Totals of Plastex Caspian 201212.07.2012 14:04
Plastex Caspian 2012, the 2nd Caspian International Plastics and Rubber Exhibition, took place from 15 to 17 May at the Baku Expo Centre and welcomed over 3,000 visitors over the three days.
These visitors - 80% of whom were professionals of the plastics industry or Government representatives - had the chance to find out about and assess products and services from 25 exhibiting companies hailing from Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, India, Italy, and other countries. The companies, among them producers of equipment, raw materials, and additives, showcased the latest developments taking place in the industry today. Major Austrian and German companies presented cutting-edge equipment from their national stands, and the exhibition space occupied by domestic companies such as Afsan Fabrik, Mega Boya, Metak and NJT 2000 increased to 30% of the total.
Plastex Caspian 2012 began with an official opening ceremony, with Rasim Mammadov, Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Industry and Energy of Azerbaijan, among the speakers. “This exhibition is an important event, as it shows the success of the country’s economic policy. The creation of Azerkimya, the industry association, has ensured a threefold growth in petrochemical production. In 1995 there were nine plastics and rubber production facilities - by the end of 2010 there were over 60, with turnover rising from 9m to 70m manats (€9.25m to €72m) in this period, “ he said.
Whatever the level of their presence in the Azerbaijan market, regular exhibitors and newcomers alike expressed a common desire to establish and develop business links in the country, hoping to set up local representation and production capacity and play a role in projects. These objectives were largely accomplished over the first two days of the event, with exhibitors on average holding five to six productive business meetings a day from their stands and giving rave reviews of the exhibition. Paul Shigulla, Sales Manager of Coperion, spoke of his company’s negotiations with Azerkimya regarding cooperation in Sumgait, and Omer Firat, Production Engineer at Tayf Plastik, revealed his company was now seriously considering developing facilities within Azerbaijan to manufacture its products. “Every company is interested in establishing representation in Azerbaijan,” added Alexander Pitlik, Project Manager of Expo Austria.
For companies looking to open up new markets, forge valuable partnerships and assess the global plastics market, Plastex Azerbaijan is an opportunity not to be missed.
Press coverage was extensive, with reports on the exhibition appearing on major TV channels, as well as on the official exhibition website, www.plastex.az.
The exhibition was organised by Iteca Caspian and ITE Group plc, along with its international partners ITE London, EUF in Turkey, GiMA in Germany, and ITE Gulf in Dubai. The exhibition’s partners were Azerfon LKLC, AZAL, Greenwich Travel Club, Hilton Baku, and Kavkaz Point Hotel.
The exhibition is officially supported by the Ministry of Industry and Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the National Confederation of Entrepreneurs (Employers) Organisations of Azerbaijan Republic, and the Azerbaijan Export & Investment Promotion Foundation.