After the Russian economy had been in a recession in the past years, it has been enjoying growth again since 2017, at least as regards the plastics, rubber and packaging industries. This trend was also reflected in the 22nd INTERPLASTICA, which took place in Krasnaja Presnja, Moscow from 29 January to 1 February 2019. There were approximately 25,000 visitors in the AO Expocenter in order to catch up on the range of products of the 950 exhibitors from 32 countries.
This trend also had a positive effect on C.A.PICARD and its Russian representative. Interesting conversations could be hold during the four days of the exhibition and some potential customers could be informed about the advantages of a cooperation with C.A.PICARD.
Thus, the next INTERPLASTICA will again take place with C.A.PICARD.
From 18 to 20 January 2019, C.A.PICARD exhibited at the IFEX for the second time. IFEX is the foundry trade fair for the Indian market. The 15th edition of the exhibition took place in Greater Noida, which is close to New Delhi.
Due to the GIFA trade fair which will take place in Düsseldorf this year, the number of international visitors was lower than last year. However, we had very good discussions, in particular with representatives of the local foundries.
The next IFEX will take place in Chennai from 28 February to 1 March 2020. A clearly higher number of visitors can be expected there, as the major part of the foundry industry is located in the region of Chennai.
The 7th PLASTIC JAPAN was held from 5 to 7 December 2018. Usually, this exhibition was held in April, but due to space reasons and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the exhibition cannot be held at Tokyo Big Sight (former venue) for the next three years. The organiser changed the place to Makuhari Messe (in the suburbs of Tokyo) and the date to December.
As the month of December is a very busy period of time in Japan for various reasons, the number of visitors considerably declined compared to last time. Finally, there were approximately 59,000 visitors (67,500 in April 2017). Despite the decrease in the total number of visitors, a lot of customers came to our booth and we met about ten new potential customers.
For our two new colleagues who joined the C.A.PICARD Japan team in September 2018 as well as for Karina Pufal from our Headquarters in Germany, the exhibition was a good opportunity to further acquaint themselves with our customers and our products. In total, it was a successful show for us and follow-up visits to new contacts will be done soon.
2018 International Printed Circuit & APEX South China Fair (HKPCA & IPC Show) was held at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Centre from 5 to 7 December 2018. Themed "Inspire the Industry. Explore the Infinity.", more than 580 exhibitors displayed the latest and most creative industry offerings at more than 3,030 booths on an exhibition space of 60,000 m2 and attracted a record of 45,824 visits during the three-day show period, which even broke the previous record.
This year, HKPCA continued to display Hong Kong's latest PCB manufacturers' products and technologies to the industry in the special theme area of Pavilion 1, highlighting the high value-added and cutting-edge technologies in the high-growth product category. In this Pavilion, there was also the C.A.PICARD booth.
Since 1981, the leading international trade fair for plastics processing has been taking place in the Bodensee region almost every year. This year, exhibitors and visitors already joined the Fakuma exhibition, which was fully booked, for the 26th time. The focus was on injection moulding machines, extrusion lines, materials and components.
From 16 to 20 October 2018, 1,933 exhibitors from 40 nations presented themselves to 47,650 trade visitors from 126 countries on an exhibition space of 85,000 m2. C.A.PICARD could only confirm the feedback of the fair organiser as regards a more than satisfying exhibition with great expertise of the trade visitors. With more than 50 visitors, interesting and promising conversations were conducted which already now show high potential. Shortly after the end of the exhibition, quotations were submitted and we already received the first trial order. We also discussed a new project with a customer from Poland. The project shall be concretised and elaborated within the next weeks.
On this very positive basis, C.A.PICARD will also decide to use the potential of the leading international trade fair for plastics processing next time.
"The 6th Defense and Security Technology Forum 2018" carried out by the German Chamber of Foreign Trade, the German Embassy, the Federal Ministry of Defense and the Federal Ministry for Economy and Energy in cooperation with the Japanese Ministry of Defense was held in Tokyo on 25 and 26 September. For C.A.PICARD Japan, it was the first time to participate and have a booth to introduce HC Protect®, which is the latest technology of ballistic steel developed by C.A.PICARD Germany.
Both German and Japanese representatives of authorities came to the forum and Mr Josef Posniak, CEO of Carl Aug. Picard GmbH, who had come to Japan for this forum, had the opportunity to get valuable suggestions from them with regard to the sale of our products in Japan.
Although it was a two-day forum, 20 Japanese companies including Japanese Defense Forces' officers visited our booth. The forum enabled us to hold a 20-minute presentation for explaining HC Protect® and Mr Kei Yabe, Managing Director of C.A. Picard Japan Co., Ltd. held the presentation to a large audience.
Despite the very conservative Japanese market and also political barriers, the contacts established during the forum were very promising and some interested customers could already be visited subsequent to this event.
This international exhibition for the plastics industry, organised by AMI, was held for the first time in Essen on 27 and 28 June 2018. Two very interesting days, full of events and presentations which showed the latest developments in the plastics sector.
In Essen, two exhibitions took place at the same time: The COMPOUNDING WORLD EXPO and the Plastics Recycling World Exhibition. There were 184 exhibitors and more than 4,000 visitors: 42% from Germany, 50% from the rest of Europe and 8% from non-European countries.
Three conference theatres hosted conferences, seminars and presentations. The analysis of global trends in the plastics compounding markets, the compounding innovations and the rethinking as regards screw elements designs were of particular interest.
COMPOUNDING WORLD EXPO was definitely a very good opportunity for C.A.PICARD to present themselves and to establish valuable contacts. Even though we had a small booth exhibiting wear parts for twin-screw extruders, we had a good response from visitors. For us, it was an ideal platform to meet key customers, to participate in conferences and to hear about the latest news. The next exhibition will take place in 2020 and, given the positive feedbacks, it will surely be worth it to participate in this event again.
The EUROSATORY international security and defence trade fair took place from 11 to 15 June 2018. On this occasion, the great importance of this biannual trade fair was evident again.
A total of 1,802 exhibitors from 63 countries showcased their products. Almost 57,000 visitors from 153 countries were on site to find out about and get to grips with the latest developments in the industry.
As per the prior fair, we were able to present to the public at large our innovative HC Protect® and SC Protect steel solutions for ballistic protection on our stand. The superior performance of the solutions, enabling ballistic protection to be configured in a weight-optimised manner, was demonstrated by the exhibited specimens and was viewed with great interest by the specialist visitors.
The numerous engaging conversations laid bare the desire of many potential customers to test our steel solutions in their businesses for implementation in their protected products. We were also pleased to observe that leading vehicle manufacturers had exhibited the newest configurations of their vehicles protected with HC Protect® on the sprawling trade fair site.
The next EUROSATORY exhibition will be held from 8 to 12 June 2020.
The 6th PLASTIC OSAKA was held from 9 to 11 May 2018 and was successful for us. Since the total number of visitors doubled compared to last year, we were able to meet more vivitors than we had expected including some potential customers. We are looking forward to having further discussions with them.
We have already booked our booth for the 7th PLASTIC OSAKA in May 2019 and hope many of you will have a chance to visit us.
The Plastics Show is a triennial trade fair held in Orlando/Florida and is the largest plastics show in North America. The show was held May 7-11 and finished as the largest in NPE history with 2,180 exhibitors, 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space, and over 56,000 confirmed registered attendees.
It was also the largest NPE booth for C.A.PICARD's Extruder Technology division. The exhibit featured the newest version of FD system with all the latest features to quickly and safely remove elements from screw shafts. The FD system definitely drew attention by end users and OEMs.
We also exhibited a variety of new/relined barrels and screw elements produced for twin-screw extruders. Mark Fink, Kyle Messman, Paul Diaz, and Harold Buff represented C.A.PICARD at the expo and made many new contacts during the show.
ChinaPlas 2018 took place from 24 to 27 April 2018 and ended successfully with record-breaking figures! As announced by the organiser Adsale, 180,701 visitors came to the new National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC), Hongqiao, Shanghai. Compared with the Shanghai show held in 2016, the number rose by 21.62%.
With the enhancement of technologies involving engineering plastics, it is no longer limited to applications for household products. There are increasing demands for newer and higher-level applications, such as in automotive, aerospace and other fields. More additives and glass fibres are involved in the processing of engineering plastic, which requires higher strengths and performances of the wear components' materials.
At this year's exhibition, other than our usual products, we emphasised and promoted our tailor-made products and services for preventative maintenance for production improvement. BMD - barrel measurement device provides accurate measurements and generates detailed reports on the wear status of barrels of complete production lines with the advantage that there is no need to remove the barrels one by one, thus significantly reducing down time of production. FD system - flexible dismantling system, the enhanced version with PLC control to dismantle the screw elements from the shaft efficiently with full protection for the screw elements, the shafts, and especially for the workers.
We were very glad that many existing customers visited our booth. In addition, lots of new customers attracted by our twin-screw-extruder products stopped at our booth and had high-quality discussions. Next year, ChinaPlas will be held in Guangzhou from 21 to 24 May 2019. We sincerely look forward to meeting you at our booth.
Anuga FoodTec is the international supplier fair for the food and beverages industries and takes place in Cologne every three years. This year, C.A.PICARD participated from 20 to 23 March 2018 together with approximately 1,600 other exhibitors on an exhibition space of 127,000 m2. With more than 50,000 visitors from 152 countries, Anuga FoodTec set new records and offered best conditions to establish new contacts and to win new customers in the food market.
As C.A.PICARD, with their wear parts for single- and twin-screw extruders, is more present in the fish feed, pet feed and plastics sectors than in the food sector, the expectations were rather cautious as regards this year's Anuga FoodTec. This assumption, however, was not confirmed at all. We received some orders from diverse new customers shortly after the end of the fair.
During the four days of the trade fair, more than 30 visitors caught up at the C.A.PICARD booth on the advantages of a cooperation with C.A.PICARD as well as the process parts for single- and twin-screw extruders.
As a result of this success, C.A.PICARD will probably also participate in the Anuga FoodTec fair in 2021.
The 27th China International Electronic Circuits Exhibition was held at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai from 20 to 22 March 2018. The CPCA exhibition had moved to this new venue last year.
In 2018, the exhibitors came from more than 20 countries and, altogether, 670 enterprises participated in the exhibition. With more than 42,000 m2, the exhibition area was 14% larger than last year. During the exhibition period, more than 70 technical seminars took place. All in all, there were more than 50,000 visitors from all over the world this year.
The organiser had divided the exhibition halls into five main areas:
- PCB procurement
- PCB equipment
- Intelligent manufacturing
- PCB raw material
- Miscellaneous including chemical assembly, electronic assemblies, water treatment technology and equipment, clean room technology
During the exhibition, we came to the conclusion that the main driving forces of the upcoming growth of the PCB industry are 5G and the enhancement of electrics and intelligence in the automotive industry.
C.A.PICARD exhibited at the 2018 IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego, California from 27 February to 1 March: one of 479 exhibitors featured in the sold out San Diego Convention Center. Over 9000 electronics manufacturing professionals from 43 countries visited this year's expo. Mark Fink and Dylan Rogan relished the opportunity to reconnect with many customers and communicate the quality and value of C.A.PICARD's solutions to a diverse range of attendees.