Confusion over Chinese fastener shows 09 November 2017

Every June for the last seven years there has been a major fastener industry exhibition in Shanghai. For 2018, however, the picture is confusing, with four competing fastener events scheduled between June and October. Potential exhibitors and visitors need to exercise some caution. 

In its seventh edition in June 2017 the Fastener Expo Shanghai boasted more than 800 exhibitors and 25,000 visitors, making it one of the three big fastener shows worldwide. Acquired in 2015 by UK exhibition group ITE Group Plc it is now clearly under attack on a number of fronts, having apparently lost key employees to its competitors. Significantly, the China Fastener Industry Association (CFIA) and Shanghai Fastener Industry Association (SFIA) have withdrawn their support from the event and are backing the new International Fastener Show China,
scheduled for October 2018.

WFexpos, another new organiser, has launched World Fastener Expos, at the beginning of June 2018. The fourth fastener event in Shanghai next year is co-located with the wire® & Tube events organised by Messe Düsseldorf. It will be the second edition of Fastener Shanghai
(Shanghai Fastener & Tech Show), which is organised by the experienced 

Here are details of the four shows:

Fastener Expo Shanghai 2018

Dates: 20th – 22nd June 2018
Organiser: Shanghai ITE Ebseek Exhibition Co
Venue: National Exhibition and Convention Centre, Qingpu District, Shanghai
The eighth edition of the major Shanghai fastener show moves to a new venue for 2018. An exhibitor list is published on the website but it is unclear how many bookings are so far confirmed. The event is no longer supported by the China Fastener Industry Association, which previously held its own conference and social events alongside the show. 

International Fastener Show China

Dates: 21st – 23rd October 2018 
Organiser: Afastener Exhibition Co Ltd
Venue: Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre
A new organisation reportedly set-up by a previous manager at ITE/Shanghai Ebseek in conjunction with the Shanghai Fastener Industry Association. For its inaugural event in 2018, Afastener claims 34,000m2 space hosting 700 exhibitors. There is currently no exhibitor list on the website. Afastener is promoting the event heavily across the world, including issuing invitations to trade associations and advertising in trade publications. 

World Fastener Expos

Dates: 4th – 6th June 2018 
Organiser: WF Expos/Shanghai Jin Ya Exhibitions Company
Venue: Shanghai World Expo & Convention Centre
The organisers are also understood to comprise former employees of ITE/Shanghai Ebseek. The website expects 800+ exhibitors occupying 43,000m2 space, attracting 28,000 visitors. Currently there is not an exhibitor list. WF Expos has begun promoting the event globally, including contacting fastener associations. 

Fastener Shanghai (Shanghai Fastener & Tech Show)

Dates: 26th – 29th September 2018
Organiser: (Golden Spider) and Messe Düsseldorf
Venue: Shanghai New International Expo Center
This, the second edition, will run alongside the established Messe Düsseldorf wire® and Tube China. The combined event expects around 1,700 exhibitors and more than 46,000 visitors.’s latest fastener event in Suzhou (26th – 28th October 2017) was its seventeenth, with fastener shows also staged in Guangzhou and Cheng Du. 

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Having held senior management roles in leading automotive and fastener businesses, Phil joined Fastener + Fixing Magazine as editor in 2002. Convinced there is no substitute for ‘being there’, over 15 years of visits and interviews around the world means he has accumulated an extraordinary knowledge and perspective of the global fastener industry, reflected in his incisive and thought provoking reporting.