On 19 February 2020, the Chinaplas show organiser Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd. officially announced that this year’s event has been rescheduled to 3 – 6 August 2020 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC), Hongqiao in Shanghai, China. Adsale issued the following statement, which is quoted here in its original wording:
“In an effort to strengthen the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus epidemic and to protect the health and safety of all show participants, Chinaplas 2020, the 34th International Exhibition on Plastics and Rubber Industries, originally scheduled from 21 – 24 April 2020 at National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC) in Shanghai has been postponed. Hereby, we would like to announce that the show will be rescheduled to 3 – 6 August 2020 and the venue will remain unchanged at NECC. Holding for the 34th time this year, Chinaplas is well-recognized by the global plastics and rubber industries for its rich content and activities, worldwide attendance and significant market influence. The coming show held in August has already confirmed the participation of over 3,800 exhibitors from around the world to showcase their leading technologies and innovations. In the coming period before Chinaplas 2020 opens, Adsale will continue to closely monitor the epidemic development, to keep in close contact with the local government and authorities, and to do well the subsequent show preparation work. With our experience accumulated over the years, we are confident and are fully committed to present you another successful Chinaplas in coming August. Once again, please accept our sincere apology for the inconvenience caused by the show postponement.”
Ada Leung, General Manager of Adsale, expressed: “As an important trend-setter, Chinaplas has expeditiously responded to the market needs. Many market activities like consumption, manufacturing and investment etc. are put on hold during the epidemic. And now, some companies have already resumed work and manufacturing in an orderly manner. We believe that once the outbreak is controlled, all suppressed market demand will be released. The postponement of Chinaplas to August in Shanghai will help the upstream and downstream industries to seize business opportunities during market rebound period.”
According to Adsale, in this epidemic, plastics and rubber have been used as important raw materials for prevention supplies such as medical protective clothes, medical masks, goggles, gloves, medical equipment, pharmaceutical packaging, and disinfection supplies. Many companies in the plastics and rubber industries have donated money and materials, sped up their manufacturing process etc. to assist in the epidemic control measures. Recently, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of People’s Republic of China announced the scope of medical emergency protection materials. In the list, there are coated spunbond, breathable film, meltblown non-woven fabric, PE /PC anti-fogging rolls and sheets, seals, zippers, antistatic agents and other important raw materials for producing medical protective clothes and masks; as well as plastic packaging materials such as plastic bottles (barrels) and labels.
Adsale said that the epidemic will also trigger the industries to rethink of the future manufacturing processes, consumers‘ pursuit of healthy lifestyles, safe and private commute, and sterilizing electric appliances. If enterprises can seize the opportunity to transform and upgrade their business, there will be a potential business growth, said the trade show organiser.
Targeting the new market needs, Chinaplas 2020 will focus on the following aspects:
- Medical plastics technology
- Automation production technology
- Digital technology allowing remote production control
- Safe packaging technology
- Protective materials
- Application of antibacterial & health materials in automotive, E&E, packaging and other industries
- Recycling & circular technology
Chinaplas 2020 will not only showcase a large number of exhibits, but also build an efficient procurement and technology exchange platform for the industries, said Adsale. There will also be a series of concurrent events, including:
- Medical Plastics Connect
- Tech Talk
- Plastics Recycling & Circular Economy Conference and Showcase
- Design x Innovation
- Industry 4.0 Factory of the Future
- Applications in Focus – a series of seminars
Chinaplas 2020 is organised by Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd., Beijing Yazhan Exhibition Services Ltd., and Adsale Exhibition Services (Shanghai) Ltd. and co-organised by China National Light Industry Council – China Plastics Processing Industry Association, China Plastics Machinery Industry Association, Messe Düsseldorf China Ltd., the Plastic Trade Association of Shanghai. The event is also supported by various plastics and rubber associations in China and abroad.