If you've been the K Fair in DÃ¼sseldorf, you've seen the German efficiency and organization. Brasilplast in SÃ£o Paolo, where no one seems to arrive before noon and everyone stays and socializes hours after the official closing, offers a nice glimpse of the friendly Brazilian culture. Plastivision in Mumbai, India's second largest trade show, gives me the impression Indians were the kids in school who waited till the last minute and pulled an all-nighter to write their papers. And they got a good grade. To see what mean, look at these two pictures I took around the Plastivision booth of Taiwan-based auxiliary equipment maker Shini Plastics Technologies Inc. The first was taken Jan. 19, the afternoon before the show opened, about 3 p.m. The chaos you see pretty representative of what the whole place looked like. A mess of half- (or quarter-) finished booths and a din of hammering, sawing and motion. It seemed impossible to me that the show would be ready in time. Picture No. 2 shows what it looked like the next day, amazingly, basically ready for business. There were some hiccups, such as power outages as the show halls would suddenly go dark for a minute or two, and some exhibitors complained about trouble getting equipment through Indian customs and not having all their machines on the first day. But on balance, it came off. Almost 1,000 exhibitors, and projections for 75,000 visitors. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, but credit to the Plastivision organizers for making it work.
From Plastivision, a taste of Indian culture
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