VietnamPlas, VnPackPrint, VnFoodtech, VnPrintLabel & Linkage Vietnam 2013 will take place at Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center in District 7, with nearly 460 booths set up by over 260 companies from 15 nations and territories.
Vietnamese participants are mainly sales agents of foreign firms or those importing components for assembly, said Pham Quynh Giang, deputy general director of Vietnam National Trade Fair & Advertising Company (VINEXAD), at a press conference on Wednesday.
The exhibition is co-organized by VINEXAD, Chan Chao International Co. of Taiwan, Yorkers Trade & Marketing Service Co. of Hong Kong, Paper Communication Exhibition Services Co. of Hong Kong, Vietnam Plastics Association (VPA) and Vietnam Rubber Association (VRA).
Advanced technology products and services will go on display at the exhibition, offering chances for trade, market approach, partner search and technology exchange.
Huynh Thi My, general secretary of VPA, said the exhibition would give local firms access to modern machinery.
Despite the tough times, plastics makers have still invested in machinery and technology to improve their competitiveness. In the first half of 2013, plastics exports generated over US$1 billion, up 9.3% year-on-year.
Tran Thi Thuy Hoa, secretary general of VRA, said the event would help Vietnamese businesses introduce their natural rubber production capacity and locally-made rubber products.
Vietnam can become a destination for rubber production given a rich source of natural rubber and an abundant workforce. Vietnam is currently the fifth largest natural rubber producer and the fourth largest rubber exporter in the world, with a natural rubber output of 863,000 tons.
Hoa said export of products made from rubber like tires, rubber gloves and mattresses had recorded good growth despite the shrinking demand from the Chinese market. In 2012, exports of rubber products brought in over US$1 billion.
VPA members will have 10 booths at the exhibition. VRA members will also set up 10 booths to display their products.