Taipeiplas goes digital; a new “normal” for exhibitions

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Originally scheduled to take place in September 2020, the Taipei International Plastics and Rubber Industry Show (Taipeiplas) and Taipei International Shoe Making Technology Show (ShoeTech Taipei) were postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, switching to a virtual event held for a week and organised by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI).

Starting on 21 September, the digital show featured contents such as the CEO Panel, the Online Talks and the PLASpotlight. Invited to the webinar were several top executives from machine companies, namely Alan Wang, CEO of Fu Chun Shin Machinery Manufacture; Hans Hu, Director of Engel Machinery; Jack Lin, Vice President of the Polystar Machinery; Zen-Wen Chiou, Vice President of the Plastics Industry Development Centre as well as Walter M.S. Yeh, TAITRA’s President/CEO.

In the webinar, they talked about the "Circular Economy˙Sustainable Development", a forefront theme for the plastics and rubber industry under the ongoing global trend to phase out disposable plastics.

The Online Talks also interviewed exhibitors such as Genius Machinery, Hsin Long Thread Rolling Machine, Hi-More, Cheng Mei Machine, Horng Chii Machine Industry, Huarong Plastic Machinery, and Jumbo Steel Machinery. The Online Talks ranked the most popular live streaming in the Digital Week.

Moreover, the PLASpotlight, which was aired at 3 p.m. Taipei time every day from 22-29 September, featured six manufacturers, namely Chuan Lih Fa, Avalong Technology, Tenso Machinery, Victor Taichung Machinery Works, Fong Kee International Machinery, and Kung Hsing Plastic Machinery.

On 29 September, the TTS Match, a virtual procurement conference jointly hosted by the Taipeiplas and the ShoeTech Taipei, was aired and 22 buyers from 12 countries negotiated with 25 domestic manufacturers. Among them, the representative of the Taiwan-based RebornPlas Composites, which is committed to regenerating nylon plastics from waste fishing nets, said that the procurement meetings had helped them effectively contact new buyers and develop circular-economy business opportunities.

On the other hand, buyers from the India-based Deusch Motocomp stressed that the sourcing will not be affected by the pandemic and continue to contact Taiwanese manufacturers because they highly affirm the value of Taiwanese products.

The audio and video content, which is placed on the TTS D’CHANNEL, the Digital Week section of the exhibition website and Facebook page, has been watched and clicked more than 1,000 times since its first broadcast, adds the organiser.

As digital events have become a dominant trend in the post-pandemic era, the organisers say they will continue to launch various online services online “to create a new business model and create a new normal for exhibitions”.

For more information, stay tuned at taipeiplas.com.tw, shoetech.com.tw and Facebook pages.


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