The 31st edition of the world’s second-largest plastics and rubber event CHINAPLAS, will rotate back to the China Import & Export Fair Complex, Pazhou, Guangzhou, on May 16th – 19th 2017.
The show is expected to occupy 250,000 m sq of exhibition space with 3,300 exhibitors, featuring a full spectrum of exhibits in seamless connection with ‘Intelligent Manufacturing’, ‘High-tech Materials’ and ‘Green Solutions’.
Automation will be given a platform at CHINAPLAS 2017.
China is now the second largest research and development investor on the planet after the US and Guangdong province, which is one of the pivotal production bases for China’s plastics and rubber industries, actively promotes the realisation of high-end, intelligent and green manufacturing.
It is estimated that by the end of 2018, the number of above-scale industrial enterprises in Guangdong with the establishment of R&D centres will reach 23 per cent or above; while the number of provincial-level enterprise technology centres, key laboratories, engineering centres and laboratories will increase to 2,800, unveiling the growing importance of R&D among Guangdong enterprises.
According to the ‘Three-year Action Plan on the Implementation of Restructuring and Upgrading of Industries of Guangdong Province (2015 – 2017)’, the advanced manufacturing industry and high-tech manufacturing industry of Guangdong saw a growth of 10 per cent from a year earlier, accounting for 50 per cent and 27 per cent of the provincial-level above-scale industrial enterprises respectively by the end of 2017. Further to being the manufacturing hub of electrical and home appliances, automobiles and packaging products, Southern China will soon be home to RMB100 billion worth of seven strategic emerging industry clusters including information technology, biomedicine, new materials, LEDs, energy saving and environmental protection.
With government support, demand for new materials and new technology by Guangdong enterprises is set to surge. Against this background, CHINAPLAS 2017 will be a crucial platform for plastics and rubber suppliers across the globe to showcase their high-tech materials, intelligent manufacturing and green solutions.
Gateway to new product realisation
With technological advancement, there are now endless possibilities for plastics in different sectors. Plastics play a vital role in achieving lightweight automotive materials and for metal-replacement non-load-bearing parts and safety load-bearing structures.
In the case of new energy vehicles, plastics can be applied to battery casings and motors enclosures. Furthermore, special medical-grade polymers are being applied to healthcare across the board. Not only are plastics increasingly used inside the human body but polymer processing technologies are paving the way for breakthroughs in the medical industry.
The new generation of consumer are pushing up demand for personalised and eco-friendly products, fostering the formation of a ‘high-end, personalized’ market focus. For example, in the electronics and electrical appliances industry, plastics processing technologies can enhance the design and finish of a product. And for high-end packaging materials, lightweight and eco-friendly are terms that define the trend. Moreover, plastic packaging favours the pursuit of portability and packaging design to satisfy various consumers’ needs.
Trends at CHINAPLAS 2017
CHINAPLAS 2017 is going to exhibit the most ground-breaking plastics and rubber technologies and a wide array of raw materials to be in line with the government policies and the latest trends.
The event will – as ever – be a truly global event with 12 country and region pavilions, including Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and the US, while there will be16 theme zones, namely: Injection Molding Machinery; Extrusion Machinery; Plastic Packaging’ Blow Molding Machinery; Film Technology; Rubber Machinery; Automation Technology; Recycling Technology; Auxiliary; Testing Equipment; Die and Mould; Chinese Export Machinery and Materials; Chemicals and Raw Materials; Composite and High Performance Materials; Bioplastics; Additives, Colour Pigment and Masterbatch; and Semi-Finished Products.
Among the 16 theme zones, the ‘Automation Technology Zone’, ‘Recycling Technology Zone’ and ‘Composite and High Performance Materials Zone’ - which are recent additions to CHINAPLAS - will continue to be the highlight.