The 21st China International Pet Show (CIPS) was held in Shanghai from November 16-19, 2017. Buoyed by continued growth in the pet market in China and Asia as a whole, the show proved to be an important industry meeting point for pet supplies in the region.
Some 60,000 visitors attended the event, held at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, which also recorded 1,293 exhibitors. The overall exhibition area totaled 116,429 square meters. CIPS is organized by the China Great Wall International Exhibition Company in cooperation with NürnbergMesse, a global trade fair company.
The China International Pet Show is an important trade shows for pet and aquarium supplies in Asia. The range of products exhibited covers feed, nutrition and care products, through to housing options, toys and digital gadgets for pets.
The aquarium segment was also well looked after, with 366 companies representing this field in 2017 – around 28 percent of the 1,293 exhibitors. CIPS brought together exhibitors from 23 countries, with Germany, South Korea, Italy and Japan being the leading exhibitor nations after China itself.
A total of 285 companies (22 percent) travelled from outside China to Shanghai for the show. For international exhibitors in particular, CIPS can be a stepping stone into the Asian market.
Visitors to CIPS 2017 came mainly from China and the Asian region, although Europe and North America were also represented. Most of the trade visitors were distributors and retailers (about 23 percent in each case), followed by manufacturers and wholesalers.
The show offered a range of events for the trade visitors to choose from. The Global PETS Forum Asia was held for the third time in 2017. This event, held the day before the trade show opened, is aimed at leading industry representatives around the world, and this year offered insights in the area of innovations. The show itself included a variety of product presentations— a presentation dedicated to new developments and two major international competitions: a jury of experts rated fish from all around the world in sixteen categories at the CIPS Global Ornamental Fish Championship. A new addition this year was the CIPS Global Aquascaping Championship, in which eleven three-member teams of aquascaping practitioners selected from a field of 1,000 applicants demonstrated their skills live at CIPS.
The next China International Pet Show will be held from September 27-30, 2018 at the China Import & Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou.
By Lindsay Beaton
This country is straddling the line between developing and developed as more of its citizens see the value in pet ownership.
By Lindsay Beaton