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Chinaplas 2012 Show Report: BPF Busy on the Yangtze

The 26th Edition of Chinaplas, the world’s second largest trade fair for plastics started on the 18th April (finishing on the 21st April) in Shanghai with the BPF led group of 10 UK companies occupying the British Pavilion in a prominent position in Hall W1.

On the first day of the show BPF’s Public and Industrial Affairs Director Philip Law said, “We’ve got a hard core of veteran exporters taking space on the BPF organised British Pavilion who already have a high profile in the Chinese market and who are expecting to do well here. Firms like Meech, Lloyd instruments and MSA certainly know their way around the Chinese plastics market. We have also got an associated group of British companies touring the fair making appointments with Chinese manufacturers, such as Aquapurge, Addmaster, Distrupol and Simba”. On the final day Law stated “the activity at the show has been brisk throughout with the BPF stand registering hundreds of enquiries for UK companies, enquiries that will be past back to our member firms”.

British Pavilion at Chinaplas 2012
The British Pavilion at Chinaplas 2012

UK Pavilion exhibitors at Chinaplas were:

• The Aerogen Company (flame treatment systems)
• Boston Matthews (extruders, downstream lines, injection moulding machines)
• British Plastics Federation (UK plastics trade association)
• C L Rye Trading (trader of recycled plastic)
• Lloyd Instruments (materials testing machinery)
• Meech International (static control solutions)
• MSA Engineering Systems (electrofusion fittings for joining pipes)
• Nextool (extrusion tooling supplier)
• Zotefoams (manufacturer of closed-cell crosslinked foams)

Additionally a few British companies exhibited with individual stands: Croda (additives supplier), Wells Plastics (additive masterbatch and compound producer) and the following companies exhibited their catalogues at the BPF stand at Chinaplas:

• Hubron International Ltd (manufacturers of black masterbatch)
• Polymer Training & Innovation Centre (specialised training, consultancy and educational services)
• Summit Systems (plastics processing equipment including recycling machinery),
• Symphony Environmental (d2w and d2p additives supplier)
• Simba Plastics (trader of recycled plastics)

The British Pavilion was made up of 177sqm of space, this compared to the German Pavilion of over 3,300sqm (which featured a German restaurant), an Italian Pavilion of 1,200sqm, an Austrian Pavilion of 700sqm and Japanese Pavilion of 2100sqm. Other pavilions from France, Turkey and the US were of a similar size to that of the UK.

International Pavilions at Chinaplas 2012
International Pavilions at Chinaplas 2012

The show consisted of 2,700 exhibitors spread amongst 25 Halls (17 permanent exhibition halls and 8 outdoor halls) and comprised of 210,000sqm of raw space, a 40% increase compared to 2010 – the last time the show took place in Shanghai.

Chinaplas 2012 Visitor Numbers

Date

Visitors

Overseas Visitors

18th April

33,287

8,573 (25.75%)

19th April

38,541

9,337 (24.23%)

20th April

27,940

7,547 (27.01%)

21st April  

10,090

2,653 (26.29%)

Total

109,858

28,110 (25.59%)


Leon Rye, a Director of CL Rye, said that they were inundated with enquiries throughout the show and Morgan Jones of MSA said they he had received quality enquiries not only from China but also from India, Turkey and the Middle East.

Philip Law of the BPF said “Despite the statistics there doesn't seem to be much physical evidence of the cooling down in Chinese manufacturing activity. On the basic level, the enthusiasm to make business progress still persists”.

This sentiment was echoed by Chris Francis, Managing Director of Meech who stated "This is the eight consecutive Chinaplas show we have exhibited at and the show grows every year, as do our sales to China. Our sales have typically grown at over 20% p.a. since we started business here and we do not sense any deceleration in the market”.

The investment in stands by both international and domestic firms was high and the quality of both machinery and plastic processing in China is clearly improving. Colin Hindle of Napier University commented “As a visitor to the show, what struck me was the difference between today and when I first came to Chinaplas 4 years ago. The gap between European and local Chinese manufacturers has in many cases closed considerably and it’s interesting to see both exhibiting alongside one another in the same hall”.

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Photos of Exhibitors at Chinaplas 2012

Richard Brayne-Nicholls of Aquapurge stated “The level of quality from the Chinese industry has increased dramatically over the last ten years and the plastics processors are now starting to adopt lean manufacturing and just in time processing. Crucially there is now serious interest in our purging compound.”

During the fair BPF's Philip Law and Stephen Hunt set in motion the planning of a networking event with The Plastics Trade Association of Shanghai at the next Chinaplas. Stephen Hunt said, "We aim to bring a larger number of companies next time round in Guangzhou (20-23 May 2013) and the prospect of one on one meetings with Shanghai manufacturers will be a big draw."

BPF Meets The Shanghai Plastics Association
BPF meets representatives of the The Plastics Trade Association of Shanghai

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