Chinaplas 2023: first-time use of all 18 exhibition halls of the Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center

Chinaplas 2023, to be held at the Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center, PR China (SWECC), on April 17-20, 2023, will be the first world-class plastics and rubber industry event held in China after the relaxation of pandemic controls, providing a stage for the entire industry to exchange high-tech technologies and explore business cooperation.

“Over the past year, the uncertain and unpredictable environment has increased the difficulty of organising the exhibition. However, this year the exhibition can still set a new record in terms of scale, with a total area of 380,000m2, an increase of 8.6% from the 2021 exhibition. It is the first time for us to use all 18 exhibition halls of SWECC. It is encouraging and reflects the high confidence and expectations of the industry. Together with more than 3,900 prominent renowned exhibitors from all over the world, the show shall follow the themes of high-quality development and vigorous development of advanced manufacturing, join hands together with the industry towards high-end manufacturing, smart manufacturing, and green manufacturing,” said Ms. Ada Leung, General Manager of organiser Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd. at a press conference held in Shenzhen on March 29.

Over 3,900 exhibitors from China and abroad are showcasing a full array of solutions, including over 200 world / Asian debut technologies. It is expected that more than 1,400 materials suppliers and 3,000 sets of machinery exhibits will be on the same stage, supporting smart, efficient, cost-effective, and low-carbon manufacturing.

Smart and green are the key words in plastics and rubber industries: Many manufacturing companies are demanding high production efficiency, cost reduction, low pollution, and low energy consumption. In addition to the Injection Moulding and Smart Manufacturing Solutions Zone, visitors can find the latest all-round sustainable solutions for environmentally friendly materials, processing technologies, and products in various theme zones, including Recycled Plastics Zone, Bioplastics Zone, and Recycling Tech Zone, and the newly established Innovative Products Zone.

Foreign trade tides the world

Valuing the cost advantages of Southeast Asia, many branded enterprises have invested in setting up factories in the region to obtain the Certificate of Origin, avoid tariff barriers, and establish supply chain network. After three years, overseas buyers, especially those from Southeast Asia, have accumulated great demand and enthusiasm for finding suppliers and partners in China. Since early this year, pre-registration of overseas visitors has been soaring, and the response in organising delegations is encouraging as well, say the organisers. Currently, more than 30 overseas organisations from different countries and regions, such as Indonesia, Thailand, India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, South Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Brazil, etc., have expressed their intention to organise delegations to attend the exhibition. Among them, there are plastics associations and end-user associations namely, Indonesian Packaging Federation, Thai Plastic Industries Association, Thai Auto-Parts Manufacturers Association (TAPMA), Indian Plastics Federation, Vietnam Plastics Association (VPA), Vietnam Electronic Industries Association (VEIA), Malaysia Bottled Water Manufacturers Association, Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM), Malaysia Plastics Recyclers Association, Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association, Philippine Plastics Industry Association (PPIA), Pakistan Plastic Manufacturers Association, etc. The organiser expects that the number of overseas visitors in Chinaplas 2023 will resume to more than half of that before the pandemic. Most of them are from Asia, southeast Asia in particular.

Industry development

At the conference, the leaders of the exhibition organisers and co-organizers shared their insights on the current situation of plastics industry from different perspectives, and made predictions and suggestions. In 2022, the total production of plastic products in China was 77.716 million tons, a year-on-year decrease of 4.3%; the revenue and profit of China’s plastics machinery industry decreased by 7% and 11% respectively compared to the previous year. The profit margin remained at 10%, which was higher than the overall machinery industry’s profit margin of 6% during the same period. Since the start of 2023, China’s economy has achieved a stable and upward trend, and all sectors have started to strive for economic development. As a pillar of foundation industry in manufacturing, the plastics industry is about to embrace a new wave of development opportunities.

This year, the “Government Work Report” proposes a target for the expected growth of China’s gross domestic product (GDP) of around 5% in 2023, focusing on expanding domestic demand, accelerating the construction of a modern industrial system, strengthening the support of scientific and technological innovation for industrial development, promoting energy conservation, carbon reduction, and pollution reduction in key areas.

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Photo: The Chinaplas press conference, organised by Adsale, took place on March 29.