Press Release

Packaging machinery in Mexico, Russia and Thailand

CS 06/2017

Over the next few days the Italian automatic packaging machinery manufacturers will be promoting Italian innovation at three major trade fairs in Mexico, Russia and Thailand.

50 Italian companies are heading for Thailand, Mexico and Russia, where they will be taking part in three major trade fairs and presenting their latest technological innovations for the packaging, processing and labelling machinery sector.

From 13 to 15 June, the companies Agriflex, Camozzi, Cellografica Gerosa, Goglio, Imeta, Ilpra, IMS Deltamatic, Matrix, Melegari Manghi, Polylayertech, Reda and Tropical Food Machinery will be participating in a collective organised by Ucima (Italian Automatic Packaging Machinery Manufacturers’ Association) and the Italian Trade Agency ITA at the Mexican exhibition Expo Pack Mexico, the country’s largest event for the packaging industry.

Mexico is an important market for Italy. In 2016 Italian exports to the country totalled 149.4 million euros, 24% up on 2015, and the prospects for coming years are excellent. Based on the forecasts made by the Ucima Research Department, the Mexican packaging machinery market is expected to grow at an annual rate of close to 7% over the two-year period 2017-2019.

From 14 to 17 June, Bangkok will be hosting the most important exhibition in Asia where more than 30 Italian companies will be exhibiting in a floor space of close to 1,000 square metres. The following companies will be participating in the Italian pavilion coordinated by Ucima: SMI Group, Aetna Group, Robopac, Sacmi, Ocme, Mariani, Bertolaso, Zilli & Bellini, TMGI, CFT, PE Labellers, Sipa, Zacmi, Mactec/Alimac, Maselli, Pelliconi, Arol, Fameccanica, Bocedi, Finpac Italia, Osts, Zanasi, ICF&Welko, Reepack, Imeta, Mazzoni, Axor Ocrim, Bertuzzo Food Processing, Bertocchi, LM, Cepi, Akomag, Omag and Scolari.

Just like Mexico, Thailand is another strategic market for Italian packaging technologies with exports totalling 51.5 million euros in 2016, 19% up on the previous year.

But Southeast Asia as a whole is a key market for Italy. Exports to this region totalled 363 million euros, 22% up on 2015, while average annual growth of between 6% and 12% is projected over the next two years.

Following the events in Mexico and Thailand, the next stop will be the Russian Federation where the exhibition RosUpack will be held from 20 to 23 June. The four companies Goglio, Ilpra, Magic and Schmucker will be exhibiting in the Italian area, while others will be taking part through their local distributors.

The Italian presence will help to strengthen relations with the local clientele at a time when the market is showing a small recovery. Italian exports to Russia rose by 3.1% in 2016 followed by sharp growth in the first quarter of 2017 (more than 30% with respect to the same period in 2016).

The three exhibitions will also provide an opportunity to promote the trade fair IPACK-IMA, which will be held in the Fiera Milano exhibition centre from 29 May to 1 June 2018 as part of The Innovation Alliance.