Adsale the organizers of Chinaplas have just announced the postponement of Chinaplas 2020. In order to help contain the spread of the coronavirus virusthe Shanghai City Government have issued instructions stopping all large scale activities.
“CHINAPLAS 2020, the 34th International Exhibition on Plastics and Rubber Industries, scheduled to be held on 21-24 April 2020 at National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai will be postponed. New dates for the show will be announced at a later time”.
We hope that the number of people recovering from the virus continues to grow and it will not spread any further.
Anyone who wished to visit our stand in April can still contact us via phone or email [email protected] with enquires or questions.
The importance of Chinaplas to us and the infrared industry is never underestimated and it’s the only global trade show we never miss. Continuously busy over the four days, the show attracts the industry’s biggest and best from around the world, with over 180,000 visitors and nearly 4,000 exhibitors, and Ceramicx has committed to attending our 7th show.
We see Chinaplas as a fantastic, and sometimes our only opportunity to meet some of our EU distributors face to face on their own stands. But we can also catch up with many of our partners and colleagues in the infrared industry, and of course, meet plenty of new and existing customers.
But one of the key reasons we attend is to lend our support to one of our top partners, and our distributor in China, GSAE. Based in Guangzhou, the team sell significant quantities of our ceramic and quartz elements to their internal market. Chinaplas gives us the chance to not only work alongside them, but to socialise and thank them in person.
What we expect from Chinaplas
We already know the show will be buzzing with activity and the potential for new partnerships and customers – it always is. But Chinaplas has shown that it’s the only expo we’ve been a part of where customers will buy product directly from the stand each day.
They’ll often use the show as an opportunity to consider their options on their infrared requirements, with some customers actively looking to change their supplier as well. Buying individual elements from us, they’re able to test their quality and capabilities for their own applications before making a decision. It’s certainly a tactic that’s worked for us in the past.
As well as that, our GSAE partners will be selling the Ceramicx brand and taking bulk product orders from both new and existing customers alike. Chinaplas is certainly a show that works for selling product – more than any other – so we’re looking forward to more of the same.
It’s no surprise that many companies use the captive audience of Chinaplas to launch new or improved product – and Ceramicx is no different. We’re still working on a few new projects which we intend to take with us, but we’ll release more details about those nearer the show.
Manning our 18sq.m stand at this year’s show, together with some of our partners from GSAE, will be our MD, Frank Wilson, and Production Manager, Patrick Wilson. If you’ve seen the floorplan, you’ll know the show is huge, but you can find them in Hall 2.1 as part of the British Pavilion on stand J118.
If you’re making the trip to Shanghai in April, remember to stop by and say hello – it’d be great to see you there!
Last year we dabbled in some new industries and applications using infrared and continued to grow in strength with all our partners and distributors. Some investment in new machinery and forward thinking have set this coming year up to be a good one.
We have many new projects underway, along with exhibiting in Shanghai for Chinaplas 2020 in April.
They had an enjoyable week hosting many visitors to the stand from all over the world. Of course, they no doubt missed our presence it seems we were replaced!
This is what Friedr Freek had to say:
“Although we have greatly missed our friends from Ireland, K-show has been a big success. We had more contacts than ever before and among them are many companies which are looking for solutions for specific heat tasks. Furthermore, a new blanket order from our well-established customer Otto Hofstetter AG has been sealed with a handshake and celebrated on our stand together with “Friedrich Otto”, a hotrunner for PET preforms made by Otto Hofstetter AG and equipped with energy efficient nozzle heaters from Friedrich Freek GmbH”
We are happy we could share our stand with “Friedrich Otto” in Düsseldorf for eight days. He was rather quiet but very attractive company.”
If anybody missed their chance to visit the Friedr Freek stand during K, please visit their website https://freek.de/ or email them [email protected] with any queries you may have.
Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year. Traditionally, it is celebrated from 31st October to 1st November, this also coincides with Halloween so we take this opportunity to remind all our customers and friends that this years October bank holiday is on October 28th and our offices will remain closed until 8am on Tuesday October 29th.
Patsy Bear has been getting in on the action helping set up a festive display in our foyer.
As some of you may have noticed over the past year, a teddy bear has been popping up now and then through blogs, videos and our Facebook page. You may find yourself wondering, who is this bear and why is he so well-travelled?
Well, today we are going to share with you, the story of Patsy Bear. A tale that begins all the way east in Guangzhou, China.
As part of a yearly tradition, Patrick Wilson our Production Manager travelled to China for Chinaplas, Asia’s no.1 plastics trade fair. He drove from Ballydehob to Dublin Airport, caught a plane and 9704 km and 15 hrs later landed in Guangzhou Airport. He took a quick trip across the city to the Guangzhou International Convention & Exhibition Center and joined our friends from GSAE on the Ceramicx stand at Chinaplas. Later that night a very sleepy Patrick went to his hotel where he had a lovely room with a big comfortable bed. It was only when he woke refreshed the next morning after a good nights sleep he realised that the Hotel had a teddy bear theme. When word got back to the office about this, teddy bears began appearing on Patricks desk, just so he would not feel out of place when he arrived home.
Cue a bit of imagination….Patrick was shortened to Patsy and the presence of one single bear stayed with the office.
For the next two months we began to place Patsy in blog pictures, videos and even gave him a social media presence.
It was not until the end of July that he came to take his bodily-form-as-we-know-it these days
May 2017: Patrick Wilson attends Chinaplas 2017.
Back in Ceramicx, children’s teddy bears are kept at Patricks desk.
May 2017: Patsy Bear begins life digitally.
June 2017: Ceramicx Summer BBQ.
July 2017: Trip to AGS packaging in Cork.
July 2017: Summer holidays on a secret island.
August 2017: Pasty finds his bodily form.
August 2017: Trip to see a leading automotive OEM in the UK.
September 2017: Pasty moves office into the new building extension.
November 2017: Trip to Birmingham for the Advanced Engineering Exhibition.
January 2018: Trip to Maynooth to receive Fusion Project Exemplar Award.
February – May 2017: With the cold weather Pasty takes to hibernation for the cold spring we had.
St. Patricks Day: Patsy awakes for one day to put together an infographic to explain the day to our customers not familiar with our patron saint.
June 2018: Back to work Patsy takes up residence on the windowsill of the marketing department office ready to enjoy a sneaky bit of sun when he can.
June 2018; Patsy lends a paw to the painters outside giving Ceramicx a lick of paint.
July 2018: Patsy enjoys a Pizza day in Ceramicx.
September 2018: Trip to Maynooth University for Rachel of our Marketing department’s graduation.
Patsy has popped into a few of our blog and facebook posts over the last year and a half. Can you guess how many times?
InterTradeIreland will recognise the success of the FUSION project, completed in partnership with Findhan Strain and Belfast Metropolitan College, later this month. As part of this, Ceramicx recently hosted Clean Slate Television from Belfast. Michael Quinn and Gemma Major came down last Thursday and spoke with our MD, Frank Wilson and our FUSION Graduate, Peter Marshall about the project, its results and the wider FUSION project experience.
The FUSION programme is about innovation which is at the heart of everything that Ceramicx does. We’re constantly looking to evolve and drive efficiency in our heatwork products and help our customers optimise their heating applications. The FUSION project allowed us space, not just to develop a system for heating different types of carbon fibre, but deepen our understanding of this new material and apply the learnings from this across the company.
The experience with Clean Slate TV was really enjoyable with both sides provoking thought and learning about each others business. The video will be shown at the awards ceremony on Tuesday 23rd January 2018 in the Carton House Hotel, Maynooth.
Clean Slate Television is a Belfast based production company formed by David Kilpatrick and Michael Quinn, who each have over twenty years experience in television and radio production working for some of the worlds leading broadcasters including, BBC, RTE, Channel Four, National Geographic and Discovery.
As a company that designs and manufactures infrared heating systems and ovens for industrial applications, we’re seeing a growing trend in the use of thermoforming as a cost-effective alternative to injection moulding – particularly in the US market. Working closely with our North American distributor, Weco International, our ceramic-based infrared technology is leading the way in infrared engineering solutions.
Ceramicx heating technology
Based in Beavertown, Michigan, Modern Machinery is a state-of-the-art custom thermoforming machine company. On behalf of one of their customers, they’ve designed, engineered, and assembled an integral part of, possibly, one of the largest shuttle thermoforming machine systems in North America.
With a work area measuring 9’ x 23’ (2.7m x 7m), the custom-built Modern Model 9’23’SS (Single Station Shuttle) vacuum forming machine uses only Ceramicx ceramic heating components, sourced from Weco International.
Consisting of a top (visible in photo) and bottom platen, each measures 11’ x 24’ (3.4m x 7.3m) with 754 Ceramicx FTE ceramic infrared heating elements fitted in each. That makes 754 heating zones wired for 2 elements per zone of percentage control through the PLC operating system.
As a well-known designer and manufacturer of a wide variety of thermoforming machines and systems, Modern Machinery has worked with Weco and Ceramicx for some time, with many of its machines shipping with Ceramicx heating technology.
The thermoformer customer who’ll be using this big shuttle machine already has one of Modern’s custom-built systems which uses quartz heating technology. For this larger project, the customer wanted to work with ceramic-based infrared technology made by Ceramicx and supplied by Weco.
Thermoforming continues to grow
Although most people immediately think of packaging when they hear the word ‘thermoforming’, the other products that make up around 15% of the North American thermoforming market also are growing. And many of those are large, including bases for dental chairs, logistics containers, car hoods/bonnets, pick-up truck bed liners, and many more.
Generally speaking, if a part is large and production volume is low, the economics of thermoforming can beat injection moulding hands down. Competing against RIM, thermoforming can offer lower part weight, lower cost tooling, and better surface finish, including high gloss.
Through our and Weco’s experience of attending and exhibiting at trade shows and exhibitions over the years, large parts on display have been numerous. And more than a few of them have been converted to thermoforming from injection moulding and reaction injection moulding (RIM).
With this conversion rate from more ‘traditional’ injection moulding processes to thermoforming continually growing, it seems thermoforming best days are ahead with even bigger things in store.