Chinaplas 2019 closed its four-day run in Guangzhou on May 24. The annual show – held this year at the China Import & Export Fair Complex, Pazhou, in Southern China – attracted 3,622 exhibitors and 163,314 professional visitors from all over the world. More than a quarter of attendees (42,005) were overseas visitors from over 150 countries and regions. The top 15 countries, in terms of visitors, were Brazil, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, and the United States.
Currently, the world’s economic growth, including international trade, has been slowing down. The escalation of the Sino-US trade dispute, coupled with deterioration in trading conditions, has severely impacted global supply chains. Consequently, Chinese and foreign companies have been exercising increased caution in investments. This combination of complicated internal and external factors – the likes of which have not been seen for many years in China – has served to depress economic growth. “Under the gloom of such a downturn, there was a gap between the number of visitors to Chinaplas 2019 and our previously set goal; we achieved a 5.19% increase compared to the last Guangzhou edition of show two years ago, ” said Ada Leung, General Manager of show organizer Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd.
The exhibition halls exuded an aura of innovation. Exhibitors made more than 180 global or Asian launches of hot, new technologies in industries such as electrical and electronics, automotive, packaging, building materials, medical, sports, and leisure. In the fair’s machinery exhibition area, digital smart manufacturing solutions showcased the implementation of various intelligent manufacturing options, while exhibitors also introduced a large number of high-performance, high-precision advanced equipment and a wealth of advanced molding processes.
The unstoppable trend of the circular economy was apparent at the show, as an abundance of high-performance, environmentally friendly and recyclable solutions were on display. The theme zones that focused on the circular economy –– namely, the “Recycled Plastics Zone”, the “Recycling Technology Zone” and the “Bioplastics Zone” –– proved hugely popular with visitors.
The next edition of the show will return to Shanghai next spring, with the show set to take place again in the National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC), in Hongqiao, Shanghai, PR China, from April 21-24, 2020.