Local packaging industry focuses on responding to global trends to position for future growth

The African continent will become a high growth region for the packaging industry, with demand being driven by increased markets for consumer products, growing individual incomes, and an expanding population of youthful consumers.

The South African packaging industry, and those operating in African markets, will need to meet the challenges posed by trends in the global consumer packaging market in order to take advantage of this growing industry. Some of these global consumer trends include an increase in demand for premium packaging, the emergence of biodegradable plastics, the increased use of multipacks and small packs, and a need for sustainability and innovation.

Local industry leaders at the forefront of the South African packaging industry will gather at the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC) from 24-26 October at Propak Cape. The events’ daily programme of seminars will highlight the latest global trends and how the SA market can take advantage of these developments.

Some of the speakers at the Propak Cape free-to-attend seminars include:

  • Charles Muller, Executive Director of Packaging SA will discussEmerging trends in sustainable packaging: 2017 and beyond’ and how sustainability is no longer an option, but an essential design element in order to attract, relate to and retain consumers.
  • Anton Hanekom, Executive Director at Plastics SA will focus on ‘initiatives driving growth in the South African plastics industry.’ The biggest markets for plastics are the packaging, building and construction and automotive industries. While competition from advanced developing countries and cheap imports of relatively low value-added products had a negative impact on domestic demand this past year, this talk will look at what strategies the SA plastics industry can implement in order to maintain growth and remain competitive.
  • Douw Steyn, Sustainability Director at Plastics SA will provide an overview of what the South African plastics industry is doing to design better packaging, increase recycling rates, and introduce new models for making better use for a circular plastics economy during his presentation ‘rethinking the future of plastics: SA industry insights.’
  • ‘The changing face of the print and packaging industry, and opportunities this creates: a perspective from Printing SA’ is the topic that will be presented by Steve Thobela, Chief Executive Officer at Printing SA. The industry body believes that even during tough economic times there are opportunities for entrepreneurs to gain a foothold – and the printing industry is no exception.
  • Wendy McLoughlin, Business Development Executive at Kemtek Imaging Systems will address why it’s not enough today for packaging to merely contain the product inside. Consumers are expecting packaging to do so much more: it must excite, inform, create an experience and even save the planet. Her topic ‘Digital disruption and innovation: the future of packaging’ will provide insight into how innovations in packaging are being rolled out to address consumers’ demands for ease of use, sustainability, convenience and fun.
  • Hugo van Niekerk, Business Manager: Training and Consulting at FestoDidactic ‘The dawn of smart factories: reducing downtime costs and maximising productivity for the packaging, processing & plastics industries.’

Focus on the wine and olive oil industry

  • Shelly Fuller, Sustainable Agriculture Fruit & Wine Programme Manager at WWF-SA ‘A sustainable green wine and olive route: the importance of people, planet and purpose.’
  • Pieter van Niekerk, Agricultural Economist at VinPro, will share insights around the market size, economic impacts and demand of this industry.
  • Bhekithemba Dlamini, Deputy Director Agro Processing at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will present the DTI perspective on South Africa’s multi-billion agro-processing sector which plays a significant role in terms of job creation and sustainability in the economy.

Insights of the bottled water industry

  • John Weaver, Chairman of South African National Bottled Water Association will talk about the bottled water landscape in southern Africa and opportunities for growth as well as providing an overview around the SANBWA seal of quality on bottled water bottles.
  • A bottled water market review will be presented by Hayley van Schalkwijk, Research Manager at BMI Research.
  • Cheri Scholtz, CEO at PETCO – the PET recycling company – will look at how PETCO is driving the transition to a circular economy in South Africa: moving from our traditional take-make-dispose economy, to one where materials are continuously repurposed, creating new value and delivering long-term economic, social and ecological prosperity.


Efficiencies, waste management, design and economics

  • Technology specialist Imraan Lambat who will speak about the future of manufacturing and the innovations and opportunities driving economic growth.
  • Roland Thompson, Business Development Officer at Mpact will discuss the recycling opportunities and challenges that are facing the SA packaging industry;
  • David McCall, National Head of Transactional Banking, Global Trade and Investments at Nedbank will highlight how businesses can create efficiencies, enhance the bottom line and manage risk through more effective management of their treasury systems and processes both locally and abroad.
  • Mark Dowson, Director and Shareholder at First Asset Finance will talk about accessing funding for the packaging, processing and plastics industry.
  • Analysing the impact of the drought on the Western Cape Agricultural sector, Johann Boonzaaier, Manager of the Horticulture Division Bureau for Food and Agriculture Policy (BFAP), will discuss the financial and economic implications on various agricultural sectors and industries in the region.

Taking place from 24-26 October at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, the Propak Cape exhibition will be showcasing the latest products and innovation in the packaging and related industries. Over 200 hundred local and international exhibitors will be displaying their latest machinery, equipment, services and solutions across packaging, food processing, plastics, printing and labelling. The many live demonstrations will enable visitors to see machinery and equipment in action.

Bringing wine and olive oil production and supply into the spotlight this year will be the newly-launched Wine and Olive Oil Production Expo, which will be held alongside Propak Cape.

Doors are open daily between 9AM – 5PM & you can stay connected to the build-up & with all of the daily happenings of the show via Propak Cape 2017 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn pages.