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Welcome to CHINAPLAS 2018!

For the first time, the show is being held at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC) in Hongqiao, Shanghai, PR China. From today until Friday (April 27th), CHINAPLAS 2018, which has an exhibition area exceeding 340,000 square meters - 40% bigger than that of the 2016 edition in Shanghai - brings together 4,000 exhibitors from around the world in a series of meticulously well-organized theme zones.

Focusing on "Smart Manufacturing, Innovative Materials and Green Solutions", CHINAPLAS facilitates the plastics and rubber industries in business transformation and upgrading, leading the industries to a brighter future!

New venture - a good beginning

As a high-tech platform for international professionals in the plastics and rubber industries, CHINAPLAS has been continuously expanding the event's scale and upgrading its quality.

In the meantime, exhibitors and visitors alike have been demanding more and better exhibition services at CHINAPLAS, according to Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd., the show's organizer.

"From 2012 onwards, CHINAPLAS has faced the problem of space shortage," according to Adsale's General Manager, Ms. Ada Leung. "Previously, when we held the show at the Shanghai New International Expo Center in Pudong, we had used up all the indoor exhibition halls. We even built outdoor temporary exhibition halls, but still couldn't meet the huge demand from our exhibitors. By moving to the new venue, NECC, Adsale can fulfill the strong demand for exhibition space immediately. This relocation to the new venue is also good for the long-term development of CHINAPLAS," Ms. Leung continued.

The shape of the NECC is like a blooming "four-leaf clover". With a total construction area of 1.47 million square meters, it is the largest single block building and exhibition complex in the world. There are 400,000 square meters of indoor area, which consists of 13 large exhibition halls and three small exhibition halls. There are conference rooms with different specifications and settings among the halls. The central area is a commercial plaza providing abundant catering services.

"CHINAPLAS 2018 will not only accommodate more exhibitors, but will also have better management in the set-up of theme zones, country/region pavilions, and concurrent events. We believe that visitors will have a new, high-quality visiting experience," Ms. Leung said.

New theme zones to enhance visitor convenience

To bring visitors a good and convenient experience, the show organizer has rearranged the overall theme zone layout. Extrusion-related technology is in the eastern part of the NECC, injection molding technology in the west, and blow molding technology in the southern part of the complex.

Exhibits of the same category are near to each other, while different European pavilions, which were scattered in different halls in the past, have all come together in Hall 2H this year.

In response to rising market demands, CHINAPLAS 2018 introduces a "3D Technology Zone" and a "Thermoplastic Elastomers & Rubber Zone".

"3D Technology Zone" groups together the vendors and providers of 3D printing (additive manufacturing) technologies. The new theme zone and the concurrent event "The 3rd Industry 4.0 Conference" complement each other, providing a comprehensive experience for enterprises interested in 3D printing technology and "smart manufacturing".

The "Thermoplastic Elastomers & Rubber Zone" responds to the growing market demands for energy-saving, environmentally friendly and lightweight thermoplastic elastomers, which are widely used in the automotive, electronics and electrical, medical and footwear industries.

Innovation is key to the future

China is rapidly becoming a preeminent new market in the world. With over RMB 1.5 trillion spent in R&D in 2016, a 10.6% annual increase, and of which 77.5% was contributed by businesses, the overall productivity and comprehensive national power of China is strategically being boosted, enhancing the country's influence in technology innovations.

CHINAPLAS addresses the latest needs of many application industries, including automotive, E&E, IT & Telecom, packaging, building and medical, presenting leading and hot solutions from all over the world. The theme of CHINAPLAS 2018 is set as Innovation is Key to the Future, highlighting the roles of technology and innovation.

Smart manufacturing is considered by some to be synonymous with Industry 4.0, the influence of which is now going deep and wide, providing new opportunities for innovation and development for the manufacturing industries.

Industries that are actively upgrading have put "smart manufacturing" under the spotlight. Smart manufacturing solutions, for instance, unmanned automated production, equipment interconnection and visualization, etc., are facing high demands.

Regarding innovative materials, metals and other materials are gradually replaced by high performance materials, which are low in density, strong, moldable, heat resistant, corrosion resistant, antibacterial, UV-resistant etc.Regarding innovative materials, metals and other materials are gradually replaced by high performance materials, which are low in density, strong, moldable, heat resistant, corrosion resistant, antibacterial, UV-resistant etc., creating high value-added products.

Application of engineering plastics and carbon fiber composite materials in the automotive industry incredibly contributes to vehicle lightweighting. Battery cases, a core component of new energy vehicles, made of carbon fiber composite materials, are 80% lighter than their steel counterparts, on top of being corrosion resistant, water proof, flame retardant and long lasting.

New materials also find their applications in the medical sector. Functional materials like polymers with good biocompatibility, new materials for implants, sterilization/gamma ray resistant materials and electro-conductive materials are only a few examples of safe, green and high performance medical grade plastics.

Green solutions answers to prosperity

To go green is to prosper, so the importance of environmental technology innovation is self-evident. Lightweight plastics, multifunctionalities, low VOC emissions, the use of biodegradable plastics and the recovery of recycled materials are among the means by which many industries move towards sustainable development.

Promotion of lightweighting continues to be the major driver for the packaging industry, as not only can it reduce the use of materials, but also effectively reduce the gross weight, facilitating transportation.

Biodegradable materials, as well as centralized collection and recycling of packaging materials, are gaining popularity among many companies.

Moreover, high-performance PVC formwork, large diameter polyolefin drainage, water-based polyurethane, solvent-free eco-synthetic leather, lead-free PVC profiles, as well as the recovery of recycled raw materials, etc., are highlighted for visitors from the building and construction industry.

A glittering hall of the young - Young Tech Hall

To facilitate visitors' need of sourcing new CHINAPLAS suppliers, a "Young Tech Hall" is introduced at CHINAPLAS 2018. This is a comprehensive exhibition hall, which gathers together new exhibitors from diverse fields.

The new hall houses over 400 new exhibitors in an exhibition area of 20,000sqm, presenting additive, colour pigments and masterbatch, semi-finished products, testing equipment, die and molds, extrusion machinery, injection molding machinery, smart manufacturing technology, plastic packaging and film technology.

"Young Tech Hall is introduced to help visitors locate exhibitors and products by further segmentation," explained Ms. Leung. "It's a win-win solution. New CHINAPLAS exhibitors can seize the opportunity to strategically market their brands and new products to Shanghai, while CHINAPLAS itself can draw in new blood, fresh energy, and more advanced technologies."

Apart from the new Young Tech Hall, the mega show has been divided into a total of 18 different theme zones to facilitate successful sourcing of buyers.

A wealth of exciting events at CHINAPLAS 2018


3rd Industry 4.0 Conference

Apart from exhibitions of high technologies, Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd. is also holding several exciting concurrent events for CHINAPLAS 2018, including the "3rd Industry 4.0 Conference", "Tech Talk", "Medical Plastics Connect" and "CMF Inspiration for Design x Innovation".

"3rd Industry 4.0 Conference" focuses on practical examples and Industry 4.0 new business model.

Industry 4.0 solutions facilitate business transformation. CHINAPLAS started organizing a conference on this topic two years ago and received enthusiastic feedback. With continuing, full support from VDMA (German Plastics and Rubber Machinery Association) of the German Engineering Federation, the "3rd Industry 4.0 Conference" is to take place at CHINAPLAS 2018. Drawing on an accumulation of Industry 4.0 experience among global enterprises, the topics of this conference are far-reaching and practical. Participants can expect plenty of industry 4.0 factory case studies and in-depth application discussions.

"Tech Talk" to cover hot technologies

For the plastics and rubber industries, CHINAPLAS is a sort of "annual tournament" where companies and organizations compete for visitors' attention. The organizer introduced "Tech Talk" last year to enrich the technology content of CHINAPLAS, creating a platform for international exhibitors to launch their state-of-the-art products.

Last edition of CHINAPLAS in Guangzhou featured more than 25 well-received talks, which provided visitors with valuable knowledge. This year, under the new themes of Smart Manufacturing, Innovative Materials, Green Solutions as well as Medical Plastics, hot topics of the industry such as smart factory, lightweight, functional materials and eco-friendly technologies are covered. Visitors are exposed to market trends and practical solutions, boosting the efficiency and effectiveness of their visit.

"Medical Plastics Connect" creates business opportunities

CHINAPLAS keeps pace with the fast-changing market and has taken an active role in promoting the application of medical plastics technology in medical devices, consumables and drug packaging for three consecutive years. More than 34,000 high-profile visitors in medical-and pharmaceutical-related industries have taken part in the show with the purpose of broadening their knowledge and sourcing new technologies and solutions.

"Medical Plastics Connect" is an array of activities to comprehensively present cutting-edge and practical medical plastics solutions to visitors, through open forums, guidebook, pop-up kiosk and guided tour.

International experts have been invited to share their valuable knowledge on hot topics such as sterilization-resistant materials, innovative material for drug delivery, medical TPE resins, precision tubing solutions, cleanroom injection molding technology, and more.

CHINAPLAS is responding to market needs by launching

CMF Inspiration for Design x Innovation

Product design is increasingly grabbing people's attention. 

Color, Material and Finish (CMF) is vital for product design, and directly influences users' product experiences. To create a delightful user experience, brand owners and processors must carefully choose the appropriate CMF technology for their products. Good CMF design reinforces a positive product image and is essential in building a successful brand.

CHINAPLAS is responding to market needs by launching "CMF Inspiration for Design x Innovation". The event consists of two parts - the "CMF Inspiration Walls" in Hall 6.2 displays a rich variety of plastic resources for CMF design, and the "CMF Design Forum" will be held on April 26 in Hall 8.2 Booth S71. Global leading plastics technology suppliers and CMF masters from Covestro, Springfield, Yang Design and Chunmi will talk about product innovations and the latest design trends. 

More than 85 technical seminars

Besides, more than 85 technical seminar sessions will be taking place throughout the first three days of CHINAPLAS 2018. Leading companies in the field presenting their know-how on practical topics include ExxonMobil Chemical, Honeywell China, Kraton Polymers Trading, SABIC, Hyosung Corporation, SK Global Chemical, DuPont China Holding, Clariant, Emery Oleochemicals and Kuraray Trading (Shanghai).

Guided Technology Tour

In order to promote the New & Hot technology of exhibitors to professional visitors, giving them the opportunities to have in-depth understanding of the product features, the show organizer is collaborating with Taiwan Association of CAE Molding Technology (ACMT) on the activity of Guided Technology Tours.

The tour themes include: Advanced molding technology (German, Japanese, Asian advanced equipment and technology); Intelligent manufacturing process (Industry 4.0 intelligent integration); and Application of high and new materials (Global high-tech materials).

Three Chinese-language and one English-language tours will be taking place each day from April 24 to 26 between 10:00 and 14:00. Interested visitors can register to take part at Mezzanine (8m) of South Podium near Hall 6.2.

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