Indian Paint & Coating Association has been a pioneer in taking delegations to various coating shows around the world. During the past few years, IPCA has taken delegations to China Coat, Vietnam, Russia and South Korea. This year yet again IPCA took a delegation for China Coat 2018, held at Guangzhou from 4th – 6th December 2018.
It was a very well-designed package which included an added attraction of visiting the relatively un-explored destination of Hanoi, Vietnam over a period of 1 week. The hotels were selected carefully considering the convenience to delegates. They were located in prime areas with close proximity to famous attractions. Surely visits to the major sightseeing locations and all the meals were included in the package. This well-designed package was a delight for the 55 strong delegation with a diverse representation of delegates from various parts of India. The group had members from all over India such as Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Karnataka.
IPCA organized direct flights from 3 centres New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. All the delegates assembled together at Bangkok Airport to proceed to Hanoi, Vietnam. The place is rich in natural beauty with an amazing culture. It was nice to see a blend of tradition and modern culture at the Ionah show in Hanoi. A day long expedition to Halong Bay, a cruise ride with lunch served in the backdrop of limestone mountains and Dau Go Caves were really fun.
The delegates visited the Bai Dinh Pagoda, the largest Buddhist temple in Asia, and were amazed at the artistic creation of the Buddha Statues. The Trang An Grottoes tour is an amazing sight of majestic limestone massifs rising out of rice paddy fields over an area of 20 Sq. Kms. To take a serene ride in a canoe with sound of river water is one of the most peaceful experiences.
Having experienced the peaceful Vietnamese culture, the group proceeded to Guangzhou, reaching a day prior to the exhibition, the delegates enjoyed the day by relaxing & shopping at Beijing Lou which was just 500 meters away from the Hotel Landmark Canton where the group was staying.
Next day the delegates reached the exhibition grounds at 09.15 am as the hotel was barely 3.5 Kms away. Even though there was a huge crowd the entry for the IPCA delegation was smooth with all delegates been provided with personalized VIP badges to the coating show.
China Coat had five exhibit zones – Powder Coatings Technology, UV/EB Technology & Products, International Machinery, Instrument & Services, China Machinery, Instrument & Services and China & International Raw Materials with a total gross exhibition area will be more than 80,000 square meters. and around 1300 participants. As per the recent trend there was a wide variety of raw materials for the hybrid and water-based systems. Some innovations in the field of OEM were amazing. There was a wide variety for the coating raw materials for Paints, Inks, master batches, powder coatings etc on display. There were dedicated halls for UV technologies, Powder Coating etc. Machinery and instrument manufacturers were present in full strength. Some innovative grinding technologies and latest machinery were on display. CHINACOAT also included educational programs like the CHINACOAT 16th Conference: “Green Coatings – Advanced Technologies and New Materials,” technical seminars and two Technical Workshops
The delegates were served working lunches during all days of the show so that they can remain charged up to tackle the huge quest for knowledge. It was great to see people rushing from one meeting to another. Also the delegates were helping each-other in identifying potential booths for co delegates. The evenings were reserved for luxurious dinners at exotic Indian restaurants and a beautiful cruise on the pearl river, watching the amazing lights on the banks.
China is a fascinating place to travel. And if a group of colorful people from various parts of India are together then the trip becomes memorable. The group returned with pleasant memories of the trip with a hope of profitable returns from their meetings and the knowledge of latest technologies gathered from China Coat.