Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Chinaplas 2014 Visit Opened Global Potential

By Michael Salmon, Public Affairs Manager

The modernization of China was the backdrop on a recent multi-pronged SPI trip to Chinaplas 2014, where SPI officials explored the possibilities of working with China in the recycling, production and machinery phases of the plastics industry. Representing SPI was Michael Taylor, senior director of international affairs and trade; Gene Sanders, SPI’s senior vice president of trade shows and conferences; Brad Williams, SPI’s trade show marketing and sales director; and Kim Holmes, SPI recycling and diversion director.

China’s renewed focus on new machinery and technology was apparent, and “their market is becoming more sophisticated,” noted Taylor.

The group toured two recycling facilities, including PARC Corporation in Qingdao and Wistron in Kunshan, and the opening ceremony for a new KraussMaffei factory in Haiyan. The recycling efforts at the Wistron factory were particularly noteworthy because the plant specialized in recycling plastics that was used in electronics, and the result was a compound that was 98 percent refined into pure resins, which is a higher percentage for the industry standard. “It was impressive,” Taylor said. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” added Holmes.

Holmes toured facilities with Kathy Xuan of PARC Corporation to explore the Chinese recycling efforts, particularly their developments with post-industrial scrap, PET and poly ethylene. One element of their recycling program that sparked an interest was the Chinese method to recycle PET and poly ethylene, which is not done on this level in the United States. In addition, they saw trucks packed with plastic film, and even motorcycles stacked with polystyrene, heading to recycling facilities. “With some materials, there are homes for in China that there aren’t homes for in the United States,” Holmes added.

Sanders and Williams conducted several meetings with Chinese associations to include; Chinese Plastics Machinery Industry Association, China Die & Mould Industry Association, Chinese Engineering Plastics Industry Association, Taizhou Plastics Industry Association, Shanghai Association of Die & Mould, China Scrap Plastic Association, Plastic Trade Association of Shanghai, to name a few.

As a result of those association meetings, Chinese exhibitors will have an exhibit space in NPE2015: The International Plastics Showcase in the Chinaplas booth. Numerous companies took advantage to include Harmo, CCPIT Chemical & Additives, Jiangsu Xinda, Borche’ Machinery, Ningbo Fangli, and more. On the recycling end, plans were unveiled at Chinaplas for the Zero Waste Zone in the South Hall of NPE2015

SPI member Kathy Xuan of PARC Corp., left, highlights China facility to SPI's Kim Holmes and Michael Taylor.

SPI member Kathy Xuan of PARC Corp., left, highlights China facility to SPI’s Kim Holmes and Michael Taylor.

, generating great interest from recycling companies and materials suppliers from China as well as other countries at the exhibition.

In September 2014, the China Plastics Machinery Industry Association is holding their inaugural trade show, and representatives from SPI are planning on attending. Coupled with the enthusiasm about SPI’s NPE 2015 trade show next spring, much was gained in China.  “It was successful on all the fronts,” said Taylor.

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