Inaugural East Afripack opens in Nairobi

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East Afripack, PMMI, IPACK-IMA
East Afripack, the first ever gathering of the processing, packaging and converting industries in the East Africa Region, will open in Nairobi, Kenya today.

The exhibition, co-organized by The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI) and IPACK-IMA, will be held at Nairobi’s Kenyatta Center from September 9-12.

The show is dedicated to Sub-Saharan East Africa’s emerging economies and 135 exhibitors from 18 countries will show their processing, packaging, converting technology and materials.

The expo will address advancements in processing and packaging technology and modern food production methods, which are primary initiatives in the East African Community (EAC) to meet the region’s food needs.

Maria Grazia Facchinetti, marketing and communication director, IPACK-IMA, said: “Improving packaging is a priority for the entire East Africa area as a solution to the problem of waste in food production, 60% is lost before reaching consumers. In addition, quality packaging improves the quality of life of the population as it ensures adequate food preservation and safety​.”

Afripack’s objective for the show is to contribute to technological improvement in the region, a fast-growing area of the African continent, with Kenya’s market seen as one of the most promising.

Major investments from multinationals such as PepsiCo, which opened a new $30m soft drinks manufacturing plant in Kenya in February 2013, and Unilever, which announced plans to open a $204 million plant in October 2013, demonstrate confidence in Kenya as an African growth market.

Events at the show will include Technological Culture, a customized consulting service for technology investment planning provided by the Business and Technology Planning Team.

An Innovation Corner will detail product case histories and there will be a ceremony for the AfriStar Packaging Awards.

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