A three day exhibition, seeking to showcase alternative packaging solutions after the plastic bags ban, has kicked off today in Nairobi, Kenya.
The event, Propak East Africa, slated to end on 1st March 2018 is the leading platform for trade within the packaging, plastics, printing and food processing industry boasting the biggest names in the industry as exhibitors.
The event takes place in the wake of Kenya’s move to ban plastic bags.
“Now, more than ever, it is vital to know the latest consumer trends, particularly with the plastic bag ban coming into place last year. This year we have focused our conference topics around these types of pertinent issues affecting the market so that our visitors and exhibitors can use it as a chance to gain insights and understand the market opportunities available to them”. Alexander Angus, the show’s Director commented.
The event has brought together more than 3,500 professionals. Some of the issues to be discussed in this year’s event will include issues currently affecting the industry and how to comply with the government’s regulations. Several laws have been effected restricting the use of Plastics Packaging. Industry in the region has been caught off guard. Frantic efforts are being pursued and there is need for a holistic approach with all stakeholders and Consumers, Industry, Local and National Governments to address this matter. Best practices need to be adopted.
Other topics on the agenda include drawing lessons oon emerging packaging waste challenges in East Africa
Packaging plays crucial roles in value addition, protecting the products from production areas to consumption areas and communicating with the consumers. However of late there is a sustained pressure and campaign against Packaging especially Plastics Packaging. The pressure is loud and clear. Several bans have been effected and more are threatened.
Without a very careful approach the objectives of strengthening manufacturing for job creation and food preservations will not be realised.
Kenya is leading the global sustainability battle alongside over 40 countries worldwide that have completely banned, partly banned or taxed single-use plastic bags, including China, France, Rwanda and Italy. The country has even more recently proposed a plastic bottle ban, further emphasising its dedication to sustainability.
In keeping with the country’s forward-thinking approach to sustainability in packaging, Propak East Africa 2018 will maintain a special focus on sustainability. Market-leading brands such as BOBST, Flint Group, Filmatic Packaging Systems, Ishida, KBA, Krones, Ramco, Bosch, Safrique, Uner Plastik A.S. and Windmoller & Holscher will be present to showcase their latest products and solutions in compliance with these new laws.
Propak’s conference will welcome senior representatives from leading brands such as KenInvest, Nielsen, The Kenyan Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Skanem Interlables, Green Africa, Halliday Finch Africa and Tropical Food Machinery SRL.