ArabPlast 19 & Middle East Plastics Industry Gateway

By Paul Fears | 14 January 2019

Successful ArabPlast 18 for Bunting Magnetics

The weather was a little warmer in Dubai than the UK for this year’s ArabPlast 2019.  The 4-day exhibition focused on the Middle East plastics, petrochemicals and rubber industries.  The geographical location of exhibitors was as wide and varied as their products.  This proved ideal for the large number of visitors.

Exhibition Gate at Arabplast 2019

“This year’s ArabPlast exhibition replicated the success of 2017,” said Dave Hills, Bunting Magnetics Europe’s Head of Sales.

Developing Export Business

The Middle East plastics industry is expanding.  Established companies are investing and new businesses are emerging.

“This is a very dynamic market,” said Dave.  “Having a presence as a market grows is vitally important.  Irrespective of the United Kingdom’s impending exit of the European Union (BREXIT), it is important for British-based companies to expand business overseas.  ArabPlast provided the perfect platform to develop relationships in the Middle East.”  The British Plastics Federation also had a stand at the show, highlighting the opportunities for the UK plastics industries.

Dave Hills with Edward FitzGerald of PolyMation

Dave Hills with Edward FitzGerald of PolyMation

On the stand at ArabPlast, Dave and Mark were supported by local representative Edward FitzGerald of PolyMation.

“Having a local representative is vital,” said Dave.  “Whilst on the stand we were able to provide product and application training for Edward.  In return, he explained the dynamics of the local market.”

Addressing Metal Contamination

At ArabPlast, the Bunting team of Dave Hills and Mark Harris were assisting companies address the problem of metal contamination.  Such metal causes product defects (increasing rejects) and damages processing equipment.  Successful removal is commonly achieved with a Magnetic Separator or Metal Detector.

FF Drawer Filter Magnets at ArabPlast

FF Drawer Filter Magnets on the stand at ArabPlast

On the stand, Bunting exhibited a wide range of equipment including FF Drawer Filter Magnets and Free Fall Metal Detectors.

“With our experience we were able to explain practical ways to solve metal contamination problems,” explained Dave.  “It is important to match the optimum location within a plant with the appropriate metal separator.  Discussing this, face-to-face on the stand, is far better than sending emails.”


At ArabPlast, Bunting received enquiries for a wide range of metal separation equipment.

“We are expecting orders before the end of the month,” Dave announced.  “Also, with Edward we will be speaking with companies who have expressed an interest in addressing their metal contamination problems.  2019 has been another successful show and we intend to return in 2021.”

For further information about metal separation equipment designed for removing metal during the plastic or plastic product manufacturing process, please contact us on:

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