Organised by China Textile Commerce Association (CTCA), in collaboration with Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co. Ltd (MDS), the 100th edition of China International Occupational Safety & Health Goods Expo (CIOSH) hosted a total of 1,035 exhibitors and 21,207 professional visitors (compared to the 25,000 visitors of 2019), who gathered together at the Shanghai International Expo Center (SNIEC) this past 3 to 5 July. The exhibition saw the very best companies in the sector of occupational safety and health with brands of the calibre of MSA, UVEX, Lakeland, Teijin, Xingyu Gloves, DS safety, CM Chaomei, STRONG Safety & Technology Co., Ltd., East Asia Gloves and SHIMA. It was the first edition organised under the management of Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd, after signing a strategic cooperation agreement with CTCA this past March. Wolfram N. Diener, President of Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., commented: "We believe that the cooperation will support CIOSH to become an important platform for trade and exchange for the global protective equipment producers and users”. The latest fair in chronological order to become a member of the great A+A family, in fact, showed itself to be a point of reference for the sector and an essential event also in a moment that is as difficult as the one we are experiencing. With over 50 years of history behind it, today CIOSH has become an industry spearhead, leading the scientific and technological development of the labour protective equipment industry in China, while offering professional visitors a unique opportunity to keep pace with the latest market and technological developments.

Especially of interest was the creation of a special area called ‘Epidemic Prevention & Response Event (EPRE)’, an education and training platform related to domestic epidemic prevention and emergency response, which involved companies like Shanghai Gangkai, Intco Medical, Makrite, Rizhao Sanqi and Medicom with their high-quality and innovative anti-pandemic supplies.

The organisers, in collaboration with partners and government authorities, allowed the exhibition to take place in complete safety, thanks to the implementation of the hygiene and protection measures needed to create a healthy and reliable exhibition environment. Visitors, for example, were provided with a free anti-epidemic package including disposal masks, gloves, and sanitizer, while at the same time, visitor flow and the maximum number of people entering the halls was carefully controlled.

Marius Berlemann, General Manager of Messe Düsseldorf Shanghai Co., Ltd commented: “A face-to-face exhibition is not only the fastest way to connect with your marketplace but also the best way to boost businesses and innovations. The good response of CIOSH 2020 shows the necessity of exhibitions and once again proves that reopening exhibitions is the key to rebuilding economies.”

CIOSH 2021 will be from 14 to 16 April.