Founded in 1960, AMAPLAST (Italian plastics and rubber processing machinery and moulds manufacturers’ Association) is a non-profit association representing some 170 major Italian companies in the plastics and rubber machinery, ancillary equipment and moulds industry. The list of members, organized by name and product type, is available on the homepage of the website www.amaplast.org/en.
AMAPLAST’s main aim is to promote worldwide knowledge and circulation of Italian plastics and rubber processing technologies, which lead the world market in terms of production and exports. Since the early 1950s, Italian manufacturers have offered a complete range of original, reliable and innovative machines.
Through its commercial company PROMAPLAST srl, the Association publishes the bimonthly technical magazine MacPlas, with a total circulation of 7,000 copies in Italy, as well as the internet version MacPlas Online (www.macplas.it/en/) and the bi-weekly newsletter MacPlas E-News. Starting from June 2021, MacPlas contributed with other media to the creation of Packaging Speaks Green, a digital newspaper, in Italian and English, devoted to the sustainable packaging industry (https://packagingspeaksgreen.com/en).
Every three years, PROMAPLAST srl organizes the international exhibition PLAST in Milan. The last edition, in 2018, attracted 63,000 visitors from 117 countries and featured 1,510 exhibitors from 55 countries, over 55,000 net sqm. Next PLAST is scheduled from 5 to 8 September 2023, in Milan (www.plastonline.org/en).
While waiting for PLAST 2023, PROMAPLAST srl introduced the new exhibition GREENPLAST – an event dedicated to innovative solutions to boost environmental sustainability, energy efficiency, options for Reducing-Reusing-Recycling, and progress towards a circular economy – that took place in Milan from 3 to 6 May 2022. Next GREENPLAST is scheduled from May 27 to 30, 2025.