CHINAPLAS: New productive forces to bring plastics and rubber industries to new heights

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After 6-years, CHINAPLAS, the world‘s leading plastics and rubber trade fair, is ready to make a strong comeback to Shanghai on April 23-26, 2024, at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC), Hongqiao, Shanghai, PR China. To mark this special occasion, CHINAPLAS – Ready to Roll at Shanghai Kick-off Gala was held in Shanghai on March 28. More than 160 industry representatives attended the event in person and over 10,000 industry players participated online.

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“We are glad to announce a record-breaking show scale of this year. The number of exhibitors hits a new high of 4,420, an increase of 12% compared to the 2018 edition in Shanghai, while the total exhibition area reaches 380,000 sqm. In response to the strong demand for technological innovation, cost reduction and efficiency enhancement, and energy saving and carbon reduction among the industry, the exhibition highlights circular economy, innovative materials, digitalization and high-end technologies from China, showcasing the top technological achievements as well as the upgrading of the industry and collaborative innovations, to inject impetus into the new productive forces,” said Ms. Ada Leung, General Manager, Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd., the organizer of the exhibition.

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New productive forces play a leading role in innovation, breaking away from traditional economic growth models. They possess characteristics of high technology, high efficiency, and high quality, aligning with the advanced productive forces that embody the new development concepts. The formation of these new productive forces cannot be achieved without continuous breakthroughs in technological innovation. In response to market demand, CHINAPLAS 2024 will introduce high-quality innovative solutions and there will be concurrent events to help the plastics and rubber industry players explore the “new productive forces”.

CHINAPLAS features a wide range of renowned exhibitors, including industry giants like BASF, DuPont, Covestro, LG Chem, Evonik, Mitsubishi Chemical, Polyplastics, Lyondellbasell, Borouge, Clariant, Sinopec, Wanhua Chemical, PetroChina, Sinochem Plastics, Kingfa, Wote, Arburg, Brueckner, Engel, Chen Hsong, Haitian International, Yizumi, Jwell, Borch, Shaanxi Beiren, Liansu, Tederic and many others.

Among the exhibitors this year, over 800 companies have been recognized as “Professionalization, Refinement, Specialization and Innovation (PRSI)” enterprises, with more than 250 of them awarded as a “Little Giant”.

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chinaplasThe “World Trends & Plastics & Rubber Technology Summit” will be held, focusing on emerging industries such as new energy vehicles, photovoltaic, wind power, lithium-ion, hydrogen energy, energy storage, packaging, electrical and electronic. The summit aims to explore hot topics such as ” The Global Plastics & Rubber Industries: Megatrends, Opportunities & Challenges,” ” Digitalization for Industrial Transformation and Sustainability,” ” Innovative Technology for Green Energy,” and ” Innovative Technology for Electric Vehicles.” Top-notch speakers from authoritative associations and industry leaders from China, Germany, Italy, the United States, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Brazil and other countries will share insights on the development trends, opportunities, and challenges in the key global markets and emerging markets. The summit will also promote technological leadership, industry upgrading, and commitment to sustainable development in the plastics and rubber industries.

Tech Talk will revolve around five main themes: “Advanced Packaging Solutions”, “Eco-friendly Solutions”, “Automotive Plastic Solutions”, “3D Printing” and “2024 New Materials”, featuring over 30 cutting-edge technologies which are the latest. CHINAPLAS will feature “Injection Molding Machinery & Smart Manufacturing Tech Zone,” “Auxiliary & Testing Equipment Zone” and “3D Tech Zone”.

These areas will comprehensively showcase AI-enabled plastic molding, machine vision and AI, AI-based visible light sorting machines, robotics and automation, high-speed and stable mechanical arms, digital platforms, solutions that achieve fully automated interconnection of multiple production processes, digital twinning, and other “digitalization and smart manufacturing” technologies. These demonstrations will vividly illustrate how digitalization enhances the efficiency and productivity of manufacturing processes.

Sustainability and innovation

In the specialized areas dedicated to topics related to circular economy and sustainability, such as the “Recycled Plastics Zone”, “Bioplastics Zone”, and “Recycling Tech Zone”, the latest green plastic materials and processing technologies will be showcased. These include post-consumer recycled polycarbonate, sustainable TPE, CO₂-based multifunctional plastics, bio-based plastics, biodegradable plastics, bottle sorting machines, chemical recycling technologies, innovative materials for energy storage and charging, and many more.

Centered around three main themes: “Plastic Recycling & Fashion Trends”, “Recycling & New Plastics Economy”, and “Industrial Linkage and Low Carbon in All Fields”, the organizers will hold the “Plastics Recycling & Circular Economy Conference and Showcase” concurrently. Senior government officials and leading industry organizations, brands, materials and machinery suppliers will be invited from around the world to participate and share their insights on hot topics in the circular economy, covering international trends and policies of plastics recycling, leading regions’ experiences in recycling and sorting, as well as innovative achievements of recycling and utilization.

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China’s manufacturing industry is at the forefront of transformation and upgrading in the new era. At the CHINAPLAS Returns to Shanghai Kick-off Gala, Ms. Samantha Zhang, Project Director of Sales and Marketing, Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd., said that circular economy, innovative materials, digitization & intelligent manufacturing, and high-end technology made in China are important development trends in the industry, which are the focus of this year’s exhibition.

Seizing new opportunities in foreign trade: expecting a significant increase in overseas visitors

The development of high-quality importing and high-level exporting is driving the advancement of new productive forces. In 2023, China’s export value of electric vehicles, lithium-ion batteries and solar cells, exceeded RMB 1 trillion which is equivalent to USD 141 billion for the first time, marking nearly a 30% increase. Going overseas has become a pivotal strategy for Chinese enterprises. China’s continuous technological innovation in plastics and rubber machinery and materials has significantly enhanced its competitiveness in overseas markets, facilitating a rapid expansion in overseas presence. This has laid a robust foundation for inviting overseas visitors to CHINAPLAS.

As of early March, China has granted visa-free entry to a number of Asian and European countries, and has also introduced new measures to simplify visa processes. While China is expanding its visa-free access, CHINAPLAS 2024 has also intensified its efforts to attract foreign visitors.

Visitors from over 120 countries and regions have already completed pre-registration, with overseas buyers accounting for approximately 25%. The number of pre-registrations from overseas buyers not only represents an increase of over 175% compared to the same period last year (as of Mar 24), but also sets a new record.

“CHINAPLAS has evolved and developed hand in hand with China’s plastics and rubber industries. Over the years, it fostered and witnessed the global integration and innovative development of the industry,” Mr. Chen Guokang, Vice President and Secretary-General, Shanghai Society of Plastic Industry remarked. “This year’s event is set to once again be a highly anticipated gathering within the industry.”

CHINAPLAS 2024 is around the corner. The online pre-registration to the exhibition is open till April 17, 2024, 17:00 (GMT +8). All visitors are required to pre-register and reserve the entry dates in advance for admission correspondingly. Click HERE to pre-register now for an admission ticket at RMB 50 or USD 7.5. Pre-registered visitors shall receive their Visitor eBadges (for local visitors) or eConfirmations Letter (for overseas visitors). Admission tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information or enquiries about CHINAPLAS 2024, please visit www.ChinaplasOnline.com or contact Chinaplas.pr@adsale.com.hk.