Despite a cloudier outlook—speaking both metaphorically with the Chinese economy's 'new normal' and literally with rainy season showers—Chinaplas 2015 still packed in exhibitors and attendees over four days this May in Guangzhou.
senior editor, Plastics Technology
Despite rain, crowds packed the halls at Chinaplas 2015, with more than 128,000 attending over the four days, including nearly 50,000 on the second day alone.
Stanley Chu, founder and chairman of Chinaplas organizer, Adsale, takes questions with that company's general manager, Ada Leung, during media day events. Despite the 2015 edition surpassing Germany's K show in total number of exhibitors, Chu said the triennial weeklong event in Düsseldorf is still the top global plastics show.
As labor costs and the need for repeatable production rise in China, so does interest in robots, reflected in the show's first ever "Robot Parade."
Arburg used Chinaplas 2015 for the Asian premier of its Freeformer technology, drawing deep crowds with the now familiar saxophone solo's strains.
Of the 128,264 visitors to Chinaplas 2015, more than 27% (35,090) hailed from outside China.
German chemicals and plastics giant, BASF, took part in Chinaplas 2015 as the sponsor of the Design x Innovation pavilion.
Wherever they were featured, robots drew crowds at Chinaplas 2015.
Tongda Machinery ran a live pipe extrusion demonstration during the show, including downstream cutting.
Along with machines and people, flowers were omnipresent at Chinaplas, reflecting the country's tradition of floral arrangements as symbolic embodiments of a variety of themes.
At hot runner manufacturer Yudo's booth, a young woman models the latest in melt delivery technology.
Popularized at NPE2012, Wittmann Battenfeld's display of basketball playing robots also drew crowds as part of Chinaplas's new Robot Parade.
Along with running equipment, machine components were also prominent at the Pazhou Complex.
China increasingly views automation as a necessity if its manufacturers hope to keep production in country.
Covering more than 2.5 million square feet, Chinaplas 2015 came within a little more than 320,000 square feet of catching the world's biggest plastics show, the K.
VDMA organized a table tennis exhibition with German national and former world's No. 1, Timo Boll, to promote its Blue Competence energy efficiency initiative, as well as the increasingly healthy competition between Chinese and German machinery suppliers.
Chinaplas 2015, held from May 20-23 at the Pazhou Exhibition Center in Guangzhou, China, drew a total of 128,264 attendees to its 3282 exhibitors and 240,000 sq m (2.58 million sq ft) of exhibition space.