French and Italian packaging companies which supply to the cosmetics industry have been lined up to exhibit at Africa’s Big Seven (AB7), the largest food and beverage expo in Africa.

AB7 is due to take place from June 21 to 23 at at Gallagher Convention Centre in the South African city of Midrand.

John Thomson of Exhibition Management Services, organisers of the event, commented, ” AB7 grows bigger and better every year, bringing even more top supplier companies from around the world to Africa, with an ever expanding variety of exciting products and services.  We’re looking forward to a huge boost in visitors taking advantage of all the business and networking opportunities that AB7 has on offer this year.”

Exhibitors include Thimonnier, a French company which specializes in the design and manufacture of flexible plastic pouch and rigid shell packaging machines for liquid, paste and viscous products, from milk and fruit juices to bleach and chemicals.

Eric Duhoo, Sales Manager at  Thimonnier, commented, “We believe AB7 is the best opportunity to introduce our products into South Africa and surrounding countries. We will be demonstrating our new THP7300 aseptic machine – designed for packing ultra-high-temperature processed products in low-density polyethylene pillow pouches, as well as the new Doypack THD900 filling machine.”

Italy’s largest packaging company, Corazza, will exhibit its automated processing and packaging machinery on AB7’s Italian pavilion. Corazza’s product range includes primary packaging for products such as cosmetics, tea bags, filter coffee paper pods, capsule fillers, wrappers, and blister packaging. Secondary packaging systems include cartoning, boxing, banding and tray packing.

Carla Valmori, Corazza’s Head of Marketing and Sales, commented, “We decided to exhibit at AB7 to investigate African markets more thoroughly, and help grow our business in a region with high demand for packaged products.”

Other companies exhibiting include Bruni Glass SPA, exhibiting its range of glass packaging; Europack SRL showcasing its packaging machinery; and Fbr-Elpo SPA with its processing and packaging systems. Other French exhibitors include Adepta, showcasing its range of food processing and packaging equipment; Clauger with its industrial refrigeration and process air conditioning systems for food processing; and ERM Plasturgie, which will exhibit its extrusion and blow-moulding machines for bottles from 50ml up to 50 litres.