PLAST EURASIA 2015
At the beginning of December 2015, Ampacet participated to the exhibition named Plast Eurasia that took place in Turkey, İstanbul. This is an annual International Trade Fair that gathers professionals from the plastics industry covering all segments.
The fair took place from the 3rd – 6th December with the participation of 1,134 societies and company representatives coming from 47 countries. In this year’s edition the Plast Eurasia Fair attracted 47,306 domestic and 8,269 international visitors.
Ampacet had its own outstanding booth of 84 m2 and was represented by 6 members of the MEA team. Khalil Fadda (Ampacet MEA General Manager), Bahar Özsoy (Sales Manager Turkey), Nüzhet Ezer (Sales Executive Turkey), Etem Şentürk (Technical Segment Specialist-BOPP), Mohammed Kobe (Supply Chain Manager, Ampacet MEA) and Sandy El Sabeh (Customer Service Representative Ampacet MEA). They welcomed more than 80 visitors including existing and potential customers from Turkey as well as from the other countries (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Bulgaria, Romania, Tunisia, Azerbaijan, Israel and Germany). They also made contact with some current and potential suppliers. As in the previous years, this fair was an enormous success for Ampacet.
Ampacet has continued to develop and grow in Turkey achieving successful results within the last years. Due to the presence of Ampacet at the Plast Eurasia Exhibition and the strong Sales team presence in this region, we have been able to show our strength and continual determination to evolve within this market and gain more market share.
Interplastica 2016 in Moscow recorded considerably more visitors than in the previous year.
Western technology for the production of packaging and related processes, as well as for the manufacturing of plastic and rubber goods is still highly valued by Russian companies. However, the political framework conditions, the fall of the oil price, and a continually weak rouble, having an inflation rate of approx. 15.8 percent last year, as well as hesitant lending as a result thereof are making it difficult to make investments, especially for small businesses. On the other hand, there is still considerable investment needed in Russia and the neighbouring countries. Above all, the demand has been placed on the domestic consumer goods industry, the food industry, and the packaging industry to optimise production processes and product quality in order to be able to substitute imports. Therefore staying informed concerning innovative technologies, maintaining business relationships with suppliers, or establishing new ones represented the main focus of visitors to the Interplastica 2016. From 26th to 29th January, 20,900 specialist visitors from Russia and its neighbouring countries came to the Moscow Expo centre in Krasnaya Presnya – around 1 900 more than in 2015. The atmosphere within the halls was remarkable. The exhibitors reported being extremely interesting business people who were also, in part, ready to make orders. A total of 828 companies from 38 countries presented their range of offers at both trade fairs.
Significant contribution to the development of the Russian polymer market for the past 16 years has been made by Ampacet. This year, traditionally, the booth of Ampacet at Interplastica was presented by sales managers from all the regions of Russia: European part (Moscow, Saint-Petersburg), the Central part (Kazan, republic of Tatarstan), Siberia (Novosibirsk), Ural (Ekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk), South Region (Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar).
Strong support to the Russian sales team was provided by Mr. Claes Nilsson (Director of sales Nothern Europe) and Mr. Marcello Bergamo (Global BOPP Director). There were 4 intensive meetings held with BOPP producers including 2 new companies. New developments and strong commitment was presented to one of Ampacet’s largest BOPP partners – company SIBUR.
As usual highest interest/demand was shown to the local color service which Ampacet is offering in Russia since 2008 when the plant of color Masterbatches has been installed. Localization of all standard color Masterbatches have resulted in tremendous success. Ampacet Russia has grown 40% and has reached 1.100tons of color Masterbatches in 2015. Futhermore, we expect another 20-25% growth in 2016!
It is also important to mention the high integration of polymer markets of Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. Thanks to the Customs Union of these countries, all barriers in trading (cancelled import duties, unified taxes and certification) have been removed. As a benefit of this Ampacet Russia has started to export color Masterbatches to these countries and we expect even more expansion of export sales.
Ampacet remains one of the market leaders in Russia, serving more than 1200 plastic converters and Interplastica has confirmed this value.