MALAYSIAN Exhibition Services Sdn Bhd (MES) expects ProPak & Print 2003, to be held from July 23-26 at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur, to attract 250 exhibitors or a 30% increase over last year's participants.
MES senior project manager C.P. Saw said 200 local and 30 foreign exhibitors had confirmed their participation at the Malaysian international process, packaging technology and materials and the Malaysian international printing machinery and supplies exhibition (ProPak & Print 2003).
The health threat caused by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak had not hampered the participation of exhibitors, he said.
The response had been good, he said in Kuala Lumpur yesterday after the launch of the MalaysiaStar 2003 Awards by organising committee chairman Dr Patrick Loi and MES chairman Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin, witnessed by the International Trade and Industry Ministry secretary-general Datuk Abdul Razak Ramli.
Jointly organised by MES and the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers Packaging Council of Malaysia (FMM PACMA), the MalaysiaStar 2003 Awards is a national packaging competition that aims to stimulate the development and innovation in packaging technology, processes and products package design excellence.
Meanwhile, four companies signed an agreement at yesterday's function confirming their participation at the exhibition, which is expected to draw 20,000 visitors.
They were Wolf Packaging Machines Asia Sdn Bhd, Sistempak Machinery (M) Sdn Bhd, Sunstream Industries (M) Sdn Bhd and Packaging Sales and Services (M) Sdn Bhd.
Saw said ProPak & Print 2003 was aimed at improving the standards of the local packaging and printing industries.
Although our standards (packaging and printing) are at par with international standards, the exhibition would provide a platform for industry players to meet and exchange ideas for continued innovations, he said.
On the industry, Saw said it was in a healthy state despite the downturn in the global economy.
The (packaging and printing) industry is quite resilient and is worth over RM5bil annually based on a FMM PACMA survey conducted in 2000, he said.
ProPak & Print 2003 is held in conjunction with the Industrial Tradefair Malaysia 2003,which aims to help local manufacturers improve productivity and efficiency to remain competitive.
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