Food packaging

Propak Africa 2016 to highlight important role of packaging to the economy

The South African packaging industry plays an important role in the SA economy, contributing R79-billion in 2014. It will be putting a collective, and innovative, step forward at next year’s showcase triennial expo, Propak Africa 2016.

Plastics packaging makes up the largest share contributing R35,9-billion in 2014. This was followed by paper and board packaging contributing R25,2-billion to the economy last year.

The food and beverages industry, serviced by the packaging industry, continues to attract global investment. South Africa’s food and beverages industry increased by 9.2% to R4bn in September this year compared to September last year, as reported by Statistics SA in November.

The rest of the African continent is set to become a high growth region for the packaging industry, especially East and West Africa, where GDP is on par with the fastest growing regions of the world. The International Monetary Fund predicts growth of 6,5% per annum over the next five years in East and West Africa, putting the two regions on par with mainland China and emerging Asia.

Packaging demand on the continent is being driven by increased markets for consumer products, burgeoning individual incomes, an expanding population of youthful consumers and growing domestic economies.

Centre stage at Propak Africa

The importance of packaging and related industries will take centre stage at Propak Africa, the continent’s largest packaging, food processing, plastics, printing and labelling trade exhibition, which will afford hundreds of local and international exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their latest products, equipment, machinery and services.

Propak Africa, taking place at the Expo Centre, Nasrec in Johannesburg, from 15-18 March 2016, will offer visitors the opportunity to see state-of-the-art equipment as well as a vast array of machinery, auxiliary products and services.

Visitors can expect to see many leading-edge South African companies in the packed halls, as well as high-profile international exhibitors from countries such as India, China, Belgium, Austria, Portugal, France, Turkey, Greece, the UAE and the UK.

“We’ve had an overwhelming response from companies with over 90% of available exhibition space already sold and all indications are that the show will be a sell-out,” says Joshua Low, Propak Africa Event Director.

“Research confirms that Propak Africa with its co-located showsis the largest show of its kind in the southern hemisphere. We are expecting high visitor attendance at the 2016 show and believe that it will be a successful and enjoyable event for all participants.”

The packaging industry is driven by demands of consumers and latest global trends, which leads to innovative technology developments and product solutions to meet these needs. Many packaged products on the retail shelves are realised largely as a result of the collective food processing, packaging, plastics, print and labeling industries, which is why it’s so important to showcase these industries together.

Innovations on show will include Zibo Containers who will showcase a ‘one-stop-shop’ of punnets, trays and lidding film for the fresh cut produce, convenience and ready meals market. 

Filmatic Packaging Systems will launch the new generation Net Weigh Filling Valve and Magnetic Clutch Systems at Propak Africa 2016. These enable clients to achieve a very precise filling weight, with 1g accuracy, making it more cost effective and minimising product waste. The company’s variable flow control valve promotes non-contact, non-drip filling, creating a hygienic filling environment while also minimising any foaming characteristics, making it easier to accurately fill at high speed.

Filmatic will also be displaying a linear bottle unscramble, double lane yoghurt filler, wraparound labeller, horizontal pouch filler, linear piston filler, rotary level filler, shrink wrapper, self-adhesive roll fed labeller, semi-automatic rinser, filler, capper, PMG2 brick forming and wrapping machine, inline pump filler and a waterfall cap unscramble.

Fontana South Africa will launch the new Easy Twist 29/25 closures and preforms, the first of its kind in the local market. Preforms are available in 12.5g and 28g. The light weighting of both the closure and preform makes the 29/25 easily the lightest in the market. A two point seal, half turn removal, low opening torque and break before leak are some of benefits that clients will experience with the 29/25 closure.

At the show, veteran exhibitor, Pyrotec, is displaying two operational lines, both of which are fully integrated using CoLOS networking software from Markem-Imaje and feature the company’s on-pack product identification solutions and self-adhesive label application systems.

Bosch Packaging Technology will launch its Pack 301 LS (length slug) system for the efficient and flexible packaging of biscuits and crackers on edge for the SA market. The packaging machine has been developed as an addition to the Pack Series of horizontal flow wrappers, which range from entry-level models to fully automated technologies. It is designed to help manufacturers meet the increasing market demand for biscuit wrapping together with premium product quality.

MG SA Consulting will be showcasing packaging lines from the Marchesini Group in Italy including an overwrapper, cartoner and labeller. The company will also display an isolator and mock up clean room from Klenzaids Contamination Controls in India, and a tablet coater and a fluid bed dryer from Gansons of India.

Maxiflex Door Systems SA will be exhibiting its range of industrial door solutions for the manufacturing, distribution and logistics industries.

Other exhibitors showcasing printing, packaging and labelling include Acepak, ADE Labelling, Afripack, Bernd Triebiger Enterprises, Beswick, Bidvest Afcom, Ferrostaal, Filtec Automation, Future Packaging, Golden Era Group, Graphix Supply World, Hestico, HG Molenaar, Hostmann Steinberg SA, Inoxpa South Africa, JPak, Kamboo Marketing, MGSA, Multivac Southern Africa, Nissei ASB, Pakmatic, Pakmax, PMD Packaging, Polyoak, Presstec, Qualitechs, Rexel, Rotocon, Rubber Engineering Africa, Trempack Trading, Relloy SA, S&N Labels, Sareltech, Sarepco, Signea, Tom Tom Telematics, Ulma Packaging Systems SA, USS Pactech, Yaskawa SA, amongst many others.

“An exciting line-up of conferences and workshops are also taking place alongside Propak Africa,” says Joshua Low, Propak Africa Event Director.

“The Institute of Packaging South Africa (IPSA) Propak Africa Packaging Conference will highlight the latest industry thinking in a comprehensive packaging based agenda. Delegates will be able to gain an in depth understanding on how brand owners, retailers, converters and suppliers all work together to foster a dynamic and innovative solution-based approach addressing current market demand focused on expansion into the African region.”

IPSA will also be hosting various specialised workshops alongside Propak Africa, developed specifically for the IPSA Advanced Packaging Programme. The Plastics SA Conference will host Alex Erwin, previously with the DTI, as one of its guest speakers. Pavlo Phitidis, a regular co-host on the 702 Money show, will be running events alongside the show including a ‘Building an Asset of Value’ seminar, ‘Networking to make the deal’ and the Suppliers Den.

“Top names such as Derek Watts, Justice Malala and Alex Hogg will be discussing current economic and political trends at The GAPP Conference,” continues Low. “Techniques will be shared to improve sales and marketing efforts, entrepreneurship and business strategy. Industry experts Linda Jackson on packaging, Laurel Brunner on print, and Mike Horsten on signage will be bringing delegates up to date with latest insights. Printing SA (PIFSA) will also be running a number of training courses.”

More information is available at including conference updates and costs. Visitors can also pre-register for free access to the show.