Planning Gets Under Way For 6th China International Vending Fair

Posted On: 11/20/2017

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GUANGZHOU, China -- Next year's China International Vending Machines and Self-service Facilities Fair was a hot topic at the 4th Asia-Pacific Vending Industry Association Summit Forum, held here in October. Participants in the forum discussed the bright prospects for the continued swift growth and development of vending in China's fast-evolving economy.

The 6th China International Vending Machines & Self-service Facilities Fair is scheduled for Mar. 4 - 6, 2018, at  the China Import & Export Fair Complex here. Currently more than 300 leading brands have reserved or confirmed booths at the show. They include TKB, CPI, Fuji Electric, Easy Touch, UBox, Joie Ubique, HOLO go, Dongji, Convenisun, Hongchi Intelligent, Yinhai Star, Zhouyi, Yo!Point.

The scope of the exhibit will also be expanded in 2018. For the first time, gift vending machines will be on display, and a wider range of payment systems will be featured, including mobile solutions.

Greater networking opportunities will be available to showgoers in 2018. A series of onsite activities including an APVIA Vending Industry Summit and a new Retail Forum are on tap, as well as social events including a cocktail party.

China VMF has established partnerships with more than 70 professional media and trade associations around the world, including the Australian Vending Association, Japan Vending Machine Manufacturers Association and National Automatic Merchandising Association.

The 2018 show will build on the success of this year's China VMF, which gave its more than 180 exhibitors exposure to an attendance totaling 38,000. This robust registration propelled at-show turnover to a record of 1 billion yuan.

At the October APVIA Summit, a press conference drew some 400 domestic and international industry leaders from 250 well-known enterprises, trade associations, publications and government agencies for an overview of trends that favor continued development of the global vending industry. China's burgeoning vending market was the most-discussed topic at the conference. 

The show's organizing committee cited a vending industry report by international market research giant Kantar, which forecast that by 2020, the installed base of vending machines in China will reach 1.38 million - an eightfold increase over the 2015 total. 

During the media interview session, APVA president Yu enze stated that the integration between mobile payment and vending machines is an irreversible trend. He predicted that, within the next three to five years, vending machines will be seen in a wider range of locations, including cinemas and apartment buildings.   They will offer a richer variety of vending items, including everything from daily supplies through OTC drugs to stationery.