The organisers of Propak China 2003 have said that "unprecedented levels of support" from Chinese and international trade bodies, together with space expansion from key international players, indicate that this year's event will be the biggest to date.
ProPak China 2003 is due to open on 8 July 2003 and will run over four days at the SNIEC, Shanghai.
The event has the support of the domestic and international industry. The China Packaging Technology Association (CPTA), Shanghai and Zhejiang Packaging and Printing associations and national associations from 12 leading supplier countries/regions have endorsed ProPak China 2003 as the processing and packaging event for its members in China for this year.
International pavilions from France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, the Netherlands, UK and USA will be evident and any companies wishing to join their national groups are requested to contact the organisers early in order to be in time for application deadlines.
The organisers say that major players already confirmed include: Aisa, Anritsu, Bericap, Bosch, Domino, Elecster, Evergreen/International Paper, FMC, Hassia, Heat & Control, IWKA, Imaje, Ishida, KHS - Kettner, Jebsen, Linx, Markem, Mettler Toledo, Mobil, Nimco, Procomac, Sacmi Imola, Shikoku Kakoki, SMI, Sympak Bottling & Canning, TCP Pioneer, Techgen, Topak, Unifill, Volpak, Videojet, Willett, Yamato and Zhong Ya.
"ProPak China 2003 will see a significant increase in size over previous editions as machinery and materials suppliers look to WTO member China to secure significant export orders whilst developing the Chinese FMCG market. The exhibitors list of companies already confirmed reads like a who's who of the industry," according to Vicky Leung from the organisers Hong Kong Exhibition Services. "With more international pavilions from Asia, Europe and North America than ever before, plus a significant increase in the number of leading Chinese manufacturers wanting to exhibit, this year we anticipate a record show."
Events alongside ProPak China 2003 will include a number of showings from the food and beverage sector as well as a full-day presentation of US packaging capabilities by the PMMI. The food and beverage industry will include representatives from the brewing, canning, dairy and general food packaging industries.
According to the organisers, ProPak China has a proven track record of attracting a high quality audience looking to source the latest in international processing and packaging equipment. The organisers are expecting the ProPak China 2002 visitor figure of 9,583 to be significantly increased in July 2003.