China aims for advanced technology


No longer content with just being part of the 'high volume, low value' economy, Chinese composite producers and processors are keen to take on the advanced technology markets, and the Composites

No longer content with just being part of the ‘high volume, low value’ economy, Chinese composite producers and processors are keen to take on the advanced technology markets, and the Composites China exhibition believes it has the platform to make this happen.
As those in the industry will be only too aware, China’s insatiable appetite for construction has changed the face of how companies all around the world approach the market, so Exhibitions’ second annual Composites China event, from 6-8 June at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, aims to be much more than just a regional show. Asia’s output of composite products is anticipated to reach 10 million tons, double its current volume, by 2015, fuelling the continent’s increased share of the global composite manufacturing industry from 25% in 2000 to 51% by 2013. Of this total, China will contribute 43% so it goes without saying that over the next few years, the country’s economic structure and rapid development will demand a good deal of innovation and high performance materials. The Chinese industry in particular contributes 6mn tons with the level of mechanical processing and automation being used rising all the time. As a whole, Reed adds that the Chinese composites industry is set to grow by 12% annually. More significantly, those elements of the industry classed as ‘advanced materials’ are expected to grow by 30% per year. The rollout of China’s 12th five year plan also clearly stresses advanced composite materials as one of seven industries to focus on in order to maximize the country’s economic development. Composites China, developed last year for the Asian market on the model of the Composites Europe event in Düsseldorf, will take place alongside the established Aluminium China show in order to provide a complete material showcase. In 2011 the composites side attracted 4,059 trade visitors and buyers from 39 countries and regions. Mirroring the areas in which the country has seen extensive growth, the majority of those from application industries have come from the building and construction and automotive sectors. In 2012 Composites China aims to attract over 200 exhibitors presenting cutting edge technologies and equipment to serve the processing of advanced composite materials and meet the huge demand in the Chinese composites industry. Aiming to present a cross-section of the Chinese market as well as representing those from further afield, the buzzword is very much ‘high performance’. Exhibitor categories that include high performance fibre, high performance ester resin, high performance pre-formed fibre and structures sound very much like a statement of intent from the indigenous industry while additional aspects such as functional auxiliaries and auxiliary structures for high performance composites, technology and equipment and end user products complete the showcase.

As a business platform, the show will bring exhibitors face to face with R&D specialists and material sourcing managers from end user sectors including wind energy, aerospace, automotive manufacturing, electronics and yacht building. A ‘High Performance Composites & Processing Technologies Forum’ will also run, highlighting new trends and technologies in the industry. The organiser also points out that given China’s position in the market, the exhibition looks forward to welcoming advanced technologies from leading industries including Germany, the USA and Japan.

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