The official dates for PLAST 2023 are scheduled for 05.09.2023 to 09.09.2023. Fiera Milano will not feature Covid-19 safety measures because of the removal of the country's domestic pandemic-related restrictions. Travellers from China should note that due to the instated travel; limitations, they will have to present upon arrival negative test results no older than 48 hours.
A Brief Overview of PLAST
The European rubber and plastics professional community all travel to Milan, Italy to participate in PLAST. This is the leading trade show for production processes and technologies in the industry as well as a popular networking platform. If you’ve ever wanted to meet with major buyers from a number of sectors, then PLAST is the best chance to gain international visibility and generate targeted sales leads.
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Why Your Visit Is Worth It?
If you want to tap into the Italian manufacturing market, then this is where you need to be. PLAST is a serious procurement platform, which generates qualified sales leads. The opportunities that come your way here are worth the initial investment to book exhibition space and travel. You’re able to position yourself alongside important manufacturers.
You have plenty of reasons to attend. The last live edition before the pandemic pulled a big crowd and here are the highlights:
- 1500+ international exhibitors from 55 countries
- 63,000+ international trade visitors from 117 countries
- 55,000 sq. metres of exhibition space
- 6 halls
- 27.5% of all trade visitors are foreign nationals
PLAST is part of The Innovation Alliance – a grouping of major international trade fairs including Print4All, IPACK-IMA, MEAT-TECH and INTRALOGISTICA ITALIA. Together they create synergy between various industries and sectors, which results in higher attendance rates from major decision makers in Europe and beyond. Editions are held at Fiera Milano once every three years. PLAST has been in operation since 1960 and has been the best source for groundbreaking equipment and processes.
Buyers have access to the full catalogue of raw materials, acrylics, polyamides, polyolefinics, styrenes, vinylics, thermoplastic polyesters, thermosets, pigments, fluoropolymers, elastomers, colourants, masterbatches, fillers and additives. That’s only a small portion of what you can discover. This turns PLAST into a valuable marketplace for cross-border procurement.
We also have to point out that PLAST comes with its own portfolio of smaller satellite exhibitions that are held during the main event. These are (all about innovations in the world of rubber), 3D PLAST (about the new horizons opened up thanks to the evolutions of additive manufacturing and related technologies) and PLAST-MAT (a look through the new age of innovative plastic materials that are surely going to change the entire industry).
The pandemic might have forced PLAST into a long pause, but organisers haven’t stood still at all. In 2022, Promaplast srl successfully launched an off-shoot fair called GREENPLAST, which tackles issues surrounding environmental sustainability, energy efficiency, recover-reuse-recycle, and the circular economy. Sustainability is becoming an ever bigger conversation and now was the perfect time to start this new venture. The first edition was a resounding success with more than 20,000 trade visitors in attendance.
Who Are You Going to Meet?
You have a lot of variation in the audience. Close to a third of all trade visitors are travelling from outside Italy and it’s a growing number with every edition. Europe makes the bulk of visitors with Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Greece and Romania being at the forefront. There’s also a strong presence from Asian markets including the Russian Federation and China.
Exhibitors make up three main sectors – machinery, services, and materials and products. Some of the brands you can hope to encounter include OMIPA, SISE, SUMITOMO (SHI) DEMAG, INCOE, DAIRE CHEMICALS and COMAV. PLAST is considered a multi-sector event, because professionals and buyers come from mobility and transport, packaging, healthcare, sport and leisure, electronics, agriculture and energy, building and construction.
The great variety of visitors means better chances for companies to diversify their revenue stream. As a whole, PLAST continues to satisfy visitors, who report that the trade fair is their go-to event to make purchasing decisions and get a detailed professional and market update. The shortened duration has also been received positively as visitors normally spend a day and a half at PLAST to get their job done.
Additional Value of Attendance
If you were not able to travel to the previous edition of PLAST or want to refresh your memory, one way to do this is to click on the Virtual Tour and take a stroll through the exhibition halls. The tour feature is free and provides visitors with a halls’ map, a 360-degree view of exhibitors’ stands as well as a link towards website. This way, trade visitors can easily scan potential suppliers and follow up on their company with a single click. It’s a powerful tool for discovery and promotion that stays online for the entire pause between editions.