The Russian market seems to have reached its lowest point, at least with regard to the plastics, rubber and packaging industries and related processing industries, K-Zeitung writes. Two exhibitions – interplastica and upakovka, which successfully ended on February 1, 2019, are convincing confirmation of this. About 25 thousand people visited Expocenter in Moscow on Krasnaya Presnya.

After a period of stagnation in 2016 and a decline of -2.8% in 2015, the growth phase was resumed in Russia with a 1.5% increase in GDP. Four years after the introduction of sanctions and the fall in oil prices, the Russian economy has adapted to the new conditions and can grow again.

Interest in modern technology, production equipment and high-tech materials is again very high. This applies in particular to the demand for packaging technologies and equipment for plastics processing. Therefore, to the delight of exhibiting companies, at interplastica and upakovka exhibitions was not just information sharing. Many visitors came with specific intentions and decided to buy directly at the event. This reinforces the significant investment needs that still arise in Russia and neighboring countries.

The presence of numerous foreign exhibitors testifies to the continued great interest in the Russian market. “After several difficult years, the situation is beginning to improve again,” says Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, CEO of Messe Düsseldorf. – The atmosphere was excellent, the exhibitors reported extremely interested and ready-to-order customers. Polymer industry experts use this opportunity to get acquainted with current events in the global market and negotiate with suppliers. ”

From January to September 2018, exports of equipment for processing plastics and rubbers from Germany amounted to 90.8 million euros, which is 3.3% more than the same period last year.

Thorsten Kyumann, Managing Director of the Association of Mechanical Engineering for the Production of Plastics and Rubber in VDMA, commented: “Supplies of equipment from Germany to Russia increased in 2017. This level can be maintained until November 2018 and even show a small increase. As before, a strong impulse persists from the packaging sector. Because of food sanctions, packaging must increasingly be made in Russia in order to preserve regional products. ”

The summary of many exhibitors was also very positive. Ulrich Raifenhäuser, CSO, Reifenhauser GmbH & Co. KG Maschinenfabrik: “interplastica 2019 was very interesting for us. This exhibition was more dynamic and better in attendance than last year. I am positively surprised. Visitors to the exhibition showed surprising seriousness in their future and new projects. I expect economic growth in 2019 and I think that we will see even better market conditions at interplastica 2020 “.

Georg Tinshert, Managing Director of Wittmann Battenfeld GmbH, was also very pleased with the interplastica exhibition: “The exhibition shows a growing dynamic. Both in quality and in the number of visitors. We recorded an increase in the number of visitors at our booth by 5-7%. The professional audience came mainly from Central Russia, as well as from Belarus and Kazakhstan. Technologies for packaging and medicine, as well as for household appliances were especially in demand. For us, this market is very important, because Russian companies are willing to buy high-quality European equipment, despite strong competition from Asia. ”

Wolfgang Schmidt, Export Manager of Dr. Boy GmbH Co.KG is also pleased with the positive developments: “Last year you could still feel depressed at the exhibition. I participate in interpalstica for the sixth time, and this is the best exhibition I have ever seen. The level of decision making is very high; in the first two days we were able to sell three cars. From 30 to 40% of our Russian clients came from the Moscow region, the rest came from Kazan, Novgorod, St. Petersburg and the Urals region. ”