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10-09-2014

Good Results for Expoquimia, Eurosurfas and Equiplast

Fira de Barcelona's Gran Via exhibition center closed its doors last Monday on the simultaneous edition of the three trade shows Expoquimia, Eurosurfas and Equiplast, which together accounted for more than 600 exhibitors, over 200 innovations, 300 business meetings under the umbrella of the WICAP forum, 50 global projects and 160 activities, including congresses, seminars, conferences and presentations. A few hours after the end of the shows, it was estimated that around 38,000 trade professionals had visited the Gran Via venue since 30 September. This is practically the same number of visitors as in 2011, but this year spread over one fewer day.

The number of high caliber visitors, essentially decision-makers, increased by 11% compared to the previous event. Along with optimistic forecasts within the sector, this means that the three events can take a confident step forward on the road to their transformation into the future World Chemical Summit, a global benchmark event for the chemical, surface treatments and plastics and rubber sectors.

The president of Expoquimia, Luis Serrano, highlighted "the sector's excellent response to and interest in the show," at a time when "we are seeing the first positive signs of economic recovery." In this respect, during the show the Business Federation of the Spanish Chemical Industry (FEIQUE) announced the economic forecast for the sector for the coming two years, which envisages an increase in turnover of 3.2% in 2014 and of 4% in 2015, thus exceeding 59,300 million euros. Up until 2015, exports are expected to grow by 7.3%, turning over some 32,400 million euros.

The next edition of Expoquimia, Eurosurfas and Equiplast will be held on 15 October 2017 at Fira de Barcelona's Gran Via exhibition center once again.

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