3rd International Plastics and Rubber Trade Fair for Malaysia

It's less than one month until M-PLAS opens its doors at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and it promises to be the cornerstone event for the plastic and rubber industries in Malaysia for 2007. YB Mr. Ng Lip Yong, Malaysia's Deputy Minister for International Trade and Industry, will officially open M-PLAS at 10.00 am on 29 March 2007 in a joint ceremony that will also serve to inaugurate the 12th Term ASEAN Federation of Plastic Industries (AFPI) Conference and the 17th Asia Plastics Forum (APF).

At M-PLAS, visitors can expect to see the latest state-of-the-art offerings from 180 exhibiting companies hailing from some 20 countries. M-PLAS will also host national pavilions from Austria, Italy and Singapore. The organizers expect a visitor turnout of some 8, 000.

Besides extensive primary processing machinery exhibits, visitors can also expect a strong showing from materials suppliers. Ciba Specialty Chemicals, for instance, will present a new range of additives and colorants that improve the performance and appearance of plastics. These include Ciba IRGACLEAR XT 386, the next generation clarifier for polypropylene and Ciba TINUVIN XT 833 high performance light stabilizer for flexible PVC applications.

ExxonMobil Chemical will be on hand to introduce its Exceed mLLDPE and mVLDPE, Nexxstar resin formulations and ExxonMobil LDPE, LLDPE and HDPE for a variety of packaging applications. Representing DuPont Performance Elastomers (DPE) and Dow Specialty Plastics & Elastomers, Exodus will exhibit products that cater to a wide spectrum of general plastics applications as well as speciality plastics and rubber products manufacturing. These will include adhesives, sealants and coatings, and industrial rubber products.

M-PLAS comes at an opportune time considering the recent strength of the Malaysian economy. The Government is optimistic about achieving 6% growth in 2007. The 9th Malaysia Five Year Plan (20062010) will also boost demand for advanced plastics processing technologies. One of its objectives is to propel the economy up the value chain, while at the same time raising the country's capacity for knowledge, creativity and innovation. During the plan, private investment is expected to expand at an average rate of 11.2% a year, Malaysian exports are expected to grow a 8.5% a year, while the manufacturing sector is projected to expand by 6.7% per annum.

M-PLAS will coincide with the 12th Term ASEAN Federation of Plastic Industries (AFPI) Conference and the 17th Asia Plastics Forum (APF). The AFPI Conference will feature industry updates from regional member associations while APF comprises a series of addresses and presentations of timely relevance to the plastics industry.

A two-day Intensive Course on Plastics Technology, organized by Chatsworth Hall Pte Ltd and enys international pte ltd will take place on 30 and 31 March. The course offers a thorough and comprehensive coverage of the main aspects of plastics materials and major fabrication processes.

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