A new logo, a new milestone, a new directionBeing thirty is a significant milestone for Chinaplas, of which the vision and aspiration are expressed through the cleverly designed logo of its 30th edition. The digits "3" and "0" constitute the main part of the logo. The upward surge of three circles, growing in size and in completeness, symbolizes the ongoing expansion of Chinaplas, which, by introducing to exhibitors and visitors alike something new every year, promotes the ceaseless development of the plastics and rubber industries towards perfection and sustainability. Like a wind vane, Chinaplas points the direction to forward-looking and innovative inspiration for the industry.
Expanding on adversityHaving been serving the plastics and rubber industries for more than thirty years, Chinaplas is now the No.1 plastics and rubber trade fair in Asia. According to Ms Ada Leung, General Manager of Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd, organizer of Chinaplas, the number of exhibitors this year reaches a record-breaking high of 3,300 in spite of the less favourable global economies. The exhibition area also boasts an 80% increase to 240,000 square metres compared to 2008, the last time when the economy was sluggish. Both achievements show that Chinaplas and the plastics and rubber industries are capable of swimming upstream and thrive well. Among raw material and plastics and rubber machinery suppliers, those that take part in Chinaplas are preeminent figures in the world. So is the trade fair itself. As for visitors, in early years they were mostly manufacturers of plastic products. Now, the visitor profile has been extended to a multitude of industries, including automotive, packaging, electronics & IT communications, building & construction, medical, toys, etc.
Forward-looking strategies driven by user needsChameleonic consumer needs, coupled with the evolving industrial ecology, urge the manufacturing sector to transform and upgrade. Nowadays, Chinaplas has become a user-need oriented trade fair. Trendy materials and technologies presented to visitors all fit in the current or projected needs of plastics and downstream industries, like lightweight automobiles, food safety, green packaging, low carbon buildings and light-thin electronics, etc. Industry 4.0, intelligent manufacturing, Internet+ are undoubtedly among the hot topics, and at the same time core ingredients of some forward-looking development strategies of the various plastics application industries, regardless of the different materials and machinery involved. The Industry 4.0 Conference, jointly presented by Chinaplas and VDMA, the German Engineering Federation, which will be held on April 26 and 27, is therefore organized in response to the needs. Operational action plan and smart factories will be the focus of this conference. The introduction of German technology provides opportunities for manufacturers to transform and upgrade.
New elements drive sustainable developmentChinaplas manages to undergo hardship and repeatedly reach the summit over the years by virtue of the yearly introduction of new elements, which ensures the sustainability of the fair itself. Among the 16 special theme zones, one of the recurrent distinguishing features of Chinaplas, the Automation Technology Zone and the Composites & High-performance Materials Zone make their Shanghai debuts this year, while the Recycling Technology Zone is the latest introduction to the trade fair. Exhibits in the last mentioned zone encompass each part in the recycling chain, such as sorting, shredding, washing, dewatering, drying and granulation. The new zones are set up in response to the industrial needs of automation, going green and upgrading.
While recycling is at the same time an end point and a new starting point in the life cycle of products, design is the driving force behind the enhancement of products. New plastics technologies continue to appear, allowing product designers to realize good designs, and create new experiences and higher values for customers. Chinaplas once again joins hands with BASF, the world's leading chemical company, to present "Design X Innovation", a concurrent Event comprising of the display of innovative and sustainable solutions at the Innovation Gallery, Open Forums and Meet the Designers, to stimulate product creativity.