Chinaplas 2016 kicked off this week in Shanghai with a wealth of plastics industry solutions making their global debut. Organizer Adsale expects 140,000 visitors from more than 150 countries to attend the four-day event, which is hosting 3323 exhibitors over a floor area of 240,000 square meters, making it the largest plastics show by area in the world.
More than 3,800 machines are on show at the event. Despite its massive scale, 30,000-square meters-worth of budding exhibitors were still on the waiting list. Moreover, 40,000-square-meters-worth of exhibitors were forced into outside tents at the Shanghai event.
There are no such space constraints in Guangzhou, the location of the 2017 show, but for the 2018 show, Adsale is exploring all options including a new venue at Hongqiao, Shanghai. However, this 400,000-square-meter venue is not designed for machinery-related exhibitions. “It’s a two-story structure with a lot of difficult hurdles to overcome such as supply of air, water and electricity,” says Stanley Chu, chairman of Adsale.
In any event, the target is not to be the biggest in world, says Chu. “We want to be a good technology exhibition.”
Mission accomplished. Here are some highlights from Chinaplas 2016.
Engel’s Chinese subsidiary Wintec unveiled the all-new e-win series of all-electric injection machines at Chinaplas 2016. Based on Engel’s e-motion machines but with fewer options, the e-win series initially will be built at Engel’s plant in South Korea, with production transferring to China once volumes ramp up.
Nissei Plastic Industrial has been manufacturing NX series all-electric machines in Taicang, China, for five years now. Sales Director Shigeru Hanaoka says production is currently at approximately 60 machines per month, with the vast majority of sales going to China. Don’t expect to see the machine in the United States any time soon, though. Nissei continues to ship all-electric machines to North America from its plant in Japan.
German plastics distributor K.D. Feddersen operates its own in-house compounding operation through Akro-Plastic in Germany and Akro Engineering Plastics in Suzhou, China. The former subsidiary compounded the Akromid ICF carbon-fiber-reinforced polyamide grade used in a clutch pedal molded on an Engel machine. The low-cost grade employs carbon fiber “remnants” recovered from prepregs. K.D.F. Distribution (Shanghai) Managing Director Wilfried Jobst shows the part here with JC Ng, Managing Director of newly established subsidiary K.D. Feddersen Singapore.
China is turning to green energy to alleviate its dependence on coal, with central and local governments working together with the private sector to develop an extensive electric vehicle charging infrastructure. That’s good news for Covestro, which is developing PC/ABS alloy grades specifically for this application.
The Hyundai Intrado concept car took pride of place at the Lotte Chemical Chinaplas booth. The monocoque chassis of the fuel cell vehicle features extensive use of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic composites supplied by the Korean firm. Composite tanks located at the rear of the vehicle, meanwhile, store more than 100 liters of hydrogen pressurized to 700 bar.