Chinacoat 2016 (the 21st China International Exhibition for Coatings, Printing Inks and Adhesives) ended December 2. Chinacoat alternates annually between Guangzhou and Shanghai. This year’s event, held in Guangzhou, was comprised of more than 1,000 exhibitors from 30 countries displaying their new products and innovations on a gross exhibit area of more than 64,000 square meters in six exhibit zones. Preliminary show statistics from Chinacoat organizer, Sinostar, indicate 14.5 percent growth in visitors compared to the last Guangzhou show in 2014. Domestic China attendees for 2016 were 26,091 compared to 22,383 in 2014. Overseas visitors numbered 4,761 compared to 4,6454 for 2014 and the total combined visitors was 30,852 compared to 27,028 for 2014. According to Sinostar, despite the general economic downturn in China, the number of exhibitors in 2016 remained steady when compared to the last two Chinacoats. There were a total of 1,070 exhibitors comprised of 775 from domestic China, 47 from Hong Kong and Taiwan regions and 248 from overseas. This year’s Chinacoat Conference also exhibited positive growth. The number of delegates to the conference almost doubled compared to the previous events. This year’s theme, “Exploring the Novel Cutting-Edge Coatings Technology” featured 12 presentations. The total number of registered delegates was 115, comprised of 84 from domestic China, 2 from Hong Kong and Taiwan regions and 29 from overseas. Workshops had a total of 46 delegates and the 42 technical sessions had a total of 3,152 delegates.