At the recent staging of COS+H 2008, 4th China International Occupational Safety & Health Exhibition, more than 200 exhibitors showcased their latest products to more than 12,000 trade visitors. The largest trade fair for its industry in the Asia-Pacific region, according to meeting sponsors issuing a press release, COS+H was hosted by China’s State Administration of Work Safety and the International Labor Organization, and was organized by Messe Düsseldorf China and the National Center for International Exchange & Cooperation in Work Safety, with the support of the National Safety Council (USA).

The occupational safety and health industry in China continues to grow, according to meeting sponsors. They point to a market report by Frost & Sullivan indicating the consumption of personal protection equipment in China will increase by 200 percent between 2007 and 2014.

Exhibitors at COS+H 2008 were from 20 countries, including Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the U.S.

More than 45 percent of exhibitors were global companies, such as Sperian, Honeywell, North, 3M China, Mine Safety Appliances (MSA), RAE, Industrial Scientific, uvex, Fortune Draeger, Dupont China, Delta, Aegle, Ansell, TEIJIN, SeongAn, Swelock Asia and Lanhua International as well as Yihe Stock Co., Ltd., Hehu Protective Equipment Co., Ltd., Shanghai JZC Enterprise, Jon Long Safetywear Co., Ltd., OSH China, Beijing Shengbao Hengtai Safetech Co., Ltd. and Beijing Sinotechton Technology Co., Ltd.

COS+H 2008 visitors included officials from China’s Administration of Work Safety, China’s Coal Mine Safety Supervision Organization and from central Chinese government companies.

Overseas visitor groups organized by Panasonic China and Beijing Benz-Daimler Chrysler Automotive Co., Ltd., Korea, attended the trade show. Attendees from more than 40 domestic organizations and large companies were also present, including representatives from the Shenzhen Yantian Port Group Company, the China Railway Communication Signal Group Corporation, the China Aerospace Science & Industry Corporation and the Jiangxi Provincial Nuclear Industrial Geological Bureau.

The concurrently held 4th China International Occupational Safety Forum attracted more than 400 participants from more than 33 countries. Other highlights at COS+H 2008 included occupational accident and natural disaster demonstrations, an occupational safety at night exhibit, a special showcase of first aid technologies and a “fashion show with occupational safety clothing,” according to the press release.

The next staging of COS+H will take place in Beijing in September 2010. For further information on visiting or exhibiting at COS+H 2010, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 781-5180; Fax: (312) 781-5188.