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AMI's 1st international conference on Plastics in Africa will take place from the 9-10 December 2015 in London, United Kingdom. This new AMI event will provide participants with valuable insight into the world's most exciting market for polymers and the opportunities it can offer suppliers, processors and manufacturers.   

There is now massive investment going on in plastics processing operations in Africa driving double digit growth in polymer demand. While much of the plastic demand is still currently imported, it is now one of the most exciting markets for polymers in the world today. Africa's growth is not only fuelled by its natural resources but also by its infrastructure development and emergent middle-class, and cities giving rise to a growing demand for a wide range of products requiring plastics from mobile phones to packaging.

The region is already attracting increasing interest from European companies looking at offshoring opportunities, especially in North Africa, while the development of duty free zones has attracted increasing levels of foreign manufacturing investment, mainly from China and India. However, Africa is a very complex market with the needs and market conditions of North Africa markedly different to most countries south of the Sahara.

The first day of the conference will open with market overviews from AMI (based on the recently released study “Polymer Demand in Africa”), The Egyptian Ethylene and Derivatives Company (ETHYDCO) and Africa Risk Consulting.  

The following session will look at the different regional markets, with presentations on polyolefins, PE, PP and PET in North Africa (from  companies SIDPEC and CTC Maroc) the plastics industry in South Africa (Plastics|SA,), a case study of Nigeria (Hussaini Adamu Federal Polytechnic), the East African packaging processing and converting industry (Mr. Chibo Onyeji) as well as a private sector perspective on the plastics industry in East Africa (Rwanda Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Centre). 

Day one of the conference will close with a session on processing technologies, featuring papers from Starlinger, Nordson EDI Europe and Reifenhaeuser Blown Film. 

The second day will kick off with a session on end uses and waste management, with topics such as African consumers; their profile and their packaging needs (Tudor Rose International), thermoforming in Southern Africa (MGA Southern Africa), Consumer trends influencing the packaging industry (Tetra Pak), sustainable flexible barrier packaging (UBE Engineering Plastics) the oxo-biodegradable solution to plastic waste (Symphony Environmental) and the Cables and PVC markets (Egyptian Company For Plastic Industry Elsewedy Egyplast). 

The event will close by taking a look at some supply factors, with presentations from MBT South Africa, Maersk Line (and Safmarine) and from the African Trade Insurance Agency.

In addition to delivering quality papers, the conference also offers cost-effective networking opportunities with its extensive table top exhibition area.  

The full programme can now be found on AMI's website: www.amiconferences.com. For further information on attending, exhibiting or sponsoring this event please contact Nicola Charlesworth, Conference Organiser at AMI Conferences: on nc@amiplastics.com or +44 (0) 117 314 8111.