INDOPLAS, INDOPACK and INDOPRINT 2016 hosts record-high visitor numbers

Synergistic exhibitions INDOPLAS, INDOPACK and INDOPRINT 2016 closed on a high note as it logs over 22,000 visitors from 34 countries.

Indonesia’s leading 3-in-1 exhibition for the plastics, packaging and printing sectors closed on a high note earlier this month, bringing together 22,479 trade visitors and industry professionals from 34 countries.

This year’s edition of the biennial INDOPLAS, INDOPACK (incorporating INDOPROCESS) and INDOPRINT hosted new and improved technologies and solutions across all of its three signature showcases for the plastics, packaging and printing industries.

“We have 372 exhibiting companies from 20 countries and economic regions, which is the exhibition’s biggest line-up to date. It’s quite an international show, even though a high percentage of exhibitors are coming from Indonesia, they are displaying international brands,” said Gernot Ringling, managing director, Messe Dusseldorf Asia.

Over four days from 7 to 10 September at Jakarta International Expo, the synergistic tri-sector exhibitions featured new technology, innovative equipment and solutions across the three sectors of plastics, packaging and printing.

From raw materials to semi-finished components, multi-function machines and equipment, customised solutions through to integrated processing methods, trade visitors were treated to an extensive spectrum of expertise.

Heidelberg is the largest exhibitor for this year’s edition. Other global leading manufacturers and brands include BSW Machinery Handels, Kraiburg TPE, Maguire Products Asia, Beijing Daheng Image Vision, Honda Logistics, Chemko S.C., Contitech Print Service, Epson, Garant Maschinenhandel, Hewlett-Packard, Ricoh, Macchi, Mimaki, Mosca, NGR, Piovan, Sweet Industries India, Windmoeller & Hoelscher.

Jointly organised by Messe Düsseldorf Asia and partner PT. Wahana Kemalaniaga Makmur (WAKENI), the exhibition is shaped after three globally trade fairs in plastics, packaging and printing: K, interpack and drupa, organised by Messe Düsseldorf, Germany.

“The strong showing in participation signifies the growing opportunities in Indonesia and the region. We manage to pull off roughly the same markets as the last show I think is great considering the circumstances. We have K coming up, and drupa was just three months ago. So I think we did very well,” Ringling continued.

International suppliers make up more than half of the exhibitors and occupied close to 50% of the show floor. A show highlight were national pavilions and groups from China, Germany, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

“This is a testament to the exhibition’s growing international dimension, and the continued business interest and growth potential of Indonesia and the region,” said Ringling. “Indonesia is an emerging market. The food industry is growing quite dramatically, and the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries are growing leaps and bounds here. There are opportunities here so there is a promising market which has the potential to eventually grow to be as developed as Thailand’s print industry with time.”

On the domestic front, local exhibitor participation has also seen a positive increase, as home-grown brands such as Bilplast Grapindo, Eka Maju Mesinindo and Samafitro made appearances.

The exhibitions are a unique platform for global companies to boost activities in the Indonesian market and to gain special insight into the emerging growth sectors in Indonesia and surrounding markets.

Korea’s Lee Sunwoo, Chemko S.C., said: “We have many visitors showing plenty of interest in our products. We just concluded a business discussion with one of the suppliers here and we are looking forward to more business opportunities that we have gathered from this exhibition.”

“We figured that INDOPACK will offer us the quickest and easiest way to get into Indonesia’s packaging market. The exhibition is certainly better than what we have expected, and we are now in the concluding stages of finalising a couple of deals,” added Bhavesh Yadava, managing director of Sweet Industries India – a first time exhibitor at the exhibition.

More than 22,000 trade visitors packed the halls during the exhibition as they were treated to scores of product demonstrations from new and improved machineries on display. Majority of the demonstrations managed to draw interests from relevant visiting groups and delegations searching for the latest technology.

One of the common merging themes at this year’s edition is in digital packaging and printing, as topics covered include food safety packaging, digital printing for labels and packaging, and smart packaging solutions.

The synergistic exhibition is a good lead up to the upcoming Pack Print International 2017, to be held in Thailand. 6th edition of the international exhibition will have a renewed focus on the packaging sector.

The next edition of INDOPLAS, INDOPACK and INDOPRINTwill return in 2018 at the Jakarta International Expo Kemayoran. The exhibition is expected to take place from 19 to 22 September.

Read the full version of this article and more print news in Issue 9 of Print Innovation Asia.

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