The 7th International Exhibition on Electric Power Equipment and Technology (EP China 2009) opened in Shanghai, China on July 8, 2009, amidst encouraging news from the Chinese government, reconfirming their commitment of state investment in the energy sector, which could amount to US$2.8 trillion over the next 20 years.
At the opening ceremony for the Expo, Xie Zhenhua, executive vice-president of China Electricity Council (CEC) which sponsored the show, enthused that China’s power industry has continued on a sustainable and accelerated growth trend since the beginning of 2009. In particular, the development of green energy has moved to the top of the agenda, while power grid enhancement projects blossomed across the country.
Some 400 leading suppliers from 20 countries exhibited at the expo, including some of the major players in the market such as ABB, Siemens, 3M, Schniewindt, Hitachi, Toshiba, Hyundai Heavy Industries, and Honeywell. A number of emerging strong domestic players also displayed their full array of products. These include Dongfang Electric Machinery, Nanjing Automation Research Institute (NARI), China EPRI and Guangzhou South Electric.