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The IV International Conference Flexible, rigid and semi-rigid packaging market covers trends in the CIS flexible packaging market and offers its players an opportunity to bring about closer interaction.

The Russian flexible packaging market is one of the 10 largest in the world. Although having expanded by a mere 1% to 455 t last year, it has great potential for development and strengthening its positions in the world. When compared to the other industries that demonstrated a 12—20% decline in consumption in 2019, the flexible packaging market was growing steadily. This suggests that the industry can progress much despite generally lower solvency of the population that prevented the import substitution programme from being as successful as it could have been. Flexible packaging makers reported sluggish demand from food film ones. Russian manufacturers installed much more state-of-the-art equipment, having reportedly bought 17units. It is last year that was notable for expansion and mergers of the existing plants. It helped the top-tier companies increase their market shares.

In 2019, consumption is projected to gain 1—2% in both flexible packaging and other segments of the market. The Russian market structure will stay almost unchanged. Polymer packaging, which takes up 60% now, will keep dominating it. Consumption of the polymers used for production of this packaging type will also be the same as it is now. Polyethylene, closely followed by polypropylene, will hold the lead in consumption.

Chem-Courier Pricing Agency will provide market players with a platform for discussion of trends in development of flexible and other packaging for the fourth time. The IV International Conference Flexible, rigid and semi-rigid packaging to take place on 7—8 April 2020 in Yerevan, Armenia will explore such topics as the structure of the CIS and the Russian packaging markets, with consumers’ view being in focus.

Raw material inputs account for a third of packaging value. Global prices for polymers have been rising steadily in recent years. Only this one has seen a decline in them. Have packaging producers been affected by such changes in the raw material market?Have finished goods depreciated? The session dedicated to the raw material market trends will raise these and other questions. Quality price information and forecasts have gained significance lately, and one of the conference sessions will cover them. The specifics of using flexible, rigid and semi-rigid packaging for production of foodstuff and non-consumer goods packaging as well as correx boards, design innovations, the ways of improving competitiveness of rigid and semi-rigid packaging and printing technology intricacies will be among many issues to be discussed during the event.

The following packaging consumers and producers, federal government agencies and raw material suppliers will take part in the event: Procter & Gamble, Mars Petcare, Coca-Cola, Danone, Cherkizovo Group, Miratorg, ММK Group, New Polymers Plant Senege, PET recycling plant PLARUS, BIAXPLEN, DanaflexFlexoPrint, Packaging World magazine, Can-Pack Russia, Poligrafoformlenie-Flexo, UMT-Industry Ticoplastic, Conflex, Perint, SIBUR, DOUBLE VСompany, Belaruss Uniflex and ESP Industries, Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology, etc.