The 6th plastprintpack West Africa all set for growth in 2019

According to the German Engineering Federation VDMA, West Africa imported plastics technology at a value of 219 million euros in 2018, up 22% compared with 179 million euros in 2017. Major West African import markets of plastics technology - apart from Nigeria – are Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, Senegal, Togo and Mali, in this order.  

Printing and paper technology was bought at a value of 107 million euros in the same year compared to 93 million euros in 2017 (+15%), with Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal as main importers - apart from Nigeria.  

And imports of packaging technology made up for 307 million euros, up 8.4% compared with EUR 283 million in 2017. Major West African importers – apart from Nigeria – are Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso.  

So all in all West Africa‘s plastics, printing and packaging technology imports amounted to 633 million euros in 2018, up 25% compared to 503 million euros in 2017.

Based on upbeat market developments, the 6th edition of plastprintpack West Africa 2019 is all set for growth.  

Once again organized by the German trade show specialists fairtrade Messe, West Africa’s 6th International Trade Show on Plastics, Printing & Packaging takes place on 10 to 12 December 2019 at the Accra International Conference Centre, together with its partner event agrofood West Africa.

plastprintpack West Africa 2019 features official country pavilions from

  • China
  • Flanders/Belgium
  • Germany
  • Turkey 

In connection with a strong institutional support both in West Africa and internationally as well as an excellent conference program a successful show is guaranteed.

Strong institutional support 

plastprintpack West Africa 2019 enjoys the support of the following institutions:

  • AHK Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana
  • Embassies of Belgium, Germany, Italy and Turkey to Ghana
  • Flanders Investment & Trade
  • Ghana - Ministry of Trade and Industry 
  • German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • Turkish Ministry of Trade

2-day conference program 

plastprintpack West Africa 2019 will again be supplemented by a 2-day program full of presentations and conferences. See program 2019. 

Click on the images to see impressions of the show

Opening Ceremony with VIP tour around the exhibition
Opening Ceremony with VIP tour around the exhibition

Facts on the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS

The Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS is a regional economic union of fifteen countries, namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.  

The union was established in 1975 in Lagos to promote economic integration across the region. The goal of ECOWAS is to create a single large trading bloc by building a full economic and trading union.  

With 388 million inhabitants, West Africa is Africa’s most populous region and one of the most populous regions in the world. West Africa’s GDP is expected to grow from US$563 billion in 2017 to US$585 billion in 2018 and US$610 billion in 2019. 

Review of the successful 2018 edition  

plastprintpack & agrofood West Africa 2018 saw 1,461 trade visitors discussing their business with 80 exhibitors.  93% of visitors were completely or partially satisfied with the quality of the business contacts, 88% recommend the fair. Thousands of B2B meetings created high satisfaction rates among exhibitors and visitors:

  • According to the plastprintpack West Africa 2018 exhibitor survey 100 % of the exhibitors recommend the event, 95% are satisfied or even very satisfied with the trade show as a whole, also 95% intend to participate again in 2020 and were satisfied with the services provided by the organisers, and 82% are satisfied with the prospects for business after the fair. 
  • Visitors were similarly positive about the event, the analysis being based on a response rate of as much as 20% of visitors: 93% of visitors were completely or partially satisfied with the quality of the business contacts, 88% recommend the fair. 
  • Also interesting: 42% of the visitors stated that the most important reason for attending the event was to receive information about new products and innovations. 37% came primarily to attend the conference programme. And 21% attended to establish and expand business contacts.