The Hunan provincial government attached importance to the building industry and the Expo. Mr. Jiahao Du, the secretary of the provincial party committee, when visiting the Changsha Building Expo in 2016, proposed the goal of making Changsha city"the center for convention and exhibition of Central China, hosting top brand exhibitions of the world”, and with which to build the bridge of communication between hunan province and the world. He also pointed out that the building industry is characteristic and competitive industry of Hunan province with huge market, for which the government should release strong supporting policy, improve the whole industry chain, cultivate and expand the leading enterprises to speed up the "going out" pace, and promote the sustainable and healthy development of the building industry.
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Developing prefabricated building and promoting construction engineering technologies are an inevitable requirement of accelerating the transformation of economic development and of constructing resource-saving and environment-friendly society. It is also the important content to promote the transformation and upgrades of building industry, and to achieve the green development of building industry. The Chinese government has thus set an ambitious goal that, in the coming 10 years, 30% of the newly built buildings will be constructed in a prefabricated way, and in 2020, green buildings will account for 50% of the newly built buildings.
Hunan province and its capital, Changsha city, have a special status regarding urban-rural construction and building industry development in China. At the end of 2007, Changsha-Zhuzhou-Xiangtan urban agglomeration was approved by the State Council as the comprehensive reform pilot area for the construction of “two type society” (resource-saving & environment-friendly). In 2015, Hunan Xiangjiang New Area was approved as the first national innovation new area in central China, to trial and implement innovation and sustainable development ideas. These required and also supported Hunan to attach importance to high quality and sustainable urban-rural construction, thereby bringing huge market for international building industry. Consequently, more and more buildings are designed by international consulting firms, more and more building products are provided by international companies. On the other hand, Hunan has been a leading province in prefabricated building industry: by the end of 2016, its prefabricated concrete elements production capacity and output accounted for over 50% of those in the whole country. Moreover, several leading prefabricated building and element manufacturers in Hunan have exported their products to over 20 Belt & Road (developing) countries.
Based on these facts, Hunan province and Changsha city has the potential to become an international exchange center of building industry. A well-organized building exhibition and forum would gather building industry players including policy makers, technology developers, manufacturers, contractors, city managers and real estate developers from developed countries as well as Belt & Road (developing) countries.
Proposed by Mr. Jiahao Du, the secretary of the party committee of Hunan Province, and supported by the People's Government of Hunan Province and Ministry of Housing & Urban-Rural Development of China, Hunan Provincial Housing and Urban-Rural Development Department and Changsha Municipal People's Government had successfully co-sponsored the China (Changsha) Prefabricated Building and Construction Technology Expo (PBCTE) in 2016 and 2017 at Changsha International Convention and Exhibition Center. The 2017 Expo covered an area of 45,000 square meters and attracted attendees from 32 countries and regions. The number of visitors was totally 64716. Twenty cutting-edge forums were held at the same time. It facilitated an impressive turnover to 20 billion RMB. As a successful event, it won the “2017 Top Ten Brand Exhibition of China” and “2017 Top Ten Professional Exhibition of China".
2018 China (Changsha) Prefabricated Building and Construction Technology Expo (PBCTE2018) will take advantage of Hunan province’s strength of the prefabricated and green building industry. It will also adapt to the market demand from home and abroad and base on the successful hosting and brand influence of PBCTE2017. In particular, it will extend the exhibiting products and technologies to the whole building industry chain including prefabricating buildings, green buildings, building design, building and information models, manufactures, full decoration, smart homes, garbage and sewage treatment and green building materials and so on. It will lead the industry trend, promote exchanges and cooperation, speed up technological progress, promote the transformation and upgrade of building industry. It will also be helpful for accelerating Hunan province to achieve "strong province in building industry", making Changsha city "the center for convention and exhibition of Central China, hosting top brand exhibitions of the world".