The Middle East's petrochemicals industry is the most competitive in the world thanks to its low feedstock advantage and the upcoming Plastivision Arabia 2012 will seek to build on the buoyancy of the petrochemicals and plastics sector during its four-day run.
To be held at Expo Centre Sharjah from May 14 to 17, 2012, the launch edition of the international plastics exhibition and conference Plastivision Arabia will serve as a premier sourcing and networking platform for the region's fast-growing plastics industry.
Reflecting the robustness of the sector, a new report by industry intelligence company GlobalData said the basic petrochemicals capacity in the Middle East grew by a compounded annual average rate of 11.1% to reach 46.61 million tonnes a year between 2000 and 2011.
As a result, the region is building a higher-value plastics sector capable of delivering higher profits and creating secondary manufacturing industries and services, throwing up plenty of opportunities for businesses operating in this field, the report said.
"The emphasis on the upstream and downstream petrochemicals sectors is a result of the regional governments' focus to reduce their economic dependence on the production and export of crude oil and natural gas. The region's strong basic petrochemical industry will continue to serve as a feedstock provider for the downstream industry," said Mr. Nikhil Dhruva, President of Uniplas International Est.
Uniplas, an international player for innovative plastic raw materials, will be the Silver Sponsor along with Borouge as Platinum Sponsors of Plastivision Arabia 2012, which will be organized and hosted by Expo Centre Sharjah from May 14 to 17, 2012.
Mr. Midfa was speaking ahead of the Plastivision Arabia 2012, which is jointly organized by Expo Centre Sharjah and the All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association (AIPMA), the oldest and the largest apex body for the plastic industry in India.
"We have been successful in generating enough attention within the global plastics industry and have managed to organize a comprehensive sourcing platform for raw materials, primary processing and auxiliary equipment, machinery and related products and services," said Mr. Midfa. "It will also be an invaluable networking platform for raw material producers, equipment suppliers and traders," he added.
Visitors can look forward to meeting and dealing with exhibitors who are major industry players in India, UAE, Germany, Singapore, UK, Italy, Taiwan, China, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Turkey, Egypt, Russia and France.
Of the 125 exhibitors, nearly 70 are from India alone, displaying the importance of the show for Indian machinery suppliers for tapping into the fast-expanding plastics and petrochemicals sector in the UAE and the region.
Among the highlights, a comprehensive range of high quality measure and control systems for blown-film extrusion lines will be introduced by Octagon Process Technology GmbH, Germany, at the show.
STEER, a globally player in polymer processing machines, will showcase its new line of compounding pelletizing system dedicated to lean manufacturing;
Eco-Polymers its totally degradable plastic additives; Gurucharan Industries its new high-output twin die extrusion plant; Sparkonix India its electrical discharge machines and Kintat Rubber Technology its rubber parts, among others.
Expo Centre Sharjah is also holding a concurrent show - ArabiaMold - along with Plastivision Arabia, in association with DEMAT, the organizer of world-renowned EuroMold trade show. It will showcase molding equipment and services such as mold-making tools, filtration instruments, welding equipment, cooling systems and other related industrial machines and accessories.
The Plastivision Arabia business presentation series, will present a diverse range of content, tailored specifically to the needs of the regional plastic industry.
The topics to be taken up by highly experienced speakers from around the world include 'Plastic Raw Materials: New Applications & Advances', 'How To Hedge & Protect From Price Fluctuations', 'Requirements & Trends of Major End Users', 'Machines & Molds' and 'How To Be Profitable Processor (Productivity)'.
"The Business Opportunity Pavilion will help converters meet industry giants and facilitate purchase of products, while the Expert Consultation Counters will host experienced industry players who will act as consultants," said Ms. Lilian Segundo, Group Project Manager, Expo Centre Sharjah.
The show is also featuring the, 'Expert Consultation Counters', and 'Recruitment Corner', apart from the opportunity to join the campaign viz. "Plastics - Use/Abuse - You choose". A novel initiative at the show will be the "Plastics - Use/Abuse - You choose" campaign, where a stage will be set up educating the industry on the theme "Plastics as term is not bad".
Another feature at the show that will help solve the manpower issues faced by the regional plastic industry is the Recruitment Corner, which will assist the sector in choosing the best talents from among Indian plastic engineering graduates who will be looking for placement in the CIPET pavilion at the show.
The show will be open from 10am to 6pm on May 14, 15 and 16, and on May 17, the last day, the shows will receive visitors from 10am to 4 pm.
Plastivision Arabia will be organized by Expo Centre Sharjah, in association with All India Plastics Manufacturers' Association, and the support of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry.