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China’s recovering economy ready to host long-awaited plastics expo

Dongping Su (China Plastics Machinery Industry Association) will share her outlook at the ChinaPlas expo.

Recyclers are getting ready for ChinaPlas 2023, which will be held at the Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center from 17-20 April. The show marks China’s first plastics and rubber industry event following the pandemic, providing a huge stage for innovative recycling technologies and new business opportunities.

China’s economy has witnessed a stable and upward trend since the start of 2023. This comes after total production of plastic products in 2022 totalled 77.7 million tonnes, a year-on-year decrease of 4.3%. Meanwhile, 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.

‘The exhibition has already set a new record in terms of scale, with a total area of 380 000 square metres. It is the first time for us to use all 18 exhibition halls of the SWECC centre. It is encouraging and reflects the high confidence and expectations of the industry,’ says Ada Leung, general manager of event organiser Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd.

‘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,’ Leung adds.

The expo will welcome 1 400 materials suppliers and 3 000 equipment specialists. In addition, global experts will present over 30 innovative technologies on the ChinaPlas Tech Talk stage. The work of design masters will be showcased at Design x Innovation area to inspire participants’ creative ideas.

Automation and robotics technology are major themes at ChinaPlas this year. In the 3D Tech Zone, visitors can experience the advantages of advanced 3D printing materials, technologies, and hardware in accelerating product development and production, and cost reduction.

Moreover, 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.

Delegations from more than 30 overseas organisations will attend the show. This includes industry players from Indonesia, Thailand, India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, South Korea, Pakistan, Russia and Brazil.

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