productronica is the world's leading trade fair for the development and manufacturing of electronic components and was held at the trade fair premises in Munich from 14 to 17 November 2017. 1,200 exhibitors from 42 countries participated in the trade fair, which takes place every two years and is unique in Europe in this sector, and presented their innovations. Topics such as "Internet of Things" as well as "Big Data" and miniturisation were emphasised.
With 44,000 visitors from 85 countries, the trade fair was frequented as never before. According to official information, this means a growth of almost 20% compared to the last event. There was a considerable increase in visitors from Taiwan and the USA.
We also had a booth at this year's productronica and presented our products of the Plate Technology division such as multilayer tools and separator plates. Our representatives and regular clients from all over Europe visited us in order to discuss new projects and technical issues. Moreover, we could also establish new contacts.
The next productronica will take place in Munich from 12 to 15 November 2019.
IPF Japan 2017 - International Plastic Fair
C.A. Picard Japan Co., Ltd. had a booth at IPF Japan (International Plastic Fair) in Makuhari Messe, which is approximately 30 kilometres from Tokyo downtown.
The fair was held for five days beginning on 24 October 2017 and takes place every three years so that this was the 6th trade show for C.A.PICARD Japan.
The number of visitors amounted to 40,110. The fair was very successful for us with regard to both existing and potentially new customers. We met approximately 15 potentially new customers during the trade fair days and already received concrete enquiries from some of them. Furthermore, we were very glad that existing customers came to our booth and expressed their gratitude for our excellent performance.
This year, Fakuma opened its doors for the 25th time in Friedrichshafen from 17 to 21 October 2017 and C.A.PICARD also had a booth again.
In 1981, Fakuma started with only 60 exhibitors on an exhibition space of 4,000 m2 as primarily national fair with only seven exhibitors from abroad. This year, 1,889 exhibitors participated, 783 of which came from 38 different countries in order to welcome 48,375 trade visitors from 128 nations. A really notable development which underlines Fakuma's status as important international fair for new technologies, procedures, materials and solutions in plastics processing.
At the C.A.PICARD booth, more than 50 visitors from 13 countries caught up on the advantages of C.A.PICARD process parts and services for twin-screw extruders during the five trade fair days, whereas a particular focus was on new materials for screw elements.
The 26th Fakuma - international trade fair for plastics processing - will take place at the exhibition centre in Friedrichshafen from 16 to 20 October 2018.
fip solution plastique
The fip solution plastique trade fair took place on the premises of Euroexpo in Lyon from 13 to 16 June 2017. fip is the leading French trade fair for plastics technology and the only one of its kind in France. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary, particular attention was paid to future-oriented technologies, such as 3D printing.
Approximately 1,000 exhibitors participated in this year's fip, which were about 150 more than on the last fip in 2014.
Together with our French representative Eric Gozin (I.G. Process), we could welcome both existing customers and potentially new customers from most diverse industries, e.g. from the automobile, packaging and raw material sectors. In total, 24 companies visited us. Networks could be extended and thus the understanding of the current market situation could be deepened and improved. The direct contact was considered as very positive and efficient by the visitors, which is of great importance for the presence in the local French market.
We are furthermore very interested in the growing market in France and the existing growth potentials and look forward to fip 2020.
CHINAPLAS 2017 (The 31st International Exhibition On Plastics And Rubber Industries)
The 31st edition of CHINAPLAS was held in Guangzhou this year. As Asia's largest plastics and rubber trade fair, it attracted 155,258 visitors, which meant an increase by 4.5% compared to last year. There were more than 3,400 exhibitors on an exhibition space of approximately 250,000 m2.
In addition to our well-known twin-screw extruder products, e.g. screw elements, barrels, barrel repair service, shafts, rotary cutters and refurbishing services, we focused on the new products and services for preventive maintenance this year. We presented the overhauled FD system with PLC control and enhanced safety features. The FD system will provide maximum protection for screw elements and shafts and, above all, for the workers who dismantle the elements from the shaft. We also presented our BMD (Barrel Measurement Device) which can check the condition of the assembled barrels directly at the extruder. As the barrels do not have to be disassembled, the customer can monitor the wear in a professional and highly-efficient manner.
We were very glad that our booth attracted many existing customers, but also new customers, both local and overseas. This year, the show was very successful and we look forward to a successful business year to come.
Next year CHINAPLAS will move to the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Hongqiao, Shanghai and will take place from 24 to 27 April 2018.
6th PLASTIC JAPAN
PLASTIC JAPAN 2017, which is an exhibition for engineering and super engineering plastics, was held in Tokyo, Japan from 5 to 7 April 2017.
1,540 companies exhibited and the number of exhibitors increased compared to the last years. Approximately 67,000 visitors came to the show this time, which was the highest record for this exhibition. Therefore, the PLASTIC JAPAN exhibition will take place at a larger exhibition centre from next time on (2018).
We did not only display our main products (elements, barrels and shafts), but also an FD system (Flexible Dismantling System) and a BMD (Barrel Measurement Device) via video, which many visitors were interested in. In total, it was a very successful show for C.A.PICARD Japan.
The 26th China International PCB & Assembly Show (2017 CPCA Show)
The 26th China International Electronic Circuits Exhibition was held at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre in Shanghai from 7 to 9 March 2017. This exhibition centre is the largest one in Asia. As last year, C.A.PICARD's booth was located in an excellent place, right at the centre of the hall.
This year, the exhibition attracted more than 50,000 visitors and was thus attended by more visitors than last year. There were also 10% more exhibitors, in total 635 on an exhibition space of 37,000 m2. During the three days of exhibition, it became obvious that some new markets are gaining more and more attention such as inudstrial segments of IC (Integrated Circuits) design, 3D NAND (Negative-AND), automatic driving and 5G.
Overall, it was a fruitful and inspiring exhibition. It was quite a while ago that we felt so much momentum and energy in the electronics, and hence the PCB market. We are looking forward to successful business years to come.
The Carrefour des Fournisseurs de l'Industrie Agroalimentaire (Cfia) trade fair took place in Rennes from 7 to 9 March 2017. There were approximately 1,300 exhibitors and 16,000 visitors this year. Cfia is the biggest trade fair of the food industry in France.
We could welcome our customers together with our French representative Eric Gozin (I.G. Process). Some interesting contacts and enquiries were the result of this trade fair. We could also meet potential new customers and prepare quotations with good prospects according to the requirements.
Numerous discussions provided an improved and deeper insight into the French market. Moreover, an extensive impression of the global market situation of this sector could be achieved by talking with international specialists.
There is an excellent sales potential for C.A.PICARD also in future as well as growth opportunities compared to competitors.
International Polyolefins Conference 2017
Harold Buff, Sales Manager Extruder Technology North America, and Wade Wilson, Sales employee Extruder Technology responsible for the Southern Region of the USA, exhibited February 27-28, 2017 at the International Polyolefins 2017 show in Houston, Texas, sponsored by the South Texas section of the Society for Plastics Engineers. The annual regional show was attended by 683, a record-breaking turnout. The last Polyolefins Conference attended by C.A. Picard, Inc. was in 2010. The conference is primarily for the PE additives industry. Many OEMs exhibited including Coperion, Entek, Gneuss, Leistritz, JSW, and NFM.
The primary purpose for our participation this year was to support our new sales employee, Wade Wilson. Wade is based in Texas and is well known in the region from his work with his former employer so this was great opportunity for him to network as a C.A.PICARD employee with many of his existing contacts. In general, this is a conference for the presentation of technical papers. Most of the traffic in the exhibition area is during program breaks and lunch. All booths are 10 ft x 10 ft with most having "table top" displays. We made several good contacts with potential customers and introduced Wade as part of our C.A.PICARD team to the industry.
IPC APEX EXPO 2017
The 2017 IPC APEX EXPO was held 14 to 16 February in San Diego, California. There were an estimated 8000 attendees from 47 countries, and 486 exhibitors in the convention center. At C.A.PICARD's booth, Mark Fink, President of C.A. Picard, Inc., and Dylan Rogan, Technical Service and Sales Registration Products, showcased Plate Technology and registration products, and discussed the technical advantages, quality, and value of our products with customers.
Scores of visitors tried out our lamination pins and bushings to see firsthand the superior fit and quality. Others took time to learn about our new Viridian-series post-etch punch or our lamination handling equipment.
The leading Russian plastics fair INTERPLASTICA took place in Moscow from 24 to 27 January 2017. There were 23,000 visitors and 800 exhibitors from 33 countries and we could again establish new contacts and consolidate existing contacts on the Russian market.
As in the last years, the fair Upakovka / Upak Italia took place on the same fair grounds at the same time. Due to the difficult financial situation of the country and penalties imposed, Russia increasingly bought products and services in its own market and in Asia. Last year, however, we could notice an upward tendency, which was confirmed by our discussions with some visitors during the fair.
The next INTERPLASTICA will take place from 23 to 26 January 2018 and should again be an opportunity for us to present C.A.PICARD on the Russian market.
We were represented by Kseniya Ezhova, Vladimir Ezhov (representatives of C.A.PICARD, St. Petersburg) and Marcel Di Nardi (Carl Aug. Picard GmbH, Remscheid) (picture from left to right).