After a three-year hiatus, T-PLAS, International Trade Fair for the Plastics and Rubber Industries, will return to the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Center (BITEC) from September 20 – 23, 2023. Online exhibitor registration is now open at www.tplas.com
As a dedicated regional platform for the plastics and rubber sectors, the range of T-PLAS’ exhibits will include machinery and equipment, raw materials and auxiliaries as well as semi-finished products, technical components, reinforced plastic products and services.
Gernot Ringling, Managing Director, Messe Düsseldorf Asia, said: “T-PLAS has had a long pause but preparation is in full swing and the 2023 edition promises to be a benchmark event for the industry once again – not only as a dynamic regional marketplace for sourcing, networking and to conduct business, but also as the trade fair of choice for international and domestic businesses to tap into the opportunities in Thailand. We are confident that by next year there will be an even higher and more significant demand for personal exchange and re-orientation on a regional scale. We have already secured a number of key exhibitors for T-PLAS 2023 which demonstrates the optimism and confidence of our stakeholders for a re-converging of the plastics and rubber industries and the significance of the Thai and Southeast Asian market.”
September 2023 will also be an opportune time for T-PLAS due to the improved pandemic and positive economic background and the expected further growth of the plastics and rubber related industries. Thailand’s growing reputation as the leading regional hub for plastics manufacturing together with Thailand’s high potential to be a bio-plastics hub within the next ten years due to its abundant raw materials, puts the country on a strong course to become the No.1 plastics market of choice by the international business community.
With plastics becoming more indispensable in automotive engineering and with an upward trend towards Electric Vehicles (EV), the Thai government’s goal of having one million EV’s on Thai roads by 2025 bodes well for auto-manufacturers gearing up for EV production. In addition, the Thai government is proposing comprehensive investment incentives to attract manufacturers to the country to produce hybrid-EVs, plug-in hybrid EVs and battery-EVs. By the end of this year, a fully electric Mercedes-EQS is expected to roll off a production line in Bangkok, marking another milestone in Thailand's journey from conventional auto-making hub to regional frontrunner in EV production.
T-PLAS 2023 will be held concurrently with PACK PRINT INTERNATIONAL, the International Packaging and Printing Exhibition for Asia, and CorruTec ASIA 2023, the International Corrugated Technology Exhibition for Asia. Together, the three trade fairs will provide a one-stop platform serving the entire value chain from plastics, packaging, processing, printing and corrugated technology.
T-PLAS 2023 will also address the current challenges of the plastics and rubber sectors in the region and will put the spotlight on Medical Plastics and Plastics Recycling – Towards a Circular Economy, which is most timely, as Thailand will enter Phase 3 of its 12-year road map (2018-2030) on plastic waste management. In this phase, reducing and stopping the use of more single-use plastics together with a 100% target of recycled plastics based on the application of circular economy principles will be a key focus.
In the spotlight:
Collaborating with supporting associations, industry partners and exhibitors, T-PLAS will highlight Medical Plastics and Plastic Recycling during the 4-day event.
It is anticipated that by 2030, the global medical plastics market will reach US$88.4 billion driven primarily by the increasing demand for existing and new medical technologies, an ageing population, and the overall growth in medical device applications.
With plastics recycling evolving rapidly from a niche to a trend, driven by legislative targets for plastics recycling that many countries around the world have enacted – circular economy is increasingly playing a very central role. A key feature at T-PLAS 2023 will be the focus on plastics recycling and sustainability – a platform where visitors can connect with plastic processors, buyers and sellers of recycled resin, equipment suppliers and other potential business partners.
When T-PLAS was last held in 2019, 138 exhibitors from 15 countries, including five national pavilions and country groups, showcased their products to about 9,000 trade visitors from 60 countries.
For further information on visiting or exhibiting at T-PLAS 2023, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America; Telephone: (312) 781-5180; E-mail: email@example.com; Visit www.tplas.com and www.mdna.com; Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/mdnachicago
 Plastic Waste Management in Thailand, February 2022 – Ministry of Commerce, Thailand