|Italian businesses showcase their home country's engineering ingenuity to manufacturers in Viet Nam at Propak Viet Nam 2015. — VNS Photo Quynh Hoa
HCM CITY (VNS) — Viet Nam's leading international processing and packaging exhibition, Propak Viet Nam, opened yesterday in HCM City.
Organised by Singapore Exhibition Services and local partner VCCI Exhibition Services to serve the then new and upcoming processing and packaging industry, Propak Viet Nam 2015 marks its 10th anniversary this year.
This year's event not only showcases many new technologies and equipment but also offers networking opportunities for industry professionals.
The three-day exhibition has attracted 267 exhibiting companies from 28 countries and regions, with foreign exhibitors occupying 79 per cent of the 6,000sq.m of exhibiting area.
There are eight international pavilions representing Germany, Korea, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Thailand.
Bruna Santarelli, Trade Commissioner at the Italian Trade Commission in Viet Nam, told Viet Nam News that her country's 11 best plastics and packaging manufacturers were taking part.
The Italian firms featured at this year's exhibition include experienced manufacturers of an array of packaging machinery for extrusion lines, thermoforming, multi-layer blown film lines, pasteurising, filling, cleaning, labelling, and palletising.
The Italian businesses will showcase their home country's engineering ingenuity and their latest developments to manufacturers in Viet Nam.
Italian design remains among the most sought internationally and the government of Viet Nam believes that applying this technology in Viet Nam is integral to meeting its widely stated goal of industrialisation by 2020.
This Italian-Vietnamese partnership has been working well and the future looks bright.
Last year Italy's packaging exports to Viet Nam were worth 23.4 million euros (US$25.2 million).
BT Tee deputy chief representative of Singapore Exhibition Services' representative office in Viet Nam, said: "The future for producers and exporters in Viet Nam is bright.
"In 2014 Viet Nam became the largest exporter to the USA, ahead of ASEAN's more established manufacturing bases.
"Strengthening retail sales, FMCG consumption, accelerating industrial production and improving investment sentiment point to an even larger Propak Viet Nam event in the coming years".
There will be a seminar titled "Viet Nam - Food Safety, Green Packaging and Eco Manufacturing" to discuss some burning issues in Viet Nam.
At the Sai Gon Exhibition and Convention Centre, District 7, Propak Viet Nam will go on until April 2, attracting an estimated 7,600 visitors. — VNS