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Following coronavirus scare, Chinaplas 2020 rescheduled to August

February 20/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- The next Chinaplas trade show will take place Aug. 3-6 in Shanghai, show organizer Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd. announced Feb. 19, said Plasticsnews.

The show originally was scheduled for April 21-24, but it was delayed because of the coronavirus epidemic. The venue for the fair has not changed; it will be at the NECC in Shanghai. Adsale General Manager Ada Leung said that companies "have already resumed work and manufacturing" after the coronavirus scare.

Leung also noted the role that plastics have taken during the epidemic, saying that the materials are used in medical protective clothes, medical masks, goggles, gloves, medical equipment, pharmaceutical packaging and disinfection supplies.

The novel coronavirus first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019 and began to spread in January. Hong Kong-based Adsale first announced on Feb. 5 that the 2020 show would be delayed. This is not the first time that Chinaplas has been delayed as a result of a health scare. During the SARS outbreak in 2003, Chinaplas was postponed from June until December.

Chinaplas will likely be the largest plastics industry exhibition this year. Last year's Chinaplas, held in Guangzhou, reported an estimated attendance of 163,000. The last time the show was in Shanghai, in 2018, it drew an estimated 180,000 attendees.

Chinaplas is held annually and typically has alternated between Shanghai and Guangzhou. The 2021 show, however, will be held April 13-16 in Shenzhen. Adsale has said that the Guangzhou venue has become too small for Chinaplas.

As MRC informed earlier, the upcoming edition of the Chinaplas trade show, one of the world’s largest plastics and rubber trade fairs, has been postponed indefinitely as a result of the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

As it was written earlier, supply chain disruption from the clampdowns on the spread of the coronavirus will cause major headaches for chemical producers in the coming days and weeks. China’s polyolefin suppliers have cut  their post-holiday production due to logistics restrictions amid authorities’ efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak. Domestic inventories are high as the plants did not stop production during the Lunar New Year holiday period, which started on 24 January, with most storage warehouses now full.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 2,093,260 tonnes in 2019, up by 6% year on year. Shipments of all PE grades increased. PE shipments rose from both domestic producers and foreign suppliers. The estimated PP consumption in the Russian market was 1,260,400 tonnes in January-December 2019, up by 4% year on year. Supply of almost all grades of propylene polymers increased, except for statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers).
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, PP, PE, China.
Category:General News
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