To cater the needs of the booming South East Asian plastics industries, the organizer of CHINAPLAS, Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd, set up seminars at Bangkok, Thailand and Jakarta, Indonesia on March 18 & 20 respectively. The seminars covered the market trends and issues faced by China and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well as the latest plastics technologies and future development in the plastics industry. 85 industry players attended the event in Bangkok while 53 attendees were recorded in Jakarta.
On March 18, Dr Phietoon Trivijitkasem, Honorary President (Charter), Thai Bioplastics Industry Association, opened the event in Bangkok with a speech on “The Future Bioplastics Production Hub”. It was followed by a report from Stanley Chu, Chairman of the Adsale Group, who talked about the trends in the China market. Prof Mayuree Paklamjeak, Advisor, The Thai Packaging Association, concluded the first session with an overview of “The Plastics Packaging Industry in Thailand”
After a short break, Dr Phil Adams, Principal & Managing Director, Chatsworth Associates Pte Ltd Singapore, gave his insight in “Novel Processes for Injection Molding”. “Composites and their Applications”, a hot topic in the market, was covered by Danu Chotikapanich, CEO, Cobra International Co Ltd/Thai Composites Association. Joachim Lim, General Manager, Conair Asia, presented on “Drying Monitor – How you can control your drying process to reduce product defects”. Viboon Pungprasert, General Manager, NatureWorks Asia Pacific Ltd, concluded the seminar with a speech “Bioplastics Applications and Market Developments.
Another seminar was held in Jakarta on March 20. Upon the welcoming note by Tjokro Gunawan, President, Indonesian Plastic Converter Association (APHINDO), Mr Chu reported on the trends in China’s plastics industry. Yoesoef Santo, Vice-President, Indonesian Packaging Federation, then gave a speech on “Progressive Materials in the Plastics Industry”. The first session was concluded with Dr Adams’ findings on novel processes for injection molding.
The second session started with Delvin Poh, Regional Sales Manager, Conair Pacific Equipment Pte Ltd, who explained how the drying process can reduce product defects. The concluding speech was given by Junaidi Zen, Principal Application Engineer, NatureWorks LLC, on “Bioplastics applications and Market Developments”. Networking sessions were held after both seminars to provide a platform for industry players to obtain and exchange the latest information. CHINAPLAS 2013 will be held from May 20-23 in Guangzhou, China.