2018 Automotive Weight Reduction Technology Fair


Next-generation Car Technology Innovation at a Glance!

In this era, where next-generation green technologies are in the limelight worldwide, a lot of attention has been paid to technologies focusing not only on the emission of carbon dioxide but also on promoting efficiency.
Under the slogan, “In pursuit of innovation of next-generation automobile technology,” the 2018 Automotive Weight Reduction Technology Fair was held at Kintex II, Ilsan Korea, from February 7 to 9, welcoming auto-industry insiders and workers.
Opening its doors for the third time this year, this exhibition presented a variety of latest technologies for the next generation of the automotive industry ranging from lightweighting processing technologies and molding equipment such as carbon fiber composite materials, fiber reinforced plastics, lightweight classes to various analysis and inspection equipment and software technologies.
During the exhibition, the Materials Machining System Fair was also held featuring light metals, processing equipment, and industrial 3D printers. Also accompanied was the Korea-EU Automotive Lightweighting Technology Advancement Forum attracting a lot of visitors.
In this exhibition hosted by the MICE Forum and conducted by the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) Composite Technology Research Center, Frank Henning, Vice-President of the Fraunhofer ICT, a German research institution for chemical technology, and LuIse Karger, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, delivered presentations on the subject of advanced technologies and global trends for automotive lightweighting, heralding a new paradigm.

In addition, the Engineer Open Technology Seminar was held in the exhibition hall, providing an opportunity for sharing information among companies that developed new products and new technologies.
An exhibition official explained, “The 2018 Automotive Weight Reduction Technology Fair was a meaningful event where one could see lightweighting materials and equipment such as carbon fiber composite materials, fiber reinforced plastics, lightweight classes that attract worldwide attention all at one place. It will make this exhibition that leads the development of automotive lightweighting technology at home and abroad and upgrades itself year after year.”

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KINTEX, Global Top 20 Exhibition & Convention Center

https://korean-machinery.com///inquiryKINTEX has been increasing the number of events held, such as 265 exhibition hall events, 1,003 conference room meetings, and 130 shootings of TV CF and drama locations through the end of 2017, showing remarkable achievements every year. As a result, notwithstanding the exhibition and convention center of larger than 100,000m2, of which the scale is 15 soccer fields, the operation rate remarkably reached almost 60 percent as of last year. The area of KINTEX is three times as large as that of COEX in Samseong-dong, Seoul, and the annual use area converted into the rate of operation is 23 million m2, which is the biggest in Korea.
In May 2016, KINTEX successfully held the 2016 Rotary International Convention, which was the largest ever in the history of Rotary’s international conventions. It attracted ‘ASEAN POWER WEEK’ which had previously been held only in the ASEAN region, such as in Thailand, Malaysia etc., thereby letting the world know about KINTEX as a premier international convention and exhibition center. The 2016 SIMTOS, one of the world’s four major machine tool exhibitions and the largest exhibition in terms of single area, was visited by more than 600 actual buyers from various countries including India, Vietnam and Indonesia, where the demand for machine tools and the relevant products has increased significantly in recent years. In addition, as a culture complex, KINTEX holds various culture experience programs and concerts, such as the KINTEX Spoon Art Show, Korea Christmas Fair, etc.
Also, internally, the number of exhibitions conducted by KINTEX increased drastically from nine in 2014 to 21 in 2017. Typically, KINTEX participated in the Seoul Motor Show and Seoul Food, which are two of the five major exhibitions in Korea, as a joint organizer, thereby demonstrating and strengthening its exhibition capacity. KINTEX held ‘K-Beauty Expo Bangkok’ in Thailand in September last year, and held another ‘K-Beauty Expo’ in Vietnam last year, thereby helping Korean SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) participating in the exhibitions to develop their overseas markets.
KINTEX continues its efforts to become one with the local community. Since 2015, KINTEX has been holding ‘The Super Mom Fair’ for helping career-interrupted women find new work, along with Ilsan Ajime, which is the biggest online community in the region of Goyang City. Last year it donated all of the profits to Goyang Youth Shelter, a social service institution in the region, and community service centers, thereby walking the path of coexistence with the community. KINTEX has been continuing a scholarship project for supporting the study of excellent youth in the region of Goyang City and Gyeonggi-do for 10 years since its establishment.
For the first time in the exhibition industry of Korea, KINTEX uses retired professional manpower as expert advisors for its exhibition business marketing and has dispatched career-interrupted women to the wedding and catering business where women’s unique sensibility can be utilized, considering that the interest in re-entry of career-interrupted women’s advancement in society is growing. KINTEX, as the representative convention and exhibition center in Korea, will keep on expanding these social contribution projects in order to contribute to the community.
Meanwhile, as the business plan for constructing the third convention and exhibition center of KINTEX passed the deliberation stage by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, it has become possible to carry forward the construction of the third convention and exhibition center in accordance with the “Basic Plan for the Construction of the General Exhibition Center in the Metropolitan Area” set up at the time of the establishment of KINTEX. As it is anticipated that KINTEX’s exhibition centers will be saturated in 2020 with its rate of operation increasing up to 70%, KINTEX must start arranging for construction of the third convention and exhibition center without delay.
Now, with construction of the third convention and exhibition center in 2022, KINTEX will secure an exhibition area of 178,000m2, getting ranked among the top 20 in the world. In addition, by establishing a hotel along with the third convention and exhibition center, KINTEX will increase visitors’ time to stay in Goyang downtown and heighten the economic ripple effects through the community.
The Techno Valley of Northern Gyeonggi-do planned to be created in the region of Janghangdong in 2020 is expected to transform the whole area of KINTEX into a center of the “fourth industrial revolution.” In 2021, the GTX A Line reducing the travel time between Samseong Station in Seoul and KINTEX to just 20 minutes will be opened, and the complex transfer center will be constructed at the GTX KINTEX Station. Thus, the whole area of KINTEX is expected to become a hub of traffic and culture.


Major Exhibitions in 2018

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Korean Exhibition Industry Maintains Its Fame As a “Golden Goose”

https://korean-machinery.com///inquiryThe exhibition industry, often referred to as a “Golden Goose,” is attracting worldwide attention. Korea’s MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions) industry also seeks to revitalize the exhibition industry through a project plan to expand the infrastructure such as the construction of the COEX Jamsil and the 3rd KINTEX exhibition center.
Combined with cultural heritages accumulated over thousands of years and exciting modern attractions, state-of-the-art convention facilities and affordable accommodation, Korea’s MICE industry makes the country one of the fastest emerging MICE destinations in the world.
According to the results of the Korea Exhibition Industry Statistical Survey (2016) published by the Association of Korea Exhibition Industry (AKEI) on September 28, 2017, a total of 568 exhibitions were held in Korea in 2016. The average number of exhibitors was 151 and the average number of visitors was 13,388. This indicates an increase in the number of exhibitions, average exhibition area, and average number of visitors compared to 2015. In particular, the number of exhibitors increased. In addition, the domestic organizers’ overseas expansion showed a significant increase compared to that of previous years. The total sales of the industry in 2016 totaled KRW3.454 trillion, exceeding the KRW 2.11 trillion of the flourishing film industry in Korea.

For convention and exhibition organizers, as well as business travelers, this month’s Korea Buyers Guide covers major exhibition centers in Korea and how they are being better-equipped for international conventions and exhibitions.

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‘Plastics Industry Meets Mold Industry’


March 12-16 2013, KOPLAS ‘the platform of the Plastics & Rubber Industry’ will be held with Int’l Korea Mold & Die show(INTERMOLD KOREA)!

Outstanding plastics and rubber products, raw materials, and technologies will be gathered together with leading brands from around the world to be displayed under one roof. The organizers Korea E & Ex Inc. and Korea Plastics Processing Machine Industry Cooperative will host KOPLAS 2013 from March 12 to 16, 2013 for five days at KINTEX exhibition center in Goyang, South Korea, supported by government organizations.

Since 1981, KOPLAS 2013 has been 22 editions and will be held concurrently with International Korea Mold & Die Show(INTERMOLD KOREA 2013), as well as the Heating, Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Fluid Exhibition(HARFKO Show 2013). Hosting three shows in one location will form a golden bridge between Korea and the global market in these industries as it generates international business with professionals and buyers. It will be the best opportunity to step forward as a representative show in Asia.


Korean plastics have integrated with the advanced IT and eco-friendly technologies. It helps the developments of technologies and products. KOPLAS brings you the latest innovations and the most sophisticated plastics technologies. Also, more than 40,000 visitors will be joining the show and the organizers expect more than 300 companies from 20 countries all around the world. It will grow as a hub exhibition of plastics and rubber equipment in the Northeast Asian region and play an important role in creating new environment and technologies of this sector.

Main Exhibits of KOPLAS 2013 will be Raw Materials and Auxiliary Materials, Semi-finished and Finished Products, Processing Machinery, Post Processing Machinery, Molds and Dies, Ancillary Equipment, Parts and Meter, Test and Measuring Equipment as well as Packaging and Printing Machinery, thus offering more diverse products and technologies for buyers and distributors.

pim2KOPLAS 2013 in KINTEX is all set to be one of its best shows ever, with a fantastic line-up of exhibitors presenting the latest and best in new technologies for the world’s plastics &rubber equipment and services. The organizersanticipate mutually rewarding development with the top IT industries in Korea.

Useful conferences and seminars are planned to be held at KINTEX Conference Center to promote the exchange of new information and technologies. The conferences will be organized by individual exhibitors and associations as well as the KOPLAS secretariat. It is intended to promote the spread of excellent plastics technologies here in Koreaand showcase the current trends of the plastics market in Korea.

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“With nature, for the people,” the Seoul Motor Show 2013



The Seoul Motor Show is a biennial motor show where domestic and foreign auto makers showcase their latest models that are either in production or at the R&D stage as well as new technologies for future models. The Seoul Motor Show dates back to 1995 and it is Korea’s only international motor show that has won the OICA( Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles) accreditation.

The 2013 show will be the 9th event of the Seoul Motor Show. The Show, which was designated by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy as one of the top global exhibitions, has evolved into a major and well renowned exhibition held in Korea. Furthermore, it seems to be on the right track for joining the ranks of other top motor shows such as the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Paris Motor Show, the North American International Auto Show and the Tokyo Motor Show.



The Seoul Motor Show 2013 is scheduled to be held for 11 days from March 28 to April 7 at KINTEX (Korea International Exhibition Center), Goyang, Gyeonggi Province.

Under the theme of “With nature, for the people”, passenger cars, commercial vehicles, two-wheeled vehicles, bicycles, auto parts and other related devices will be on display at the exhibition. The 9th Seoul Motor Show will offer visitors a rare opportunity to have a panoramic view of the ongoing trend of the global auto market and new auto technologies. The 9th Seoul Motor Show will be the biggest motor show ever held in Korea, featuring 150 companies (including auto makers and parts suppliers) from a total of eight countries with an expected 1.2 million visitors.



The Seoul Motor Show 2013 will be an improvement on previous events With the opening of the second phase of KINTEX, the Seoul Motor Show 2013 will be the biggest ever held in Korea with 102,431sqm(1,102,558sqft), solving the previous problem of insufficient space for the Seoul Motor Show.

In sync with an increasing focus on low-carbon and green growth around the world, an array of eco-friendly, highefficiency, energy-saving small cars, hybrid vehicles, fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) and electric vehicles (EVs) will be displayed to stimulate public interest in the ‘green vehicle’ trend.

A variety of peripheral programs are also in the wings to entertain visitors: by lottery, a car and a bicycle will be randomly awarded to visitors each day. To better serve the forecasted 1.2 million visitors at the Seoul Motor Show 2013, there are a slew of programs in the pipeline such as a Telematics International Seminar, the Best Car made by College Students program, an Automotive Design Competition for College Students, the Most Popular Car Award, UCC Contests and Test-driving for Eco friendly Cars.

What’s more, a total of 10 cars will be given to visitors for free by lottery during the 10-day Motor Show. On top of that, a bicycle will also be handed out each day to a lottery winner to make the Seoul Motor Show 2013 juicier and more visitor friendly. In addition, to make sure visitors’ have a pleasant tour of the show, amenities and resting places will be expanded.



• Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association(KAMA)
1461-15, Seocho 3-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, Korea
Tel:(82-2) 3660-1888
Fax:(82-2) 3660-1901
E-mail: syhong@kama.or.kr
Website: motorshow.or.kr/eng

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