Impressive figures confirm how fast Iraq is developing in the plastics, printing and packaging industry.
Iraq‘s imports of plastic raw materials grew by 24% annually between 2011 and 2020, from 40 kt to 285 kt.
The country’s plastic consumption per capita increased by 23% annually over the past years, from 0.5 kg in 2009 to 7.2 kg in 2022 and is estimated at 9.0 kg in 2026. (EUROMAP)
Between 2017 and 2021
- Iraq’s imports of plastics technology was up with an annual growth rate of 16.6%, from €20 million to €37 million
- Iraq’s printing & paper technology imports have grown by 33.8% annually, from €5 to €16 million
- Imports of packaging technology increased by 12.7% annually, from €49 million to €89 million. (VDMA)
See detailed figures on the Iraqi plastprintpack market.
The Plast Iraq International Trade Fair for Plastics, Printing and Packaging, at its 4th edition in 2023, serves this fast-growing Iraqi market. The event takes place in conjunction with the 6th Agro Pack Iraq.
Plast Iraq & Agro Pack Iraq
Professionals only event representing the entire value chain
• Plast Iraq features plastic raw material in primary forms as well as machinery and equipment for plastics processing, printing and packaging
• Agro, Agro Pack & Food Iraq cover agriculture, food and beverage processing & packaging and the food trade
Facts & figures on the Iraqi plastprintpack market
Please see full details of the 2023 event
Plast & Agro Pack Iraq 2022: Expectations far exceeded
7,758 visitors from all over Iraq and beyond discussed their business with 196 exhibitors from 10 countries
The 3rd Plast Iraq & the 5th Agro Pack, held from 22-24 November 2022 at the Erbil International Fairground, saw 7,758 trade visitors from all over Iraq and a total of 27 countries to talk business with 196 exhibitors from 10 countries.
According to organisers So Fuar and fairtrade, the event aims to help increase Iraq's self-sufficiency and improve supply.
This year, 196 exhibitors from 10 countries presented products, technologies and solutions specifically tailored for the Iraqi market. The exhibitors came from China, France, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, the Netherlands, Türkiye and the United Arab Emirates.
For the first time, Plast & Agro Pack Iraq covered Hall 1 and Hall 2, making it the largest ever.
The event was marked by official country pavilions from India, Iran, the Netherlands and Türkiye, and by a strong presence of local Iraqi and international market leaders in plastics, printing, packaging & agrofood material and technology.
Visitor breakdown 2022
7,758 visitors from 27 countries visited the event, they came from Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Türkiye, United Arab Emirates, USA and Yemen.
- 5,459 trade visitors from the autonomous Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq (Erbil, Sulaymaniyah, Zaxo, Halabja, Duhok, …)
- 1,320 from all other Iraqi provinces, many of them invited in delegations as Hosted Buyers:
494 from Baghdad, 325 Mosul, Kerkuk 281, Basra 55, Babil 33, Necef 27, Karbala 24, Tikrit 21, Anbar 19, Diyala 14, ...
- 995 trade visitors from outside Iraq
The large number of trade visitors reflects the great interest and high investment needs of the Iraqi agrofood & plastprintpack industry.
What the exhibitors said
Commercial Manager – Poli Pack
Poli Pack industrial group was established in June 2006 in Mamunieh industrial town. Currently, the organization is producing high quality prints in helio on BOPP wrappers, polyester, CPP, LDPE and paper in the fields of food, sweets and chocolate, ice cream and dairy, beverages, health products and pharmaceuticals.
Iraq is an important market to us because it’s our neighboring country. So, we have a close understanding of the market request, culture and language. Also, the transportation and custom clearance process is very easy for us. The visitors here at the show are very professional. We met founders, producers, but also traders and agencies. We are happy with the growth of Plast Iraq & Agro Pack.
Alper Eralp (right)
Manager - ERKIM
Erkim is one of the leading producers of PP bags, fabric pouch, types of fabrics and shade nets for the agricultural industry in Türkiye. Our products are designed according to International Standard Quality.
We are producers of big bags and shade nets and we would like to check out the Iraqi market in this sector. We met private consumers as well as wholesalers at the Agro Pack Iraq.
Ibrahim Nabeel Hancioglu (right)
Sales Manager - Almutahida Packaging
Almutahida and its sister company Alhemma are plastic packaging companies located in Babylon, Iraq and are currently the market leaders in the country.
We think that the Iraqi market is a snowball sliding down the hill – so it’s’ getting bigger each second!
Here at Plast Iraq & Agro Pack, we met lots of our customers, new potential customers and high-quality leads. We have a huge chance to build new partnerships at the show. We want to expand our influence in North Iraq. At the show, we were able to make new contacts and with those we learned even more about the market.
Mohammed Ateeq Khan, Sales and Marketing Manager & Saleh Salim Al Jabri, Sales Executive
Al Jabri Plastic & Paper Products Factory
Al Jabri Plastic Packaging has been a leader in flexible plastic packaging since 1997 and also manufactures thermoformed plastic packaging at its new plant in Dubai. Al Jabri Plastic supplies flexible packaging as well as cups and containers.
Iraq is an untapped market for companies which can supply quality products. Now the market is growing very fast so Iraqi market has good potential for our products.
We were visited by traders, dairy product manufacturers and beverage manufacturers and we collected very good inquiries for our products. We are very optimistic of closing deals
Zafer Bastürk (right)
Regional Export Sales Manager - Jokey
The Jokey Group is a company in the plastics processing industry. For more than 50 years, the name Jokey has stood for high competence in plastic injection molding and customer-oriented service, supplying customers in around 80 countries.
The Iraqi market is of key importance to us as it has huge potential for the dairy and ice cream market. Especially from our factory in Türkiye, we can supply different sizes of packaging products to the Iraqi market.
At Agro Pack and Plast Iraq we also discussed business with ice cream, dairy and food manufacturers from all over Iraq. They represent a large potential of buyers looking for packaging items for their specific needs. We hope to reach out to new potential customers.
High exhibitor satisfaction ratings
For the first time, Chinese exhibitors will be present in 2023.
18 Indian exhibitors in 2022, many more expected for 2023.
Supported by the Trade Promotion Organization of Iran, 54 Iranian exhibitors participate in 2022.
Market leaders from Kurdistan and the entire Iraq, 40 Iraqi exhibitors in 2022.
The Italian Trade Agency ITA in cooperation with AMAPLAST, ACIMGA, UCIMA and ANIMA / ASSOFOODTEC is organising the first Collective Participation at Agro Pack & Plast Iraq 2023.
The agricultural section of the Netherlands Consulate in Erbil represents the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of the Netherlands in KRI, 6 Dutch companies present in 2022.
Supported by the Republic of Türkiye Ministry of Trade, 75 Turkish exhibitors in 2022.