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PLAST 2023: An Opening Ceremony Fit for Royalty

PLAST 2023: An Opening Ceremony Fit for Royalty

Government, industry, and economic representatives on the guest roster for the opening of the Milanese fair

PLAST 2023, international exhibition for the plastics and rubber industry, is scheduled from 5 to 8 September at the Fiera Milano fairgrounds in Rho.

Expectations are high for the opening event, which will include an inaugural conference and the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The opening will be characterized by quality content and the presence of prominent political and institutional stakeholders, confirming the stature of the plastics and rubber market in the national economy. The event is promoted by The Innovation Alliance, a project combining five international fairs — PLAST, IPACK-IMA, MEAT-TECH, PRINT4ALL, and INTRALOGISTICA ITALIA — that are all showcases of excellence for machinery, technology, and materials for the manufacturing industry.

On 5 September from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon, the inaugural conference titled “Sustainability 5.0 for plastic: scenarios and developments from production to end-of-lifecycle” in Sala Martini of the Centro Congressi will feature the speakers Gilberto Pichetto Fratin, Minister of the Environment and Energy Security, who will give the opening address, and Valentino Valentini, Deputy Minister of Business and the Made in Italy, who will deliver concluding thoughts based on the roundtable starting at 10:30 AM and coordinated by the Vice Director of TG5, Giuseppe De Filippi.

Protagonists of the event include:

  • Alessandra Colombo, Head of Circular Economy and Sustainability for Versalis S.p.A.
  • Cristina Miele, Administrative and Financial Director and Manager of Ferrarelle Società Benefit S.p.A.
  • Nico Fontana, Managing Director of Montecolino S.p.A.
  • Mario Bagna, Managing Director of Interzero Italy S.r.l.

After the conclusion of the opening conference at 12:00 noon, the fair will be officially opened with the ribbon-cutting ceremony in the presence of:

  • Massimo Margaglione, President of PLAST
  • Valerio Soli, President of IPACK-IMA
  • Andreas Zuege, Director of Intralogistica Italia
  • Daniele Barbui, President of ACIMGA
  • Antonio Maiorano, President of ARGI
  • Roberto Foresti, Deputy Director of Fiera Milano

Mario Maggiani, Managing Director of Promaplast, the PLAST organizing company, commented:

“PLAST has aroused a great deal of interest also in political circles. Indeed, this year we will enjoy the unprecedented participation of Gilberto Pichetto Fratin, Minister of the Environment, and Valentino Valentini, Deputy Minister of Business and the Made in Italy, who will take part in the inaugural conference on 5 September titled “Sustainability 5.0 for plastic: scenarios and developments from production to end-of-lifecycle”. This means that politicians are paying increasing attention to our market, thanks partly to the activities that Amaplast has spearheaded over the past two years to qualify the event in the eyes of the government and political class.

“Furthermore, the core theme at PLAST is sustainability, which connects it to the first edition of GREENPLAST, which was a great success in 2022. Environmental issues will probably characterize all the fairs in our industry in the coming years and I sincerely do not expect this to taper off anytime soon. Today there is a strong awareness of environmental issues – especially among young people – that we have not seen in the past. And given that the future belongs to our young people but is conditioned by what we do today, it is our duty to go in this direction. Furthermore, the concept of sustainability, in addition to encompassing environmental factors, must also be applied to the economic and social realms. While not the main driver, the economy must always be kept in mind in any initiative, as well as impact on employment (gains or losses) and, more generally, wellbeing.”


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