Morocco packaging sector spearheads the growth of plastics industry
Organized by the Moroccan Plastics Federation FMP,plast expo and plast pack 2015, to be held from June 3-6 in Casablanca, Morocco, is expected to gather 180 exhibitors and 3,000 visitors.
According to a study of the Moroccan Export Promotion Agency Maroc Export, the plastics and packaging industry is the second most important sector of the chemical processing industry in the country.
650 companies with a work force of 45,000 direct and 300,000 indirect employees and a production volume of 550,000 tons generated a turnover of €1.15 billion euros in 2013.
The packaging sector plays a key role in the rise of Morocco’s plastics industry, as 38% of sales are generated by packaging material. According to Germany’s VDMA Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association, Morocco imported packaging technology worth of US$96 million in 2013.
“Especially for export-oriented companies the trade fair plast expo & plast pack 2015 offers an ideal platform for a successful entry into this important growth market in North Africa. The market development is facilitated by the free trade agreement between Morocco and the EU for industrial products, which entered into force on March 1, 2012 as well as visa-free travel for citizens of the EU and Switzerland,” said Martin März, Managing Director with fairtrade, the show’s co-organizer.
The 5th edition of the biennial plast expo and plast pack in 2013 hosted 150 exhibitors from 19 countries and 2,855 trade visitors from 31 countries.