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03-02-2017

Chinaplas 2017 to Focus on Smart Manufacturing

Industry 4.0 will impact nearly every major manufacturing operation around the globe. Germany and China launched their respective "Industry 4.0" and "Made in China 2025" strategies with the similar purpose of upgrading their industries and advancing the goal of smart manufacturing. Building on the success of the first edition of "Industry 4.0 Conference" last year in Shanghai, Chinaplas will once again join with VDMA, the German Engineering Federation, to present the "2nd Industry 4.0 Conference" at this year's show in Guangzhou (May 16-19, 2017).

Speakers from leading global plastics and rubber enterprises and application industries, including from the automotive, electrical & electronics and packaging industries, will share their in-depth insights about smart manufacturing. Overseas and domestic enterprises alike, including those based in Pearl River Delta Region, stand to benefit from this event. Guangdong Province in Southern China, one of the country's pivotal bases for plastics and rubber product manufacture, is in need of industrial transformation and upgrading through smart manufacturing. The manufacturing industries of Guangdong Province face numerous challenges, including rising production costs, and tend to focus on making basic, low-value-added products while not delivering the more sophisticated, higher-end products needed to meet customers' demands today.

The "Made in China 2025" strategy initiated by the Chinese government aims to comprehensively upgrade China's manufacturing industry. It embraces the concept of Industry 4.0 and opens itself to advanced ideas from countries such as the United States, Great Britain and Germany. Both the "Industry 4.0" and "Made in China" strategies emphasize smart manufacturing and cyber-physical systems in industrial development, while the latter focuses on addressing the specific challenges faced by the Chinese market. To help conference participants better understand how to realize smart manufacturing in China under the New Normal economic situation, academic researchers from Tongji University will be invited to interpret the standards related to the "Made in China 2025" strategy.

A "Smart Manufacturing Technology Zone" will be set up in Chinaplas 2017 (© Adsale Exhibition Services)

Smart Manufacturing Technology Zone

Besides the conference, Chinaplas 2017 also will present a "Smart Manufacturing Technology Zone" on the show floor to showcase solutions for industrial automation. Apart from the robotics, factory automation systems and components that were featured in the last edition of Chinaplas, visitors will have a chance to witness a smart production line and smart factory solutions from leading suppliers, including Bosch Rexroth, Siemens and Demark. There also will be a sub-zone called the "3D Technology Zone" set up in the "Smart Manufacturing Technology Zone". The sub-zone will bring together well-known companies in the field of 3D printing technology, including 3D software system supplier Autodesk from the USA, 3D printer and application solution suppliers Cangming and Ureal, and 3D printing consumables supplier Renolit.

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