CHINAPLAS thrives in healthy plastics and rubber market in China

Four-day show attracts more than 130,000 visitors

(PresseBox) ( Hong Kong, )
The Asia's biggest and world's second plastics and rubber trade fair - CHINAPLAS 2014, held from 23 to 26 April at Shanghai New International Expo Center, PR China has come to a success close, welcoming a total of 130,370 visitors and 3,067 exhibitors, both setting the new records for CHINAPLAS. The total visitors also recorded a significant growth, up 14.3% as compared with the previous year.

With the increasing global appeal of CHINAPLAS to overseas buyers, the number of overseas visitors has recorded the biggest jump by 19.7% to 36,841, representing 28.3% of total visitors, while domestic visitors maintains a strong figure of 93,529, with a 12.2% year-on-year increase.

The strong attendance of overseas visitors was contributed from 143 countries and regions, with Korea, India, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Iran, Thailand, Malaysia, Russia and Hong Kong on the top-ten. 63.2% of overseas visitors were from Asia including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, followed by Middle East (11.5%), Europe (10.7%), America (7.5%), Africa (5.8%), and Oceania (1.3%).

For local visitors, as expected, the majority were from Eastern China including Shanghai (70%) due to the proximity of location, followed by Northern and Northeastern China (12.3%), Southern China (9.1%) and Central, Southwestern and Northwestern China (8.7%).

"The encouraging results further reaffirm our international status given the increasing share of overseas visitors. We have been widely recognized in China and from aboard, as an effective platform for technology sourcing and for getting the latest information on market trends and technology. With rising operation cost and competition being intensified, companies are looking for more cost-effective options. With the large participation of the Chinese and Asian exhibitors in addition to the Europeans, many cost-effective and innovative solutions are on offer at the show". Ada Leung, Assistant General Manager of Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd., Organizer of CHINAPLAS, adds, "The buoyant plastics market together with its burgeoning downstream and end-user sectors in automotive, telecommunications, home appliances, packaging, etc. in China have a major part to play too".

Quality exhibitors drive demands

CHINAPLAS has been providing a window for leading suppliers to introduce their new technology that in turn drives up the demands for high-tech and innovative products, and contributes to the development of plastics and rubber industries. Nylon and copolymer leader Radici Group unveiled two high heat resistant nylon specialties, Radilon® HHR and Radilon® XTreme, to CHINAPLAS visitors that featured excellent high heat ageing resistance at temperatures of up to 210°C and 230°C respectively, as the ideal metal or special polymer (PPS, PPA, and PA46) replacements. Kistler presented its pioneering innovation - new cavity pressure sensors at the show which can measure front diameters as small as 1 mm and 2.5 mm. Arburg showcased their fastest version of injection molding machines targeting packaging industry that can churn out four high-quality IML tubs in 2.75 seconds. Helmut Heinson, Managing Director, Arburg, says, "We are experiencing a growing demand of high sophisticated plastics and injection molding applications in China. For this reason, CHINAPLAS presents a perfect platform for us to present our products, knowledge, and know-how we have in this field. CHINAPLAS has developed into the second largest plastics show in the world and therefore it is an ideal venue to present high technology state that we are in."

With 57.1% of visitors at management level, where 23.4% are CEOs, Managing Directors or General Managers, according to an on-site visitors survey, the exhibition brought in throng of quality buyers to the exhibitors. Giorgio Santella, Chief Marketing Officer at PIOVAN, the auxiliary equipment supplier, says, "The show gave a very good result with lots of visitors, lots of interesting meetings with the customers at our booth. That's the indication that CHINAPLAS really becomes a global show with the exposure in all markets. Our expectations were very much met and we believe that CHINAPLAS will be growing in the years to come."

Concurrent events pave the way to sustainability

Two featured events - "The City of Tomorrow" and "Green Conference" were organized to promote the adoption of sustainability within the industry. "The City of Tomorrow", is an outdoor display structure featuring various interactive displays ranging from green applications, eco-friendly products to energy-saving machinery and industry's best practice, etc. At Green Conference, influential speakers invited from around the world have shared their experiences and insights on some prevalent topics such as green molding, 3D printing, plastics recycling, and various solutions for end-of-life plastic wastes and was well attended by the audience. In addition, 70 sessions of technical seminars conducted by exhibitors and the seminar of "Key to Open Up ASEAN Markets" have served the excellent platform for knowledge sharing and promoted cross-industry dialogues.

Well-received by visitors

Visitors were impressed by the quality of exhibitors, with 91.9% of visitors rated "good" or "excellent" on quality of exhibitors, and 82.7% are pleased with the services and venue provided, according to the visitors survey. Ashok Jajodia, Managing Director, Cosmo Plastics PVT. Ltd from India praised "I find the show makes progress in terms of size, exhibitors and arrangement every year. CHINAPLAS is no longer an exhibition for China market, but has become an important international event in plastics and rubber industries. Overseas exhibitors target not only Chinese but for major international market like India, Turkey, Middle East, Australia, etc."

The survey also revealed that the increased wage and high operation cost were the most formidable challenges their businesses face among the overseas visitors. Finding the cost-effective alternatives became the imperative for this visit. Tiago Wietholter, Purchasing Manager, Artecola Quimica from Belgium, says "I can find more cost-effective alternatives, new and different products from suppliers in particular from Asia for our product development. It is very difficult to find alternatives at competitive prices in Europe but CHINAPLAS provides us this opportunity." In contrast, for many Chinese visitors, finding the new technologies and products to placate their needs for innovation was the main push for this visit. Ms. Leung explains, "Local manufacturers are keen to upgrade their technology in order to counter the stiff competition from increased foreign investment. It therefore creates the pressing demands for high-end technology and innovative materials that CHINAPLAS has offered".

Commenting on the outlook of plastics and rubber industries in China and the exhibition, Ms. Leung casts an optimistic view, saying "Global plastics machine players such as Milacron, Engel, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag, Nissei Plastic and KraussMaffei have unveiled their factory expansion plans in China at CHINAPLAS. Apart from a strong export market, there is plenty of room for domestic market to thrive. In China, per capita consumption of plastics is 45 kg whereas USA reaches 145 kg, the gap implies a huge potential for China market to continue to grow".

The 29th edition of CHINAPLAS will be held on 20-23 May, 2015 at China Import and Export Fair Complex, Guangzhou, PR China.

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About CHINAPLAS 2014

CHINAPLAS 2014 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 Düsseldorf China Ltd., The Plastic Trade Association of Shanghai 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 25th time. CHINAPLAS is currently Asia's No.1 and world's No.2 plastics and rubber trade fair.
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