With the unrelenting and extensive globalization of economy and the continuous adjustment of global industrial specialization, investment by countries including China in regions like Southeast Asia has been growing rapidly. In China, one of the largest manufacturing countries in the world, the central and western regions are under accelerated development, proactively undertaking the industrial transfer from the east coast. In order to build a wide network of quality resources and fully explore the new momentum in the industry, CHINAPLAS 2019, the leading plastics and rubber trade fair, is going to act responsively, embrace new opportunities, and tap into the emerging regions.
Promoting business expansion to everywhere in the world
The assembly of a car requires supply of its parts from more than 20 countries across four continents. The parts and components of an aircraft come from 1,500 large companies and 15,000 SMEs. Manufacturing nowadays has a high degree of specialization and an extensive network. From the Canton Fair to the Import Expo, China is committed to attach same importance on “reach out” and “bring in”, facilitating global economic interactions. The manufacturing industry of China has been increasingly active in outward relocation or expansion. The plastics and rubber industries have been putting more resources overseas, accelerating the pace of investment and factory establishment. For example, Haitian International Holding Limited set up its factories in Vietnam, India, and Turkey in 2010 and 2018, and has application centers all over Indonesia, Thailand, Brazil, Mexico, and Japan. In 2017, Guangdong Yizumi Precision Machinery Co., Ltd. commenced production in its new Indian factory and opened a showroom in Vietnam. In the same year, Ningbo Shuangma Machinery Industry Co., Ltd. established its Indian factory. Kingfa Sci. & Tech. Co. Ltd. and Guangdong Liansu Machinery Manufacturing Co., Ltd., set up factories in India. Jwell Group has opened overseas offices in Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Turkey, and other places. As for end-user industries, the famous Chinese electronics company, Xiaomi Corporation, will set up three smartphone factories in India. Big names in China such as Haier, Kingclean, Gree and Hisense etc. consider Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern countries as popular choices for setting up overseas factories.
Benefiting from the demographic dividend and the development of labor-intensive industries, Southeast Asian regions are growing and becoming an investment hotspot. International big brands are also interested in the numerous potential markets there. Huntsman Corporation, a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of specialty chemicals, has opened a multi-purpose facility in Vietnam, with an aim to efficiently supply customers across the ASEAN region with high-quality electrical insulation, coatings and adhesive solutions. BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, will expand production capacity of acrylic dispersions in Malaysia, with an aim to serve growing demand in ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand markets.
CHINAPLAS always responds to the market changes promptly! And this year, the show organizer strives to expand overseas markets, running multichannel and multidirectional promotion of emerging regions like Southeast Asia through the collaboration with the media, advertisement and precision marketing. The CHINAPLAS team has visited influential associations in the Southeast Asia, such as the SME Corporation Malaysia, Thai Housewares Trade Association, Thai Tool and Die Industry Association, Thai Auto-Parts Manufacturers Association (TAPMA) and Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand. These associations all agreed to pass on information about CHINAPLAS to local enterprises. The team also participated in important local events, such as the annual dinner of MPMA Perek Branch of Malaysia, the annual dinner of the Electrical and Electronics Association of Malaysia, the 28th Asia Plastics Forum & 17th Term AFPI Conference, to have a close interaction with attending enterprises.
Booming market in Central and Western China to build up a strong momentum
In addition to extensive overseas promotion, CHINAPLAS spares no effort in promoting the local industries. Recently, China Central and Western Regions Plastics Industry Alliance joined as a new member and became a supporter of CHINAPLAS. It is learnt that the Alliance, which was found in May 2018, thoroughly implements the Belt and Road Initiative suggested by the country, as well as the principles and policies of the “Guiding Opinions of the State Council on Central and Western Regions Undertaking of Industrial Transfer”, fostering communication and interaction among stakeholders in the plastics industry in the central and western regions.
“We have joined hands with the Alliance for the purpose of promoting the development of the plastics industry in Central and Western China,” mentioned Ada Leung, General Manager of Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd., the organizer of CHINAPLAS. “The coastal regions in the east have a notable leading role in innovation and development, but the supply of resources like land is tight and the labor cost is high, whereas the central and western regions, after 40 years of reform and liberalization, have a significantly improved economic level, rich resources, low factor costs, and optimized infrastructures and investment environment, which can be an important force to undertake the industrial transfer in China. As the manufacturing industry in the eastern coastal area advances into the central and western regions, the industry clusters in the latter are brought to the next level. We can feel deeply that these regions are becoming more prosperous and vibrant.”
In recent years, the development performance of the central and western regions is particularly notable. In 2017, the export value of laptops of Chongqing (the largest municipality in Southwest China) amounted to RMB 128.51 billion (about USD 18.5 billion), making the city the world’s biggest cluster for laptops. It is also where Hewlett-Packard, the world’s biggest PC manufacturer, set up its manufacturing plant. Chongqing is also an industrial base of automotive in China with many brands including Changan Automobile, Changan Ford, SCMW, Lifan, BAIC Yinxiang, DFSK, etc. Wuhan (a city in central China), which is rapidly developing a trillion-dollar industry cluster of automotive and parts, manufactured 1.89 million passenger vehicles in 2017. The production value of the automotive industry reached RMB 360 billion (about USD 51.8 billion), which demonstrates a strong momentum. Henan Province in the central area produced more than 250 million smartphones in 2017, becoming the largest production base for smartphones. The five major industries, including equipment manufacturing, food manufacturing, new materials manufacturing, electronics manufacturing, and automobile manufacturing, have gradually achieved a leading position, developing a trillion-dollar industry cluster. Hefei city of Anhui Province is a production base for household appliances in China, in which many famous home appliance enterprises like Meiling, Royalstar, Haier, Midea, and Whirlpool are located, and tablet displays and electronic information industries are rising quickly and catching up intensely. According to statistics, in the first three quarters of 2018, the export volume of the central and western regions amounted to RMB 1.95 trillion (about USD 280.8 billion), with an increase of 13% and a growth rate 6.5% higher than the overall rate.
Exploring the industry cluster in Central and Western China
The central and western regions are being developed rapidly, driving a strong demand for plastics and rubber. According to statistics, in 2017, the growth rates of plastic product production in Anhui Province and Henan Province were 11.21% and 7.18% respectively. The year-on-year growth rate of plastics production in the twelve provinces and regions in the west was 8.44%. The central and western regions are in the rapid growth stage, with production growth rates higher than the national average.
Gain a foothold in the emerging regions and compete for a place in Central and Western China! The organizer of CHINAPLAS has put in additional effort in promotional strategies and implementation. The team has not only attended various important events in the central and western regions, but also visited important enterprises, including Dongfeng Peugeot-Citroën Automobile Company LTD, Dongfeng Motor Corporation, Dongfeng Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems Co., Ltd., Faurecia, Haima Automobile Group Co., etc., in pursuit of a deeper understanding of their needs and opinions.
CHINAPLAS 2019 has a continuously expanding network of partners. The show will return to the China Import and Export Fair Complex, Pazhou, Guangzhou and run from May 21 to May 24, 2019 with an exhibition space of more than 250,000 square meters and more than 3,400 leading exhibitors from all over the world, attracting over 180,000 professional visitors from 150 countries and regions to this international extravaganza of the plastics and rubber industries.
Visitors can enjoy admission discount through online pre-registration from now till May 13, 2019, at an early-bird rate of USD 7.5 for a four-day pass. Visitors will receive a visitor badge in advance to enjoy express counter for fast entry if they pre-register on or before February 28, 2019.
CHINAPLAS moves to Shenzhen for April 2021 debut
The 34th edition of CHINAPLAS has been rescheduled to April 13-16, 2021, at a new venue –– Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center. This will be the first time for CHINAPLAS to be held in Shenzhen. The trade fair will alternate between Shenzhen (odd years) and Shanghai (even years) in the future, continuing to empower upstream and downstream plastics and rubber companies to uncover greater opportunities in the new phase of China’s economic development.
|CHINAPLAS online press conference|
Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd., organizer of CHINAPLAS 2021, held a press conference at 20:00 (Beijing time) on June 23, leveraging online video conferencing tools for the first time to virtually communicate and interact with more than 100 Chinese and international media. During the press conference, Mr. Stanley Chu, Chairman of Adsale, Ms. Ada Leung, General Manager of Adsale, and Ms. Norris Chu, Project Director of Adsale, announced the latest updates about the trade show, shared word of emerging developments from a new starting point, and discussed post-pandemic opportunities in the plastics and rubber industries.
|100+ Chinese and international media joined the press conference|
Focus on Greater Bay Area’s geographic advantages
“Shenzhen combines China’s enormous market potential and its unique geographic advantages, and the upcoming CHINAPLAS will help to position the plastics and rubber industries to seize new growth opportunities,” Ada Leung said.
- Unparalleled advantages of domestic market – Impacted by COVID-19 pandemic, the global economy is in a deep recession. Facing downward pressure from foreign trade, China’s State Council is redirecting the economic focus from export to a domestic-demand-driven model as the new normal. China’s 1.4-plus-billion population and 400-plus-million middle-income consumers represent the largest such grouping in the world, with consumption potential unmatched by any other economy. The expansion of China’s middle class has created tremendous potential for consumption upgrading. In recent years, some labor-intensive and low-end manufacturing work has shifted to other countries. The impact of COVID-19 is reshuffling the global economy and triggering major changes in manufacturing supply chains. China is repositioning itself in the global value chain and climbing toward the higher-end with high-tech products increasingly flowing from China to overseas markets, including such items as communications equipment, high-speed rail systems, and drones. Driven by research and innovation, industries continue to reform and upgrade, in turn increasing the demand for innovation and smart manufacturing in the plastics and rubber industries. In addition, China is actively responding to plastics pollution, accelerating green and sustainable development, and creating market demand for much-needed recycling and green technologies.
- Greater Bay Area, major upside for the industries – The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area is the largest bay area in the world, accounting for 0.6% of China’s land area, 5% of its population, and 12% of the national Gross Domestic Product. Its GDP is expected to reach 28.9 trillion RMB (about US$4.09 trillion) by 2030, ranking among the top 10 economies in the world. The “9+2” cities” are accelerating their coordinated development, building a vibrant world-class city cluster, and stimulating new economic momentum. The Greater Bay Area is not only an international center of scientific and technological innovation, but also the most concentrated region for plastics processing in China. Plastic products output within the nine cities reached 11.17 million metric tons in 2019, representing more than 13.6% of the national total (second only to Zhejiang Province) or 83.4% of Guangdong Province’s total output. The region’s huge market, together with its abundant resources and strong innovation, will help to further advance the plastics and rubber industries.
- Shenzhen at full throttle – Shenzhen was made a Pilot Demonstration Area in 2019, as well as being one of the core engines of the Greater Bay Area. In 2018, the total industrial added-value of the Greater Bay Area reached 2.82 trillion RMB (about US$399 billion), of which Shenzhen accounted for the lion’s share of 32.3%. “Technology + Innovation” is Shenzhen’s business profile, with more than 3 million companies located there, including Huawei, ZTE, Tencent, DJI, BYD, TCL and other industrial leaders. In 2018, Guangdong Province invested 270.47 billion RMB (US$38.3 billion) into R&D funding – the highest in China – and Shenzhen was the leading city within Guangdong.
Embrace post-pandemic opportunities
Over the years, China’s plastics and rubber industries have laid a solid foundation and built strong resilience and continuity into the economy. Combined with continually emerging new trends and opportunities, all signs currently point to a positive outlook. In the first quarter, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, business shutdowns, the Chinese New Year off-season and other factors, China’s plastic products output dropped 22.9% from the same year-ago period. Production resumed in April in an orderly way, and industries’ supply chains gradually returned to normal operations. In April, the year-on-year decline in the total output of plastic products narrowed, achieving a recovery of 8.6% from the previous month. In the battle against the pandemic, plastics played a key role in the production and supply of vital healthcare materials, personal protective equipment, medical supplies, and medical facility construction.
The pandemic also fueled the rapid growth in demand for take-away service, fresh meal delivery, express delivery, convenience foods, household electronic product, medical supplies and fitness equipment. The post-pandemic era is seeing the acceleration of next-generation 5G wireless technology, artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous vehicles, high-end medical products, antibacterial and antimicrobial surfaces for use in everything from cars to appliances, and more. Demand is expected to remain strong for new materials and technology, including those for key medical applications, safe and protective packaging, and digital production –– as well as for recycled and recyclable materials.
5G is the frontrunner when it comes to the “new infrastructure”. CHINAPLAS 2021’s new rotation to Shenzhen has the unique advantage to help companies in the plastics and rubber industries to seize opportunities in this fast-growing infrastructure space. Shenzhen is actively building a world-class 5G industrial cluster, and is home to a complete 5G industry chain of globally competitive enterprises such as Huawei, ZTE, and more. The resources related to this concentrated cluster are helping to accelerate 5G application development. As a high-tech, high-quality and high-value trading and technology platform that caters to the latest market trends, CHINAPLAS 2021 will enable industry players to respond swiftly to market needs and stay ahead of the curve in a dynamic environment.
Debut in the Greater Bay Area
“In addition to the favorable outlook of the Greater Bay Area, CHINAPLAS’ decision to move to Shenzhen also takes into account the Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center, an ideal venue for a world-class trade show,” notes Norris Chu. “We’ve been doing a field assessment and multi-party evaluation since the center launched in September 2019. Its 400,000 sqm of indoor exhibition space can alleviate the constraint of booth area we experienced in Guangzhou and support CHINAPLAS’ long-term growth. All of the 19 exhibition halls feature column-free structures and are located on the first floor, very suitable for displaying large-scale machines, and easy for visitors to navigate. The advanced hardware features and supporting services will provide exhibitors and visitors a very convenient and refreshing experience.”
|The fairground is situated at the heart of the Greater Bay Area.|
The Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center is situated at the heart of the Greater Bay Area. It is located in the center of the city cluster and close to the Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, well-connected to the Hong Kong International Airport. Sea, land and air transportation are readily available in all directions and routes, and the industrial cities in the Pearl River Delta are closely linked. It is particularly worth noting that this is the world’s first exhibition center with full 5G coverage. Chinese and international exhibitors and visitors will be able to experience eye-opening intelligent and innovative services, such as dining, navigation, parking, and so on.
“CHINAPLAS+” Online + Offline New Trade Services Experience
In addition to a new fairground experience, CHINAPLAS 2021 will also leverage an “online + offline” strategy to unlock new trade services experience. As advanced deployment of digital technology is a trend embraced by all industries, CHINAPLAS is also accelerating the integration of online and offline show experiences. The organizer is pleased to be launching “CHINAPLAS+”. For online experiences, CHINAPLAS has successfully held nine webinars on hot topics during the pandemic, building a cloud communication bridge for industry players. The organizer soon will be introducing an online business matching service, extending the value of matching demand and supply online; during the show, the organizer will partner with Chinese and international media to provide live streaming of the trade show and facilitate online interaction. For offline experiences, the organizer will host new technical seminars and publish materials such as “FEATURE: RESUMING PRODUCTION” prior to the show, whereas international forums on industry trends, Tech Talk, thematic events on hot topics will be organized during the show to create a seamless integration between online and offline activities and transform a four-day exhibition to a 365-day, non-stop communication platform.
Dig deep into the new potential of the Asian market
While based in China, CHINAPLAS, the International Exhibition on Plastics and Rubber Industries, has a strong influence throughout Asia. In 2019, the show attracted 163,000+ visitors, 22.8% from overseas – of which 70% were Asian visitors. Asia is the world’s most dynamic region with unique advantages. It accounts for more than half of the world’s population, features an ever-expanding middle class, continually upgrading consumption and technically advancing industries, and growing demands for plastics materials and machinery. The exhibition will continue to deepen its focus on the Asian market through multi-faceted promotion to fully tap the unlimited potential of the market.
With “New Era· New Potential· Innovation for Sustainability” as the new theme and slogan, CHINAPLAS 2021 will take over the Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center, from April 13-16 next year, with more than 3,600 global exhibitors occupying a world-class exhibition area of 300,000 sqm. We hope you can join us, along with visitors from different enduser markets of plastics and rubber industries from around the globe, to explore the countless materials innovations and technology developments in this exciting new location and venue.
See you in Shenzhen next year!
 The “9+2” cities refer to the 9 cities: Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Zhaoqing; and 2 Special Administrative Regions: Hong Kong and Macao.
Radici Group and Atalanta, together for Bergamo
Radici Group and Atalanta take it to the pitch, but this time it is a match for solidarity. The two Bergamo-based companies have decided to support the temporary field hospital that the Associazione Nazionale Alpini (National Association of Italian Alpine Soldiers) is building in the premises of Bergamo trade fair, with the aim of responding to the Coronavirus emergency.
Specifically, RadiciGroup and Atalanta will contribute by purchasing all the necessary tools for oxygen supply destined to 200 hospital beds for Covid-19 patients.
“We have decided to take part in this project – RadiciGroup and Atalanta announced in a joint statement – because it embodies the ‘made in Bergamo’ spirit at its best. The Alpine soldiers (famous for their hard work), are one of the symbols of the Bergamo province, which traditionally values work. It is an initiative that comes from this territory destined to this territory, and for this reason we proudly want to be part of it”.
Once again this project is coordinated by the Accademia del Tennis per la Solidarietà (the Academy of Sports for Solidarity). This charity association has already provided the Hospital “Bolognini” of Seriate, near Bergamo, with a mobile HR-CT with the support of fifteen local companies, among which RadiciGroup and Atalanta.
This HR-CT is essential for diagnostic in-depth analyses for patients showing breathing problems related to the Covid-19. In this way, the new temporary field hospital will take some pressure away from the hospitals of Bergamo currently overwhelmed.
CHINAPLAS 2020 has been postponed
Due to Corona virus epidemic in China, show organisation committee has made an announcement to postpone the event.
The announcement by the organisation:
“In order to control the novel coronavirus epidemic in China and in accordance with the instructions issued by the Shanghai city government to stop all large-scale activities, please be informed that CHINAPLAS 2020, the 34th International Exhibition on Plastics and Rubber Industries, scheduled to be held on 21-24 April 2020 at National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai will be postponed. New dates for the show will be announced at a later time.
As the show organizer, we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused due to the show postponement. Health and safety of all show participants are at our top priority therefore we have to make this decision. Please be assured that we will continue to closely monitor the epidemic situation and keep you well-informed of any further news about CHINAPLAS 2020. The Adsale team and our official service providers will always be at your service and we will give you our best support in preparing for the rescheduled show.
Thank you very much for your kind understanding and continual support. Should there be anything we could be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.”
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