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BOPP film production in Africa is perspective

November 16/2011

(ICIS) -- There are big opportunities for local growth in BOPP film production in Africa, but also many challenges that need to be overcome, event chairman Patrick Munyembate said on Wednesday at the IQPC plastics and packaging conference.


Biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film installed production capacity in Africa is 70,000 tonnes/year, while demand is at 180,000 tonnes/year. Africas population is projected to reach 2.5bn by 2050 from its current level of 1.2bn, and the continents population growth runs high at 26% a year.


BOPP film usage is high in food packaging and several delegates said there was no going back on growth in this area if food waste was to be avoided.


The middle class in South Africa is also growing fast, and shopping behaviour has changed, leading to the necessity of improved food packaging that can lead to easily transported packs for supermarket shelves.


Perspectives of development of polymer markets, pricing issues and other important aspects will be discussed at The Polymers Summit-2011, which will be held in Moscow on November 30, 2011 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. The Summit will be organized by MRC with the support of ICIS. The main idea of the Summit is to find a "the golden mean" between producers and converters. When producers receive exactly such margin of production, which helps them to invest in production expansion in order to substitute polymers imports, and the converters receive such price of feedstock that helps them to compete imported finished products. The Summit site gives an access to the live video of the Summit, speakers" presentations, as well as opportunities to ask questions or make appointments to any Summit partcipant.


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