IPF Japan 2011 drew to a close on Saturday October 29 having attracted 43,745 visitors over its five-day duration, including 2154 overseas attendees. Overall attendance was down by more than one-third compared with the 2008 show, itself coinciding with an industry downturn fueled by a global recession.
And while the aisles were wider than three years, most key players had a presence at the show. A notable absentee was Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Plastic Technology Co. (Tokyo), although technically it was present, with an unmanned two-foot wide counter to leave business cards and view a catalog. Besides Ube Machinery Corp. (Ube, Japan) which was focusing on multi-shot processes for auto parts such as door trim, most injection molding machine suppliers were present with machines in operation.
The overseas visitor number was undoubtedly affected by fears over the ongoing nuclear crisis affecting Northeastern Japan but in reality, IPF is very much a show for the local Japanese market, with foreigners accounting for less than 5% of overall attendance in 2011 and less than 6% in 2008....