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Forge ahead with smart manufacturing at CHINAPLAS 2017
Source:    Author:By Andy Lau    Date:18.Apr.2017

China remains at the epicenter of the global plastics industry. Its domestic plastics and rubber sectors continue to experience stable growth, while benefiting from government support and from its location in the heart of Asia.

Across the region, which already represents a significant percentage of the world’s GDP, a strong middle class is emerging, along with a huge appetite for consumer goods, vehicles, housing, etc.

Asia Pacific represents the world’s fastest-growing consumer market, and experts predicted that by 2030 this region will account for two-thirds of the global middle class and more than 40% of worldwide GDP.

China’s plastics industry has expanded tremendously in the past three decades. Under the “New Normal” economy, the country’s annual economic growth rate slowed to a 25-year low of 6.9% in 2015.

Opportunity arises as upgrade and transformation takes center stage

While the economy continues to decelerate, China remains a massive market, and enterprises now see this as the right time to focus for upgrade and transformation – enhancing productivity, efficiency and competitive advantages.

Stanley Chu, Chairman of the Adsale Group, the CHINAPLAS organizer, acknowledged that the fast-advancing plastics industry provides a favorable environment for the development of CHINAPLAS, widely regarded as Asia’s No.1 and World’s No.2 plastics and rubber industry trade fair.

China is now the No. 1 producer and consumer of plastic resins in the world,” he said. “Its continued expansion is riding not only on the general GDP growth, but on the fact that plastics, as an advanced material, is widely used and increasing its penetration into the automotive, electrical and electronics, packaging, building, and medical industries, as well as into many other hi-tech sectors in China. This provides a favorable platform not only for further development of the plastics industry, but also for growing the scale of CHINAPLAS.”

Taking place from May 16-19 in Guangzhou, China, CHINAPLAS 2017 is expected to occupy 250,000sqm of exhibition area, housing more than 3,400 exhibitors from over 38 countries and regions. Roughly 40% of them come from outside of China, and around 20% make their debut at the show.

12 overseas pavilions will be established in Guangzhou, including Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UK, and the US.

Apart from a bigger scale, Adsale aims at further uplifting the quality of the show in the long run, according to Ada Leung, General Manager of Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd.

For the past 30 years, CHINAPLAS has gradually established itself as a grand platform for plastics suppliers and manufacturers,” she said. “As the Chinese plastics and rubber industry is undergoing in-depth reform, we will emphasize the showcase of technology innovations in the future, so as to facilitate the transformation of the industry.”

Smart manufacturing is the buzzword

Nowadays, the hottest topic is intelligent manufacturing. Industry 4.0 by Germany, Industrial Internet by the US, Japan’s Robot Strategy, Made in China 2025, etc. are different strategic plans laid out to accelerate “smart” technology.

Based on the successful experience of the “Automation Technology Zone” in the show’s past two editions, the area has been renamed as “Smart Manufacturing Technology Zone” and reshaped to address the industry’s avid interest today in intelligent manufacturing.

That section of the show floor will feature a full range of new technologies and products, including mechanical arms, robots, automated systems, controllers, actuators and sensors.

Smart production line and smart factory solutions from leading suppliers, such as Bosch Rexroth, Siemens and Demark will also be demonstrated.

In addition, the zone welcomes Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association which organizes the participation group to CHINAPLAS for the first time.

Inside the “Smart Manufacturing Technology Zone”, more cutting-edge technology can be found in the newly established “3D Technology Subzone”, where 3D printers, 3D scanners, 3D printing software and 3D printing services will be displayed.

The list of exhibitors includes 3D software system supplier Autodesk, 3D printer and application solution suppliers Cangming and Ureal, and 3D printing consumables supplier Renolit, etc.

Expanded Recycling Technology Zone

Long criticized as a severe source of pollution, conserving resources and adopting eco-friendly materials and technologies are important topics for the plastics industry. To align with this trend, CHINAPLAS 2017 will once again feature the “Recycling Technology Zone” that made its debut last year.

Compared with its previous edition, the zone will be bigger and accommodate more number of exhibitors, some of whom are making their debut in Guangzhou, according to the organizer. An abundant selection of solutions across the recycling chain will be available, such as sorting, shredding, cleaning, dewatering, drying and pelletizing, etc.

Similar to last year, three concurrent events will be held at CHINAPLAS 2017 – the “2nd Industry 4.0 Conference”, “Design x Innovation”, and the “3rd Medical Plastics Conference”.

At first glance, these events looked the same as last year. However, we have carefully improved the contents and structures based on the feedbacks of visitors,” Leung explained.

Industry 4.0 Conference takes aim at specific industries
The 2nd Industry 4.0 conference will be held in the first three days of CHINAPLAS.
China is no longer a low-wage cost country. Enterprises have to opt for more automation equipment and smart production processes under increasingly high cost pressures. The emerging Industry 4.0, the solution for enhancing production efficiency and improving product quality, is definitely gaining more attention in the Chinese market.

The 2nd Industry 4.0 Conference, to be held in the first three days of CHINAPLAS 2017 and consists of three sessions, is presented with the support from VDMA, the German Engineering Federation. Invited speakers will be providing case studies, practical and operational solutions of Industry 4.0 during the conference.

To provide a truly international perspective on the development of smart manufacturing, a more international speaker line-up is presented for this year, including experts from Germany, Italy, the US, China, etc. The three sessions will also be delegated to specific industry – automotive, E&E and packaging.

Standardization is one of the keys towards Industry 4.0. It aims to enhance the efficiency of technological innovation and business model innovation by standardizing smart factories. That makes the development and adoption of such standards prerequisites for helping modern manufacturing enterprises to deliver high quality products faster, and at lower cost, thereby allowing them to remain competitive.

In the conference, VDMA representative will share insights in respect to the industries’ establishment of standards. A number of professionals from end-user markets will also deliver their interpretations on standardization of smart manufacturing and smart factories.

The Made in China 2025 strategy initiated by the Chinese government aims to comprehensively upgrade China’s manufacturing industry. To help conference participants better understand how to realize smart manufacturing in China under the New Normal economic situation, academic researchers from Tongji University will be invited to interpret the standards related to the Made in China 2025 strategy.

The conference’s first day will focus on best practices for facilitating smart manufacturing in the automotive industry. KraussMaffei and Engel, global leading suppliers of high-caliber solutions for injection molding and factory automation, will present ideas, knowledge and solutions that will benefit the automotive sector.

The second day will be dedicated primarily to the electrical and electronics industry. Arburg and Wittmann Battenfeld are expected to share their solutions for that key sector.

On the last day, participants interested in smart manufacturing for the packaging industry will gain valuable insights into advanced research results related to plastic bottle cap manufacturing. SACMI, an international machine manufacturer, will deliver a talk titled “Chemical Reaction Engineering in Mechanical Intelligence - Study on the Feasibility of COMBO in Plastic Bottle Cap Manufacturing”.

Untap the potential of medical plastics
The Medical Plastics Conference received positive feedbacks from visitors last year.
A huge and ageing population drives the demand for advanced medical devices in China. The medical market is at a stage of untapped potentials, with manufacturers striving to upgrade production and develop high quality innovative products.

Entering its third edition, the Medical Plastics Conference covers a comprehensive range of topics – from new materials applications, such as “Innovative High Heat Polycarbonate for Medical Device Manufacturing Industry” by Covestro, to manufacturing solutions to best practices of end-user enterprises.

Some of the heavyweight guests include KraussMaffei, who will talk about special cleanroom requirement for injection molding machines and will feature Netstal turnkey solutions; Arburg will provide information on applications in the medical industry; Tianjin Plastics Research Institute will dig into breakthrough technologies of Bioplastics.

What’s more, leading players in the end-user markets will share their insights from their viewpoints. For example, Czuba Enterprises will talk about implantable device development – from product design, material selection to production; Bemis will share with audiences their practical medical packaging solutions.

As modern society expands the reach of its benefits to the most remote parts of our populated world, medical devices must be able to support healthcare delivery within the limitations of local infrastructures,” said Len Czuba, President of Czuba Enterprises. “Designing ‘intelligent’ medical devices can significantly improve the product development lead time and reduce costs.”

In addition to the conference, a dedicated showcase gallery will be set up to display the latest medical product offerings.

Designing for a smarter living
The RN30 concept car of Hyundai utilizes many advanced material solutions from BASF.
Enterprise transformation and upgrading calls for innovations in industrial design. For the third year running, CHINAPLAS will team up with materials giant BASF to present the Design x Innovation event at the booth 11.2A41.

As smart products have become a crucial part of daily life, the theme of the event is “Smarter Living”. Highlight activities include: Inno Gallery, Design Forum and TRIO.

The name TRIO reflects the close collaboration of designers, brand owners and BASF. Product prototypes that improve smarter living will be displayed, including a robot hand, an airless bicycle tire, a unique children’s toy set and a hybrid electronic device.

While BASF provides the material inspiration for the prototypes, the products are conceptualized by designers and brand owners. BASF, backed by its research and development, technology, engineering, and simulation competences, also helps to optimize and make joint innovations feasible for production, while lowering development cost and ensuring faster commercialization.

A highlight of the innovations will be RN30, a new concept vehicle jointly developed by BASF and Hyundai Motor Company, which combines key solutions from the chemical industry with purposeful aerodynamic design and specialized high performance technologies.

We are proud to unveil the results of our collaboration with designers and brand owners, and demonstrate how our material solutions and technical competencies enable better design and function for products that contribute to smarter living. By co-creating, we can develop products that have greater appeal and business potential,” commented Andy Postlethwaite, Senior Vice President, Performance Materials Asia Pacific, BASF.

For the Design Forum, a new format will be adopted to inspire creative designers and technical personnel to understand the modern approach of industrial design. The topics of the forum are set to focus on the different stages of design process, namely the Inspiration Stage, Discovery Stage, and Case Study Led Session.

For the Inspiration Stage, the innovative materials and the creative minds that shape the industry will be discussed. In the sessions of Discovery Stage, the tools for cracking the codes of innovation will be presented, and the thinking patterns behind the most creative ideas from renowned brand owners will be unveiled. Lastly, the items from the “TRIO” project will be discussed as examples for best illustration on Day 3 of the forum.

Additionally, interactive virtual and augmented reality booth activities will enhance visitor experience and appreciation of how innovative materials enable design and functionality.

Over 140,000 professional visitors expected

CHINAPLAS 2017 will be at a bigger scale when compared to the 240,000sqm exhibition area of last Guangzhou edition held in 2015. Adsale is expecting more than 140,000 plastics industry professionals from about 160 countries and regions. Besides, over 150 buyer delegations will be present for business negotiations and sourcing.

The rise of the middle class in the region will generate huge demand for automobile, electronic devices and consumer goods, such as healthcare, cosmetic products and sportswear etc. which in turn will create enormous market opportunities for the plastics and rubber industries. Each year, 60% overseas visitors of CHINAPLAS are from Asia. We believe that Asian buyers’ future purchasing power will be beyond our expectations,” said Chu.

Beverage Bottles Recycling & Reward Activity 

According to statistics, over 23 million tons of plastic beverage bottles are consumed in China every year and a large amount of them are disposed of after use.

To demonstrate its strong support for plastics recycling, CHINAPLAS, in cooperation with INCOM TOMRA Recycling Technology (Beijing) Co. Ltd. will organize the Plastic Beverage Bottles Recycling & Reward Activity.

A number of Reverse Vending Machines will be installed at the fairground. Visitors can insert used plastic beverage bottles into the machines and get a voucher for redemption of souvenir at the counter located in the Recycling Technology Zone in Hall 3.2.

Day 4 Specials – Enjoy free admission and amazing lucky gift bags

Trade visitors can enjoy free admission on Day 4 (May 19). With scratch card distribution, several thousands of CHINAPLAS Lucky Gift Bags will be given out to reward visitors. Drones, VR headsets and smart bands as the attractive big prizes are waiting for you!

Distribution point of scratch card

- Entrance of Zone A (nearby Exit A, Xingang Dong Metro Station)

- Entrance of Zone B (nearby Exit A, Pazhou Metro Station)




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