The 2013 edition of Chinaplas opened in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou today augmenting its status as the second largest plastics industry show in the world. Over 2900 exhibitors from 38 countries occupying 220,000 square meters of floor space, 15 national pavilions, and an anticipated 120,000 visitors, including 30,000 overseas visitors from 150 countries attest to the global status of Chinaplas and the importance of the China market to global and local suppliers of processing machinery and materials.
While there is still scope to grow further at the Pazhou venue in Guangzhou, next year's Chinaplas in Shanghai looks once again to be capacity-constrained. "We are short of space to the tune of 50,000 square meters for the 2014 event in Shanghai," concedes Stanley Chu, chairman of Adsale. "We're encouraging large exhibitors to build double-deck stands and at the same time restrict their expansion but we'll still need to set up more than the eight tents we had in 2012," he notes....