The signs pointed to storms ahead, but this year’s AchemAsia travelled the rough economic seas safely: When the halls closed, exhibitors and organizers left with a smile.
All in all 11,834 visitors found their way to China’s most international exhibition for the process industries, only slightly less than in 2013 when 12,470 were counted. This is especially remarkable because in the run-up to the event the number of exhibitors had dropped significantly, with especially Western firms hesitant about their current China engagement.
“The visitor response shows that in economic challenging times as these, to come forward, to present your products and technologies and to keep in touch with suppliers and customers is crucial”, said Dr.-Ing. Thomas Scheuring, CEO of DECHEMA Ausstellungs.
“The Chinese industry is in a state of transformation. With new goals being set — not least by the lately published new Five-Year-Plan — experts are on the lookout for new technologies and innovative ideas.” Scheuring said that he felt especially happy that the loyal exhibitors had been rewarded by not only a large number of visitors, but many had also complimented on the visitors’ quality.
Optimistic, Despite Economic Slowdown
Overall, 295 exhibitors from 17 countries took part in AchemAsia. The largest share came from China with 194 exhibitors, including a number of international subsidiaries. The second largest delegation came from Germany with 49 companies, followed by France with 17.
“AchemAsia was a very good show and brought a range of interesting visitors to the exhibitors. Distributors and especially a significant number of customers were on site, a proof that the event is well-known in the chemical community. Despite the overall economic slowdown in China, this sector plays an important role for innovation and stays a major factor in the Asian economy”, says Philippe Marrec, Director of Industries Division at the Business France China Beijing Office.
Exhibits on display included plant equipment, filter technologies, mechanical and thermal engineering devices, laboratory equipment, analytical devices as well as biochemical equipment and plant engineering services.
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