The largest ever CHINAPLAS was successfully concluded at the Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center, PR China on April 20. The show results were impressively indicating a great surge with 3,905 exhibitors from 38 countries and regions around the world. The show occupied 380,000sqm and recorded an attendance of 248,222 visitors from 149 countries and regions. 28,429 visitors came from Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan region and overseas, accounting for 11.45% of the total. Compared with the 2019 Guangzhou Exhibition, the total number of visitors increased by 51.99%, and compared with the 2021 Shenzhen Exhibition, it increased by 63.16%.
“The results of the exhibition exceeded expectations in terms of popularity, innovation level of exhibits, and the number and quality of visitors. The record high number of visitors reached about 250,000, including overseas visitors who had not attended the show for three years due to travel restrictions. Comparing with CHINPALAS held in 2021, the number of overseas visitors has surged considerably this year, injecting infinite vitality into the exhibition,” said Ms. Ada Leung, General Manager of Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd., the organizer of CHINAPLAS. “The success can be attributed to the right timing, location and participants. The exhibition unleashed enthusiasm and strong demand for face-to-face communication between the upstream and downstream of the industry, with robust purchasing power from both local and overseas buyers. They have been actively placing purchase orders for materials and machinery. An exhibitor even claimed that it has received the largest amount of order in the past 30 years at the exhibition. The satisfaction on the exhibition of both exhibitors and visitors has soared. The plastics and rubber industries are showing more signs of recovery and the confidence of enterprises in the market has increased, creating a vibrant and promising outlook.”
Green, Smart, Advance: Leading the High-Quality Development of the Plastics and Rubber Industries
The exhibition halls were bustling with hundred thousands of visitors. Exhibitors showcased their innovative products and technologies. On this stage for global plastics and rubber products, participants could not only see well-known “international superstars”, but also countless rising stars. There were cutting-edge and pioneering technologies, as well as solutions with high cost-effectiveness.
The concept of low-carbon and environmental protection was prevailing, while bioplastics were under the spotlight. Innovative applications of biodegradable plastics and post-consumer recycled plastics were shining in various sectors.
At the exhibition, packaging industry was seeing strong momentum for solutions, such as single-material high-barrier films, easy-to-peel films and prefabricated vegetable packaging. New energy is advancing rapidly, and the abundance of solutions utilizing POM, POE, PA, and other materials for photovoltaics, wind power, hydrogen energy, and other clean energy sources have caught visitors’ attention. Lightweight and smart vehicles have become the trend of automotive industry, and visitors could find many innovative material and technology solutions for the manufacturing of power batteries, high-voltage connectors, charging piles, charging guns, fast-charging cables, and smart cabins. Noise reduction, spray-free, flame retardant, low dielectric, antibacterial and easy-to-clean materials were expected to be widely used in the electric and electronic fields. In-mold injection molding IMR, IML, IME and other processes have become more and more popular. Since digitalization is the major development direction of plastics and rubber industries, all-electric injection molding machines, multi-layer thick-walled lens injection molding solutions, collaborative robots, ultra-high-speed PVC pipe extrusion production lines, automated flexible production, factory IoT solutions, smart factory logistics, warehousing systems, 3D printing, etc., were showcased in the machinery halls to demonstrate the digital trends of plastics and rubber technologies. Plastics and rubber are penetrating into downstream application industries such as electronics, automotive, packaging, building materials, medical, sports and leisure, for the betterment of our living.
The concurrent events held during the exhibition were brilliant. Events such as “SciXplore Forum”, “PRSI – Shining Stars in Plastics & Rubber Industries”, “Tech Talk”, “CHINAPLAS X CPRJ Plastics Recycling & Circular Economy Conference and Showcase”, “Design x Innovation” , “Empowering Product Quality with Advanced Molding & Innovative Technology” Symposium”, “Applications in Focus “, “Market Insights Hub”, “Development Day for Campus Elites” talent matching activities, were well received with high attendance. Each event had its unique features and distinctive themes, closely related to the industrial market trends and hot topics, gathering elites from all industries to discuss the development of the industry. Several business matching events were also organized during the exhibition.
Successful Results with Overwhelmed Rave Reviews from Exhibitors and Visitors
CHINAPLAS 2023 has launched a vast array of innovative solutions to support smart, efficient, cost-effective, and low-carbon initiatives, in line with industry demands including but not limited to increase productivity, improve product quality, and reduce costs. Industry elites have signed contracts and discussed collaborations at the fairground, engaging in face-to-face communication, exploring and enhancing skills, unleashing potentials, broadening horizons, sparking inspirations, and expanding networks and resources. Both exhibitors and visitors expressed their satisfaction and fruitful experience at this year’s exhibition.
Mr. Kong Wei, Brand Management Manager of Beijing Chemical Industry Group Co., Ltd.: “This is the first time that Beijing Chemical Industry Group has participated in the exhibition, and the results have been remarkable. The group’s visibility in the market has been greatly enhanced. The number of visitors was significant, and the overall quality was high. This year’s exhibition has enabled us to successfully develop more than 30 new customers and establish communications and connections.”
Mr. Hong Jianxiang, Manager of the Recycling Department of Da Fon Environmental Technology Co., Ltd.: “Since we have obtained food-grade certification, in addition to our existing international brand customers, this exhibition also brought many food-related brands to our booth for business discussions. During 4 show days, we have met hundreds of manufacturers for consultation, and dozens of customers have already entered the material trial and sales stages, which is an unexpected achievement for Da Fon Environmental Technology.”
Ms. Xu Fengchun, General Manager of Guangdong Xinhuida Machinery Technology Co., Ltd.: “During the 4-day exhibition, the total amount of sales contracts reached RMB 22.365 million, with a total of 35 machines sold, including 3 sets of the same exhibited machine. This year’s exhibition has been particularly successful, with a large number of overseas buyers from countries and regions, such as India, Dubai, Russia, and South Korea etc. The proportion of local and overseas buyers was roughly equal, with overseas buyers demonstrating surprisingly strong purchasing power. Almost all overseas buyers who visited our booth left with orders.”
Ms. Qian Juan, Deputy Manager of the Marketing Department of Jiangsu Victor Machinery Co., Ltd.: “The showcase of our new machine model was very successful and received recognitions from both local and foreign customers. They all expressed their interests in investing in this new machine model that is oil-free, energy-saving, high-yielding, and highly automated. On the first day of the exhibition, we signed contracts for 5 new equipment orders with upgraded technology, which was a great start. On the second day, a foreign trade team came and signed orders with us at the exhibition.”
Ms. Yang Wei, director of Aoki Technical (Foshan) Laboratory, Inc.: “Based on our experience, the number of visitors this year has significantly increased compared to the previous years, and the level of professionalism among them has also improved. There were notably more visitors from the pharmaceutical and cosmetic packaging industries. During this exhibition, our company successfully signed contracts for 2 sets of equipment, one of which includes the exhibited machine, and the results were better than expected.”
Visitors appreciated the fruitful journey for the “hard skills” of plastics and rubber technologies.
Mr. Shang Peilei, Packaging Technology Manager of Supply Chain Management Department of Yihai Kerry Arawana Holdings Co., Ltd.: “CHINAPLAS was even more popular after the epidemic, with record-breaking numbers of exhibitors and visitors. I was amazed after visiting. All kinds of exhibitors brought their own outstanding products. As an end-user brand owner, we can find various solutions we need, such as green materials and related additives, smart manufacturing equipment, strengthened and toughened special materials and technologies, etc. There were practical forums every day, and through on-site visits and connections, we could better understand industry trends and technological directions, enriching our knowledge and supply resources.”
Mr. Shang Weiwei, R&D Department Director of Nobo Automotive Systems Co. Ltd.: “The organizer’s thoughtful services and the exhibitors’ abundant and practical technologies at this exhibition have allowed our team to learn a lot. We have seen some low-carbon, environmental friendly, and innovative materials that we are interested in.”
Mr. Long Shoufu, Manager of the Product Technology Department of Dongguan Konge Plastic Mould Co., Ltd.: “The automation level and efficiency of injection molding displayed at this exhibition are very high, such as Yizumi and Topstar. We have seen energy-saving equipment, integrated molding auxiliary equipment, and thick-walled transparent products at the exhibition. Overall, we had a great visiting experience.”
Mr. Liu Shihong, Senior Engineer of the Mold Department of Respironics Medical Products (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.: “The objectives of visiting CHINAPLAS are to find some high-precision technologies and equipment and further communicate with existing suppliers. Our company mainly produces respiratory medical silicone masks, and all mask accessories use medical-grade PC and liquid silicone. The innovation of local and foreign equipment was the highlight of this exhibition.”
Mr. Tang Xun, Engineer of the R&D Department of Rifeng Enterprise Group Co., Ltd.: “As an expert in pipelines, I saw the iterative updates of pipeline production equipment at this exhibition. Combined with our optimized production process, I saw the development of extrusion equipment. Local extrusion equipment has reasonable designs and mature supporting systems. In terms of formula and raw materials, we saw the maturity of antibacterial and flame retardant masterbatch raw materials at the exhibition. In terms of the application, research and development, and production of CPVC pipes are relatively mature in China. The upturn of the sector is coming, and I look forward to the next CHINAPLAS held in Shanghai.”
Mr. Raul Capnero, Manager of Benyex Ltda. from Chile: “The advantage of physical exhibitions is that you can communicate and meet with exhibitors face-to-face, which facilitates interaction by narrowing the distance. During this visit, we have a fruitful experience. We were not only able to find suitable suppliers, but also made purchases on-site.”
Mr. Gao Jingmin, Senior Engineer of the R&D Department of Zhuzhou Times New Material Technology Co., Ltd.: “We gained a lot from this visit. Through the communication with the exhibitors, we have basically identified our next suppliers, and expect to have in-depth technological exchanges with them and form partnerships. I am very grateful for the thoughtful arrangements of the organizer, playing a role as a bridge and hub for both suppliers and buyers, fostering development of the industry.”
Mr. Xie Tongli, Director of the Engineering Technology Center of Guangdong Lepusheng Stationery Co., Ltd.: “I pay special attention to CHINAPLAS every year! This visit was quite fruitful: from the technology required for front-end development to R&D processes, production equipment, and smart manufacturing, we found better and higher-quality supply chains and related technologies. It is evident that ‘green and low-carbon development’ is a global trend and direction, and CHINAPLAS, with its powerful industry resources, is helping companies transform their production methods into a more environmental-friendly way.”
Mr. Fateh ZAOUI, Commercial Manager of SARL General Outillages Et Moules from Algeria: “CHINAPLAS is a great exhibition with a lot to see. Chinese machineries have good quality and reasonable prices. I just bought 2 sets of machines from a Chinese supplier.”
The reputed exhibition has concluded with applauses. We never stop to explore a sustainable future for the plastics and rubber industries. Thank everyone we met, as well as the recognition and support of industry professionals! CHINAPLAS is held in Shenzhen every odd-year and in Shanghai every even-year. The next exhibition will return to the National Exhibition and Convention Center, Hongqiao, Shanghai, PR China, on April 23-26, 2024. Looking forward to seeing you next year!
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