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Shanghai surprise: What's on at Chinaplas 2018

Chinaplas 2018 offers a wealth of informative features at this year’s show including Medical Plastics Connect and the Industry 4.0 Conference. × Shanghai

Development of plastics and rubber technologies has rocketed in recent years. Chinaplas, a leading trade fair, offers a global technology-focussed platform for those sectors. Not only will 4,000 exhibitors showcase their products and services at the event which takes places on April 24-27 at  the National Exhibition and Convention Center, Hongqiao, Shanghai, there will also  be a  set of events running at the same time. These will include Medical Plastics Connect, 3rd Industry 4.0 Conference, Tech Talk and CMF Inspiration for Design x Innovation. Experts from across the world will gather at the new venue in Shanghai to assess market trends and highlight innovative technologies.

Medical Plastics Connect creates business opportunities

Chinaplas keeps pace with the fast-changing market and has taken an active role in promoting the application of medical plastics technology in medical devices, consumables and drug packaging for three consecutive years. More than 34,000 high-profile visitors in medical and pharmaceutical related industries have taken part in the show to broaden their knowledge and source new technologies and solutions.

Medical Plastics Connect is a range activities to present new and practical medical plastics solutions to visitors. International experts will be invited to share their knowledge on topics such as sterilisation-resistant materials, composite materials for pharmaceutical packaging, medical TPU and PEEK resins, precision tubing solutions, cleanroom injection moulding technology, and more.

3rd Industry 4.0 Conference

Industry 4.0 solutions facilitate business transformation. Chinaplas started organising a conference on this topic two years ago and received enthusiastic feedback. With continuing, full support from VDMA, the German Engineering Federation, the 3rd Industry 4.0 Conference will take place at Chinaplas 2018. Drawing on Industry 4.0 expertise, the topics of this conference will be far-reaching and practical. Participants can expect plenty of industry 4.0 factory case-studies and application discussions. Participants will be inspired by the best proven German practices. At present, Arburg, EREMA, KUKA, KraussMaffei, RWTH Aachen University, Wittmann Battenfeld and other well-known enterprises have confirmed their presence as guest speakers. The conference is scheduled on April 24-25 (afternoon) and April 26 (morning).

Tech Talk to cover advanced technologies

According to its organiser, Chinaplas is a sort of ‘annual tournament’ where companies compete for visitors’ attention. Tech Talk was introduced last year, allowing international exhibitors to launch products. The last event in in Guangzhou featured more than 30 well-received talks, providing visitors with valuable knowledge. This year, Tech Talk will shed light on a range of topics, including:

  1. Smart Manufacturing which wil offer insights into automation/robotics, micro-injection moulding, digitalisation/informatisation, in-muold labeling, manufacturing execution systems (MES) and 3D printing.
  2. Innovative Materias which will look at lightweight, thin-wall mouding, micro-foaming, multi-functionality, spray-free, anti-UV, anti-bacterial, and flame-retardant materials.
  3. Green Soutions which will focus on sustainability and topics such as biodegradable materials, low VOCs, energy saving, and recycling.

 Tech Talk” is scheduled on April 24-26, in both Hall 4.2 and Hall 8.2.

CMF Inspiration for Design x Innovation

Product design is increasingly grabbing people’s attention. Colour, material and finish (CMF) are vital for product design, and directly influence users’ product experiences. To create a delightful user experience, brand owners and processors must carefully choose the appropriate CMF technology for their products. Good CMF design reinforces a positive product image and is essential in building a successful brand.

Chinaplas is responding to market needs by launching CMF Inspiration for Design x Innovation, The event consists of two parts — the CMF Inspiration Wall, in Hall 6.2, will display a variety of plastic resources for CMF design, and the CMF Design Forum will be held in the morning of April 26 in Hall 8.2. Global leading plastics technology suppliers and CMF masters will talk about product innovations and the latest market trends.

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