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UAE petrochemical industry set for strong growth in 2016: BMI research

ArabPlast 2017 to display varied petrochemical machinery at the three-day show

ArabPlast, the world’s leading plastics and petrochemical show, is set to hold its 13th edition from 8 – 10 January 2017 at the Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre spread over nine Halls.

The bi-annual event will provide updates into petrochemical industry, and will witness the largest participation in its history, with expectations of display of high end machineries from Asia and Europe.

According to the United Arab Emirates Petrochemicals Report Q1 2016, published by Business Monitor International (BMI) Research, the UAE petrochemicals industry will see strong growth in output in 2016 as it continues its massive capacity expansion. The report said that by 2016 ethylene capacity of 5 million tonnes per annum in the UAE, up from 2 million tonnes per annum in 2013, with Polyethylene (PE) more than tripling to 3.52 million tonnes per annum and Polypropylene (PP) rising by nearly 170% to 2.14 million tonnes per annum over the period.

Past editions of the show saw display of over 150 containers of machineries, which makes ArabPlast the largest machinery trade exhibition in the Middle East. The upcoming edition is set to witness even further expansion, with the region still dominating the petrochemical industry on the global platform.

“ArabPlast 2017 has attracted a wide array of petrochemical and plastics companies. Leading companies of plastics and rubber industry participate in the show to unveil ground-breaking product solutions, cutting-edge technologies, and revolutionary ideas. Also, we anticipate a series of international alliances at the show in its upcoming edition,” said Satish Khanna, General Manager, Al Fajer Information and Services, co-organizers of the show.

Around 56% of previous ArabPlast visitors were from GCC region, while the rest were 12% from Indian Sub-continent, 8% from Europe, 6% from African Countries, 5% from rest of Asian and 13% from other countries. The exhibition saw visitors from around 119 countries worldwide.

Jointly organised by Al Fajer Information and Services, and Germany’s Messe Dusseldorf, ArabPlast has served over the years as the best platform to unveil new products, witness updates of the industry, open communication channels with industry peers, and meet global decision makers in the plastics industry. The event is annually supported by global companies from the region and the world; all of them are considered the largest manufacturers of petrochemicals globally.

“We are very excited to see ArabPlast 2017 achieving this accelerated growth. Our 2015 edition saw growth of 38% over the previous edition, and we have sold out enormous space for the upcoming edition. Moreover, we are collaborating with our international partners and supporters to make ArabPlast 2017 like no other in this industry,” added Khanna.

“We call on all petrochemical players in the region and the world to join us at ArabPlast and be part of its success story. We promise both participants and visitors very successful event in January 2017,” concluded Khanna.

On display at Arabplast 2017 will be new products and technologies in injection molding, blow molding, wrapping and packaging, pre and post plastic processing techniques as well as raw materials, such as additives and polymers. The show covers a wide spectrum of plastic machinery, plastic/rubber processing technology, pre and post-processing systems, plastic packaging technology, injection molding, blow molding, wrapping technology, extrusions, chemicals and additives, semi-finished goods, engineering plastics and plastic products.