ProPak Asia 2013, the region’s leading international food, drink and pharma processing and packaging trade event opens today. High quality and quantity trade buyers are expected over the 4 show days as ProPak Asia once again records its Biggest-Ever event. ProPak Asia 2013 has expanded to all 6 halls and over 40,000sqm at BITEC, Bangkok, Thailand.
ProPak Asia 2013 showcased over 1,800 participants from 41 countries, 12 international pavilions from 10 countries including China, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, UK and the USA, over 3,600 machines from across the world, all presenting the latest technology, innovation and solutions right here in the heart of Asia.
With Thailand's strong economic fundamentals and leadership position in the regional food and drink industries, 2013 exports are forecasted to increase 7-7.5% with approx. value US$246 billion. Thailand’s GDP increased 5.3% year-on-year first quarter of 2013. With these and more positive factors combining and with the realisation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015 they make Thailand the perfect hub to set-up operations and access the region.
“As the premier industry sourcing platform in the region, ProPak Asia is the business platform for companies to showcase their latest innovations, trade buyers to source new machines, products and solutions for their companies and industry professionals to meet to make business. ProPak Asia 2013 is the business meeting place for the region.” says Justin Pau, General Manager of Bangkok Exhibition Services (BES).
We estimate over 38,000 visitors from over 60 countries will attend ProPak Asia 2013 over the next 4 days with an approximate trade value of 26,000 Million baht worth of deals to be conducted onsite and significantly more after that." added Justin Pau
Highlights of the 2013 edition include 5 dedicated zones DrinkTechAsia, Lab&TestAsia, PharmaTechAsia, PlasTechAsia and PrintTechAsia, and 2 new feature areas launched this year include Warehousing & Logistics and Packaging Materials. There will be over 150 new products launched at ProPak Asia 2013 including Thailand, ASEAN and Global launches.
In addition, ProPak Asia 2013 featured new and leading industry conferences, seminars and workshops by relevant national agencies, industry organisations and exhibitors including; “Asia Drink Conference” organised by Eastern Trade Media (ETM) and Bangkok Exhibition Services (BES), “Thai Star and Asia Star Packaging Award and Press Conference” organised by The Department of Industrial Promotion (DIP), “Food Innovation Asia Conference” under the theme “Empowering SMEs Through Science and Technology” organised by Food Science and Technology Association of Thailand (FoSTAT), “TPC & TISTR Conference” organised by Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR) and Thai Packaging Certre, “The 6th Plastics in Packaging Conference” organised by Asian Plastics News (APN), “PharmaTech Seminar” organised by The Pharmaceutical Industry Association Thailand (PIAT), “Technology Promotion Association (Thailand-Japan) Seminar” organised by Technology Promotion Association (Thailand-Japan), “VDMA Conference” organized by Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau – German Engineering Federation, “Food Innovation Contest” organised by Food Science and Technology Association of Thailand (FoSTAT), “FoSTAT – Nestle Quiz Bowl” organised by Food Science and Technology Association of Thailand (FoSTAT).
ProPak Asia 2013 is a “must-visit” event for any food, drink and/or pharmaceutical, processing and packaging related industry trade professionals. The next edition of ProPak Asia 2014 will be held from 11 to 14 June, at Halls 101-106, BITEC, Bangkok. For more information, please visit www.propakasia.com.