There is confidence in Russia about the year that has just begun: following a difficult period, dominated by political tensions, a drop in the oil price and a weak rouble, experts are now working on the assumption that the domestic economy will be moving out of recession. The World Bank is forecasting economic growth in Russia for 2017 too. Western companies are anticipating an upswing and see this as confirmation of their policy of maintaining their business contacts in crisis years as well. Interplastica, the 20th International Trade Fair Plastics and Rubber, in Moscow have now demonstrated that this positive outlook for the future applies in particular to the plastics, rubber and packaging sectors and the process industries associated with them. Developments in major consumption segments are leading to growing demand in the production of plastics and rubber products and packaging. Some 800 companies from 33 different countries presented their innovations on the SAO Expocenter exhibition site in Krasnaja Presnja from 24th to 27th of January. 23,000 experts from all over Russia and from the neighboring countries attended the fair.Significant contribution to the development of the Russian polymer market for the past 17 years has been made by Ampacet. This year, traditionally, 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 Russian sales team was provided by Mr. Maurice Oostervink (European Sales Director), Mr. Claes Nilsson (Sales Director Nothern Europe) and Mr. Francois Thibeau (Strategic Business Manager Films & BOPP – Europe). There were 4 intensive meetings held with BOPP producers including largest BOPP producer 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 continues success. Ampacet Russia has grown 10% and has reached 1.200tons of color Masterbatches in 2016. Futhermore, we expect another 15-20% growth in 2017!
It is also important to mention high integration of polymer markets of Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. Thanks to the Customs Union of these countries, it have been removed all barriers in trading (cancelled import duties, unified taxes and certification). 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.
Recently, Ampacet took part in the 3rd edition of Plastic Pouches 2017 which is an international conference and exhibition exploring the latest market, technical and commercial developments in plastic pouch formats. The event took place in Vienna, Austria from the 21st to the 22nd of February and was organized by AMI. With a truly international participation covering the entire supply chain, Plastic Pouches 2017 offered unmatched opportunities to network, exchange experience and learn through interaction with colleagues, suppliers, customers and competitors.
Being the expert in masterbatches for BOPP and Film applications, Ampacet had a table-top stand run by François Thibeau (Strategic Business Manager Europe for Films & BOPP) and Doug Brownfield (Strategic Marketing and Business Manager of Ampacet Corporation, US). Doug Brownfield also gave a conference session about “Enhancing the sensory experience of pouches in retail” where he introduced the new innovative Reptyle FXTM Masterbatch technology.
Last month, Ampacet participated to Muovi Plastics fair that took place in Lahti, Finland from the 20th to the 21st of April. This fair has been organized every third year since 1986.
National and international companies and industry professionals gathered to Lahti for this special event. Pentti Muurinen (Ampacet’s Sales executive Finland & Baltic countries) and Alexandre Gilles (Ampacet’s Technical service representative) were pleased to welcome all of our visitors to the booth that was constructed for this occasion. Most of our key customers visited us and we made some new contacts resulting in the possible projects. This show was an overall success for Ampacet.
THE UPCOMING international trade fairs WHERE AMPACET WILL BE EXHIBITING ARE:
Plastteknik Nordic 2017, which will take place in Malmö, Sweden from the 17th-18th of May. Booth number: C31.
Plastpol 2017, which will take place in Kielce (Poland) from the 23rd -26th of May. Booth number: E16.
Interplas, which will take place in Birmingham (UK) from the 26th-28th of September. Booth number: A2.
Fakuma, which will take place in Friedrichshafen (Germany) from the 17th to 21st of October. Booth number: B1-1309.
Multilayer Packaging Films (conference-exhibition), which will take place in Cologne, Germany from the 7th-9th of November. Booth number: 11.
Speaker: François Thibeau ( Ampacet’s Strategic Business Manager Europe for Film & BOPP)
Session: “Addressing performance of multilayer flexible applications”
We do hope that you will come and visit us during these fairs!