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ProPak Asia is one of the biggest packaging trade fairs in Asia.

The 18th edition was successfully held on 16 and 19 June 2010 at Thailand’s premier trade exhibition center BITEC. The show has seen a significant increase in international trade visitors from markets in South Asia and the Far East.

908 exhibitors from 36 countries presented more than 2,500 products in a total area of 24,642 m². Visitors from 59 countries made their way to the trade show, contributing to the total number of 30,663 attendees, an increase of over 1,000 buyers on last year. The top ten countries that visited the show were Malaysia, followed by India, Singapore, Japan, Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines and Australia.

According to David Aitken, Managing Director of Bangkok Exhibition Services Ltd. (BES), the organiser of ProPak Asia 2010, this year’s achievements involves not only the overall increase in visitors, international buyers and international groups, but also the growth in the number of local trade buyers searching for processing and packaging technology for projects throughout Thailand and overseas.
Importantly, ProPak Asia was able to achieve a significant increase in visitors from beyond its traditional markets of South East Asia, the South Asian markets in particular registering strong growth. Trade visitors from India were up a staggering 173% on 2009, Pakistan increased by 54%, Bangladesh rose by 19% and Sri Lankan attendees more than tripled.

“The number of local visitors to the show also increased as a result of growing enthusiasm among Thai manufacturers about improving their technology and efficiency, and staying updated on the latest trends in processing, filling and packaging industry. This trend has been fueled by Thailand’s strong export growth that in May recorded a 42% increase,”explained Mr. Aitken.

Deputy Finance Minister Pradit Pattaraprasit presided over the opening ceremony. He commented that, “ProPak Asia 2010 provides Thai manufacturers an excellent access to cutting edge technologies from around the world. Moreover, is a promising platform for business networking between exhibitors and visitors within the region and beyond.”
Interviewed on Radio, David Gearing, Area Manager, explained that KHS Filling and Packaging Worldwide, were “one of the world’s leaders of filling, packaging and bottling technology”and “are showing a strong presence here in Thailand”. KHS met with their key customers at the show that included Singha, Chang, Coca Cola and Pepsi.

Supporting the theme “Go Clean Go Green”, the event featured a vast array of innovative products and solutions that concentrated on energy efficiency, manufacturing performance and environmental friendliness, which proved to be an important focus of the industry this year.
“We will continue the theme since it has been and will be of global importance. Next year, highlights will include the international seminars such as the 2nd International Brewing Conference, the ASEAN Food Innovation Conference by FIFSTA and the Pharmaceutical Industry Forum,”said Mr. Aitken.

A series of industry conferences, seminars, workshops and competitions truly complemented ProPak Asia 2010 and attracted strong attendance. Among these, the Packaging Design Workshop held by the Technology Promotion Association (Thailand-Japan) and Japan Packaging Institute (JPI) provided attendees with updates on Japan’s food safety measures and what exporters have to do to meet its quality and safety requirements.

Mr. Aitken concluded, “in accordance with exhibitors' comments, fair participants are glad with the results and a lot of purchases were done on site by corporate clients and trade representatives, with high prospects for new technology developments. We are confident to see strong growth in the number of exhibitors, visitors and international representatives for the upcoming 2011 edition, which is set for continued expansion and added values for everyone involved.”