It's official: 2014 was the best Fakuma ever, reports exhibitor advisory committee spokesperson Ulrich Eberhardt. With exactly 45,689 expert visitors from a total of 117 countries, attendance was well above expectation, establishing Fakuma as what Eberhardt called "a globally recognised business platform for all of the players involved in the plastics industry." While the majority of attendees still hailed from Germany, fully 33% of all visitors came from abroad, up from the last edition's figure of 31%.
Exhibitor numbers, exhibition floor space, visitor numbers and foreign participation have all demonstrated continuous growth over the past few years - with the exception of the decline in 2009 due to the recession. Despite grumblings heard about infrastructure and accessibility, available exhibition floor space at the Friedrichshafen Exhibition Centre has been fully booked out at Fakuma for years. This year, even the reserve floor space in the foyers at the east and west entrances was occupied.