Nigeria is Africa's largest importer of plastics in primary forms

Top importing country of plastics technology in sub-Saharan Africa

Africa’s largest economy back on the growth track

The 5th plastprintpack Nigeria 2019 continues its success story

With about 70% of raw materials imported (mainly from the Middle East, Europe and Asia) and only 30% produced locally, the Nigerian market has great potential for exporters of plastics in primary forms.

In the years 2008 to 2015, for example, imports of plastic raw materials increased annually by 7.2% from 464 kt to 754 kt, a plus of 62.5%. (EUROMAP)

This makes Nigeria, together with Algeria, Africa's largest importer of plastics in primary forms!

Africa’s largest economy back on the growth track

Nigeria is the 5th largest oil-exporting and 11th largest gas-exporting country. With 194 million inhabitants, Nigeria is also Africa’s most populous country and the 7th most populous country in the world.

Africa’s largest economy is now back on the growth track as Nigeria’s GDP is expected to grow from US$ 376 billion in 2017 to US$ 409 billion in 2018 and US$ 476 billion in 2019 (GTAI).

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Top importing country of plastics technology in sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria invests heavily in its plastics industry. Its imports of plastics technology in the year 2017 for instance increased by 70%, from 54 to 92 million euros. (VDMA)

Nigeria’s plastics industry is fast growing

The Country Cluster of EUROMAP-European Plastics and Rubber Machinery confirms significant growth for Nigeria.

  • The per capita consumption of plastics in Nigeria has grown by about 5% annually over the past ten years, from 4.0 kg in 2007 to 6.5 kg in 2017 and is estimated to be 7.5 kg in 2020.
  • Nigeria’s plastics consumption has grown by 7.8% annually over the past ten years, from 578 kt in 2007 to 1.229 kt in 2017 and is estimated to be 1.533 kt in 2020.
  • Nigeria's plastics production has grown by 13.9% annually over the past ten years, from 120 kt in 2007 to 442 kt in 2017 and is estimated to be 513 kt in 2020.

2nd largest importer of printing & paper processing and of packaging technology in sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria’s imports of printing & paper processing technology summed up to 41 million euros in 2017. Its imports of packaging technology increased by 34% in the same year, from 113 to 152 million euros. (VDMA) With these amounts, Nigeria is the 2nd largest importer of printing & paper processing and of packaging technology in sub-Saharan Africa.

The 5th plastprintpack Nigeria continues its success story

All these are excellent pre-conditions for plastprintpack Nigeria 2019, once again organised by the German trade show specialists fairtrade Messe. Together with its partner event agrofood Nigeria the show is scheduled for 26 to 28 March 2019 at the Landmark Centre in Lagos. Based on upbeat market developments, Nigeria’s 5th international plastics, printing and packaging trade show is to continue its success story.

Many global leaders and official country pavilions already confirmed

As in 2018 many global leaders have already renewed their participation for the 2019 event. Concerning national group pavilions Austria, China, Germany, Italy and Turkey will again present themselves officially.

3-day conference program

plastprintpack & agrofood Nigeria 2019 will again be supplemented by a 3-day program full of presentations and conferences. Experts and exhibitors will hold presentations on the presentation platform in the center of the exhibition hall. At agrofood Nigeria 2018, 20+ speakers from Nigeria and Europe presented valuable information on technology and finance.

Strong institutional support

plastprintpack Nigeria 2019 enjoys the strong support of the following Nigerian and international institutions:

  • Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria and ECOWAS
  • Advantage Austria
  • AHK Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Nigeria
  • The dti Department Trade and Industry South Africa
  • German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • IOPN Institute of Packaging Nigeria
  • Switzerland Global Enterprise
  • Turkish Ministry of Trade
  • Turkish Exporters Assembly
  • VDMA German Engineering Federation

Review of the successful 2018 edition

plastprintpack & agrofood Nigeria 2018 saw 1,544 trade visitors from 26 countries discussing their business with 142 exhibitors (+30%) from 21 countries. 81% of the visitors were decision makers.

Thousands of B2B meetings created high satisfaction rates among exhibitors and visitors:

  • 94% of the visitors recommend the show and 75% plan to invest over the next 12 months
  • 87% of the exhibitors recommend the show and 84% are satisfied with the event as a whole

For full details see Post Show Report 2018.