CAC to Connect More Buyers than Ever
Editor’s Note: AgriBusiness Global is sending an editor to CAC 2016. Watch for stories, updates and reports during and after the event.
China’s agrichemical industry finds itself in 2016 still maneuvering through massive change, adapting to new environmental regulations and a challenging global economy. CAC 2016, which will be held March 9-11, once again at Shanghai New International Expo Center, gives buyers an opportunity to talk to the largest concentration of suppliers in the world. AgriBusiness Global talked with organizer CCPIT CHEM Vice Chairman Ma Chunyan about what attendees can expect.
Q Please introduce us to this year’s event. How has it changed?
A As Chinese and foreign companies continuously show high enthusiasm in exhibiting, the number of exhibitors in CAC 2016 has already exceeded that of 2015 to over 1,100 from nearly 30 countries and regions including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United States, UK, and Vietnam.
The exhibition will expand its space covering five full halls totaling 62,000 square meters. The specialized product zone is well-planned, comprising a pesticide zone, fertilizer zone, overseas pavilion, equipment zone, new product and technology release zone, and 4th CAC Award Display Area. This year’s exhibition will have more country pavilions. Additionally, with China’s fertilizer tax policy adjustment, more fertilizer companies have exhibited. CAC will further promote the trade cooperation of fertilizer industry.
CAC 2016 expects to welcome 30,000 visitors from over 120 countries and regions, and a number of buyer delegations from Russia, Mongolia, Vietnam, India, and more.
Q What is the highlight of the conference, and can you tell us about the speakers?
A CAC Conference Week will merge global wisdom and create a feast of information. Nearly 100 speakers in the pesticide, fertilizer and seed industry including government officials, industry experts, scholars, and entrepreneurs will be invited from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Kenya, the Netherlands, Paraguay, the U.S., the UK, and West African countries. Through the seven sessions, they will highlight three major themes of “New Normal, New Field and New Challenge”; update industry changes and trends from the perspectives of policy, management, and market; elaborate on herbicide product solutions in the midst of difficult times for glyphosate and paraquat; and conduct dialogues on hot topics including beyond-agriculture applications, biocontrols, and seed treatment technology.
This year we will also invite speakers from the EU and Africa to update the regulatory and market changes and trends.
Q What are you most proud of about this year’s CAC?
A After years of development, CAC has become the world’s most professional and largest agrochemical exhibition. Integrating new product display, technical exchange, and trade talks together, CAC serves as the largest one-stop platform with the most active transactions for agrochemical trade, exchange, and cooperation involved in pesticides, fertilizers, seeds, beyond-agriculture, production and packaging equipment, crop protection equipment, logistics, consultancy, laboratories, and supportive services. It opens a window for Chinese agrichemical companies to move into the international market, and is the annual get-together for global agrichemical business performers, and where the agrichemical world meets. CAC has played an important role in promoting industry development, harvest, and yield of world grains. This is what we are most proud of.