Trio of Packing/Printing Shows Attract Record Participation in Indonesia

October 8, 2014

INDOPLAS, INDOPACK (incorporating INDOPROCESS) and INDOPRINT 2014, held recently in Jakarta, attracted more than 22,000 trade professionals from Indonesia and the surrounding region, a 20 percent increase compared to the last event held in 2012.

A total of 362 exhibitors from 19 countries participated – 30 percent more than in 2012.

The three exhibitions showcased a range of the latest technology and equipment for the plastics, packaging, processing and printing sectors.

“It is very encouraging to see such a notable increase in exhibitors and visitors at the three exhibitions. This is a clear indication that these events are gaining importance and relevance in the plastics, packaging and printing industries,” said Gernot Ringling, managing director of the show organizer Messe Düsseldorf Asia.

Besides the exhibits, there also was an extensive conference and seminar programs from leading industry authorities such as the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), the Indonesian Packaging Federation and SML Maschinengesellschaft MBH from Austria, as well as Lubrizol Engineered Polymers and Exxonmobil Chemical Asia Pacific.

The well-attended events addressed market trends and technological demands. Concerning printing, Heidelberg Indonesia, KOPI GRAFIKA and the Thai Trade office focused on topics such as printing innovations, achieving profits and efficient machinery performance.

International market players accounted for more than half of the exhibitors and occupied 70 percent of the showfloor. Germany, Taiwan, Singapore and Austria were strongly represented, alongside country group exhibits from China, Italy and Thailand. Paolo Gasparotta from Moretto SPA who has participated in the exhibitions consistently over the years, stated that he has seen good quality visitors “and made very strong leads at the exhibition.”

First-time INDOPLAS exhibitor Anston Tan, Principal at the German Training Centre for Injection Molding Asia, said, “We got good enquiries from the many visitors we talked to and are confident that we will be able to reach out to more potential clients due to the visibility we received at this exhibition.”

The shows are jointly organized by Messe Düsseldorf Asia and partner PT. Wahana Kemalaniaga Makmur (WAKENI), INDOPLAS, INDOPACK and INDOPRINT.

“The trade fairs are well on their way to being the ideal gateway for companies to strengthen their business ties in Indonesia and to gain insight into the emerging growth sectors here as well as surrounding competitor markets,” Ringling said.

Rini Keim, director of WAKENI, added: “With the outstanding performance and outcome of this year’s edition we are confident of bringing an even bigger and better show in 2016.”

The next staging of INDOPLAS, INDOPACK (incorporating INDOPROCESS) and INDOPRINT is scheduled for Sept. 7-10, 2016, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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