Being a major importer of China's chemicals, plastic resins and processing machinery, Indian companies are expected to make a strong showing at Chinaplas 2006 in late April.
At the recent Plastindia exhibition and conference in New Delhi, Liao Zhengpin, president of the Beijing-based China Plastics Processing Industry Association, urged the Indian plastics industry to attend Chinaplas, which will run April 26-29 in Shanghai.
According to Plastindia data, India's plastics industry recorded sales of $6 billion from 22,000 enterprises last year, and the country is expected to grow into the third-largest plastics consumer worldwide, behind the United States and China, according to Chinaplas organizer Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd. of Hong Kong. Indian demand for primary plastics processing machines was 3,000 units in 2005 - with 1,000 injection molding machines being imported from China, according to the Plastindia Foundation of Mumbai, India.
Chinaplas organizers expect to attract 1,300 exhibitors with 1,000 machines.