upakovka and interplastica 2020: Russian Market Back on Track

25.02.2020 Section: Articles

At the last edition of the trade fair duo comprising interplastica, International Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber and upakovka – Processing & Packaging, there were already signs that the Russian market was moving out of the trough again – at least for the packaging and related processing industry as well as for the plastics and rubber industry. At this year’s editions of the two trade fairs held at the Central Exhibition Complex Expocentre in Krasnaya Presnya from 28 – 31 January there were clear indications of stabilisation. A total of 937 exhibitors from 40 countries attracted approx. 24,950 visitors, mainly from Russia and the neighbouring states. The mood in the halls was good and exhibitors praised the high quality of leads.

As a member of the interpack alliance upakovka, with its ranges in the packaging and related processing industry, addresses the target groups, food, beverage, confectionery, bakery, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, non-food and industrial goods. The food industry is one of the most important manufacturing industries in Russia and of high strategic relevance. Since the start of the food embargo this industry has experienced stable growth and boasts high added value. Russia continues striving to support the increase in domestic production to counteract the dependence on imports of some products. In late 2019 the Russian President Vladimir Putin therefore adopted a “food doctrine” that stipulates further increases in the self-sufficiency rate for the most important staple foods.

Marked uptick in the propensity to invest at upakovka and interplastica 2019

26.02.2019 Section: Articles

The Russian market seems to be finally moving out of the trough at least as regards the packaging sectors and related process industries and the plastics and rubber industry. Impressive proof of this has been provided by the two trade fairs upakovka – Processing and Packaging and interplastica, 22nd International Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber, which drew to a successful close after four trade fair days on 1 February 2019. 25,000 visitors came to the AO Expocenter in Krasnaja Presnja, Moscow to seek information on the extensive ranges displayed by 950 exhibitors from 32 countries.

After a period of stagnation in 2016 and a -2.8 % recession in 2015, Russia saw a new growth phase start in 2017 with 1.5 % GNP growth. Four years after the sanctions were imposed and the oil price dropped, the Russian economy has adapted to the new circumstances and managed to grow again.

Extremely positive feedback from the Russian market

14.02.2018 Section: Articles

The positive feedback received lately from the Russian market and, in particular, from the packaging industry and the related processing industries as well as plastics and rubber has now been confirmed very emphatically at the two trade fairs upakovka – Processing and Packaging and interplastica (the 21st International Plastics and Rubber Trade Fair). The upswing in major market segments is leading to strong demand for packaging as well as plastic and rubber. The manufacturers of these products are investing as much as they can in modern production technologies and materials, in order to be able to satisfy the increasingly exacting requirements made by their customers. More than 900 companies from 30 countries presented their innovations at the two trade fairs in the AO Expocenter in Krasnaja Presnja from 23. to 26. January and were unanimous in reporting a tremendous response and impressive business success. 24,900 experts, mainly from all over Russia and from the neighbouring countries, visited upakovka and interplastica. 23,000 visitors were registered in 2017.

Werner M. Dornscheidt, CEO of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, was satisfied with the trade fairs: “To the extent that the Russian economy is developing positively and reliably, Russian companies are taking advantage of the two leading industry showcases. This is where they can get to know the new developments on the world market and enter into intensive negotiations with the suppliers directly. The exhibitors that maintained a consistent presence in Russia under poorer market conditions as well are now benefitting to a particularly large extent from their good contacts in the industry. In addition to the conclusion of many sales contracts, the high quality of the demand was a very important sign that an economically attractive future is beginning.”

Russian market is gaining momentum again

10.02.2017 Section: Articles

There is confidence in Russia about the year that has just begun: following a difficult period, dominated by political tensions, a drop in the oil price and a weak rouble, experts are now working on the assumption that the domestic economy will be moving out of recession. The World Bank is forecasting economic growth in Russia for 2017 too. Western companies are anticipating an upswing and see this as confirmation of their policy of maintaining their business contacts in crisis years as well. upakovka, the 25th International Trade Fair for Processing & Packaging and interplastica, the 20th International Trade Fair Plastics and Rubber, have now demonstrated in Moscow that this positive outlook for the future applies in particular to the plastics, rubber and packaging sectors and related processing industries. Developments in major consumption segments are leading to growing demand in the production of plastics and rubber products as well as packaging. Some 800 companies from 33 different countries presented their innovations at the SAO Expocenter exhibition site in Krasnaja Presnja from 24 to 27 January.

23,000 experts from all over Russia and from the neighbouring countries attended the two trade fairs. 20,900 visitors were recorded in 2016. “It is now paying off for the international exhibitors at upakovka and interplastica and that they have maintained their presence in Russia and have remained in contact with their business partners there”, concludes Werner M. Dornscheidt, CEO of Messe Düsseldorf. “They are benefitting now that business is gaining momentum again. The atmosphere in the halls was remarkably good, the exhibitors talked about extremely interested businesspeople who were keen to place orders too. Trade visitors take the unique opportunity that is offered here to familiarise themselves with the new developments on the world market and to negotiate directly with suppliers.”

The exhibition record breaker this year is Russia

28.01.2014 Section: Intervue

The regular trade show Upakovka/UpakItalia 2014 has been opened in the expocentre in Krasnaya Presnya. Project Manager Svetlana Kleyman is giving an account of what visitors will see at the exhibition this year.

Upakovka/Upak Italia 2014 will be held for the twenty-second time. Over the time of the exhibition’s existence we have witnessed major changes in life and the industry. How are these changes reflected in the exhibits on display?

Throughout its existence the Upakovka/UpakItalia has also undergone substantial transformation. An interesting trend may be observed in 2014 – subsequent to setting up representative offices in the Russian Federation many overseas exhibitors have delegated decision making on participation in exhibitions and other organisational issues to their Russian rep offices.

Consequently in preparation for the 2014 exhibition our Moscow office we have been able to communicate with a larger number of foreign companies.

Thereby we have managed to understand their needs and improve some of the services that will be useful to the exhibition participants.

Russian Industry trusts in German Food Processing and Packaging Machinery

24.01.2014 Section: Articles

The demand of Russian consumers for modern processed and packaged food and beverages continues to rise. With a per capita consumption of 205 kg packaged food per year the market is not yet saturated and has potential for further growth. It is expected that 29 million tonnes packaged food and 13 billion soft drinks will be sold in Russia in 2013. A growing middle class contributes to this increasing demand. Growing prosperity is changing consumer and shopping behaviour. Convenience remains a key trend, globally and also in Russia. The consumer demand for convenient and easy-to-use products continues to increase. Premiumisation coupled with a health and wellness trend is becoming increasingly prominent in Russia. Growing demand for more sophisticated products is expected to drive the market for processed packaged food.

Some like it sweet – so do the Russians! Russia is one of most important markets for confectionery worldwide (rank 3 behind the USA and China) – and the largest market in Europe. Currently 1.1 million tons of confectionery products are sold in Russia and the demand continues to grow. Chocolate products make up the largest subsection in the confectionery segment with a share of almost 70 percent of total consumption. With a per capita consumption of 5.3 kg, the Russian consumption is catching up with some of the higest consumer nations in Western Europe such as Switzerland (9.1 kg), United Kingdom (8.1 kg) and Germany (8.0 kg). Pralines are Russian favourites and the demand for chocolate confectionery is expected to rise by 8 percent till 2017.

The industry is working steadily

24.01.2014 Section: Intervue

Unipack.Ru is offering readers an interview with Alexander Boyko, General Director of National Packaging Confederation re industry present state in Russia and tasks facing the association.

Interview by Mikhail Bredis

What is your estimation of Russia’s packaging market present state? What are the latest changes and development trends?

According to experts the Russian packaging market ranks among top 10 packaging markets and is one of the leaders in growth rates. Regrettably, the market recovery seen post-crisis and in early 2013 has changed in the latter half of the year for an apprehensive anticipation of most operating companies’ performance decline. Although it is too early to sum up the industry results for the year 2013, the expected gain in production is 2-2.5%.

Russian Packaging Industry State and Milestones

26.02.2013 Section: Articles
Unipack.ru | Articles | Russian Packaging Industry State and Milestones

The anticipated statistical data pertaining to the Russian GDP growth and other macroeconomic indicators characterising the domestic economy growth in 2012 have been published recently. In reliance thereon one may assume that over this year our packaging market has grown by 4-5%, which is also substantiated by a more detailed analysis of the production state of affairs and the use of various types of packaging materials and products. The dynamic growth in food production – one of the major packaging consumers – has become one of the fundamental factors contributing to such growth. According to Rosstat (Federal State Statistics Service), their production index in January – August 2012 against the same period of 2011 amounted to 106%, and this rate is likely to remain the same throughout the year.

But this is just the quantitative aspect of the matter. The changes characterising the Russian packaging market structure and its development trends are more interesting and important. To begin with, I would like to note that packaging manufacturers who have managed to streamline their businesses and execute their existing modernisation and technical upgrade plans over the hard recession years are becoming increasingly confident on the packaging market. And whereas streamlining is generally available to virtually all companies not many packaging market players have had the possibilities of heavily investing in the acquisition of new technologies and state-of-the-art equipment. In such circumstances a number of companies have benefited from consolidation of funds and integration of production, which hopefully will allow them to successfully compete with the overseas packaging suppliers within the WTO. Regretfully, one has to acknowledge departure from the market of many small businesses manufacturing packaging materials and items who failed to find answers to the challenges characteristic of the recent years.

The Russian industry continues to rely on machines "made in Germany"

26.02.2013 Section: Articles

For the German manufacturers of food processing and packaging machinery Russia is one of the world's most important markets, right after the U.S. and China. Trade relations between the German machinery manufacturers and the customers of Russian end-user industries can look back on a long tradition. For years, Germany has been Russia's foremost trading partner. In 2011, the German manufacturers exported food processing and packaging machinery to the value of € 521 million to Russia. This means, Germany holds a market share of 34 percent. In some fields the proportion is much higher: for example, two thirds of confectionery machinery are of German production, almost every second packaging machine and one in four meat processing machines. Where brewing machinery is concerned, the largest share of machinery and plant supplies is imported from Germany as well.

With its 143 million inhabitants, Russia is the most populous country in Europe and an important market for food, beverage, cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. The Russian people are very eager consumers and the backlog of Russian households concerning modern, processed and packaged food and beverages is still considerable. Compared to other countries, the Russian food and beverage market has not yet reached saturation. With a per capita consumption of 173 kg of packaged food, Russia lies well below the German value of 275 kg per capita.

This year participation of Russian businesses is more significant

29.01.2013 Section: Intervue

The Upakovka/Upak Italia 2013 regular international trade fair has opened in Exporcentre Krasnaya Presnya. Project Manager Svetlana Kleyman will relate as to whether there is anything new that visitors may expect at the exhibition this year.

The Upakovka/Upak Italia 2013 fair will be held for the twenty-first time. This is impressive in our turbulent age. Please tell how it all started. How, in your opinion, the exhibition has been changing with time?

Indeed, the first year the exhibition was held was the far-off 1976. The matter in question was German and Italian national expositions showcasing European machine engineering achievements. At the time there was no packaging industry in Russia in the modern sense of the word, let alone exhibitions in this line of business. Ten years after, apart from German and Italian participants, the exhibition sees companies from other countries. Over time Russian producers also came to be able to manifest something worth seeing and competitive with foreign manufacturers of packing machinery. Today companies from over twenty countries of the world take part in the Upakovka/Upak Italia 2013 trade show.

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