From the small beginnings of several hundred exhibitors and several thousand square meters of floor space in 1983, Chinaplas has expanded steadily over the years to become a key event on the calendar not only of Chinese processors, but also of those further afield in Asia and elsewhere. This May marks the 25th holding of the event.
Processors from as far afield as Africa and South America typically converge on the show, which alternates between Shanghai and Guangzhou, to view not only local Chinese machinery but also the latest technologies and solutions from global machinery and material vendors. One exhibitor notes the increasingly international nature of Chinaplas in the ratio of overseas buyers: "5% 10 years ago, but 40%-50% today."
Chinaplas 2011 (Guangzhou, May 17-20) looks to be bigger than ever this year, with organizer Adsale reporting a 20% overbooking of space for the event. Loathe to turn budding exhibitors away, Adsale is making arrangements to add an extra 20,000m2 of second-floor space at the Pazhou Complex, which would encompass the entire 18 exhibition halls at the site. Adsale's initial estimate was 160,000m2 of floor space occupied by 2200 exhibitors from 35 countries and regions, with expectations of 80,000-plus visitors, but with the added space these visitors now have 180,000 square meters to wander....