The 15th edition of the China International Tire Expo (CITExpo), and its second at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center, opened its two-hall, 40,000sqm exhibition space at a time of uncertainty for the Chinese tyre industry – especially the aspirational medium and small sized companies the show tends to attract as exhibitors. Two factors that promise to change the shape of the industry provided a backdrop for the show: in Europe, the European Commission announced its intention to initiate an anti-dumping proceeding focusing on imports of truck and bus tyres originating in the People’s Republic, prompted by the “coalition against unfair tyres imports,” a group representing the interests of manufacturers accounting for more than 45 per cent of all new and retreaded truck and bus tyre production in the European Union. Meanwhile in China, the government’s crackdown on certain factories for environmental reasons looks likely to affect some tyre manufacturers’ pricing structure at best, and ability to continue to operate at worst. Tyres & Accessories spoke to one representative who suggested that some factories could struggle to meet demands as the availability of raw materials for tyre production is affected by the state mandated closures.
The China International Tire Expo is celebrating its 15th edition in 2017, and after transferring to the new environs of the recently constructed Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center last year, the show is undergoing another logistical change. The show has moved back a month into August (on the 21-23 of the month) in a change that the exhibition organiser, Reliable International Exhibition Services, describes as a positive change that will allow exhibitors to pursue leads from the show more effectively. Ahead of Tyres & Accessories’ visit to the show, we spoke to Reliable’s managing director, Wilko Fong about the show, and what visitors to the Pudong space can expect.
Now in its 14th year, the China International Tire Expo, or CITExpo, returned to Shanghai in September – but not to the venue where it was held over the past decade, as 2016 was the tyre trade show’s first year in a larger, more modern and attractive location – a site that offers CITExpo the room to grow in future. Tyres & Accessories attended the exhibition between 26 and 28 September, and on the final day caught up with the organiser to find out how the first CITExpo at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center (SWEECC) went.
This year the China International Tire Expo returns to Shanghai for the 14th time, and 2016 is a significant year for the show as it represents the start of a new era.Instead of taking place at the Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition Centre, where it has been held for the past decade, on 26 September CITExpo – arguably China’s most significant tyre industry fair – will open its doors at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center (SWEECC). The change of venue offers a substantial increase in available exhibitor floorspace, and visitors will benefit from modern, attractive facilities and easier transport connections.
Already possessing a convincing claim to being China’s biggest tyre show, the 13th CITExpo on 7-9 September 2015 will be the last at the Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition Centre. Having expanded to include an extra hall in 2014, exhibition organiser, Reliable International Exhibition Services will, in 2016, transfer the show to the modern surroundings of the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center (SWEECC), built in the centre of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo site. The move highlights the strong growth of CITExpo, whose move to a modern, world-class facility caps many years of apparent exhibitor and visitor growth.