While China plans to open the world’s largest exhibition centre in Shanghai by mid-2014, the fast-growing Chinaplas plastics and rubber exhibition is likely to remain at its current site in Pudong for its Shanghai leg at least till 2016, if not beyond. And, for logistical reasons, it also looks to remain a four-day show for the time being, even as many push to extend the length of what is now the world’s second-largest plastics show. (The largest plastics expo, the triennial K Show in Düsseldorf, Germany, runs for eight days.) Chinaplas – which rotates annually between Shanghai and Guangzhou in the country’s southeast – has tripled its amount of exhibition space, to 210,000 square metres from 77,000 square metres, since 2005. This year’s show, at the recently expanded Shanghai New International Expo Centre, attracted 109,858 attendees from 140 countries. Of these, more than 28,000, or just over 25%, came from outside China. The exhibit space filled this year represented a 17% increase over the 180,000 square metres at last May’s Chinaplas 2011 in Guangzhou. The 2,700 exhibitors from 35 countries and regions – including more than 500 first-time exhibitors – filled all 17 halls, plus eight temporary, outdoor tents (which accounted for about 10,000 square metres, or about 107,000 square feet, of the space).