Ghana's plastprintpack & agrofood technology imports grow by double digits
After the great success of plastprintpack West Africa 2022, the 2023 edition is now coming up as plastprintpack Ghana to take place from 21 to 23 November 2023 at the Trade Center Arena at the Accra International Conference Centre.
This important business platform for the Ghanaian plastprintpack industry is organised by fairtrade in cooperation with their local partner Geovision.
The rebranding from plastprintpack West Africa to plastprintpack Ghana reflects the growing importance of the Ghanaian market since the inaugural event in Ghana in 2013. The figures below in the section “The Ghanaian plastprintpack market” prove this impressively.
In addition to the 6th plastprintpack Ghana, fairtrade in West Africa serves Nigeria with the 9th plastprintpack Nigeria.
And francophone West Africa will finally meet again in 2024 in Abidjan, at the 2nd plastprintpack West Africa.
3-day conference program
plastprintpack & agrofood Ghana 2023 will again be supplemented by a 3-day program full of presentations and conferences, just as in 2022.
Country pavilions in 2023 from
Italy, The Netherlands and South Africa
The Italian Trade Agency ITA in cooperation with AMAPLAST, UCIMA, ASSOFOODTEC and ACIMGA organises the second Collective Participation of Italian companies at plastprintpack & agrofood Ghana in 2023.
Ghana, like most countries in the region, is in a phase of strong local industry development, for which there is a need to increase the technological endowment of companies. As an example, from 2017 to 2021, imports of machinery increased as follows:
- Plastic processing technologies: from €23 million to €47 million, an annual increase of 19.6 per cent
- Food processing technology: from 59 to 112 million euros, an annual increase of 17%.
- Packaging and bottling technologies: from 30 to 64 million euros, an annual increase of 21%.
Agro-industrial production currently accounts for about half of the country's exports. However, it is believed that there is ample room for increase, also in light of the numerous government initiatives to support the sector, with the aim of bringing production up to the standards of more mature markets in terms of packaging, traceability and quality.
The plastprintpack & agrofood Ghana exhibition is the country's main event dedicated to the entire agro-industrial chain. An Italian Pavilion that includes technologies for the entire production process thus presents itself as a 'one-stop-shop' for local customers, simplifying investment decisions.
Participation in the fair will therefore enable Italian companies to seize export opportunities arising from this development trend of the local industry, in order to build a solid market share in the area as of now.
€ 150 + VAT/sqm, with minimum module of 9 sqm - € 1,350 + VAT
First 9 sq.m. FREE for companies benefiting from the support measures for companies in the flooded areas (see paragraph "Application modalities").
The Netherlands Pavilion
The Netherlands Pavilion is supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and GNBCC - Ghana Netherlands Business & Culture Council
South Africa Pavilion
South Africa joins in for the 2023 event with a Trade & Investment KwaZulu Natal Pavilion.
Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN) is a South African trade and inward investment promotion agency, established to promote the province of KwaZulu-Natal as an investment destination and to facilitate trade by assisting local companies’ access international markets.
Internationally, the Department of Trade & Investment promotes the country as an investment destination, whereas Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal presents a seamless trade and inward investment promotion for, specifically, KwaZulu-Natal.
South Africa Booth
The Ghanaian plastprintpack market
Plastics technology: Ghana’s plastics technology imports increase to €47 million in 2021. From €23 million in 2017 to €47 million in 2021, Ghana’s imports of plastics technology show an annual increase of 19.6% between 2017 and 2021. (VDMA)
Printing and paper technology: Ghana’s imports of printing and paper processing technology increase to €29 million in 2021. Ghanaian imports of printing and paper technology have risen sharply, from €11 million in 2017 to €29 million in 2021, representing an annual average growth of 27% for this period. (VDMA)
Packaging technology: Ghana’s imports of packaging technology amount to €64 million in 2021. Ghanaian imports of packaging technology amounted to €64 million in 2021, up 17.9% annually from €30 million in 2017 - steady growth even in the Corona year 2021. (VDMA)
Recap 2022: Promising outlook for business after
plastprintpack & agrofood 2022 in Ghana
1,384 trade visitors discussed their investments with 98 exhibitors from 22 countries
The 5th edition of agrofood & plastprintpack 2022 in Ghana had 98 exhibitors from 22 countries participating, namely from Belgium, Burkina Faso, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India, Iran, Italy, Ivory Coast, Morocco, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Türkiye, United Arab Emirates and USA.
They discussed business with 1,384 visitors from 31 countries, 74% of the visitors were from Ghana, 26% from the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Egypt, France, Gambia, Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Russia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Turkiye, United Kingdom and the USA.
The event was held from 29 November to 01 December 2022 at the state-of-the-art Trade Center Arena at the Accra International Conference Centre.
The results of the exhibitor survey proved the event was a major success: 86% of the exhibitors intend to participate again, 85% would recommend the event to their peers, 82% were satisfied or even very satisfied with the event as a whole and 94% with the service of the organiser fairtrade.
What the exhibitors said
Ms Daniela d`Orlandi
Italian Ambassador to Ghana and Togo
We are proud to bring to this important exhibition a large and qualified delegation of 20 Italian manufacturers of machinery and products for the plastic, the printing, the packaging and the agribusiness industries. We are sure their presence in Accra will allow Ghanaian companies to learn more about the possibilities Italy can offer to upgrade local production, allowing it, on the one hand, to better respond to the increasingly sophisticated domestic demand, and, on the other hand, to address foreign markets with more added value products.
The Italian Pavilion at plastprintpack and agrofood West Africa represents a major step, that we are taking along with the Italian industrial Association UCIMA, AMAPLAST, ACIMGA and AssoFoodTech. Let me also underline that the Italian Pavillion is organized under the auspices of the City of Rome that is candidate to host the 2030 World Exposition. We look forward to meeting you at our Pavilion to discuss the opportunities that the Ghanaian markets offers to us all!
Mr Tjalling Wiarda
General Manager - GNBCC Ghana Netherlands Business & Culture Council
We as GNBCC are happy to be involved in the 7th edition of this trade show where we are present with our own Dutch pavilion. We want to thank the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for financially supporting the pavilion.
I hope we can welcome you at our Netherlands Pavilion where you can find all our seven exhibitors. It's the one with the logo of our Embassy (Ghana - Netherlands together) and the GNBCC logo against an orange background.
Regional Manager Technical Sales Africa - Windmöller & Hölscher KG
Founded in 1869 today Windmöller & Hölscher is a world leader for the manufacturing of machinery and systems for the production of flexible packaging.
Ghana is the most stable country in West Africa and has a big potential to grow.
The demand for packaging is rising both in quantity and quality. That's the time when pur machines are required.
Here at plastprintpack West Africa 2022, we met our existing customers and also potential new contacts. Our booth is a good spot to meet and we are happy to welcome everyone.
We expected to meet all our contacts in Ghana after not seeing many of them during Covid-times. At least most of them came along which was a pleasure for us.
Mervyn Moodley (right)
Chief Executive Officer & Founder - Safrique
Safrique International was established in 1996 with the objective of offering a total PET solution to its customers in sub-Saharan Africa. We act as an exclusive distribution agent for key manufacturers.
Ghana is an important market because it holds 50% of our marketing activites as well as a lot potential in a promesing market.
We have met a lot of farmers and food processing companies here at plastprintpack West Africa.
Marketing and Sales - Miniplast
Miniplast is one of the leading manufacturers of Industrial and Household products in Ghana with over 25 years of experience in the sector.
Ghana is a politically stable country and plastic packaging is becoming a necessity because of the fast growing small and medium enterprises. We access the market through our various distribution assets.
We had visitors, farmes and individuals in the herbal and chemical sector and other industries from the private and public sectors and others respectfully. We are satisfied with their quality.
Our expectation was to meet clients in person and that our products could be of help to find the accurate plastic producers for their business. And yes, our expectation was met.
Strong institutional support of
plastprintpack & agrofood Ghana 2023
The 6th edition of plastprintpack & agrofood Ghana 2023 enjoys the strong support of the following institutions.
Support from within Ghana
- Ghanaian Ministry of Business Development
- The Ministry of Food and Agriculture
- The Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation
- The Ministry of Trade and Industry
- AGI Association of Ghana Industries
- FABAG Food & Beverage Association of Ghana
- GIPC Ghana Investment Trade Promotion Centre
- NEIP National Entrepreneurship and Innovations Plan
ACIMGA – Italian Association of Italian Manufacturers of Machinery for the Graphic, Paper, Converting and Allied Industries
AHK Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana
- AMAPLAST – Italian Association of Manufacturers of Machinery and Moulds for Plastics and Rubber
- EECA - Egypt Expo and Convention Authority
- Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Türkiye to Ghana
- German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, in cooperation with the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA)
- GNBCC Ghana Netherlands Business & Culture Council
- ITA Italian Trade Agency
- NABC Netherlands African Business Council