The massive Chinaplas trade show is moving the time and place of its 2021 edition, to the city of Shenzhen and to mid-April, one month earlier than its traditional time slot.
The company made the announcement in a Jan. 22 letter to exhibitors, saying that it was moving the show from Guangzhou because the venue in that city had become too small for the show, which is the world's largest annual plastics exhibition. The fair will now be held April 13-16, 2021, at the Shenzhen World Exhibition and Convention Center.
That new date also removes a potential scheduling conflict with the next NPE, the largest North American plastics show, which is set for May 17-21, 2021, in Orlando, Fla.
The Plastics Industry Association, which runs NPE, applauded the move in a Jan. 22 statement, although the letter from the show organizer, Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd. in Hong Kong, did not mention NPE or scheduling conflicts with other shows as the reason for the shift to Shenzhen.
"As you may be aware, the last Chinaplas held in Guanghzou in May 2019 had [a] serious space shortage problem," according to the Adsale General Manager of Sales and Marketing Ada Leung. "The show was heavily overbooked but due to limitations of the venue, we had to reluctantly turn down many space applications."
Leung said the SWECC fairgrounds, which opened in 2019 with an indoor exhibition area of 400,000 square meters in its first phase, can provide enough space for the future expansion of Chinaplas.