Chinaplas to Be Bigger than Ever in 2006

The largest and most influential trade fair of its type in Asia, Chinaplas 2006, the 20th International Exhibition of the Plastics and Rubber Industries, will be held April 26–29, 2006, in Shanghai, at the New International Expo Centre, Pudong. This regional must-attend event for industry professionals is certain to break records for show scale, internationalization, and visitor recruitment.

The show will occupy an exhibition area of more than 90,000 m² and will showcase more than 1,300 exhibitors from around the world. It is expected to be over 50% larger than the previous Shanghai show in 2004. Already, more than 80% of the exhibition area has been reserved or confirmed; both established exhibitors and newcomers have indicated strong interest in participating in the event.

Many international companies are investing in Chinaplas 2006, including the plastic technology and chemical giants. Austria, Canada, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, China, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States will have large-scale national pavilions.

To facilitate interaction at the show, Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd., the organizer of Chinaplas 2006, has created eight theme zones for visitors: the Chemicals & Raw Materials Zone, Machinery Zone, Drinktec & Plastic Packaging Zone, Auxiliary & Testing Equipment Zone, Die & Mould Zone, Rubber Equipment Zone, Semifinished Product Zone, and Chinese Export Machinery Hall. Chinaplas 2005 in Guangzhou was attended by some 52,000 quality buyers, 7,921 of them from 79 countries or regions outside of China. Concurrent symposia and a conference will be another attraction for Chinaplas 2006 visitors.

For the 17th consecutive year, Chinaplas will enjoy the exclusive sponsorship of EUROMAP (the European Committee of Machinery Manufacturers for the Plastics & Rubber Industries) in China. Chinaplas 2006 is co-organized by Messe Dusseldorf China Ltd., the China National Light Industry Council—China Plastics Processing Industry Association, Shanghai Society of Plastics Industry Association, and International Trade Promotion Corp.

MACH 2006 on Track to Reach Sales Goal

With eight months to go before the doors open to visitors attending the MACH 2006 trade fair, the premier UK manufacturing technologies event, 90% of the exhibition space in Hall 5 of the Birmingham NEC is already sold, with sales for the other floor in Hall 4 following at nearly the same pace. The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), which is organizing the show, is well on the way to achieving its goal of selling 26,000 m² to more than 500 exhibitors.

Sales throughout August and into September were strong. Commented Graham Shearsmith, exhibition manager: “I’m delighted with the response we’re getting to our sales campaign, which has been focused on giving exhibitors the best deal possible from the start. “Our latest change in this area is that we will be opening up a walkway at the back of Halls 4 and 5 to allow a more even movement of people between the halls, rather than all the traffic having to use the stairs at the front of the halls.”

Confirmed exhibitors now number 360. Up-to-date floor plans and a revised exhibitor list are posted at the MACH 2006 website every Friday afternoon.

MACH 2006 encompasses metal-cutting and metal-forming machine tools along with ancillary and related products and services. The event introduces MACHplus, exhibitors from related industries, and MACHconsult, a source of informed advice from industry experts. The show has recently attracted more than 400 exhibitors and in excess of 20,000 visitors.

Running from May 15 to 19, 2006, the event will in effect be much larger by virtue of the colocation of several smaller, related fairs at the NEC during that week. The simultaneously held fairs include Subcon, Weldex, Drives and Controls, Electrex, and Airtech.

EWK’s Steel Distributor in North America Has New Name

The new name for the North American distribution operations of the steel production mill Edelstahl-Witten-Krefeld GmbH (EWK), effective October 1, is Swiss Steel International NA. Formerly known as ThyssenKrupp Specialty Steels NA, the distributor underwent the change in identity as a result of the sale last May of EWK and its international sales subsidiaries to Swiss Steel AG of Emmenbruecke, Switzerland.

The integration of EWK into Swiss Steel will create the world’s largest steel production, distribution, and processing company for long products, according to Tony Elfstrom, president and CEO of Swiss Steel International. “The combination will result in investments in product offerings, customer service capabilities, and value-added services that will benefit our customers,” he said.

“However, there will be few changes in our day-to-day operations, other than introducing a red-and-black logo and answering the phones with ’Swiss Steel International.’”

The new group will have 7,500 employees worldwide and a total steel production capacity of 2.5 million metric tons, with annual sales of $4.1 billion.

Elfstrom reiterated that the sales and marketing team would not change, nor would the source and mixture of products. “Our tool steels will still be produced by EWK in Germany, and we will continue to provide nonferrous tooling materials supplied through our distribution partners Alimex, Alcan, and Brush Wellman. Plus, our Heat Treatment Division will continue to provide the highest-quality vacuum heat treatment, metallurgical lab services, and technical support.”

One benefit of the new organization will be increased production output with shorter lead times. Elfstrom noted that this is because EWK has received supervisory board approval to invest $150 million in current production facilities.

Swiss Steel International NA has operations in Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, and Minneapolis in the United States and Toronto and Windsor in Canada. Swiss Steel AG is a globally active steel group owned by the Schmolz & Bickenbach Group of Düsseldorf, Germany, with branches on every inhabited continent.