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Key Highlights from ChinaPlas 2016

SpecialChem – Jun 6, 2016

Ada LeungChinaPlas 2016- We interviewed Ada Leung, General Manager of Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd., organizer of ChinaPlas. Read and explore what she said about trends and hot topics in the industry, market driving the demand, outcomes of the show as well as plans for ChinaPlas 2017.


What are the Biggest Trends that you have seen at ChinaPlas 2016?


Automation


Automation is one of the biggest trends in ChinaPlas 2016. We set ‘Greenovation for a Smart Future’ as the show’s theme, and focused on the topics of innovation, automation and green technology. This is because with the arrival of the Industrial Internet of Things, and increasing labour cost, manufacturing sectors have already begun to invest in highly automated and IT-driven production, transforming traditional factories to smart factories.

We hope to help factories to upgrade and transform by adopting automation which will finally help them to improve resources utilization, customer service, working capital deployment, waste reduction and sustainability. In response to the trend of smart manufacturing, the Automation Technology Zone has been continued in a larger scale in ChinaPlas 2016, with the introduction of Factory Automation System and Components Zone in addition to Robot Parade and Smart Production Line.

Greenovation for a Smart Future

Furthermore, to meet the demand of customization and green manufacturing, ChinaPlas presented the Industry 4.0 Conference jointly with VDMA, the German Engineering Federation. The conference was new to ChinaPlas with the focuses from strategic concepts to detailed solutions of intelligent manufacturing.

Representatives from major German manufacturers including Beckhoff Automation, Christian Maier, Leistritz Extrusionstechnik, Motan Holding, Reifenhäuser, Volkswagen, Wittmann Battenfeld; Austrian corporations Erema Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen and Engel and Chinese company Haier spoke at the conference. More than 500 participants joined the event and exchanged knowledge with experts.


Recycling: Another Big Trend at ChinaPlas 2016


Trends at ChinaPlas 2016
Another big trend in ChinaPlas 2016 is recycling! 2015 could be described as a difficult year for Chinese plastics recycling industry, with the recycled plastic materials prices tumbled following the plunge of the crude oil prices.  The following factors have put on an unprecedented pressure to the recycling industry:

  • Chinese government has launched several measures to tighten up the handling of waste materials.
  • China customs has launched “Operation Green Fence” which further tightens up the testing standards for imported waste and to ban the import of all waste which may pollute the environment.
  • The administration on the value-added tax applied on waste materials has been strengthened.
  • Companies which are established in eco-industrial parks are subject to a closer monitoring for their compliance.


In response to the mentioned problem, we set up a Recycling Technology Zone this year. Exhibits in this zone encompassed each part in the recycling chain, such as sorting, shredding, washing, dewatering, drying and granulation.

Composite & High Performance Materials


Composite & High Performance Materials is the third hot topic in ChinaPlas. With the Chinese 'One Belt, One Road' initiative, demands for high-performance materials for rail transportation, aerospace, medical and other fields are significantly increases. Adopting lighter and higher-performance materials has become a mainstream in automotive development.

Compared with metals, polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) is commonly used in manufacturing engine hoods, braking systems, and power and electronic equipment, thanks to its excellent temperature resistance, high dimensional stability and good corrosion-resistance. Long-fiber thermoplastics (LFTs), with their stiffness and superb impact resistance, have been widely used in various auto parts. To assist market needs, we set up Composite & High Performance Materials Zone to promote industry development.

Some advanced composites and high-performance materials showcased in the zone were:
  • Liquid crystal polymers (LCPs),
  • Polyphenylene sulfide (PPS)
  • Polyetheretherketone
  • Polyetherketone  (PEK)
  • Polyphenylsulfone (PPSU)
  • Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), fiberglass-reinforced materials, carbon fiber and basalt fiber, as well as products made of other such materials

Automation, sustainability and also innovation are essential elements to bring the industry to the next level. Therefore, during ChinaPlas 2016, we once again joined hands with BASF, the world's leading chemical company, presented “Design X Innovation”, a concurrent event comprising of the display of innovative and sustainable solutions at the Innovation Gallery, Open Forums and Meet the Designers, to stimulate product creativity.

Which Market Drives the Demand?


We found five major markets are driving demand. They are automotive, packaging, electrical and electronics, building and medical sectors.

Automotive


Markets driving demandThe automotive industry is asking ways to reduce vehicle’s volatile organic compound (VOC) and weight; to increase the green automation in the production process; last but not least, to increase the automotive recycling rates. ChinaPlas displayed advanced materials and technology to cope with the trend of light-weighting in automotive industry. Renowned automotive exhibitors in ChinaPlas 2016 included but not limited to BOROUGE PTE LTD, DSM, LG Chem, Du Pont, TORAY, and KAIHUA.

Packaging


Packaging, an important part of the food industry, is getting a bigger role in food safety. Contamination prevention, conforming to the shelf life and preservation of the quality of the food are the basic requirements of food packaging. Several hot trends in Packaging industry driving demand such as:
  • Food safety
  • Environmental protection
  • Efficiency, lightweightness
  • Multi-functionalities and
  • Intelligentization.

We are happy to have famous exhibitors offering solutions in ChinaPlas 2016. Examples of some of them are BASF, NatureWorks LLC, Grabio Greentech Corporation, Akei, ZQ Machinery, Milacron Plastic Machinery, Acmeplas System Technologies.

Electrical and Electronics


Electrical and electronics (E&E) products are becoming smaller, more interconnected and increasingly demanding in terms of performance requirements. High-end rubber and plastic materials and advanced manufacturing, decorating and assembly techniques are helping to make the above come true. Precision molding and handling equipment as well as eye-popping robotic technology also is making a mark.

Popularity of wearable devices also generates demands for plastics. This market is huge and growing at an explosive pace. Computerized technology is going mobile and becoming increasing interactive, examples includes:
  • Athletic apparel
  • Personal fitness monitors and
  • Smart watches.

The applications demand a stylish form factor, and put a premium on properties such as accuracy, ruggedness and water resistance. Plastics and rubber technology is helping to make such products not only functionally viable but also cost effective.

Building and Construction


ChinaPlas 2016 provided advanced environmental friendly plastic raw materials and cutting-edge automation equipment for the green transformation and technology upgrade for the building and construction industry. New products such as plastic pipes, plastic doors and windows made of new materials and light-weighted structures continue to emerge. We believe that ChinaPlas 2016 helped the industry to achieve high-efficiency by high-performance materials; low energy consumption manufacturing and applications; realize product transformation from “low-end to average” to “average to high-end”.

Medical


As the trends toward miniaturization, portability, improved aesthetics, and environmental responsibility drive ongoing changes in medical devices, selecting the right materials has become more critical. Medical plastics have become an integral component in a wide range of modern medical devices and supplies, covering disposable syringes, intravenous blood bags, heart valves, etc. To achieve optimal product usability, appearance, endurance and performance, plastics are one of the best options for medical device designers.

With immensely positive audience feedback in the last edition, the Medical Plastics Conference staged its 2nd edition at the fairground during ChinaPlas 2016 to share high-end technology and remarkable insights, and demonstrate how medical plastics technology drives the innovation of the medical industry. Leading exports from Covestro, MicroPort, Osmunda, RTP, Tianjin Plastics Research Institute Co., Ltd., University of Applied Science Amberg-Weiden, University of Pavia and Wego shared their experience with 500 audiences.

Moreover, the 'One Belt, One Road' initiative will also leads the development of the infrastructure, aerospace, railway, etc., and we believe that this is definitely another driving engine for the plastics industry.

What are the Outcomes of the Show?


ChinaPlas 2016 As the Asia’s No. 1 and world’s No. 2 plastics and rubber show, ChinaPlas is a platform adding values to visitors and exhibitors rather than simply a purchasing platform. With this in mind, we invited global market leaders to join ChinaPlas, set up new theme zones such as “Automation Technology Zone”, “Recycling Technology Zone”, etc. in response to market needs.

We also organized quality concurrent events. We are delighted to see that this year we have achieved remarkable results beyond all expectations. A total of 148,575 visitors from all over the world visited ChinaPlas 2016, making the highest-ever number of visitors since its establishment in 1983.

Compare with the Shanghai edition in 2014, the record number of visitors represents a 13.96% growth, and a 15.84% growth compares with its Guangzhou edition held last year. Of the total number of visitors this year, 26.55% are overseas visitors who came from 160 countries and regions. This also sets a new record for overseas visitors.

Furthermore, ChinaPlas 2016 occupied an exhibition area of over 240,000sqm, gathering 3,335 exhibitors from 39 countries and regions, setting another new record. All these new records show that ChinaPlas has become an authoritative and influential platform for the suppliers and buyers of plastics raw materials and machines all around the world.


What do you Plan for next ChinaPlas?


This year, ChinaPlas received tremendous good comments from both exhibitors and visitors. For certain, we need to maintain the momentum and provide an excellent platform for both exhibitors and visitors. And the next thing is to develop ChinaPlas as a technology-oriented platform. This year with over 40 ground-breaking technologies released, one of our exhibitors commented that the technology standard of the machinery, automation solutions and other equipment exhibited in ChinaPlas 2016 is comparable to those in Europe. This comment is so encouraging to us! And it’s crucial for us to further enhance visitor quality in terms of visitors’ purchasing power and internationalization of our visitors.

And finally, our ChinaPlas 2017 market is in Southern China and the industries there are different from Eastern China. We will plan some thematic activities or theme zones which are to cope with the needs of Southern market.

Our next edition of ChinaPlas will be held on May 16-19, 2017 at China Import and Export Fair Complex, Pazhou, Guangzhou, PR China. We hope to see you there!



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