and Al Fajer Information and Services, has emerged as No. 1 show in the world for value of onsite machines displayed and in the sales of raw materials.
Arabplast is also ranked as No. 1 show in the region and No. 4 in the world in plastics and petrochemicals, according to Satish Khanna, general manager, Al Fajer Information and Services.
Major sponsors for Arabplast 2013 include Qapco, Borouge, Natpet, Petrorabigh and Tasnee.
Arabplast 2013 is 34 per cent bigger than the 2011 edition, following greater response from exhibitors and sponsors.
On display at Arabplast 2013 are new products and technologies in injection moulding, blow molding, wrapping and packaging, pre and post plastic processing techniques as well as raw materials, such as additives and polymers.
The show covers a wide spectrum of plastic machinery, plastic/rubber processing technology, pre and post-processing systems, plastic packaging technology, injection moulding, blow moulding, wrapping technology, extrusions, chemicals and additives, semi finished goods, engineering plastics and plastic products.
Arabplast 2013 will run until January 10 at Dubai International Conference and Exhibition Centre. – TradeArabia News Service