Shenzhen, China - The polyurethanes world turned out in large numbers to attend the PU China 2010 exhibition in hot and steamy central Shenzhen, from 26-28 May, with more than 9000 visitors from all parts of the polyurethanes world passing through Hall 2 of the local convention centre, said organisers Crain Communications Ltd of London, and China Minmetals Corp. of Beijing.
This is the first PU China show since Crain Communications took control of the PU China and UTECH events, previously run in partnership with Industrial Promotions International BV of the Netherlands.
Paul Mitchell, managing director of Crain Communications Ltd, said he was delighted with the preliminary visitor numbers from the show, adding that the smooth changeover was evidence of the hard work all those involved had put in to ensure the success of the meeting.
The PU China 2010 exhibition was the biggest such event ever held, with more floor space sold than at the UTECH Asia 2008/PU China event held in Shanghai two years ago, Mitchell noted. Alongside the exhibition, Crain Communications organized a free-to-attend series of company-sponsored product seminars in Mandarin, aimed at Chinese polyurethane technologists and specialists.
Exhibitors UTI spoke to said they were pleased with the quality and number of the attendees, with plenty of purchasing power represented among the crowds of visitors thronging the aisles. Describing the PU China 2010 event as "very well organized," Matthew Hellstern, general manager for urethane performance specialities with Chemtura Corp., said he felt the event promoters had put on an "excellent, professional show."
Chemtura's presence at the show was part of its strategy to expand Chinese sales of its prepolymers, used for durable, tough uses in arduous conditions in the mining and oil and gas sectors, for example.
Sandwich panel machinery supplier Industrie Pu.Ma. Srl was also pleased with the level and number of visitors at the show. Managing director Nicola Schivo noted that Pu.Ma. has 80 percent of the sandwich panel business in China, although he commented that despite a lot of new lines, somewhat mysteriously "panel production is at a very low rate."
For Crain, publisher of Urethanes Technology International magazine, Mitchell heralded PU China 2010 as "the largest dedicated polyurethane exhibition ever held for PU professionals from China and the Pan-Pacific region including India." The show was sold out well in advance, with 60 major western companies taking space, as well as 105 Chinese exhibitors, occupying a total of over 6000 square metres of stand space and hospitality areas.
Now Crain Communications is looking forward to high attendance at its next event: this year's UTECH North America 2010 exhibition, being held in conjunction with the major technical conference organised by the Centre for the Polyurethanes Industry, 11-13 Oct, in the George R Brown Convention Center in Houston Texas (see more at www.utechnorthamerica.nl).