Russia's trade fairs for plastics and packaging offer major opportunities for export-focused companies -- K Trade Fair


interplastica and UPAKOVKA/UPAK ITALIA invite exhibitors from all around the world to Moscow

The Russian economy is on the up. In 2011 the gross domestic product rose by 4 per cent, consumer spending by 5 per cent and investment in production sites and equipment by 6 per cent. Even if the dynamic in the current year has weakened a little, the signs continue to be positive and the medium-term prospects for many industries are very promising.

The plastics and packaging sectors in particular benefit from this favourable development and experts predict continued great potential for both industries. Nationwide, capacities in the packaging sector are being extended and plants modernised, in particular the food and drink industry is seeing processed and packaged foods and convenience products becoming increasingly popular. Packaging plays an important role in the entire consumer goods sector in Russia, not only acting as a protective container for storage and transportation, but also for the marketing and presentation of products.

The development of key consumer industries is also leading to growing demand in the plastics and rubber industry. The packaging sector is, of course, of great significance and the construction industry has also been revitalised, primarily as a result of extensive nationwide renovation and modernisation measures for which, for example, insulation material, piping, window frame products etc. are needed. Many small and medium-sized companies have sprung up in the past few years, investing in the expansion of existing capacity and the creation of new factories, not least due to state support.

These positive future prospects will be of great benefit to the exhibitors at interplastica 2013, the most important platform for plastics and rubber technology in Russia, and UPAKOVKA/UPAK ITALIA, Russia's leading trade fair for the packaging industry. Exhibitors from around the world are invited to both events, which will take place from 29 January to 1 February in Moscow's trade fair centre, Expocentre in Krasnaya Presnya, to showcase their products and services to the promising Russian market.

There is already an active demand for exhibition space. The synergy of the two trade fairs has proved itself over many years; they perfectly complement each other in terms of what they offer and their target visitor group. Well over 800 exhibitors are expected and the two events will occupy a net exhibition space of more than 16,000 square metres. About 20,000 visitors from across Russia and many CIS countries came to the previous events in 2012; the exhibitors consistently reported interesting and promising discussions, a positive number of new customers and on-the-spot deals.

Companies from the plastics and rubber industry and providers of packaging machines, machines for the food industry, packaging and accessories have until the beginning of October to register for interplastica 2013 and/or UPAKOVKA/UPAK ITALIA 2013.