The British Plastics Federation, working with the department for international trade (DIT), is offering grants of £2,500 (€2,800) to UK businesses exhibiting at Chinaplas 2019 in May.
The deadline to sign up to the British Pavilion and access these grants is Friday 14 Dec.
The grants, according to BPF, cover “the entire cost of a small stand” in order to make the show cost-effective for UK exhibitors.
All exhibitors can benefit from discounted stand space — and new exhibitors can also receive an extra £225 (€252) off the cost of joining the British Pavilion.
In its latest Chinese market overview, BPF said the UK was the second largest European investor in China.
In 2017, China imported over 28 million tonnes of plastic raw material, and sales of European machinery to China increased by 20% between 2016 and 2017, reaching over €1bn.
Additionally, the BPF expects new opportunities to arise for UK service, machinery and raw materials suppliers, with the progress of the ‘Made in China (MIC 2025)' national strategy.
MIC 2025, launched in 2013, is inspired by Germany's Industry 4.0 plan and targets innovation-driven manufacturing with the goal to make Chinese industries highly efficient.
Chinaplas 2019 takes place 21–24 May in Guangzhou port, northwest of Hong Kong. The event is one of the largest annual plastics and rubber exhibitions in the world, covering 26 halls with 4,000 exhibitors from 38 countries. It attracts 180,000 visitors.