Third edition of Propak East Africa hailed as the biggest and best yet
The third edition of Propak East Africa hailed as the biggest and best yet
The third edition of Propak East Africa exhibition and conference took place at the KICC in Nairobi with raving reviews from both visitors and exhibitors. With 4,015 trade attendees the event over the three days, Propak has truly cemented itself as the leading industry exhibition for the wider East African region. The event, focusing on packaging, printing and plastics, was an honest reflection of the regions current popularity with participants from 35 different countries throughout Africa and the rest of the world.
During the event, 150 exhibitors met with regional industry buyers to network and discuss future and existing business. One of the exhibitors, Hayssen Flexible Packaging from the UK, sold machinery onsite to one of their regional clients. This client already had one of their older models but in exhibiting, they were able to showcase their newer model and talk in person to their client. The feedback received from all exhibitors highlights the growth that is happening within the industry and the excitement that everyone has for the future of this market.
One of the core focuses for this edition from the organisers was to deliver real quality to all those involved. This was clear from the breath of exhibited products and the machinery that was on display but from a visitor perspective, the delegates were a true representation of the industry leaders. Over 50% of visiting delegates were senior management with half of those being owners or CEO’s of their companies. This quality allowed exhibitors to speak with the real decision makers and allowed them to get more tangible results.
One exhibitor, Boxmore Packaging from South Africa, said about the show “Propak East Africa worked very well for us. We were able to generate new business and potential leads from a wide variety of different countries, not just within the East Africa region, but the whole world.” Another exhibitor, Swedev AB from Sweden said “Propak East Africa was so much better for us than we anticipated. It was our first time at the exhibition so we took a small stand in the second, smaller hall. However this didn’t affect us at all, and after generating new leads in the region, we have decided to re-book for the 2018 show.”
Alongside the exhibition, the Propak conference ran for the three days of the event. Under the theme of ‘Proving the efficiency of packaging, printing and processing in East Africa’. The conference attracted the most senior delegates who came to listen to the engaging talks that were running throughout the event. With brands such as Coca-Cola, Robert Bosch, Kenya Bureau of Standards, Tetra Pak and many more, the talks that were had and the discussions that were made enabled people to walk away from the event with real insights and tangible benefits.
Alexander Angus, the East African Regional Director for Montgomery, the organisers of Propak East Africa, said having finished the event, “We are thrilled that we have run another hugely successful Propak event here in Kenya. Going into the show, we had already grown it massively but the feedback that we have had from all participants is the real reward. It is clear that exhibitors have done well and are pleased with the show and with many already confirmed again for next year, we look forward to improving it further.”
The next edition of Propak East Africa is running from the 27th February to 1 March 2018 back at the KICC and with extended opening hours. With the show expecting to grow again in 2018, companies are suggested to attend if they are wanting to be involved in the biggest event in the region. The focus for 2018 will be uniting the East African region by bringing in delegations from Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia, something that exhibitors were very interested in seeing.
For more information, please visit www.propakeastafrica.com.