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Acoplásticos, Messe Düsseldorf and Corferias sign an alliance to strengthen ColombiaPlast, as the leading trade fair in the plastics and rubber sector in Latin America

  • The alliance between will contribute to strengthen and consolidate as the most important trade fair of the plastic and rubber sector in Latin America.

  • The alliance allows to be the to join of trade shows for the plastics and rubber sector.

  • Messe Düsseldorf organizes “K”, the World’s No.1 Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber.


This year, Acoplasticos, the International Business and Exhibition Center of Bogota, Corferias and Messe Düsseldorf, signed an alliance for the joint organization of COLOMBIAPLAST, one of the most important international trade fair for the plastics, rubber, petrochemical and packaging industry in the LatAm region, with the main aim to position as the HUB trade fair of the sector in the region.

This alliance allows, for the first time, for a trade fair of the region such as COLOMBIAPLAST to be part of the Messe Düsseldorf´s "Global Gate", a worldwide trade fair portfolio platform for the plastics and rubber industry, which means being part of the largest professional and business platform in the sector worldwide, with access to promising emerging markets in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, China, India and Southeast Asia; where entrepreneurs from the region will have the opportunity to enhance their businesses and learn about the latest technological innovations and industry trends, under the joint organization with offices in Germany, Chicago and Bogota.

Messe Düsseldorf is renowned as the organizer of “K”, The World’s No.1 Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber, held every three years in Düsseldorf, Germany and that in its latest edition had more than 3,300 exhibitors from 63 countries. Messe Düsseldorf’s expertise in organizing plastics and rubber trade fairs around the world together with its extensive network of sales offices and subsidiaries in 141 countries will increase international participation at COLOMBIAPLAST and help to grow the trade show. 

“We are excited to welcome COLOMBIAPLAST into our “Global Gate” portfolio. Colombia is one of the fastest growing markets for plastics technology in Latin America and COLOMBIAPLAST is the most important trade fair here. It is vital for us to show our commitment in this market, and with this acquisition we take on our first venture in plastics and rubber in South America” stated Erhard Wienkamp, Managing Director Operative Trade Fair Business at Messe Düsseldorf.

“Corferias is convinced that with the valuable support and knowledge of Messe Düsseldorf we will achieve our great objective of making COLOMBIAPLAST the first HUB trade fair of the sector in Latin America and allow entrepreneurs in the region to find in Colombia, a strengthened business platform, with access and coverage of the emerging market, finding technological innovations and industry trends. May this be a new opportunity to continue strengthening our international alliances” stated Andrés Lopez Valderrama, President of Corferias.

Daniel Mitchell, President of Acoplasticos, added: “We are very pleased to announce this partnership. With the global know-how and experience of Messe Düsseldorf and the regional leadership of Corferias, we are convinced that COLOMBIAPLAST will substantially strengthen its position as a leading plastics and rubber trade fair in Latin America - a region with great potential! The Event encompasses sectors that have immense challenges, for example, sustainability, automation and new materials. We would like to welcome all the suppliers and manufacturers of plastics and rubber to visit the wonderful city of Bogota and join us in the XI edition of ColombiaPlast"

With nearly 50 million inhabitants Colombia is the world’s third largest Spanish-speaking country, Latin America’s third largest population, and the region’s fourth largest economy measured by GDP.  Colombia imports machinery, parts and molds for close to $ 100 million dollars for the processing of plastics, transforms around 1.3 million tons of plastic materials per year and is a sector that represents 15% of the country's manufacturing GDP.

When last held in 2018, COLOMBIAPLAST featured 172 national and international exhibitors in more than 4,900 square meters of exhibition space, and attracted more than 43,000 visitors (including those attending the FIB - Bogota International Industrial Trade Fair, which takes place simultaneously). In addition to companies from Colombia and the surrounding region, Canada, Caribbean, Central America, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain and the U.S., exhibitors from Brazil, China, Taiwan and Qatar participated for the first time.

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