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Issue Date: Vol. 49, No.5, May 2009, Posted On: 5/22/2009

China Readies 6th International Vending Show For Shanghai In June

Tim Sanford
China International Vending Show, European Vending Association, National Automatic Merchandising Association, Worldwide Vending Association, vending, vending machine, vending business, vending routes, automatic retailing, coin-op, coin-operated, foodservice, trade show

SHANGHAI, China -- The 2009 China International Vending Show is set for Shanghaimart here from June 22 through 24. This will be the sixth presentation of the show, whose swift growth has paralleled the expansion of vending in this nation of 1.3 billion people.

Sponsored by the All-China Federation of Industry & Commerce, the show is supported by the European Vending Association, the National Automatic Merchandising Association and the Worldwide Vending Association.

The latest vending machines equipped with robotic arms that deliver cold drinks are now common on train station platforms in Shanghai, China's most populous city. Farther north, the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing helped modernize vending. Last year's Games marked the first occasion that either the Summer or Winter Olympics were hosted in China.

The show's organizers point out that, just a decade ago, vending was hardly known in China. The country's rapid economic development has created a need for automated services, and that need is being met with an increasingly sophisticated array of advanced vending equipment, imported from Europe, Japan and the United States and also designed domestically. China's large cities, especially on the coast, now boast an impressive variety of vending equipment not only in public locations like airports and subway stations but also in office buildings, factories, schools and hospitals.

The China International Vending Show has served as a catalyst for this rapid deployment, and has benefited from it. The sixth edition is expected to continue this trend, buoyed by the success enjoyed by exhibitors at the previous one. The show's sponsors report that 85% of overseas and 76% of domestic exhibitors at the last event have reserved space for the 2009 presentation.

Among leading international manufacturers scheduled to exhibit at the show are MEI and Conlux, Fuji Bingshan, N&W Global and Necta, SandenVendo, Bianchi, Guard, Astrosystems, Coin Acceptors and Validation Technologies (Far East), S.M. Coin, Kwanhong, Happyline, Kimma, Baixue, JCM and International Currency Technologies and Saeco Vending.

Information about the China Vending Show may be found online at the event's website, vendingshow.com.

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