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.