Africa Plastics Outlook

31 Jan-01 Feb, 2018 - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA

Hilton Sandton

"Spotlight on Africa’s Growing Markets & Applications"

"The African continent is an attractive growth market for us. With the purchase of Boxmore Packaging, we now also have a broad basis for entering the market in South Africa, in addition to our activities with Alpla Taba in North Africa,” said CEO Günther Lehner. , 7/7/2017


"Ethiopia eyes shifting from importing to exporting plastic products." , 22/4/17


The business landscape in Africa is changing rapidly with rising population, urbanization, and increasing GDPs, resulting in increased consumption of packaged foods and FMCG products. This has translated to rapid growth of the plastic packaging market.


Africa has become a key player in the international plastics and packaging industry where plastic goods and expertise are in high demand. The region is experiencing high growth rates as demand for plastic goods and machinery sees a steady growth. Most of the raw materials from plastic resins, machineries, additives, technologies have to be imported as there are limited local production. Furthermore, the cost of production in Africa is high due to poor logistics and inadequate power supply.  


The African market is very complex and the market conditions in the individual regions are very different. For instance, South Africa leads the continent’s auto manufacturing sector with original equipment manufacturers long-established in the country with around 500 vibrant suppliers and diversified manufacturers. Yet, moving up the continent there is little auto manufacturing until North Africa! However, the landscape is changing with more auto companies expanding or setting up local production facilities in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, resulting in demand for local content and supplies including plastics auto-parts


In Aug 2017, Kenya joins a list of African countries including Rwanda, Morocco, Tunisia, Botswana and more to ban the use of plastic bags. What is the implication on the industry? What are the alternatives available and is bioplastics an option? As countries move towards a circular economy, how is the plastics industry contributing to this movement?  

Attend CMT’s Africa Plastics Outlook on 31 Jan – 1 Feb 2018 in Johannesburg to find out where are the opportunities and how you can fill the gap! 

  • Hear from FNB Economist how the Sub-Sahara Africa economies are performing
  • Frost & Sullivan shares Africa plastics demand growth trends by region – North, South, East & West Africa 
  • Plastics SA gives an overview of the Plastics industry in South Africa and the challenges facing plastics converters. 
  • Find out from Aberdare Cables the wire and cables markets in Africa and their experience working with suppliers to meet the next generation cables demand.
  • Extrupet shares their strategies, challenges and market outlook for recycled PET in Africa moving towards a circular economy.
  • Covestro provides insights on the Polycarbonate market in Africa
  • Learn how are you going to be paid in Africa from MBT South Africa
  • Sourcing colleagues from various end use sectors including Boxemore Packaging will share insights at the Polymer Sourcing Panel
  • Find out from Woolworths Holdings the food packaging trends in Africa and is the market ready for smart/intelligent packaging! 
  • Boxmore Packaging will address the challenges of being in the plastic industry and balancing the needs of customers, consumers and the environment
  • CSIR shares how to transform agri biomass to bioplastics – market potential and economics 
  • Discover more applications and market prospect from Autoplastics, plastic pipes to flexible packaging 
  • Network with who’s who in the Africa’s plastics value chain from suppliers to converters to end-users in 1.5 days!

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This event is an excellent platform to promote your organization to influential players and investors in the industry. Sponsorship opportunities available include Corporate, Exclusive luncheon & Cocktail sponsor.


Exhibition / catalogue display can be arranged upon request. Contact or (65) 6346 9138

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Convening in Johannesburg, Africa Plastics Outlook Explores Region’s Growing Plastics Demand, New Prospects

Posted on : 12 Dec, 2017


CMT’s Africa Plastics Outlook to be held at the Hilton Sandton, Johannesburg on 31 January-01 February 2018, brings to light Africa’s growing demand for polymers, insights from converters and brand owners, emerging trends & demand in packaging, wire & cable, automotive and more, plus traders/distributors' take on plastics trade challenges and how to get paid!  


Johannesburg, South Africa, 8 December, 2017: Africa Plastics Outlook summit hones in on the plastics markets in Africa, as Ms. Constance Nyambayo, Senior Industry Analyst, Frost & Sullivan outlines the ‘Demand/Supply Forecast’ for Africa’s Polymer market. Africa’s plastics demand and growth trends across North, South, East & West Africa as well as local production capabilities, imports economics will be shared in this session. Mr. Anton Hanekom, Executive Director, Plastics SA then zooms in on South Africa, with an overview of its plastics industry, processing technology, trends and capabilities as well as investments in new lines plus challenges faced by converters.


South Africa’s plastics packaging player Boxmore Plastics will share a key session on ‘Partnerships, Responsibly Meeting Africa's Needs For World Class Packaging’ while retailer Woolworths Holdings details the Food Packaging Trends in Africa with focus on consumers insights and packaging trends, improving recyclability and sustainability as well as key plastics materials in package designs.


Sharing the market prospects for Polycarbonates in Africa is Covestro with details of key growth drivers, technology innovations and emerging applications while a session on ‘Embracing a Circular Economy’ highlighting strategies, challenges and market outlook for recycled PET in Africa will be presented by Extrupet.


Organized by Centre for Management Technology (CMT), the summit will also focus on:

-          Wire and Cable Markets Outlook in Africa – Aberdare Cables

-          Development/Innovation in the Compounding Industry & Value Addition to Engineering Polymers - Continental Compounders

-          Panel Discussion: Polymer Sourcing Challenges in Africa: Panellist from Boxmore Packaging

-          Transforming Agri Biomass to Bioplastics – Market Potential and Economics – Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

-          Sub-Sahara Africa’s Macroeconomic Outlook - First National Bank (FNB)

-          How are you going to Get Paid? - MBT South Africa

Visit event website for more information or registration enquiries.

Contact Person

Ms. Grace Oh


Phone: +65 6346 9147

Kenyan Plastic Manufacturers Finding New Business in Uganda

Posted on : 01 Dec, 2017


The ban on plastic bags in Kenya has led to many packaging firms in the country to stop operations to avoid steep fines stipulated under the law. Many are considering relocating business outside of Kenya. To leverage on the current situation, Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) is inviting Kenyan plastic bags manufacturers to relocate to its capital Kampala.

Recently, UIA sent a letter to Kenyan plastic bags manufacturers ensuring them of “big growth opportunity in the country for manufacturers of quality packaging material” as well as ”laws to protect and allow investors to repatriate their profits as they deem fit”.

Uganda lacks high quality plastic packaging materials to package its honey, fruit juices, mineral water, herbal medicines and chemicals. As a result they are unable to position them in global markets. To meet its packaging demand, Uganda imports plastic packaging material from Kenya where the PVoC (Pre-Export Verification of Conformity to Standards Programme) packaging technology is used. PVoC is more easily accepted worldwide and most of the companies that need good quality packaging, import their customised packaging material from Kenya, South Africa and China.

Already a few Kenyan firms are establishing subsidiaries in Uganda and the invite from UIA may convince them to relocate their machinery as well.

UIA has also guaranteed a One Stop Centre (OSC), where investors will be assisted to register their businesses, acquire work permits for foreign workers and acquire land as well as get the necessary regulatory approvals.

Although All East Africa Community (EAC) member countries were supposed to ban usage of plastic bags, but so far only Kenya and Rwanda have implemented the bans.

As part of the East African Community (EAC), Uganda has adopted the waste management proposal. It is setting up recycling facilities to handle waste plastics. However, the country will promote the use of plastic packaging for its industries.

More opportunities in Africa’s plastics industry will be discussed at CMT’s Africa Plastics Outlook on 31 Jan-1 Feb 2018, in Johannesburg.

For more information, Contact Ms. Grace Oh at or call +65 6346 9147.


Austria’s Alpla Acquires South Africa’s PET Packaging Company Boxmore

Posted on : 13 Oct, 2017


Austria’s Alpla-Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co KG has recently acquired South Africa’s Boxmore Packaging – expanding into the attractive African packaging market.

Boxmore based in Samrand, near Johannesburg, will enable Alpla to expand its footprint in PET packaging as it already specializes in PET preforms, PET bottles and closures. With nine manufacturing plants and supplies to 20 African countries as well as islands in the Indian Ocean, Boxmore has a sizeable presence in the region. Its manufacturing plants are located in South Africa, Zambia and Mauritius. 

The acquisition of Boxmore is said to be the biggest in the Alpla’s history.

Alpla has been operating a production plant in Johannesburg since 2014. It took over the Egyptian facility of Argo SA in El Obour at the end of 2015. In March 2016, the Alpla set up a JV with Egypt’s Taba Group to strengthen its market presence in North Africa and the Middle East. Beginning this year, Alpla is operating as Alpla Taba in Africa. It also opened a new production site in Ramadan City, Egypt, as part of its African growth plan.

Earlier this year, Alpla acquired Italy’s Propack and a former Gehl Foods plant in West Bend, Wis as well as two other acquisitions in Romania.

More about PET markets in Africa will be discussed at CMT’s Africa Plastics Outlook on 31 Jan-1 Feb 2018, in Johannesburg.

For more information, Contact Ms. Grace Oh at or call +65 6346 9147.


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