Int'l Plastic and Rubber Show KOPLAS 2019 held in KINTEX on Mar. 12
[ Jane Lee 2019-03-12 ]  

The 25th International Plastics & Rubber Industry Show KOPLAS began on Mar. 12 in KINTEX located in Goyang-si. Visitors will be seeing the latest plastic and rubber materials from Korea and the overseas ranging from eco-friendly materials and advanced composite materials to ultra-precision processing equipment at the show.

At the opening ceremony, the KOPLAS exhibition and INTERMOLD KOREA jointly invited their guests. The opening ceremony was honored by Jeong-yeol Yu (Office Head of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy), Seung-won Suh (Vice Chairman of Korea Federation of SMEs), and Seong-il Lee (Director of KITECH). From the exhibitors, Chung-han Kim (Chairman of Korea E&EX), Young-su Han (Chairman of Korea Plastics Processing Machine Industry Cooperative), Sun-hwang Park (Chairman of KODMIC), Young-du Kwon (Chairman of KOMMA), and Dong-seop Kim (Honorable Chairman of KODMIC) attended. From the companies, Ik-hwan Kim (CEO of Woojin Plaimm), Byeong-gu Kim (CEO of Dongshin Hydraulics), Eun-kyung Lee (CEO of Il Kwang Polymer), Bon-hyu Koo (Executive Director of LS Mtron), Hak-kwon Kim (Chairman of Jaeyoung Solutec), Young-cheol Kwon (Chairman of Hwacheon Technology), and Jae-seop (CEO of Doosan Machine Tools) came to the show.

With the first show starting in 1981 and celebrating its 25th year this year, the main exhibition items in KOPLAS 2019 are materials and composite materials. Also, M-KOPLAS 2019, the show dedicated to plastic and rubber materials and composite materials, was organized and newly held this year.

The materials that received the most attention from the domestic and overseas visitors in KOPLAS were recategorized by plastic and rubber materials and composite materials, and this was made into a new show M-KOPLAS. In this year's KOPLAS with the newly showcased M-KOPLAS, a total of 572 companies from 26 countries are exhibiting, having the most countries attending since the show began. Also with the concurrently held INTERMOLD KOREA and HARFKO, the show will be boasting large exhibition space by using both KINTEX 1 and 2 as the exhibition halls, taking 4,300 booths exhibited by 1,280 companies in 76,000㎡ space.

Over 100,000 domestic and over 3,000 foreign buyers have been invited to see in the exhibition of plastic, mold, and air-conditioning equipment held in one place with the anticipation to acquire the maximum outcome. Through the mutual exchange among the exhibitions of plastic, mold, and air-conditioning equipment, it is expected to bring the opportunity to open a new venue of industrial marketing with the goal of creating new markets and increasing exports. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience Korea's plastic and rubber industry as well as materials, mold, and air-conditioning equipment industry in one place.

The use of plastics and rubber in Korea's leading industries like semiconductors, automobile parts, mobile phones, computers, and medical equipment has increased significantly, bringing in more and more participation from the unmanned automation of the processing equipment for mass production of products and the processing equipment that are filled with the technologies ultra-high precision, ultra-fast, and super large molding machines. Automation facilities and relevant parts following the product processing and test measurement devices and related services will be displayed.

This year's KOPLAS and M-KOPLAS 2019 will be displaying a wide spectrum from the raw material of plastic, processing machinery, related equipment units, automation solutions, printing, packaging to semi-finished and finished products. In addition, smart factory system focusing on the automation system and efficiency by using big data and ultra-precision, ultra-large, and eco-friendly products will be showcased to the domestic and overseas plastic and rubber industries and buyers.

Major exhibited items are as follows: Raw material from Il Kwan Polymer, Kraiburg, Doil Ecotec, and GCC; injection molding machine made in Korea from Woojin Plaimm, LS Mtron, and Dongshin Hydraulics; imported injection molding from Engel Machinery Korea, Sumitomo, Haitian, Cosmos, JSK UWA, and Yizumi; and PLM; extruder from SM Plate; rubber-related machinery from Shinchang Precision and Autox, rationalization device from Hanyoung Nux, Yuil System, HY Robotics, HNP Interplastic, Yushin, and Hanse, test and measurement equipment from AB Nexo, AFT, MEK, and With Lab; mold-related equipment from MICO Myungjin and Hanil Hightech; packaging and printing related equipment from Yeongil

During the exhibition period, KOPLAS and M-KOPLAS 2019 will hold export consultation on Mar. 13-14 by inviting overseas buyers from Russia (43 companies), Turkey (25 companies), and India (18 companies) with the anticipation for finding new global sales channels. Also, to actively attract overseas buyers, the exhibitors are providing room and board during their visits, and free interpretation service will be provided for better communication. Under this year's theme "Future Plastic Change_meet the future plastic changes," plastic seminar for future strategy will be held on Mar 13-15. There will also be innovative technology seminars with topics like LSR, Industry 4.0, and medical extrusion technology, providing the opportunities to get to know the latest trends in the related industries.

KOPLAS and M-KOPLAS 2019 have actively promoted the exhibiting companies by listing information like the show overview, seminar schedule, booth layout, the exhibiting companies and their products in the website ( The websites of the exhibiting companies have been connected, so more information about the companies can easily be accessed.

The opening hours of this show are from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. For the convenience of visitors, free shuttle buses will run in the Seoul metropolitan area (Seoul Station, Yongsan Station, Hapjeong Station) and other major cities in Korea (Chungnam, Daegu, Changwon, Gwangju, Busan). The show will run through Saturday for the visitors who are coming from other regions.

More information can be found by calling the KOPLAS/M-KOPLAS 2019 Secretariat of the organizer Korea E&EX (Tel. 02-551-0102) or visiting the website.

KOPLAS 2019 was sponsored by Korea E&EX, Korea Plastics Processing Machine Industry Cooperative, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, Ministry of SMEs and Startups, and KFPIC.

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