15th MEAPET, Middle East & Africa PET Resin Trade, Applications & Recycling

Middle East & Africa PET Resin Trade, Applications & Recycling

11-12 Feb, 2014 - Dubai, U A E

Pullman Deira City Centre Dubai

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Growth or Glut for the Middle East
PET Sector?

Will Demand in Africa Continue to Boost Regional PET Trade?


Resin capacity in the Middle East is expanding rapidly. With planned capacity by major producers - Sabic, Koksan, Polyplex and EIPET, the MidEast is burgeoning with surplus by start of 2014. Fortunately the MidEast & Africa markets are projected to grow by 9.4 % this year (source: PCI PET Packaging, Resins & Recycling Ltd.). Driven by growing middle class consumerism, new packaging trends and sustainability, what challenges lies ahead for the MidEast & Africa PET markets?
Optimism and exciting times ahead for the emerging African markets! New capacity by Indorama is changing the resin supply/demand landscape in Sub-Sahara & West Africa. New bottling lines are planned and installed for Uganda and Kenya as local demand rises. With PET suffering from oversupply, will demand in Africa mitigate and balance PET trade globally?


"Nairobi Bottlers has started manufacturing its own plastic bottles in a Sh1.2 billion investment that will lower its costs and prepare it for a price war against rival.."
July 2013, Business Daily


In its 15th consecutive year, CMT's MEAPET is the platform for engaging presentations from high calibre speakers, expert insights and unrivalled networking opportunities! This is a must attend annual event for those involved in the PET packaging industry in the Middle East & Africa.



  • Global excess PET capacity analysis and impact on Middle East & Africa
  • DANONE's strategy in making more sustainable PET bottles
  • Challenges for Sub-Sahara Africa: Optimizing markets & technologies
  • PET recycling developments in Egypt
  • Investment opportunities & packaging outlook for Iraq
  • Review of the beverage industry - Iced tea, Still drinks, energy drinks, soymilk
  • Parmalat's perspectives on packaging trends for dairy products
  • India's newest PET capacity and how will it shift supply/demand?
  • Overview of food contact legislations related to PET

Register your team today and enjoy group discounts!


Separately Bookable Workshop:
Developing Inroad to the AFRICAN Markets: Opportunities & Challenges
(Including a real life business case study
on the value chain for preforms to the
bottled water industry in Kenya)
12th Feb 2014 (13:30 - 16:30)


This half-day workshop will explore:

  • Why invest in Africa? With detailed focus on Kenya with regards to its macro environment as well as outline of the PET industry (including size of market and specific preforms in demand*, key competitors with regards to existing converters and specific local market challenges).
  • How to invest in Africa? With regards to potential tasks and priorities when working in Africa - will outline some of the new market development criteria to consider such as market landscape (including value chain), regulatory environment, consumer insight followed by the commercial and marketing strategies.
  • What when investing? Specific to setting objectives and identifying the right business model.
  • Who when investing? Focuses on the contacts that would be needed to help develop the opportunity.

* specific to bottled water.


Workshop Leader:

Neal Gohill, Managing Director

Blue Grass Ltd.




An outstanding opportunity to meet all stakeholders in the PET packaging business. A diverse mix of professionals, a perfect setting for innovation.

- Polygenta Tech


A valuable insight into today’s PET market, together with its future prospects and new technology updates.

- E. Klein & Co.


Conference was well prepared and I got a lot of information out of it.

- Sabic


Gave me an overview of the MEA market and future opportunity in the PET business.


Industry News Who Will You Meet Be a Sponsor or Exhibitor!

EIPET project is expected to be completed in November and start production in December


East Africa Bottling S.C. unveiled its recyclable plastic PET bottles at a launching ceremony for its USD 50 million hi-tech manufacturing facility

• Feedstock suppliers (PX/PTA/MEG)
• PET resin producers and traders
• Polyester manufacturers
• Polymer/Petrochemical traders
• Converters & preform manufacturers
• Caps & closures manufacturers
• Technology providers
• Recycling companies
• Bottlers/fillers
• Brand owners

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.



Industry News


The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) states in its website - The safety of food contact materials must be evaluated as chemicals can migrate from the materials into food. The materials must be manufactured in compliance with EU regulations, including good manufacturing practices, so that any potential transfer to foods does not raise safety concerns, change the composition of the food in an unacceptable way or have adverse effects on the taste and/or odor of foods.


Although the EU packaging firms are cognizant of the above concerns, they have also expressed concern over the fact that EFSA has not included the industry stakeholders in the discussion process over authorization of food contact materials in packaging.


While EFSA is expected to publish the complete list of authorized packaging materials list soon, industry associations such as Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA) are keeping a close watch to monitor the new authorizations. In fact AIPIA has initiated a dialog process with the Commission in 2013 and meeting relevant directorates in Brussels.


What is of concern for the industry is that once certain substances are excluded from the first authorized list by the commission, it cannot be placed on the market for use in active or intelligent components in contact with food.


According to the established guidelines, only after tests on the first substances are completed, a second round of applications will be allowed. However, there is a possibility for an appeal, which needs to be completed before a new application is scrutinized. AIPIA has expressed concern over the timescales involved as well.


While AIPIA recognizes the importance of food safety for all, it is also hopeful for an open and fair process by the EC.


As EFSA scrutinizes the list of food contact materials in packaging, attend 15th MEAPET conference, 11-12 February, 2014 in Dubai, UAE for an 'Overview & Developments of Global Food Contact Legislation Related to PET' by Mr. Koen Weel, Project Manager Packaging Research from TNO Triskelion BV.


Visit the official webpage for more details.

For more information about the event, contact Ms. Hafizah at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9218.



03 Feb, 2014


Dhunseri Petrochem & Tea Ltd (DPTL) is expected to commission the first phase of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin production at its Egyptian facility by end of the year - 2013 and second phase by end of February 2014.


The original opening schedule of the 4.3-lakh-tonne PET project was in Q1 2013. However, due to civil unrest in Egypt, the facility couldn't be opened for production as plans. The cost incurred in constructing the facility also escalated from the initial planned Rs 900 crores to approximately Rs 1,122 crores. Dhunseri will primarily cater to the African, European, West Asian and the US markets with the new facility.


Dhunseri is expanding its business and the new facility in Egypt is part of these investment plans. In 2012, the company also commissioned its second PET resin facility at Haldia, West Bengal in India.

More latest updates on PET industry from the Middle East and Africa will be shared at 15th MEAPET - Middle East & Africa PET Resin Trade, Applications & Recycling to be held on 11-12 February, 2014 at Pullman Deira City Centre, Dubai.


For enquiries, contact Ms. Hafizah at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9218.



20 Dec, 2013

Ethiopia is the second most populous country in Africa with a population of approximately 90 million. With rapidly growing GDP and a huge young population, the demand for soft drinks is increasing at a fast pace.


To tap this market, Moha Soft Drinks Industry S C—which operates in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and is a bottling plant for Pepsico—has partnered with Sidel, an international supplier of liquid packaging solutions to the beverage industry, to install a bottling line for carbonated soft drinks (CSD) and water.


The bottling line will be installed for Moha’s new greenfield site in Mek'ele. Moha already produces over 40 million crates which is around half the overall national production of bottled CSD in Ethiopia. The new bottling line will further boost production as it has a capacity to produce CSDs at a rate of 36,000 returnable glass bottles (RGB) per hour. This will enable Pepsi to cater to the high demand for CSDs and water in Ethiopia.


The turnkey project is expected to be implemented by mid-2014 and will also include all auxiliary services such as carbon dioxide (CO2) production, steam, syrup room, generator, water treatment plant and piping.


Sidel and Moha have had several partnerships in the past, including the PET line which was commissioned in 2012.


Apart from being the principal bottler for Pepsi, Moha also bottles other CSD and water brands such as Mirinda Orange, 7-Up, Mirinda Tonic and Mirinda Apple, and Kool.

To know more about the PET packaging trends, attend 15th MEA PET on 11-12 February, 2014 in Dubai UAE.


Visit the official webpage for more details.


For more information about the event, contact Ms. Hafizah at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9218.


11 Nov, 2013