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Industry expo opens in Shanghai

The five-day 22nd China International Industry Fair, the second largest industry fair worldwide, opened at the National Convention and Exhibition Center yesterday.

The exhibition area of 245,000 square meters is smaller than last year’s due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, more than 2,000 exhibitors are registered for the event, with 80 percent of them domestic enterprises.

Some foreign small- and medium-sized enterprises are absent because of the pandemic, but multinationals with agents or investment in China are seizing the opportunity to show off their latest technologies and products.

“China’s industry is recovering fast and plays an irreplaceable role in stabilizing the economy. The 2020 CIIF is really in time as it will help smooth the supply chain and promote quality development of the manufacturing industry,” said Shi Hongyan, a Ministry of Industry and Information Technology official.

The fair features many new product launches. For example, ABB, the world leading robot maker, unveiled its latest robot developed to meet the demands of the electronic, e-commerce and medicine industries.

“New industries in China are demanding more robotization such as for logistics in e-commerce and health care,” said Sami Atiya, president of the Swiss firm’s robotics and discrete automation business.

“After participating in the fair for a dozen years, I have noticed a clear trend: the fair is now displaying more of a smart future in the manufacturing industry instead of just showcasing products,” Gu Chunyuan, chairman of ABB China, pointed out. For example, at ABB’s booth, we don’t just display robots, but we show how robots can help in so many fields. We show the future look of automobile factories, hospitals and the like.”

“The holding of the CIIF 2020 does boost confidence in the recovery of China’s industry,” said Pang Xingjian, vice president of Industry Automation China at Schneider Electric.


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