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EUROPEAN UNION supports plastprintpack Nigeria 2015

  • Godwin Ogilo, Chief Financial Officer Jakob Bejer, Managing Director of Heidelberg Nigeria Limited John O. Onuegbulem, Business Unit Manager, Press/Finishing (from left to right)HEIDELBERG Nigeria becomes Platinum Sponsor
  • Nigeria holds major business opportunities for international suppliers

The EUROPEAN UNION officially supports agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2015. This becomes evident from a letter of 28 October 2014 of Michel ARRION, Head of Delegation and Ambassador of the EUROPEAN UNION – Delegation to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and to the Economic Community of West Africa States.

"..., the European Union works closely with the Nigerian authorities to improve Nigeria's business environment and competitiveness, to support its industrial revolution agenda and to ensure quality of products.

The food and beverage sector represents a very large segment of the Nigerian manufacturing industry. The sector generates over 1.5m jobs in the country and thus employs 5% of the Nigerian workforce. Moreover, with a market of over 160 million consumers, and a constantly growing population, Nigeria has an increasing demand for packaged and ready-made food products. ...

Against this background, European suppliers can play an important role in providing the Nigerian ... industry with machinery, equipment and technological know-how ...

The Delegation of the European Union to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and ECOWAS therefore welcomes the initiative of fairtrade Messe to organize the 1st International Trade Fairs "agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2015" to be held at the Landmark Centre in Lagos on 28-30 April 2015.

We support this important event and wish that during the years to come it will develop into a leading platform for technological exchange ..."

Nigeria stands for an abundance of natural resources such as oil, gas and agricultural land and an attractive and fast growing consumer market. The country ranks 13 on the list of the largest oil producing countries, well ahead of Norway, Algeria, Angola, Kazakhstan and Qatar.

With 179 million inhabitants Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the 7th most populous country in the world. Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa, having just overtaken South Africa in this respect. No wonder that it is listed among the 'next 11' economies and expected to become one of the world's top 20 economies by 2050.

Figures of VDMA-The German Engineering Association confirm this fact: Nigerian imports between 2010 to 2013 of

plastics machinery went up from 52 million Euro to 89 million Euro
printing and paper technology rose from 39 million Euro to 78 million Euro
packaging machinery increased from 85 million Euro to 182 million Euro
See details on major business opportunities Nigeria holds for suppliers of plastprintpack technology and material.

It is against this backdrop that fairtrade launch plastprintpack Nigeria. The 1st International Trade Show on Plastics, Composites, Chemistry and Printing & Packaging Solutions and Material is scheduled for 28 to 30 April 2015 at the brand-new Landmark Convention Centre in Lagos.

And already more than six months before its opening, the event

enjoys the official support of the EUROPEAN UNION,
HEIDELBERG Nigeria have become the Platinum Sponsors,
the EXPO AUSTRIA PAVILION has been reserved with a minimum of five Austrian companies and
leading suppliers such as Bosch, BSW, Heidelberg, Kautex, Konica Minolta, NGR, Nissei ASB, R.R. Plast, Windmöller & Hölscher, ... have already booked their stands.

fairtrade have a wealth of experience in organizing professional plast print pack shows as we also organize plast & printpack alger (with 161 exhibitors from 24 countries and 3,083 visitors in 2014) and plastprintpack West Africa, Ghana featuring 81 exhibitors and 1,326 visitors in December 2013.

To create valuable synergies for exhibitors and visitors alike, plastprintpack Nigeria is held in conjunction with agrofood Nigeria, the 1st International Trade Show on Agriculture, Food, Beverage & Packaging Technology and Food, Beverages & Hospitality.

"The idea to launch a professional platform especially for the Nigerian business community was brought up by the exhibitors and the organisers of national pavilions at our agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa 2013 in Accra last December", says Martin März, fairtrade's CEO.

"We then presented the project at two meetings with the economic counsellors of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, the European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden in Lagos in February and September 2014 and received an all-around positive feed-back. Therefore we are excited to create this new major platform for our long-term customers."

As Austria is already committed to participate with a group of companies, the Commercial Counsellor with the Austrian Embassy in Lagos, Ms Nella Hengstler, points out: "Nigeria will be the next global manufacturing hub. The sheer size of Nigeria's market combined with its large and young work force will attract massive investments in the manufacturing industry. Machines and production materials will continue to be imported, though. I therefore welcome and support agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria 2015 as it is important for European suppliers to be on ground early before the real run on Nigeria starts".

The partners of fairtrade in Nigeria are AHK Nigeria - the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria and the Nigerian-German Business Association - NGBA. André Rönne, delegate of AHK and general manager of NGBA points out: "Increasing prosperity and the rapidly increasing population numbers are the consumer-promoting factors in Nigeria, which is also reflected by investments into the construction of shopping malls and the food processing and food packaging industry. The agrofood & plastprintpack Nigeria comes at exactly the right time, and we look forward to a constructive and successful cooperation with the fairtrade team. "

HEIDELBERG Nigeria is the Platinum Sponsor of plastprintpack Nigeria 2015. This has been agreed in Lagos in October 2014 between Jakob Bejer, Managing Director of HEIDELBERG Nigeria and the MD of the Heidelberg-based organizer fairtrade, Martin März. "We are delighted to join forces with the organisers fairtrade and to be the Platinum Sponsor of plastprintpack Nigeria 2015", points out Jakob Bejer.



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