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Trade fairs around the world for the innovative and fast-growing plastics and rubber industry

Vietnam is viewed as a market with big development potential. Profiting from the upswing of industries serving the consumer, and particularly the electronics and automotive sector, the domestic plastics and rubber industry is also making progress. Steady growth coupled with the associated need for investment has been forecast for the industry in the coming years.

As a response to the growing importance of the Indonesian market for plastics, print and packaging products, Messe Düsseldorf, Messe Düsseldorf Asia and its Indonesian partner PT Wahana Kemalaniaga (Wakeni) will be involved in the trio of trade fairs Indoplas, Indopack and Indoprint as of 2012. Together, they intend to develop the trade fair themes further and sharpen the fairs’ international profile. The trade associations for plastics and rubber machines, food and packaging machines, and print and paper technology organised in VDMA (German Engineering Federation) are supporting Indoplas, Indopack und Indoprint.


With its population of over 240 million, Indonesia is the world’s fourth-largest nation. Its economy is flourishing: in 2010, the gross national product grew by 5.9 per cent, and in the coming years average growth is expected to be at around 6 per cent. A growing middle class with plenty of purchasing power and growing aspirations in terms of living standards are encouraging the expansion of consumer goods industries in particular. Indoplas, Indopack and Indoprint are taking place from 11 to 14 April 2012 at the Jakarta International Expo venue.

The only trade fair specialising in the plastics and rubber industry in the Czech Republic is Plastex staged by Veletrhy Brno a.s., Messe Düsseldorf’s Czech subsidiary. It is taking place at the Brno Exhibition Centre from 10 to 14 September 2012, concurrently with MSV, the International Engineering Fair, and collectively with five other technology fairs: IMT, International Machine Tools Exhibition; Welding, the International Welding Engineering Fair; FOND-EX, the International Foundry Fair; Profintech, the International Surface Technology Fair; and Interprotec, International Fair of Personal Protective Equipment, Health and Safety at Work. Plastex 2008 was attended by 196 exhibitors from 21 countries and 13,000 visitors.

For the Near and Middle East, ArabPlast has cemented its position as the premier platform of the growing plastics and rubber industry. Since 2004, Messe Düsseldorf has been the exclusive partner of the Arab International Plastic & Rubber Industry Trade Show and Conference, which was held for the 10th time in 2011 by Al Fajer Information & Services. From 8 to 11 January, together with the simultaneously staged Tekno Tube Arabia, it attracted 800 exhibiting companies and over 18,500 trade visitors. The next ArabPlast is taking place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre in January 2013.

The highlight of the year will then be the industry’s No. 1 trade fair, K 2013, in Düsseldorf. As the market leader, it brings the world’s suppliers and buyers together and sets itself clearly apart from the competition. The most recent staging, K 2010 from 27 October to 3 November, was attended by 222,000 trade visitors from about 100 countries. Their imagination was caught by the innovations of the 3,098 exhibiting companies in raw materials and auxiliaries, machinery and equipment, and technical parts and semi-finished products.

The next K Düsseldorf is taking place from 16 to 23 October 2013.

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