Shanghai, China -- The aisles of Hall E5 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Pudong, Shangai were crowded with local and international visitors as soon as UTECH ASIA/PU CHINA 2008 exhibition got under way at 09.30 am on 3 Sept. Featuring some 80 international and about 100 Chinese exhibitors, the exhibition covers over 60 000 sq.m of stand space for visitors to explore, with polyurethane materials, systems businesses, equipment, chemicals and products on display from companies from all over the globe.
Those attending this event, described by organisers Industrial Promotions International BV and Crain Communications Ltd (publisher of Urethanes Technology International) as "the biggest polyurethane event ever in China," also had the opportunity to attend a series of sponsored seminars on the latest processing developments in the urethanes sector. These seminars, run in two parallel sessions, in Mandarin, aim to update Chinese polyurethane industry representatives on technological, environmental and regulatory changes in the sector.
The processing seminars continue over the three days of the show until Midday Fri 5 Sept.
At the last PU CHINA event in 2006, over 6000 visitors were at the Shanghai Mart to discover new developments in the polyurethanes sector. This time the organisers confidently predict a bigger audience, as China's polyurethanes sector continues to show double digit growth, making it a crucially important sector to all suppliers.
At the entrance to the show, on BASF's stand, visitors were treated to a display of female Chinese drummers , a reminder of the massed drumming that went down so well at the recent Beijing Olympics opening.
Polyurethane suppliers Urethanes Technology International spoke to 3 Sept remain excited about the continuing prospects for their materials and technologies in China, as development and industrialisation spreads into inland and rural regions. But they are anticipating changes as labour laws and regulatory factors make China a more expensive place to manufacture and workers decamp from the coastal regions back to their home cities. Another factor over the coming months may be a surge in demand: after the Olympics, a small boom may occur, some observers feel, as industries closed down by the Chinese authorities for the event restock and start up again.