China to host international advanced materials summit
Updated: 2008-08-12 14:10

Tianjin in north China will host the second international advanced materials summit from October 30 to November 1 to boost the domestic industry development, the conference organizing committee told Xinhua on Monday.

The event aims at further enhancing mutual information exchanges between governments and enterprises and between companies both domestic and foreign. The first forum was in the southern island province of Hainan in last March.

Tianjin Municipal People's Government, ChemChina, the Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology and Morgan Stanley are co-organizing the event.

Participants will discuss subjects including "enterprises and social responsibilities," "opportunities and investment strategies" and "technology and research directions" during the conference.

Huang Xingguo, the Tianjin mayor and president of the organizing committee, said the event would bring new development opportunities to the advanced materials industry in the port city.

Ren Jianxin, ChemChina general manager, expressed his hope to strengthen mutual communication with governments and learn from advanced domestic and foreign companies through the three-day summit.

Many big names will attend the forum, including Chinese government officials, academics, top US scientists and industrial giants.

Advanced materials have been put into use in the country in super-alloy materials and high-end stainless steel employed in the Shenzhou VII space aircraft, plastic membrane in the Water Cube National Aquatic Center and recycled materials in the Olympic torch.

Experts said the country's advanced materials industry had experienced steady development, but was in urgent need of international cooperation and technological advancement. The industry still faced many problems, including high material and energy consumption, pollution, low levels of advanced materials application and inadequate core technology among others.

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