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Smithers Pira exclusive data shows that the MENA printing market will see an annual cross-segment growth of 9%, to reach $54 billion in 2022.

  • Advertising, packaging, and labels are expected to be the fastest growing end-use applications for print (by value) in 2018.
  • The Middle East will print the equivalent of 1.68 trillion A4 sheets in 2018.
  • The region will consume 91,640 tons of printing ink in 2018, with sales revenue from ink rising at 9.1% Y-o-Y.
  • Inkjet is now the third largest market segment for new print equipment sold for Middle East installations, and the fastest growing.
  • The MENA paper output is expected to increase to 2.76 trillion A4 sheet equivalents in 2022, representing a 2.8% annual growth rate.
  • The Lebanese printing industry is a competitive one, valued at an estimated $250 million, with around 1,000 companies of which 4% are big printing companies, 10% are medium, while the rest are small.


Sales of industrial packaging in the MENA region is projected to be valued at more than $5 billion by 2024. Sales revenue is expected to increase at a CAGR of 5.2% during the forecast period (2016–2024).

As international trade is projected to remain positive for the next five years, it is evident that there will be a significant demand for industrial packaging products across the MENA region.

  • More than 50% of the industrial packaging market in the MENA region is composed of plastics. This is due to growing industrialization and manufacturers’ inclination toward this material.
  • LibanPack, the Lebanese Packaging Center, has been a success story for the country. By improving packaging and labeling, it increased the competitiveness of Lebanese products in global markets.

The Middle East market for High-density Polyethylene (HDPE) plastics is expected to grow at an above-average rate in the forecast period of 2017 -2022. The region will emerge to be one of the top exporters of HDPE by 2020, according to Mordor Intelligence.

HDPE is the world's third largest commodity plastic resin after polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polypropylene (PP). It is one of the most widely used plastics in several industrial sectors such as packaging, construction and automotive.

  • The Middle East plastic pipe market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6% in the coming years.
  • Water supply and sewage (drainage) are the major applications of plastic pipes and constitute together more than 50% share of the Middle East plastic pipe marke

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