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Propak wows visitors with size and scope of exhibitors

Visitors to Propak East Africa were in agreement that this year’s show was larger than previously and the opportunities to network enabled them to solidify existing and build new relationships.

PEA visitors Synchron ED
Phumizile Dlamini, sales and marketing manager of Synchron Markings, said: ‘The exhibition was informative and there were a lot of exhibitors to see. The show was on trend with innovation and sustainability as the main themes. Lots of business connections were made and existing relationships solidified.’
PEA visitors Afrocep ED
Martin Whelan, sales engineer at Mettler Toledo Industrial and Product Inspection, a division of Afrosep, agreed: ‘I really liked the venue, everything is new and works. Just walking around, it looked as though there were more international exhibitors. Talking to some of my customers I found they also prefer this venue as it is more accessible.’

Bigger is better

Several visitors commented on the size of this year’s show, with Vaughan Bradfield, sales and marketing manager of National Packaging Systems, stating: ‘I was pleasantly surprised by the size of the show and was able to achieve my objective of gaining a better understanding of which countries the East African market is interacting with in terms of equipment supply. I was easily able to meet and make some valuable contacts going forward with our planned expanded participation in both the East and West African markets. However, it was disappointing that there were not more food producers exhibiting.’

Neill Greenaway, regional sales manager: Africa at Constantia Flexibles, concurred: ‘Having attended a few of the Propak East Africa shows in the past, I was not expecting too much to be honest. These shows have traditionally been fairly small with a big local flavour. What a change! I was very impressed with the diversity of exhibitors both in origin and offering. Disappointingly there was not much representation from the big local/regional packaging players.’

Sivesh Chetty, co-owner and CTO of Bayes Dynamics, also picked the show’s diversity as his highlight. ‘I was excited to see that there several more foreign companies exhibiting, which shows that they believe Africa represents a good investment opportunity. This is very motivating.’

Brett Pollock, MD of Polyflex, agreed that the show was a great networking opportunity: ‘We gained customers, found new partners and floated some new business opportunities in India.’

PEA visitors SA ED
PPM’s Samantha Moore (junior publisher) and Susi Moore (publisher) pictured with South African visitors Brett Pollock (MD of Polyflex), Vaughan Bradfield (sales and marketing manager of National Packaging Systems), Neill Greenaway (regional sales manager: Africa at Constantia Flexibles) and Sivesh Chetty (co-owner and CTO of Bayes Dynamics).
PEA visitors Interrol ED
First-time visitor Devon Dippenaar, national sales manager of Interroll SA, had a positive experience, saying: ‘I was pleasantly surprised with attendance and interest in the exhibit. We will definitely be back for the next one!’
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The partnership between and PPM’s Susi and Samantha Moore and Where To Print Magazine’s Joju Adkanbi to produce the Propak Daily newspaper was an enormous success – 200 copies were printed and handed out to visitors on the first afternoon and increased to 500 copies over the next two days.

Successful showcase

This year’s Propak East Africa featured 150 exhibitors from over 35 countries, with 93% stating that they met the goals set for exhibiting and 86% believing that their sales would increase as a result of taking part in the show. Ninety-four percent of the 4 622 visitors achieved their goals for attending the show, which ranged from sourcing new products or suppliers (60%) and gathering market information (31%) to networking (54%) and attending a conference session (23%), which featured 26 global experts.

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