19th MEAPET, Middle East & Africa PET Markets, Applications & Recycling

Middle East & Africa PET Markets, Applications & Recycling

19-20 Mar, 2018 - Casablanca, MOROCCO

Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche

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"Realising NEW Markets for PET & RPET in fast growing
Mideast & African Economies

With recent alert on PET resin shortage - brand owners, convertors and traders are scrambling to restock their PET resin supply as prices are expected to hike in the coming months.


Growth of PET capacity in the Middle East and Africa are led by Pan-Asia Resins (Saudi Arabia), Crystal Industries (Tunisia), Engee (Nigeria) and Hosaf (South Africa).


CMT’s 19th MEAPET brings together industry panel to elaborate on the PET & polyester market in the region as well as global PET supply and demand trends, upstream developments and impact on PET markets. Pan-Asia Resin’s polyester manufacturing complex is the first in Saudi Arabia and it will benefit from proximity to raw materials, with a large p-xylene facility under construction at Jazan, and from proximity to markets in the Middle East and North Africa. 


The Mideast & Africa region sees more PET projects with: 

  • Octal planning its downstream expansion (Oman)
  • Twellium invests in 5 production lines with Sidel (Ghana)
  • Alpla targets growth in South Africa with its biggest ever acquisition
  • Health Water Bottling Company achieve s150,000 bph output (Saudi Arabia)
  • Mpact to increase PET recycling by 29,000 tonnes (South Africa)

Rise in consumerism and middle class population in the region has led to parallel increase in investment projects to innovate not only into PET preforms but also into fast growing sheet thermoforming packaging. More portion-controlled and on-the-go foods are being packaged into thermoform formats. The sheet sector is creating attention on the need forsustainable solutions and advancements of recycling of PET trays and thermoform products. CMT’s 19th MEAPET details on latest PET Packaging trends of trays, bottles, films and jars.


19th MEAPET will also address on Innovative Fabrics from RPET. Apparels and textiles are part of Morocco’s culture and its neighbours’ key sectors. Will the region consider more RPET inclusivity in transforming its plastic wastes into carpets and textiles? How can they further develop its regrinding market while capitalising on the strength of its textile sector?


Another trend is the 4.0 era and smart manufacturing. Companies are keen to simplify their manufacturing processes while minimising costs. The 19th MEAPET will address latest user-friendly solutions that combines performance and flexibility in PET preforms manufacturing and approaches towards a Smart Factory concept for full factory integration.

Key Sessions by leading panel including : 

  • Nexant on latest PET supply/demand trends and commercial outlook 
  • Pan Asia PET Resin on PTA Market & Project in Saudi Arabia
  • Aïn Soltane on Design Innovation in PET Packaging 
  • Mondelez on Sustainable Packaging Strategy in the Circular Economy
  • Kloenkner Pentaplast on Value Creating PET Packaging with FFS and Thermoform / Tray Applications in Combination with Films
  • Dupont’s Applications on Efficient & Sustainable Solutions for PET Tray 
  • CTC Maroc’s Outlook on Morocco, Tunisia & Algeria 
  • Euromonitor Evaluates PET Packaging Trends in MidEast & Africa
  • SIPA on Producing Food-grade Preforms with 100% rPET flakes 
  • PET Preforms easier via SACMI System & the 4.0 Smart Factory
  • Supplying to Africa PET & RPET by Leading China Resources 
  • Nigerian Breweries’ on Healthy and Energy Drinks into PET bottles
  • Flex Film’s details on PCR & Bio-based PET films, Potential of flexible films & BOPET in the MENA markets

Other sessions include: 

  • Sustainable Textiles - New Innovative Fabrics from RPET
  • Bio PET : Market Prospects 
  • Market Outlook for Recycled PET in Africa

Into its 19th consecutive year, CMT's MEAPET is the platform for engaging presentations from industry speakers, extensive networking opportunities! This is a must attend annual event for those involved in the PET packaging industry in the Middle East & Africa.


Register your interest with grace@cmtsp.com.sg


Confirmed Speakers: 
Aïn Soltane (Al-Karama Ynna Holding)
| Mondelez International
| CTC Maroc | Klöckner Pentaplast
| China Resources Packaging Materials
| Pan-Asia PET Resin (Guangzhou)
| Sipa | Sacmi | Dupont Iberica | The Joinery
| Nexant | Euromonitor | Nigerian Breweries
| Flex Film Egypt

Separately Bookable Post-Summit Site Visit

Site Visit to Moroccan Company for Recovery and Recycling / SMRR

( 20 March, 14:00 - 17:00 Hrs )


14:00 Assemble at Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche Lobby
14:05 Depart for Moroccan Company for Recovery and Recycling Plant
14:45 Arrive at Moroccan Company for Recovery and Recycling Plant
15:00 Start of Plant Tour
16:00 Refreshments and Q&A
16:15 Depart for Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche
17:00 Arrive at Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche; End of Site Visit


CMT PET Conference Series

CMT PET Conference series offer up to date business information on regional PET Resin & Packaging markets in Asia (PET Asia Outlook), Europe (GEPET), Middle East & Africa (MEAPET & MENAPET), Latin America (LAPET), South/Central Americas, Andean & Caribbean (SAPET & SCAPET), North America (NAPET), Japan (JPET) and now recently Iran (IRANPET). 


Our program incorporates latest market and technological developments in the entire PET Value Chain, from PET Resin and Raw Materials (PX/PTA/MEG), to PET Preform and Packaging Productions, to Recycling.


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18th MEAPET (Middle East & Africa PET Markets, Applications & Recycling) | 21-22 Feb 2017, Dubai


Helpful to my understanding of the PET market and meeting key leaders of the PET industry from all over the world.
~ Oasis Water


Best networking platform and informative conference.
~ Manjushree Technopack


Great conference, keep it up!
~ Reliance Industries


Great opportunity for networking and exchange of ideas and views of latest PET packaging.
~ Almarai


Good Conference.
~ Nigerian Breweries


Very good experience.
~ Enerplastics


A well-arranged event where you can gather valuable market intelligence.
- AGR Europe


Excellent conference, thank you CMT!
~ Bericap


It was fantastic!
~ SPT Middle East


It was a very informative session with good opportunity to meet industry leaders.
~ Intergulf

Attendee Profile

17th MEAPET (Middle East & Africa PET Markets, Applications & Recycling) Attendee Profile

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Industry News

Ghana produces a lot of waste that includes PET plastics. According to some estimates, Ghana’s capital city – Accra alone generates approximately 1 million tonnes of municipal solid waste every year – and the proportion of PET scraps in this waste has risen considerably over the years. PET bottles account for bulk of the plastic scrap generated in Accra and some of them are exported to Asia for recycling. However, a significant amount of PET scraps end up in landfills. 

To address this scenario, Ghana Plastic Manufacturers’ Association (GPMA) has recently announced plans to start a state-of-the-art collection and recycling facility for PET bottles. This is expected to greatly help Ghana recycle its waste where recycling and reuse rates are still one of the lowest in the world.

The facility is said to be built within 2 to 3 years’ time at an investment of about Euro 400 million that will include cost for infrastructure, modern machinery and technology. 

Ghana has been making efforts to revamp its waste management in tune with the President’s aim of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa by 2020.

African Resilience Collaborative (ARC) has also proposed the creation of eco-industrial parks in all metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies to address Ghana’s rising waste challenges. The proposed parks are to be equipped with recycling facilities for all major waste categories including plastic, which could be recycled into useful secondary products.

More about PET recycling in Africa at CMT’s 19th MEAPET in Casablanca, on 19-20 March, 2018.
For more information, contact Ms. Grace at grace@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9147.


01 Mar, 2018

Global integrated PET resin and sheet producer – OCTAL will be driving two key PET packaging projects for Petrochemical Lab by Tanfeedh (the National Program for Enhancing Economic Diversification) in Oman.

One of the projects is a ‘PET capacity utilization enhancement’ owned by Octal. The aim of the project is to enhance the company’s production capacity in Salalah and at the same time ensure a low carbon footprint in tune with its current sustainability strategy.

The other project is ‘PET preform and bottles’. Octal will be providing technical and marketing support on a regular bases. The project will be based in Salalah and will be able to leverage on OCTAL’s PET resin production capabilities, technical expertise, and know-how. The project is expected to help build a competitive PET preform production facility that can replace Oman’s imports and also create opportunities for export in the region.

Nicholas Barakat, CEO of OCTAL, said, “The plans we are outlining as part of Tanfeedh focus on supporting promising economic sectors where Oman possesses potential to create a competitive advantage, tackling obstacles to non-oil sector growth, and realising Vision 2040’s ambitions of creating a highly efficient national workforce. With stakeholders from the public and private sectors and members of the general public all participating in the Tanfeedh Labs, we are aiming to collectively contribute to the acceleration of Oman’s diversification strategies.”

Octal has been contributing to Oman’s non-oil sector, specifically manufacturing. The company operates out of the  Salalah Free Zone and exports 98 per cent of its annual production to over 80 markets worldwide.

More about PET preforms and packaging in Middle East and Africa will be discussed at CMT’s 19th MEAPET in Casablanca, on 19-20 March, 2018.
For more information, contact Ms. Grace at grace@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9147.

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14 Feb, 2018


Austria’s Alpla-Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co KG is expanding its presence in Africa with latest acquisition in South Africa.

It acquired South Africa’s Boxmore Packaging – that  “is seen as the market leader for PET preforms and bottles as well as closures” in South Africa. Africa is an attractive packaging market and the new acquisition is expected to help Alpla gain strong foothold in the region.

Based in Samrand, near Johannesburg, Boxmore operates nine manufacturing plants and supplies to 20 African countries as well as islands in the Indian Ocean. Its manufacturing plants are located in South Africa, Zambia and Mauritius. The company specializes in manufacturing PET preforms, PET bottles and closures.

Alpla already has presence in other parts of Africa – it 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. The acquisition of Boxmore is said to be the biggest in the Alpla’s history.

Earlier in 2017, the Austrian company acquired Italy’s Propack and a former Gehl Foods plant in West Bend, Wis as well as two other acquisitions in Romania.

Get to know more about PET packaging markets in Africa at CMT’s 19th MEAPET in Casablanca, on 12-13 March, 2018.
For more information, contact Ms. Grace at grace@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9147.


02 Jan, 2018


China’s PET bottle supplier - Pan-Asia PET Resin (Guangzhou) Co. plans to build a petrochemical project in Saudi Arabia at a cost of $3.8 billion.
To be located in Jazan Economic City in southwestern Saudi Arabia, the facility will have an annual production of 2.5 million metric tons of PTA, 1 million tons of PET, 200,000 tons of engineering plastic, 200,000 tons of thin film, 200,000 tons of polyester fiber and 5,000 tons of heavy equipment.
The ground breaking is scheduled for March 2018, while the first phase of the complex will be operational in August 2020.
The project is expected to benefit from the proximity to raw materials – especially the large paraxylene facility operating in Jazan Economic City.
The plant will also have good markets in the Middle Eastern market – that alone imports 3 million tons of PTA annually, mainly from East Asia. Saudi Arabia currently has no PTA production and the new facility in line with Saudi Vision 2030, a blueprint announced by the government of Saudi Arabia earlier this year, which aims to reduce Saudi economy's dependence on oil and turn the kingdom into a global investment powerhouse. The new plant will also be able to target markets in North Africa. 
More on the PET markets in Middle East and Africa at CMT’s 19th MEAPET (Middle East & Africa PET Markets, Applications & Recycling) in Casablanca, MOROCCO - on 19-20 March, 2018.
For more information, contact Ms. Grace at grace@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9147.

26 Oct, 2017