The 15th round of the International Powder & Bulk Solids Processing Conference & Exhibition (IPB) in 2017 can look back on a positive outcome. The trade fair took place from 16 to 18 October 2017 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center (SWEECC). A total of 143 exhibitors (142 in 2016) from 12 countries once again showcased the rich diversity of mechanical processing and associated technologies. The more than 7,900 trade visitors who made their way to Shanghai underscore the position of the IPB as the leading trade fair for the powder and bulk solids processing industries in China.
The IPB welcomed 7,906 trade visitors (7,988 in 2016) who had come to find out about new technologies, explore industry trends and initiate investments directly at the event. According to a survey, 34 percent of visitors were from the chemical industry, followed by the pharmaceutical sector (12 percent) and the energy sector (12 percent). Other segments represented among the visitor contingent were the ceramic and glass industry as well as mining and metals.
Successful discussions at the stands
Of the total 143 exhibitors at IPB China, 40 had travelled to Shanghai from other countries. They included industry giants like GEA, Hosokawa, Netzsch or Coperion K-Tron as well as various SMEs. In an exhibitor poll, 84 percent stated that they had enjoyed successful talks with important customers at IPB China, while 93 percent of all exhibitors were satisfied with the outcomes of their trade fair appearance.
Supporting programme – lithium batteries, safety and more
The IPB includes a comprehensive supporting programme that was extended yet again this year by organisers NürnbergMesse China and the Chinese Society of Particuology. One highlight was the Energy Particle Materials Processing & Testing Technology Seminar. The symposium attracted more than 200 visitors from the energy sector, including manufacturers of lithium batteries, innovative energy companies, and scientists. The focus of the meeting was on the use of particle material for energy storage and processing. The presentations covered issues such as lithium batteries, capacitors, fuel cells and electric mobility. The symposium was complemented by a matchmaking event. Alongside the IPB there was also a one-day safety symposium on explosion protection hosted by Ind Ex e.V., the Intercontinental Association of Experts for Industrial Explosion Protection. A new addition to the exhibition was the Powder Materials Expo (PME), a new display area where trade visitors could meet suppliers of raw materials for powder and bulk solids processes.
The next IPB China will be held from 17 to 19 October 2018 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center. For more information on IPB 2018 and the associated conference please visit: www.ipbexpo.com/en
Process engineering technology worldwide
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International Exhibition of Technology for the Pharmaceutical Industry, 22 to 24 May 2018, Sao Paulo, Brazil
India’s Leading Technology Expo for Processing, Analysis and Handling of Powder & Bulk Solids, 11 to 13 October 2018, Mumbai, India
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