The 22nd International Exhibition on Plastics and Rubber Industries (Chinaplas 2008) was staged from April 17-20 with resounding success at Shanghai New International Expo Centre, PR China. The 4-day event attracted 72,161 trade visitors from 118 countries and regions. Among them, 11,760 were overseas visitors, which represented 16.3% of total trade visitors.
Being Asia's No. 1 and the world's No. 3 plastics and rubber trade fair, Chinaplas 2008's exhibition area reached a record-breaking scale of 134,500 sqm, increased 46% compared with 2006 edition, with nearly 1,800 renowned international exhibitors. Moreover, 10 pavilions from Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, PR China, Taiwan Province, UK and USA were present to showcase their innovative products and technology. Both show scale and number of exhibitors of Chinaplas 2008 hit the record heights.
This year, new highlights were created to enrich the show's contents. Following the success of "CEO Forum" and "China-India Plastics Industry Summit" held last year, the Organizer, Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd, continued this momentum in 2008 by joining force with China Plastics Processing Industry Association (CPPIA) and The Society of Plastics Industry, Inc. (SPI) to organize the "China-US Plastics Industry Summit". The summit was successfully held on April 16 and over 200 local and overseas enterprises attended the occasion, including those renowned representatives who had rich experiences in the Sino-US rubber and plastics trade industry. They addressed on the topics of Sino-US market development trend, technological features, challenges and opportunities facing the industry and the exploration of bilateral trading opportunities.
To welcome the staging of Beijing Olympics in the coming August, "Plastics & Rubber in Sports" Hall was established to attract more local and overseas media and visitors to attend and participate. With the theme of "Innovative Plastics and Rubber, Sports without Limit", the Organizer demonstrated new trend of plastics and rubber application in the fields of sports equipments and facilities onsite. For example, bicycle pedal made of glass-reinforced nylon had outstanding dimensional stability and impact-resistance, which enabled it to operate over a broad range of temperatures. Part of a bicycle wheel made from PMI rigid foam sandwich structure had outstanding anti-torsion property and strength-to-weight ratio. Bicycle gloves formed by pre-molded rubber materials with the palm made of high-density foam offers the cyclist comfort and warmth. The gloves are also shockproof and easy to control the brake. In addition, on the fairground, there were displays of Olympics stadium facilities with plastics and rubber as their construction materials, which included National Stadium (Bird's Nest), National Aquatics Center (Water Cube), Laoshan Velodrome, etc. Besides, visitors also enjoyed the on-site sports performances of biking and yoga and they were also interested in participating in the interactive games, such as table tennis, mini-football and mini-golf. By joining these activities, visitors experienced how these new concepts of plastics and rubber application can facilitate athletes to push further their potential and physical limits.