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Iraq Plast & Agro Pack 2024 in Erbil:
All set to break records as the largest ever

Expansion to 2 halls enables clear thematic structure

Iraq Plast & Agro Pack 2024 in Erbil are on track to surpass all previous editions and become the largest plastics & agrofood event in Iraq to date.

The overwhelming demand has prompted the organizers, So Fuar and fairtrade, to use both halls of the Erbil International Fairground to offer attendees a comprehensive and intensive experience.

This expansion allows for a clearly defined thematic structure and reflects the commitment to delivering an unparalleled event that meets the diverse needs of exhibitors and visitors alike.

The 5th edition of Iraq Plast in hall 2 gathers leading international and national suppliers of plastics raw materials as well as machinery and equipment for plastics processing.

At the same time, Agro Pack Iraq, also in hall 2, focuses on technology and materials for food and beverage processing and packaging.

In hall 1, Food Iraq as a platform for the presentation and trading finished food & beverages, and Agro Iraq will round off the offer.

Prominent exhibitors at Iraq Plast 2024

Leading global players in the plastics industry, including ENGEL, EREMA, PURE LOOP and Starlinger from Austria have confirmed their participation.

Representing China, JWELL, and from India, LOHIA.

Also showcasing their innovations are Al-Attal Engineering from Egypt and AFC INDUSTRY from Algeria.

Let’s hear how the exhibitors assessed their participation

Mahdi Yazdi
Sales Expert

Naghshineh Chap Tabriz

Nicolas Belin
Middle East Manager
serac

Yiuri Huang
Manager

YaTong Machinery

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)

The Iraq Plast trade fair plays a pivotal role in enhancing Iraq's self-sufficiency. It serves as a significant testament to the nation's commitment to bolstering local production and the "Made-in-Iraq" initiative.

Recent statistics from the German Engineering Federation VDMA reflect this commitment.

  • Iraq’s imports of plastics technology were up with an annual growth rate of 18.6%, from €20 million in 2017 to €47 million in 2022.
  • Iraq’s printing & paper technology imports have grown by 47.6% annually, from €5 in 2017 to €35 million in 2022.
  • Imports of packaging technology increased by 6.5% annually, from €49 million in 2017 to €67 million in 2022. (VDMA)

See detailed figures on the Iraqi plastprintpack market.

Iraq Plast 2023 surpassed all expectations

The success story of Iraq Plast & Agro Pack continued also with the 2023 event as 222 exhibitors from 16 countries showcased their innovative products and solutions to thousands of trade visitors from around Iraq and the entire region. Notably, a significant portion of these attendees were esteemed Hosted Buyers, joining in delegations.

The exhibitors came from Austria, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Türkiye, and the United Arab Emirates.

The astounding number of trade visitors surpassed the exhibitors' expectations by far, underscoring the immense interest and substantial investment prospects within the Iraqi agrofood & plastprintpack industry.

The event started with a bang on 19 September 2023 when it was opened by some of the most prominent figures in the industry:

  • Mrs Begard Talabani, Minister of Agriculture
  • Mr Sawar Kamal Hawari, Deputy Minister of Trade & Industry
  • Dr Mohammed Shukri, Chairman of the Board of Investment
  • Mr Omed Khoshnaw, Governor of Erbil

Egypt, Germany, India, Iran, the Netherlands, Qatar, Russia, and Türkiye were represented by their respective Consuls General.

Plast Iraq & Agro Pack took place at the prestigious Erbil International Fairground from 19 to 21 September 2023.

Thank you!

The entire So Fuar & fairtrade team says thank you for your valuable contribution to the success of the event and look forward to seeing you again from 25 - 28 November 2024 for the 7th Agro Pack & 5th Plast Iraq.

The dynamic development of the Iraqi market was also clearly reflected on the exhibitor side. While exhibitors from 10 countries participated in 2022, there were 222 exhibitors from 16 countries in 2023, and for the first time the magic number of more than 200 exhibitors has been exceeded.

Austria Information Stand

ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA, the Austrian Foreign Trade Agency, participated in Agro Pack & Plast Iraq 2023 for the first time.

Representatives of the following companies were present at the stand:

  • Engel Austria GmbH
  • Hechenbichler GmbH
  • Julius Meinl Austria GmbH
  • OVOTHERM International Handels GmbH
  • Rupp Austria GmbH
  • Starlinger Group

China Pavilion

In 2023, 8 Chinese exhibitors made their debut at the event.

Egypt

For the first time, there was also a notable number of Egyptian exhibitors at the fair, a total of 5.

Germany

AHK - The German Liaison Office for Industry and Commerce in Iraq participated in Agro Pack & Plast Iraq 2023, where, for the very first time, it was be present with an information stand. Featuring offices in Erbil and Baghdad, AHK Iraq are excited to showcase the diverse opportunities and collaborations that can be explored between German industries and the dynamic Iraqi market.

India Pavilion

Following the successful participation of 18 Indian exhibitors in 2022, 41 exhibitors showcased their products at the 2023 event. Many of them as part of a pavilion supported by the Department of Commerce of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of the Government of India and ASSOCHAM - The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India.

Italy

With Fava, Ricciarelli and Storci, 3 renowned Italian companies participated in the 2023 event.

Iran Pavilion

Supported by the Trade Promotion Organization of Iran, 51 Iranian exhibitors were present in 2023.

Iraqi participation

42 market leaders from Kurdistan and the entire Iraq participated in the 2023 event, nearly twice as many as in 2022.

Netherlands Pavilion

Representing the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature, and Food Quality of the Netherlands in KRI, the agricultural section of the Netherlands Consulate in Erbil hosted 9 Dutch companies at their stand:

  • Amstel Products
  • APH Group
  • Geersing Potato Specialist
  • Hydrosat
  • Ivvest
  • Mesonature
  • Meyn
  • TNA Processing and Packaging Solutions
  • WeepWall

Poland Pavilion

Poland’s participation at the event covered three main topics:

  • Polish Poultry Meat – Supported by the Poultry Meat Promotion Fund
  • Polish Beef – Supported by the Beef Promotion Fund
  • Polish Cereal Grains and Grain Products – Supported by the Fund for the Promotion of Cereal Grains and Grain Products.

The Poland Pavilion is supported by the Association for Innovation in Agriculture and the Kurdish Polish Development Organization.

Saudi Arabia

With Nadec, the first listed agricultural company on the Saudi stock market participated in the show in 2023, a regional market leader in milk, juice and food production.

Türkiye Pavilion

In 2023, 61 Turkish exhibitors were present, supported by the Republic of Türkiye Ministry of Trade.

United Arab Emirates

With AgriSea Dubai-India, Aventi Industries and Metro International, 3 renowned companies from the UAE participatied in the 2023 event.

Our partners

Organisers

  1. Sofuar
  2. fairtrade

Institutional partner

  1. Turkey

Partners

  1. Erbil chamber of commerce
  2. Baghdad Chamber of Commerce
  3. Iraq Chamber of Commerce

Official support

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