More than twice as large in 2019: The 3rd plastprintpack & agrofood Ethiopia featuring 152 global technology leaders from 18 countries

Conferences on Financing for SMEs and Recycling

Ethiopia is East and Central Africa’s largest importer of plastics machinery and second largest of plastics in primary forms and of printing and packaging technology

Due to the upbeat market development and an ever increasing interest in the Ethiopian market, plastprintpack and its partner event agrofood Ethiopia 2019 continue their success story. 

The 2019 event is more than twice as big as last year. And it is much more international. 

The exhibition is complemented by conferences, presentations and panel discussions on Financing for SMEs and Recycling.

Organized by the German trade show specialists fairtrade in cooperation with their Ethiopian partners Prana Events the event is scheduled for 09 to 11 May 2019 at the Millennium Hall in Addis Ababa.

What makes plastprintpack & agrofood Ethiopia 2019 so unique?

  • Not less than five official country pavilions are present this year, namely from China, France, Germany, Italy and Turkey. Germany and Turkey are in for the very first time with official national pavilions while China, France and Italy renew and upgrade their pavilions. 
  • China see here and here – After 11 Chinese exhibitors were extremely satisfied with their participation in 2018, China will be present in 2019 with a huge pavilion of 67 Chinese exhibitors.
  • France – As for the previous editions the French Association adepta leads a delegation of 7 French companies to exhibit in the Pavillon France. Additional French companies exhibit outside the French Pavilion
  • Germany see here and here – 19 German exhibitors participate inside and outside the German Pavilion
  • Italy see here and here – A large Italian pavilion with 19 Italian exhibitors is on for 2019.
  • Turkey see here and here – The huge Turkish pavilion with 13 Turkish exhibitors enjoys the support of the Turkish Ministry of Trade.
  • 152 global technology leaders from 18 countries present their solutions, products and technologies tailored to the needs of the Ethiopian plastprintpack & agrofood business community.    
  • Strong international presence: The exhibitors come from Austria, China, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malaysia, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and USA.     
  • Strong presence of international market leaders in plastics raw materials and plastprintpack technology.    
  • The interactive plastprintpack & agrofood portals allowing exhibitors and visitors to communicate and to arrange business meetings before, during and after the event, all year round. 

Conferences on Financing for SMEs and Recycling

plastprintpack Ethiopia 2019 will be supplemented by conferences, presentations and panel discussions, organised by the GIZ-Global Business Network.  Among the most important topics covered by Ethiopian and European experts are:

  • Financing for Ethiopian SMEs (Small and Medium Size Enterprises) 
  • Recycling in Ethiopia: Development-oriented business opportunities

Ethiopia’s ambitious targets up to 2025 - High sustainable GDP growth

According to the Ethiopian government, Ethiopia, until 2025, shall become the manufacturing hub of Africa, and its population shall achieve middle-income status. All this shall be reached within the framework of a carbon neutral economy.

The country is demonstrating continuous and high GDP growth for over 14 years now. As a result, Ethiopia became one of the world’s fastest growing economies and an impressive investment destination in Africa

Ethiopia’s GDP increased from US$ 65 billion in 2015 to US$ 86 billion in 2018 and is expected to reach US$ 90 billion in 2019. East and Central Africa’s largest economy is expected to reach 7.6 percent GDP growth for the Ethiopian fiscal year 2017/18 (July 8 to July 7) and real GDP growth between 7.8 and 10.0 percent for 2019 to 2023. EIU / GTAI

On the Ethiopian market

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Ethiopia’s plastics industry is growing at a breathtaking pace

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

  • With 100% of raw materials imported (mainly from the Middle East, Europe and Asia), the Ethiopian market has great potential for exporters of plastics in primary forms. In the years 2007 to 2015, for example, imports of plastic raw materials increased by 19.4% annually, from 43 kt to 178 kt, a plus of 314%! This makes Ethiopia the second largest importer of plastics in primary forms  in East and Central Africa.     
  • The per capita consumption of plastics in Ethiopia has grown by 13.7% annually over the past ten years, from 0.6 kg in 2007 to 2.4 kg in 2017 and is estimated to be 3.2 kg in 2020.   
  • Ethiopia’s plastics consumption has grown by 17.5% annually over the past ten years, from 44 kt in 2007 to 220 kt in 2017 and is estimated to be 308 kt in 2020.

East and Central Africa’s largest importer of plastics machinery
Between 2012 and 2017 Ethiopia’s imports of plastics machinery increased by 22% annually, from 12 million euro in 2012 to 35 million in 2017. 

Second largest importer of printing, paper processing and packaging technology in East and Central Africa
Ethiopia’s imports of printing & paper processing technology increased by 18% annually, from 8 million euro in 2012 to 18 million in 2017. Its imports of packaging technology grew by 48% annually, from 5 to 35 million euro. VDMA 

Strong institutional support

Ethiopian government:       

  • Chemical and Construction Inputs Industry Development Institute


  • ACIMGA Italian Manufacturers Association of Machinery for the Graphic, Converting and Paper Industry
  • adepta French Association   
  • AMAPLAST Italian Manufacturers Association of Plastics and Rubber Processing Machinery and Moulds
  • Embassies of Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey    
  • German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture   
  • GIZ German Association for International Cooperation   
  • ITA Italian Trade Agency   
  • NABC Netherlands African Business Council   
  • Turkish Ministry of Trade   
  • Turkish Exporters Assembly   
  • VDMA German Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association