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CMT’s 15th MEAPET 2014 to highlight PET demand and growth prospects in the Middle East and Africa

Centre for Management Technology (CMT) announced that its annual event 15th MEAPET (Middle East & Africa PET Resin Trade, Applications & Recycling) will be held in Dubai, UAE on 11-12 February 2014. The event will provide a platform for PET key players and stakeholders to reflect on 2 burgeoning questions – Growth or Glut for the Middle East PET Sector? And Will Demand in Africa Continue to Boost Regional PET Trade?

The event kick-starts with an overview of ‘Global PET Markets with Emphasis on the Middle East & Africa’ by David Swift, Managing Director of PCI (PET Packaging, Resin & Recycling) – setting the tone for more in-depth sessions like insights on ‘Analysis of the Changing PX/PTA Landscape’ which focuses on raw materials and price structure by Gordon Haire, Senior Consultant with PCI Xylene & Polyester.

The event will also provide participants with an update on sustainability via the session: ‘DANONE’s Strategy: Making PET Bottles More Sustainable!’ by Philippe Diercxsens, Packaging & Environment Manager, DANONE Waters Division. In another paper, George A. Hanna, President, Hipro Consulting will enlighten the delegates on ‘Recycled PET – Status of PET Waste and Impact on the Middle East Region’.

Among key sessions to look forward to are insights on PET trends for energy drinks, soymilk and dairy products. Ashley Batten, Research Analyst at Euromonitor International will share a ‘Review of theBeverage Industry and Challenges for Growth in 2014’. This will be followed by a session on ‘PET Packaging Trends & Market for Dairy Products’ by Bruce Volmink, Head of Packaging, Parmalat South Africa, who will spotlight on PET consumption outlook in South & East Africa and elaborate on the innovations in packaging trends and market drivers. Last but not least is an ‘Overview & Development of Global Food Contact Legislation Related to PET’ by Koen Weel, Project Manager Packaging Research at TNO Triskelion BV.

Country focus wise, the paper on ‘UAE/ Saudi PET Dilemma: New Capacities vs. New Demand’ will abreast participants on leveraging the trade balance and find avenues for export and domestic requirements, while Louay Al-Tahan, VP Business Development/CFO, Al-Tahan Group provides ‘Iraq’s Packaging Outlook & PET Demand’.

The event also includes sessions on:
• Due Diligence & Financing PET Projects in Emerging Markets by Abdullah Jefri, Investment Officer (Manufacturing & Petrochemicals), IFC
• India’s New PET Capacity & Export Opportunities by Vishesh Aggarwal, Managing Director Micro PolyPet Pvt. Ltd.
• Project Update: PET Recycling Status in Egypt by Hemant Gupta, Commercial Director, BariQ (Raya Holding)
• Analyzing the Economics of Scale in PET Preform Production by Fernando Castro, Caiba SA
• Understanding Technology Constraints & Competitive Solutions for PET Production in Africa by Husky Injection Molding System
This year, MEAPET has enhanced the agenda with an optional Workshop on ‘Developing Inroads to the AFRICAN Markets: Opportunities & Challenges’ which will include a real life business case study on ‘value chain for preforms to the bottled water industry in Kenya’.

This conference is expected to be attended by – Feedstock suppliers (PX/PTA/MEG) | PET resin producers and traders | Polyester manufacturers | Polymer/Petrochemical traders | Converters & preform manufacturers | Caps & closures manufacturers | Technology providers | Recycling companies | Bottlers/fillers | Brand owners and many more.