The eighth edition of printpack alger is in the starting blocks

The industry meeting place for plastics, printing and packaging technologies in Algeria and the Maghreb region

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The eighth edition of printpack alger starts from 16-18 May 2022. Photo Drupa

Together with plast alger, printpack alger is the industry meeting place for plastics, printing and packaging technologies in Algeria and the Maghreb region. In May, the industry will once again meet here in an exciting market.

Demand is promising, as the market has been on the upswing for years. Algeria offers participating companies at this year’s printpack and plast alger an environment with a lot of potential. Because the economy of Africa’s largest country and the most populous in the Maghreb states is growing, the Algerian plastics, printing and packaging industry is taking off.

After a break of two years due to Corona, plast und printpack alger will be the re-start for the plastics, printing and packaging industry in the region. Around 3,000 visitors from more than 20 countries are expected at the modern CIC Abdelatif Rahal International Conference Centre in Algiers from 16 – 18 May. As renowned companies in the print industry, Bobst and Konica Minolta will be present.


Lots of support from all sides

Printpack alger has been supported by the world’s leading trade fair drupa for years and is jointly organized by fairtrade and Messe Düsseldorf. “We are proud that plast & printpack alger has been perceived as the most important business platform in the region by leading technology and raw material suppliers from all over the world since 2010,” says Martin März, founder and managing partner of the organizer fairtrade. “And we thank the Algerian government as well as embassies, institutions and associations from Algeria, the Maghreb, Europe, the Middle East and Asia for their full and continuous support.” Among others, ACIMGA, the association of Italian machinery manufacturers for the graphic arts and paper industries, AHK, the German-Algerian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Italian Trade Agency ITA and the Ministry of Trade of Turkey are on board.

Focal points of printpack alger 2022

Visitors to printpack alger can expect to find solutions and services for all aspects of printing and packaging, such as printing presses and accessories, materials, prepress and pre-media, bookbinding and postpress, packaging machines, components and materials, as well as packaging materials.

The accompanying conference programme provides information on industrial development in the country and the financing of innovations, Algeria’s path to a circular economy for plastic products and the path of the local packaging industry to more sustainability.

Algeria is the leading importer of printing and packaging technologies

With a volume of 211 million euros, Algeria was already the leading importer of packaging technology on the African continent and in the Middle East in 2019, according to VDMA data. Italy, Germany, France, Spain, China, Turkey and Austria are the most important suppliers here.

Algeria is also a promising market for manufacturers of printing technologies and paper. In 2020, the country imported machinery worth 101 million euros. This makes Algeria the second largest importer in the region after Egypt. “Since 2016, imports have increased by 77 per cent, which gives the trade fair added significance,” says Sabine Geldermann, Project Director drupa and Print Technologies at Messe Düsseldorf about the upcoming printpack alger. “Exhibitors are expecting a lot of potential for new business in Africa and the Middle East.” They will also benefit from a massive investment programme worth hundreds of billions of US dollars by the government, which has been set up to develop the country’s infrastructure and improve the living conditions of Algerians.

Taking place in parallel – plast alger 2022

This year printpack will once again form a strong duo with plast alger, the international trade fair for plastics and composites, resulting in valuable synergies for participants. Algeria is the second largest importer of plastics in primary forms in Africa and the Middle East and the largest importer of plastics technology in the Maghreb.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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