CHINAPLAS 2012 - Future Zone Unveiling the Prologue of the Future World

Hong Kong, (PresseBox) - Hundreds of years ago, nobody would imagine that smart phones, digital cameras, electric vehicles, high-speed rails, smart cards, solar panels, plastic wraps, LED lightings and so on, would become part of the modern life and closely connected with plastics and rubber. Such products, regarded as new inventions in the past, have combined the unlimited creativity and cutting-edge science and technology together.

Encompassing the most advanced plastics and rubber technology in the world, the 26th International Exhibition on Plastics and Rubber Industries (known as CHINAPLAS 2012) will be held from 18th to 21st April 2012 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center, China. This exhibition will show the manufacturing industries in the world how well technology can be integrated with innovation and creativity, and how CHINAPLAS dedicatedly supports the plastics and rubber industries in heading towards the road of green manufacturing.

In pursuance to the successful theme of "Green Plastics.Our Goal.Our Future" last year, the theme for CHINAPLAS 2012 this year has been refined as "The Future is in Plastics and Rubber". It carries the meaning that plastics and rubber are new materials and are closely related to all aspects of our daily life. With its wide range of application, the new materials play a vital role in improving our future life and promoting the continuous development of other industries, through contributing enormously on energy conservation and environmental protection.

In parallel with the theme of "The Future is in Plastics and Rubber", the organizer has set up an activity called "Future Zone" to showcase the unlimited creativity on plastics application. This activity has received widespread support and recognition. Supporting partners and co-organizing units include East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai Society of Plastics Industry, ASSOCOMAPLAST - Italian Plastics & Rubber Processing Machinery and Moulds Manufacturers' Association and Shanghai Automotive Trade Association. In addition, the organizer has also invited Mr. Shuwen Liu, Senior Engineer of Shanghai GM/Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center Co., Ltd as the consultant of the event. Moreover, the organizer is glad to announce that Demag Plastics Group and Kingfa Sci. & Tech. Co Ltd are the Platinum Sponsors of the event, while Reliance Industries Ltd is the Gold Sponsor.

The "Future Zone" consists of two programs. The first one is called "Nurturing Our Future", which aims at combining plastics and rubber applications, technology, creativity and innovations from experts among industrial, commercial and academic fields into the implementation of a "Future Car". The whole design, selection and production of the "Future Car" will last for five months. This program has already attracted a total of 15 groups of students of the University to take part.

Three groups of finalists include: (1) Batshark - inspired by the elegant and agile marine creature called bat shark, the body of the car is constructed with special materials, utilizing solar energy as the major power supply. (2) Elf -from the concept of military flight as the design backbone, the car body is constructed with materials characterized by ultimate strength and feather weight, with 360 degrees panoramic view without any blind spot, thereby greatly enhanced the safety of the car. (3) LeoHunter - inspired by Leopard's speedy movement and flexibility, the characteristics of this car are super lightweight, high stability and high speed.

All the three design concepts emphasize on high performance and energy saving. The winning entry will be selected by a judging panel which comprises of experts from the plastics and automotive industry, the representatives of university and the organizer. The entry displaying the best ideas of creativity, eco-friendliness and effectiveness in improving our future lives will be awarded as the winning project.

The organizer will showcase the winning entry by making a 1:1 car model at the "Future Zone" during CHINAPLAS 2012 in April. The organizers will also provide a detailed introduction on its features, advantages as well as its application in the future world.

During a press conference held in Shanghai this afternoon (Mar 15), Mr Stanley Chu, Chairman of Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd, Organizer of CHINAPLAS, stated that CHINAPLAS 2012 was the largest exhibition in Asia and the second largest one in the world's among all other plastics and rubber exhibitions. It always carried the mission of assisting the plastics and rubber industries in maintaining a sustainable development and training of talents in the field. Through organizing the "Nurturing Our Future" program, he deeply felt that the importance of maintaining close communications among plastics and rubber industries, university and institutes, and he greatly amazed with the creative result of this program. CHINAPLAS 2012 would continue to dedicatedly promote the "Nurturing Our Future " program for crafting the future of plastics and rubber industries.

Mr Tang Song Chao, Professor of East China University of Science and Technology stated that he was happy to participate in the "Nurturing Our Future" Program. The program effectively inspired the creativity of the students and gave them a valuable chance to have face-to-face exchange with industry elites, which would be absolutely beneficial towards their future development. Mr. Tang expressed his gratitude towards the organizer of CHINAPLAS 2012 for providing such a valuable learning opportunity to the students.

The student representative of "Batshark" design team, Mr Li Rui, on behalf of the East China University of Science and Technology, said that their participation in the program had led them out from classroom and let them study seriously and pragmatically on vehicle engineering, composite materials, polymer materials, art and design areas. The imaginary future car contained innovative ideas and epoch technology, and had boldly outlined their features of "lightweight", "environmentally friendly" and "energy-saving". She thanked the organizer for providing such a wonderful platform to them so that they could think boundlessly about the future and apply their knowledge learnt from school.

The second part of "Future Zone" is called "Premium Design Gallery" which will showcase a series of new, unique design of various plastic-made end products. Kingfa Sci. & Tech. Co Ltd, Dupont Titanium Tech (Shanghai) Co. Bayer Material Science, BASF (CHINA) CO., LTD will showcase products in automotive, furniture, new energy and packaging categories. Moreover, ASSOCOMAPLAST will bring its members to showcase a series of Italian designed plastics products.

CHINAPLAS 2012 is expected to have a record-breaking scale of 210,000sqm in size, which is the biggest of its kind in 2012. Over 2,700 exhibitors from 35 countries and regions, together with 13 countries/regions pavilions from Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, PR China, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK and USA, will gather under the same roof to showcase their diversified chemicals and raw materials and over 2,500 sets of machines in 11 theme zones.

It is noteworthy that CHINAPLAS 2012 has a new pavilion from Thailand. Moreover, Korea Pavilion last participated in CHINAPLAS in 2009. Supported by the Korea Petrochemical Industry Association, Korea Pavilion will join the CHINAPLAS 2012 again this year. Their participations will further enhance the international status of the exhibition.

CHINAPLAS 2012 is expected to have over 100,000 visitors, with 20% expected to be overseas buyers from 140 countries and regions. Currently, overseas delegations from India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, etc. will visit the show. In China, many users associations and well-known enterprises have registered to participate in this mega show, such as MicroPort Medical, Meiwaplast, YAPP Automotive Parts, Fujikon, Hangzhou Wahaha, Sogefi Group, FSPG Hi-Tech, Shantou Swart Wealthy International Packing Materials, Zhanjiang Packaging Materials, Rexam, Yanfeng Visteon, etc.

Online pre-registration is now available at www.ChinaplasOnline.com . Visitors who have successfully completed the online registration will get a free coupon to redeem the exhibition catalogue (worth RMB100). In addition, by using the online function of myChinaplas, pre-registered visitors can search exhibitors' profiles, plan visiting route, personalize their own visitor guides and join the online business matching service. The online pre-registration services will be closed on April 13, 2012

For more enquires on the show, please visit www.ChinaplasOnline.com.

About CHINAPLAS 2012

CHINAPLAS 2012 is organized by Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd., and co-organized by the China National Light Industry Council - China Plastics Processing Industry Association, China Plastics Machinery Industry Association, Messe Duesseldorf China Ltd., Shanghai Society of Plastics Industry and Beijing Yazhan Exhibition Services Ltd. The event is also supported by various plastics and rubber associations in China and abroad.

First introduced in 1983, CHINAPLAS is China's only plastics and rubber trade show approved by UFI (The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry). CHINAPLAS has been exclusively sponsored by the Europe's Association for Plastics and Rubber Machinery Manufacturers (EUROMAP) in China for the 23rd time. CHINAPLAS is currently Asia's No.1 and the world's No.2 plastics and rubber trade fair.

Photo Captions

(Left to right) Mr Qian Zugen, Secretary of Shanghai Automotive Trade Association, Ms Pinky Yam, Project Manager of Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd, Ms. Liu Jin Fen, Deputy Chairman of Shanghai Society of Plastics Industry, Mr. Tang Song Chao, Professor of East China University of Science and Technology, Student Representative of LeoHunter, Mr. Xia Jian Meng, Assistant General Manager of Shanghai Kingfa, Kingfa Sci. & Tech. Co Ltd, Mr Jack Liu, Application Engineering Manager of Demag Plastics Group, Student Representative of Elf, Mr Stanley Chu, Chairman of Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd, Student Representative of Batshark.

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