Plast Breaks Up the 3-Year Cycle
Plast 2015 opened its doors yesterday at the Fiera Milano fairgrounds in Rho, Milan, Italy. Taking place every three years, the International Plastics and Rubber Fair is organized by Promaplast Srl. In its seventeenth edition this year, the Fair enjoys the extraordinary coincidence, in both space and time, with EXPO 2015.
The big news on the first day of the exhibition was the announcement that next Plast will be held from September 26 to 30, 2017, and not from May 8 to 12, 2018, regaining from that moment on its usual triennal frequency. Plast in 2018 would have taken place in a year already crowded with important exhibitions: Plastindia (in February), NPE (in Orlando, FL/USA in May), Chinaplas (held at the end of April when in Shanghai and at the end of May when in Guangzhou) and also Feiplastic (in Sao Paolo, Brazil, in May). In light of this the organizers have decided to break up, just for once, the 3-year cycle. First reactions of exhibitors are all positive and the organizers hope that this decision will strengthen Plast, further increasing the number of visitors and exhibitors.
Meanwhile, Plast 2015 will continue until Saturday, 9 May, and will host 1,558 exhibitors in 55,000 m2 of space, thus boasting a 4% increase in participation with respect to the previous fair in 2012. Thanks to the support of the Ministry and the agency ICE, PLAST 2015 is honoured to welcome delegations from forty countries (including China, India, Mexico, United States, Turkey, Russia and South Korea) with at least 300 authorized delegates from plastics and rubber converters who will meet with machinery builders and Italian firms at the Fair. Also featured will be some forty trade associations from all corners of the world with their own institutional stands, as well as Italian universities.
The inaugural convention was an occasion for discussing trends in the sector in Italy and in the rest of the world with the president of Assocomaplast, Giorgio Colombo, the president of Federazione Gomma Plastica, Filippo Bettini, and the president of PlasticsEurope Italia, Daniele Ferrari. "The year 2014 was a positive one, both for exports, which recorded a +4.9%, and for the domestic market with a somewhat more modest +2% that nevertheless marks a change in a positive direction. We have before us a scenario that has all the trappings of a successful event, and that indeed has already recorded positive numbers, with 14,000 pre-registered visitors, more than twice the total in 2012," commented Giorgio Colombo.
In spite of the recession and economic difficulties in recent years, which have affected nearly all sectors of Italian and international industry, manufacturers of machinery and molds for plastics and rubber have proven to represent a robust market, as underscored by the data for 2014 (as compared to the previous year): production +2.6%, exports +4.9%, imports +8.5% with a production output that reaches EUR 4 billion.
The inaugural convention closed with the Plastic Technologies Award 2015, organized in collaboration with POLI.design. This year's prize focuses on the disposal and recycling of rapid-obsolescence, temporary or throw-away products, components and packaging. The first prize went to Marco Grimoldi and Tommaso Pardini's "Palingenesi".
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