2nd International Trade Show

Parc des Expositions
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plastprintpack West Africa and Afrik’Embal finally back in Abidjan!
Successful Matinée d'information on 29 May 2024

Côte d'Ivoire represents the second largest investor in
plastics & packaging technology in West Africa

After the great success of plastprintpack & agrofood West Africa in Abidjan in 2018 and a long Covid-related break, fairtrade and their local Ivorian partners 2A are now coming back to Côte d'Ivoire and Francophone West Africa with plastprintpack West Africa 2024.

plastprintpack West Africa will take place in conjunction with agrofood West Africa at the brand-new Abidjan Parc des Expositions from 08 to 10 October 2024.

In addition to Côte d'Ivoire, fairtrade in West Africa serves Nigeria with the plastprintpack Nigeria and Ghana with plastprintpack Ghana.


fairtrade and APECI launch cooperation

Afrik’Embal to be held alongside plastprintpack West Africa 2024.

In a groundbreaking move marking the 2024 edition and beyond, fairtrade and the Association of Packaging Professionals in Côte d'Ivoire APECI have forged a collaborative alliance. This synergistic partnership entails APECI's orchestration of the Afrik'Embal Exhibition concurrent with the plastprintpack & agrofood West Africa 2024 event by fairtrade.

Afrik'Embal is back after several years. The first edition was held in Abidjan in 2002 and the second in Accra, Ghana, in 2005.

The primary objective of this collaboration is to create valuable synergy effects for exhibitors and trade visitors alike. 


Successful Matinée d'information on 29 May 2024

What a kick-off! On 29 May 2024, fairtrade Messe, 2A and APECI hosted a Matinée d'information on the upcoming plastprintpack & agrofood West Africa and Afrik'Embal 2024 at the Radisson Blue Hotel in Abidjan, and the response was overwhelming.

Prominent manufacturers of plastprintpack & agrofood machines, Ivorian packaging, plastics and food producers, Ivorian and international institutions, government representatives and the Ivorian press took part.

Participants & press agreed: Preparations for the upcoming exhibition & conference from 8-10 October 2024 at the brand-new Parc des Expositions in Abidjan are very promising and everyone is looking forward to this most important industry event of 2024 in Côte d'Ivoire.

Core themes of plastprintpack & agrofood and Afrik'Embal 2024

The core themes of the event are

  • Circular economy & recycling
  • Food safety
  • Reduction of food waste

The exhibition will be complemented by panel discussions and lectures on these topics.

Strong institutional support for plastprintpack & Afrik’Embal 2024

  • Ministry of Trade and Industry of Côte d'Ivoire
  • Ministry of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Food Production of Côte d'Ivoire
  • APECI - Association of Packaging Professionals in Côte d'Ivoire
  • Embassies of Austria, France, Germany, India, Italy, the Netherlands and Türkiye

The French-speaking West Africa is a rather homogenous market of about 110 million inhabitants

The increasing demand throughout the rather homogenous French-speaking West African market of 110 million inhabitants and the good general economic situation in Côte d'Ivoire continue to offer positive prospects for suppliers of plastprintpack & agrofood technology.   

With the exception of Guinea, all countries use the franc CFA franc, which is linked to the euro. The currency facilitates not only the overseas export of machinery from Europe and Asia to Abidjan, but also the export of food within the French-speaking countries of West Africa. 

Excellent pre-conditions for plastprintpack West Africa & Afrik'Embal 2024.

The West African plastprintpack sector provides great chances for doing business

  • Plastics technology: Ivorian imports of plastics technology grew from €31 million in 2019 to €51 million in 2022. As such, Côte d'Ivoire represents the second largest investor in plastics technology in West Africa after Nigeria. West African imports of plastics technology more than doubled over the past few years, from €144 million in 2016 to €296 million in 2022, an average growth of 12.8% annually. Major West African import markets of plastics technology - apart from Nigeria – are Ivory Coast, Ghana, Senegal, Togo, Guinea and Mali, in this order.
  • Printing and paper technology: From €93 million in 2017 to €146 million in 2022: West Africa’s imports of printing and paper processing technology show an annual increase of 9.4% with Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Senegal being the major buyers.
  • Last but not least West Africa imported packaging technology at a value of €392 million in 2022, up 7.3% annually from €240 million in 2016. Major West African import markets of packaging technology - apart from Nigeria – are Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Guinea and Togo, in this order.

The Ivorian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development opened plastprintpack & agrofood West Africa 2018

After 4 editions in Accra, Ghana, fairtrade held the 5th edition of plastprintpack & agrofood West Africa in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The event was officially opened on November 20 by the Ivorian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly. 

Review 2018: 1,461 trade visitors discussed their investments with 80 exhibitors from 17 countries

50+ speakers from around the globe at high-profile conferences

Bosch seminar & VDMA symposium 

The 5th edition of agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel Abidjan Airport in Abidjan from 20 to 22 November 2018.

80 exhibitors from 17 countries participated, among them many of the world's leading companies in their sector. The exhibitors came from Austria, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom and USA.

The remarkable number of 1,461 high quality visitors discussed their investments as 53% of the visitors planned to invest over the next 12 months.

The AMAPLAST & ACIMGA stand was a reference point for West African operators interested in Italian plastics & rubber and printing & converting machines

"Sub-Saharan countries, especially in the Western area of the African continent, represent interesting emerging markets for the Italian plastics and rubber machinery, equipment, moulds as well as printing and converting machines. Though the relevant exports value is still low, compared to other traditional destinations, prospects are quite good. This is the reason why AMAPLAST and ACIMGA have been monitoring these regions, first of all by attending sector exhibitions. 

The AMAPLAST and ACIMGA stand at plastprintpack West Africa 2018 was a reference point for local operators interested in collecting information on the Italian plastics and rubber, printing and converting machinery industry, which is a global leader, especially in light of important capabilities such as: products’ thickness reduction, energy saving, Industry 4.0 and recycling solutions." (Mr Mario Maggiani - General Manager - AMAPLAST)

50 speakers from around the globe enriched the 3-day conference program including the Bosch seminar & the VDMA symposium.

Our Partners


  1. fairtrade 300x200

Local organiser

  1. 2a-consulting

Partner for Afrik’Embal

  1. APECI

Under the patronage

  1. Ivory Coast MCI

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