Propak Africa

The importance of packaging and related industries will take centre stage at Africa’s ultimate packaging, food processing, plastics, printing and labelling trade exhibition, which will afford over 600 exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their latest technologies and innovations.

Taking place at the Expo Centre, Nasrec in Johannesburg, from 12-15 March 2019, Propak Africa will give visitors the opportunity to see the latest state-of-the-art equipment and machinery, auxiliary products and services.

Visitors to this year’s Propak Africa can enjoy an ‘every day a themed day’ experience, where each of the four days of the show will focus on a different theme. Event director Sven Smit explains that day one will focus on new products, some of which will be launched at the show.

The second day will be putting the spotlight on sustainability and one of the highlights will be the Sustainability Pavilion which visitors can see in Hall 5. Visitors will be encouraged to be a part of promoting good environmental practices through packaging and can find out how at the Sustainability Pavilion where Producer Responsibility Organisations will be exhibiting alongside Packaging SA. Climate change and sustainable development are two of the biggest issues facing society today. It is therefore increasingly important for companies to reduce the environmental impacts of products and services throughout their life cycles. Companies failing to address environmental performance in product design and development will find it increasingly difficult to compete in both local and global markets.

Many exhibitors will also be highlighting their latest sustainability initiatives.

On day three, the attention will be on Skills Development. “A new skills development area in hall 5 has been developed in partnership with the Artisan Training Institute and will showcase a fully functional workshop,” says Smit. “Students will be demonstrating skills learned at ATI that are relevant to the industries represented at the show such as electrical, instrumentation, automotive, fitting and turning and, plater boilermaker trades. Coupled with this, subject matter experts will be available to advise visitors on any of the engineering training trades or legislative requirements.”

In addition, visitors can learn about various skills development initiatives that exhibitors have in place and will also be able to see innovative designs on display from the Institute of Packaging Southern Africa (IPSA) Student Goldpack Awards finalists.

“The final day of the show is our ‘local is lekker’ South African day,” states Smit. ”We want to celebrate Propak Africa, now in its 44th year, and to also celebrate our local and our international exhibitors who contribute to the industry and to the South African economy.”

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